Senate Discusses Violent Right-Wing Extremists
A Senate committee, chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin, discussed the growing threat of domestic extremism in the U.S. due to the increase in hate crimes from right-wing extremist groups. Most of the discussion was about the horrific massacre in Wisconsin at the Sikh temple which left 7 dead.
After President Obama’s election in 2008, 27 law enforcement officers have been shot by non-Islamic extremists, with 16 being killed. More than a dozen mosques have been firebombed and burned to the ground, by these far right-wing extremists that are being fueled by Islamophobic beliefs. Where do these anti-Muslim beliefs come from? Many believe they come from Fox News and far right-wing talk radio.
Fox News pumps fear and hate all day long as they disparage the Muslim world and fuel anti-Islam phobias which are incorrect. They are currently blasting President Obama for the uprisings in the Middle East, which was started because of an inflammatory video being released, that disparages the prophet Muhammad. Fox continues to stoke the fires of hate, while blaming the entire Muslim community.
Talk radio is also a major problem when it comes to teaching hate and fear. It spreads violence at an unbelievable rate. Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity are the main culprits in this fear stoking cartel. They spread hate to millions every day like a virus. Their rhetoric continues to push people apart, which is their goal.
With the Arab spring bringing democracy all over the Middle East, the United States has a great chance to work with these countries and help build trust and cooperation to end the extremist violence by groups such as Al-Qaeda. Working together gives everyone the best chance to end the terror.
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