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Un-American Terrorists Are Planning a Major Event for This Weekend

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The man who applauded the actions of the 9/11 hijackers has teamed up with white supremacist organizations across the country to hold rallies in at least 26 American cities this weekend.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center—the country’s leading watcher of hate groups—reports that the hate group ACT for America and terrorist sympathizer Billy Roper have organized simultaneous anti-Muslim marches in cities across the country on Saturday, June 10. News outlets in California, North Carolina, Washington state, Michigan and Massachusetts have all announced that the fearmongering “March Against Sharia” will take place in major U.S. cities to highlight the danger that law enforcement agencies, legal experts and religious groups say doesn’t exist.

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One of the marches’ main organizers, Roper, is a neo-Nazi gang leader who has worked for years at convincing the disparate white extremist organizations to unite and combine their powers into a violent, hateful supremacist Megatron that could rid the country of immigrants, Jews, Muslims and black people.

A believer in the fictional tenets of biological racism and the “white genocide” theory that ranks alongside the Loch Ness Monster, Kardashian booties and “All Lives Matter” in fake creations of white people, Roper is a longtime advocate of ethnic cleansing. In a 2003 essay, he wrote:

I’m a biological racist. I’d rather have the entire species become extinct except for one white boy and one white girl who were raised by a pack of wild wolves, than our race go under and the world [be] inherited by Asians and mulattos who can play the classical violin and recite Shakespeare.

Just minutes after terrorists piloted planes into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, Roper sent an email to members of his National Alliance praising the mass murder of 2,996 innocent Americans:

The enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends. We may not want them marrying our daughters, just as they would not want us marrying theirs. We may not want them in our societies, just as they would not want us in theirs. But anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews is alright by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude.

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ACT for America is one of the many hate organizations that have stoked white America’s bigoted beliefs that there is a secret Muslim plan to shred the Constitution, eliminate Christianity and outlaw bacon double cheeseburgers. This fear is born out of misinformation, Islamophobia and ignorance—but mostly the bacon thing.

Riverside, Calif.’s Press-Enterprise reports that one of the rallies will take place at the site of the memorial to victims of the 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attacks. Organizers will also hold “white supremacist Woodstock” in Lansing, Mich., home to one of the largest populations of Muslims in the U.S., the Detroit Metro Times reports. 

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Another rally was scheduled for Portland, Ore., which is where white supremacist Jeremy Christian allegedly committed a double homicide in a hate-fueled stabbing free-for-all aboard a commuter train. However, the mayor of Portland canceled the event in his city, citing the violence that happened at last week’s white-supremacist-organized “free speech” rally.

You might think the title of this article is a little alarmist and click-baity, but this is only because we are using something that all knuckle-dragging, micro-phallus fascists hate: logic.

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The only reason we referred to Islamophobes as “un-American” is that the Oxford English Dictionary defines “un-American” as “Not in accordance with American characteristics,” and by “American characteristics” we mean that “one nation under God” thing in the Pledge of Allegiance, the “all men are created equal” part of the Declaration of Independence, and that “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... ” excerpt from the Constitution.

As far as the “terrorists” part of the title, the USA PATRIOT Act defines “domestic terrorism” as activities that:

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended—

  1. to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
  2. to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
  3. to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

According to a seminal article on the bogeymen still holding the championship belt for terrorist organizations, the Islamic State group, or ISIS, “is committed to purifying the world” of non-Muslims because they believe the world belongs to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad.

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In a 2005 interview, Billy Roper said:

Every non-White on the planet has to become extinct. We need to remove these minor-league amateur races out of the game, and refine the playoff brackets a bit, if you get my meaning. The whole world is ours, and the only part of the earth that non-Whites should inherit is however much it requires to cover them.

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Don’t the two tactics sound a little similar?

Rallies similar to this weekend’s that have been held in Portland and Berkeley, Calif., turned violent, resulting in numerous arrests and confiscation by law enforcement officials of large numbers of dangerous weapons, so these marches will likely involve “acts dangerous to human lives” (check).

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No city or state in America has ever proposed using Shariah law, so the only reason for these marches appears to be so that participants can intimidate a civilian population (check).

They will occur in 26 cities within the United States (check).

Isn’t this, by definition, an openly preplanned act of domestic terrorism?

It may seem incendiary, but it is impossible to deny the facts: A group of violent extremists who exhibit all the traits, rhetoric and ideology of a terrorist group are planning a major event this weekend. We did not mean to alarm you. We were just doing what any good citizen has been told to do when he or she has information about people who are planning to do harm to America:

If you see something, say something.

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DISCUSSION

gearoiddubh
GearoidDubh

Yeah, but see, their brand of extremism is deeply embedded within a major American political party (two, if we flatter the Libertarians and pretend they’re a major party). It sells; prominent Islamophobes literally make their livelihood on stoking these racist fears and conspiracy theories, along with a gaggle of mostly fake “ex-Muslims” and “Muslim reformers” (not all who use these terms are fakes, but the ones that willfully engage or support hate groups tend to be. See Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat).

There is literally no substantive difference between the process of radicalization between a neo-Nazi/far-right extremist and an Islamist extremist. The process is ideologically neutral. It follows a similar pattern. But we treat one with the utmost severity, trying to purge it from the commons both in the physical and digital worlds, and we completely ignore the other one. Go on Twitter or Facebook and you’ll see that far-right extremism is given a blank check. They’re protected even; by police, by conservative politicians, by conservative media, by conservative pressure groups.

It’s a condemnation of the still toxic level of white supremacist thinking undergirding the public sphere/culture in the United States that we let a bunch of armed, violent, bigoted far-right extremists spread lies and propaganda, harass civilians, and even profit from their hate just because they’re overwhelmingly white.