Intolerance Is A Bigger Threat Than Terrorism

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policeman.jpgAccording to the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base, between 1968 and today there were 554 incidents of terrorism perpetuated against the United States domestically and internationally.

Last week's FBI report tells us
, in the year 2006 alone, with only 12,600 of the nation’s more than 17,000 local, county, state and federal police agencies reporting, there were around 7,500 hate crime incidents.

I've never been a big fan of the "hate crime" designation because of worries about the potential for anti-Bushisms to become "hate speech" for example. But one thing seems clear: intolerance is a much greater threat to America than "terrorism."
Makes you wonder: why the disproportionate fuss about enviros? It's no secret that those with vested interests have wanted tie animal rights and environmental activist groups  to shadowy organizations. The FBI has called fringe eco and animal rights groups a top domestic terrorist threat. Note on the MIPT site, how many "terrorist" acts are attributed to the Earth Liberation Front -- a group that may not even exist. The supposed group has killed no one, while anti-abortion extremists have murdered 7 individuals. There were three hate-related deaths in 2006 alone.

Destruction of property is what the anti-corporate and anti-development extremists have been castigated for. But let's compare. There were 3593 hate-motivated destruction/vandalism-related crimes against property in 2006. The "Earth Liberation Front" is listed as responsible for 62 property-related crimes. Ever. What is the total economic tally of hate crime economic damage? Where's the congressional outrage?

We need to write to our Senators and Representatives about intolerance. Let them know that safety and security mean not just smart foreign policy and sensible domestic security provisions, but tolerant communities.

If Blackwater got into the diversity training business we'd see action right away...

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Ed said:

It is funny how many people scream to the top of their lungs about "intolerance" when they are not tolerant of others. Everyone is expected to be tolerant of their actions, but they are totally intolerant of anyone that disagrees with their position. Their own actions show their intolerance.

Case in point. The Animal Rights Movement. They terrorize, harrass, and intimidate anyone that they consider to be evil even though these people are not breaking the law. They burn down buildings and we are suppose to be tolerant of this action because no one was killed in the process. The fact that no one died is not a reason to forgive their actions as some sort of altruistic act. You can put any face on the act of burning down or destroying someone elses property that you want, it still amounts to intolerance and criminal behavior.

Face it, these people want that they want and they do not care about anyone else that has contrary opinions. In fact, they do not care about anyone else's rights at all, but they sure want what they want.

Kyeann said:

Hi Ed,

One problem is painting extremists with the same broad brush as mainstream environmentalists and animal rights advocates are painted. Another is creating a set of laws that will make the type of dissent we have taken for granted in this country illegal.

When you look at the staggering amount of hate crime, don't you wonder why we are not doing all we can to combat it?

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