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Are you next on their list?

There’s a new warning against extremism coming from sources in the US military and the Obama administration. What’s alarming is that the extremist threat list includes unexpected additions to groups like al Qaeda and the Ku Klux Klan—it’s also Catholics, Evangelical Protestants and even pro-life organizations.

In a defense department presentation, one slide addressed religious extremism stating, “Religious extremism is not limited to any single religion, ethnic group or region of the world.” The list begins with Evangelical Christianity and concludes with Islamophobia. It places Catholicism next to al Qaeda and Hamas, and identifies the KKK as a Christian organization. This begs the question, what’s the purpose of including Christian religious affiliations with these violent and threatening groups?

In another case, a US Army officer sent an email to his subordinates regarding “domestic hate groups.” In it, he calls out the American Family Association and the Family Research Council because they oppose homosexuality. In the 14-page email, the officer promotes what he calls “Army Values,” stating, “When we see behaviors that are inconsistent with Army Values—don’t just walk by—do the right thing and address the concern before it becomes a problem.” Does this sound like the military may begin monitoring Christian citizens?

A Fox News report states that he warned officers to keep an eye on soldiers who might be supporters of such groups. The underlying message is that if you are a Christian, you may be seen as a threat. But, a threat to what? Based on my observations, this is part of a trend to intentionally attempt to alter cultural norms.

For example, Wikipedia devotes an entire entry to anti-abortion violence, yet no similar entry for pro-abortion violence exists. In addition, the Anti-Defamation League published a detailed article entitled, “Anti-Abortion Violence: America’s Forgotten Terrorism.” It explicitly explains isolated acts of bombings, arsons, murders and attempted murders. However, nowhere on the site was there any explanation of comparable violent acts from the pro-abortion side. And we know they exist.

Perhaps most disturbing is the Department of Homeland Security has issued more than one report singling out anti-abortion groups as potential domestic terrorists. While other threats are downplayed, there’s an emphasis on threats defined as conservative, right-wing, Christian and pro-life. In fact, in a 2009 report entitled, “Right Wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” they suggest that opposition to abortion is associated with extremism and even terrorism.

In spite of multiple pieces of evidence, the Obama administration continues to call these “isolated incidents” and offers patronizing retractions for some of the more controversial statements. The truth is, this is more than just an isolated incident. It’s a troubling trend pushing for an agenda that includes abortion as acceptable by the public at large. The pro-life voice is one the pro-abortion side wants to silence by any means possible, including political intimidation. We must not allow ourselves to be bullied into silence and inaction. Though we may face persecution, now is the time that we must resiliently stand up for the millions of unborn who have been sacrificed on the altar of “choice.” And we can rest assured that God has our backs.

Proudly standing for LIFE,

Bradley Mattes
Executive Director
Life Issues Institute


Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. Organizations and individuals around the world depend upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.

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