I want to start this blog by explaining what I mean by terrorist. A terrorist is someone who uses fear or violence to promote an ideology, religion or, in this case, political party. There is a difference between simply speaking genuine fears and concerns out loud, and deliberately (and often deceptively) trying to terrify people to manipulate them.
What made me think of this was a segment on The Rachel Maddow Show about the proposed legislation in Uganda to make homosexuality punishable by death. She had on her show an american evangelist whose book had been cited by the people proposing and supporting this legislation. In his book he had claimed (falsely) that gays were vastly more likely to molest children, gay teachers were vastly more likely to have sex with their students, etc. This of course has no basis in science, but was stated as if it had been proven. And in uganda it’s being held up as a justification for treating gay people like a disease that must be eradicated or else someone will fuck your kids.
This, in my opinion, is social/political terrorism. It is no more legitimate or moral than shouting fire in a crowded theater.
This has been kicking around in my head the last day or so and got me thinking about people like Glenn Beck.
As I said it’s one thing to voice genuine concerns – if it were actually true that gay people were much more likely to molest kids, that would be something else. But it isn’t. So it’s not.
And when Glenn Beck goes on his show and takes a quote out of context from a speech about expanding the peace corps and compares him to Saddam Hussein creating a private army and Adolf Hitler creating the Waffen SS, how is that different?
Is it egregious enough to be called terrorism when he says that Americorps (the domestic equivalent of the peace corps which is apparently obama’s other private army), has a budget of “half a trillion dollars” (1 billion in reality) and has a guy in full military dress explain how dangerous this non-military organization is?
I remember years ago seeing propaganda films shown to people in muslim theocracies. One video was of muslim children in israeli hospitals with bandages on their eyes, and the voiceover said that what you were seeing was muslim children who have had their eyes removed to give to jewish children.
Is that terrorism?
Is deliberately misrepresenting reality to promote fear, hatred, extremism (and likely violence) terrorism?
Glenn Beck’s show rose to the number 1 news show in the country for awhile. About the same time it was discovered that barrack obama was recieving 400% as many death threats as his predecessor.
If someone who watches Glenn Beck kills him… then is it terrorism?