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Alabama Dept. of Homeland Security: gay rights advocates = potential terrorists

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security had to take down a Web page that cast a broad net in naming potential vectors of terrorism. For some reason,  it published a list that included gay rights and anti-war organizations, calling the following groups “single-issue extremists.” (CBS):

“Single issue extremists often focus on issues that are important to all of us. However, they have no problem crossing the line between legal protest and change and illegal acts, to include even murder, to succeed in their goals. In many communities, law enforcement officials feel that these groups offer the greatest organized threat to the community.” The site indicated that these “radical elements” are found in many of the following movements:

  * Environmentalists
  * Anti-Genetics (those opposed to genetically-altered crops)
  * Animal Rights
  * Anti-Abortion
  * Anti-Nuclear
  * Anti-War
  * Pro-Gay Rights

This list has been up since 2004. When was the last time The Homosexual Agenda posed a threat of violence to the country? This is lunacy. Howard Bayless of Equality Alabama was appalled by this kind of nonsense.

He says Equality Alabama has only had peaceful demonstrations. He says he’s “deeply concerned we’ve been profiled in this discriminatory matter.”

Allison Neal, attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, says she has looked at parts of the Web site and is concerned about anything that pinpoints people “exercising their constitutional right to protest” as potential terrorists.

By the way, did you notice that militia crazies are missing from the list? I wonder why that is, particularly since in April there was a HUGE bust right there in ‘Bama outside Trussville, where potential domestic terrorists were arrested with  improvised hand grenades and rocket launchers (see my post, Alabama militia raided, feds find truckloads of weapons and ammo):

Simultaneous raids carried out in four Alabama counties Thursday turned up truckloads of explosives and weapons, including 130 grenades, an improvised rocket launcher and 2,500 rounds of ammunition belonging to the small, but mightily armed, Alabama Free Militia…The militia, which called itself the Naval Militia at one point, had enough armament to outfit a small army.

Some more gay-bashing Alabama politics can be found after the jump.In Alabama politics, the head of the state GOP, Mike Hubbard, who said this about a state visit by Howard Dean and John Edwards.

“Every time Howard Dean opens his mouth in Alabama, it makes our state Republican Party stronger and recruits more members to our conservative cause….I encourage him to visit our state often and share his left-wing agenda with the citizens of Alabama.”

Whatever. But wait — get a load of the response to this by the state Democratic Party Chair, Joe Turnham, who tried to score some points against Hubbard by gay-baiting.

“He has gun control in New York with Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney with gay marriage in Massachusetts….He shouldn’t be taking shots at Howard Dean.”

Lee at Atomic Gay Wonk said:

Even if Mr. Romney did support gay marriage (he opposes it), Mr. Turnham’s swipe at a political figure for such putative support is noxious gay-baiting deep in the heart of Dixie. Let’s hope that Mr. Turnham won’t need another horrific Alabama anti-gay murder like that of Billy Jack Gaither in 1999 to remind him of the consequences of homophobia.

…Since Mr. Turnham made his comments in the context of visits by Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean and presidential candidate John Edwards, messages may be sent to them asking that they disassociate themselves from Mr. Turnham’s comments: 
Howard Dean at the DNC
John Edwards campaign

It might also be useful to send a supportive note to Democratic state Representative Patricia Todd, Alabama’s only out elected official, here

* Mirele’s diary: Gays, anti-war, environmentalists on Alabama terror list

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