Gays, anti-war, environmentalists on Alabama terror list
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of
Homeland Security has taken down a Web site it operated that included gay rights and anti-war organizations in a list of groups that could include terrorists.
Of course, Alabama advocacy groups of all sorts are unhappy.Howard Bayliss, chairman of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Equality Alabama, said he doesn’t understand why gay rights advocates would be on the list.
The groups were listed under what the website called “single issue” terrorists. These included, in addition to GLBT rights and anti-war groups, environmentalists and pro-lifers.
The website, which had been up since 2004 but is currently down, said: “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 … illegal acts, to include even murder, to succeed in their goals.”
However, the website is scheduled to return. The agency plans to put it back, but with less specific information.
Our country is in a sad state when law enforcement is classifying anything even the least bit controversial as “terroristic.”