Trump Refocuses Anti-Extremism Program on Islam, Ignoring White Supremacy
The Trump administration has redirected the efforts of a program designed to counter violent religious ideologies fostered in America to solely focus on “radical Islamic terrorism”.
The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program was created to identify lone wolf attackers and a variety of groups that promote domestic terrorism; including specifically radical Christian terrorists.
CVE has a history of collaborating with social media giants such as Google and Facebook; as well as communities and educational programs designed to promote counter-radicalization campaigns. The groups highlighted by the CVE were Christian extremists and white supremacists, but now CVE will only target Islamic radicalization – ignoring the big problem America has with radicalized Christians.
America has had a long-standing problem with Christian extremists committing acts of terrorism, and murdering US citizens that now will go ignored by the Trump administration.
The Kansas anti-Muslim right-wing militia group called “The Crusaders” is a prime example of the widespread problem in the US with radical Christian terrorists.
According to court documents, The Crusaders were caught plotting to “detonate truck bombs at an apartment complex where 120 Somali immigrants live” in Garden City, Kansas. Another scheme cooked up by the fringe group involved blowing up a Mosque and even an attack after Election Day.
In its possession, the radical Christian terrorist group had on hand “an arsenal of firearms, ammunition, bomb-making materials” stashed away.
The Crusaders are just another group in a lengthening list of fringe “second amendment people” who hold to their deeply held Christian beliefs so much so that they have become a “substantial danger” to the public.
The New America Foundation (NAF) published a report in 2015 showing just how deadly and dangerous radical Christian terrorists can be.
The data showed that Americans killed domestically in Islamic related “jihadist attacks” totaled 26; however the number of US citizens murdered in “right-wing attacks” nearly doubled.
The study explained that law enforcement agencies reported concerns about right-wing groups 74% of the time; as compared to reporting Islamic extremists only 39% of the time.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC): “Increasingly frightening numbers, cells of angry men in the United States preparing for combat with the U.S. government. They are usually heavily armed, blinded by an intractable hatred, often motivated by religious zeal.”
These mostly “white, right-wing Americans, nearly all with an obsessive attachment to guns, who may represent a greater danger to the lives of American civilians than international terrorists.”