Evil can never be entirely defeated. ISIS may one day be eradicated, and possibly Al Qaeda. However, other groups, large or small, will rise up in their place. If you seek proof, you need not look any farther than here in the United States.
White nationalism, or white supremacy, is nothing new in America. The Ku Klux Klan was founded in 1866. Four years later it existed in every southern state. The KKK continues to exist today, and its ranks are growing in number. According to Wikipedia, there are a total of 24 such hate groups in America. After Trump’s illegitimate election, some of these groups have joined forces in support of their first leader living in the White House.
Facebook announced that it will use multiple methods in an effort to halt the efforts of Muslim terrorist groups to use social media in their efforts to recruit new members. I ask, what about Christian terrorist groups which I believe are a greater danger to a much larger number of Americans.
Hate crimes are estimated to have increased by 800 percent since Donald Trump declared his candidacy in June of 2015. Law enforcement fails to keep statistics, but the Southern Poverty Law Center tirelessly researches these unacceptable crimes.
Verbal and physical attacks; damage to churches, synagogues, and mosques; all these ignorant and heinous actions have become the norm. African Americans, Hispanics, the LGBTQ community, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Indians, and women have become targets.
Violence against any individual or any individual group is unforgivable. Senseless attacks on innocent Americans is unforgivable whether the perpetrators claim to be Muslim or Christian.
White nationalism is nothing new. One entire party displayed its racism for the eight years of President Obama’s presidency. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, stepped in front of the cameras early in 2009 and promised that Republicans would do nothing as long as Mr. Obama was in office. He kept that promise. Republicans failed to pass a single bill of importance to the majority of the American people for eight years, and that fact continues today.
When the leaders of your country openly support white nationalism, and now have a man defiling the White House who has proven himself to be a white supremacist, it is no surprise that hatred and violence are growing in the most diverse nation in the world.
I commend Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for his actions, but Christian terrorists must also be included in his efforts.
Please re-post; thank you.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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