Perkins, Blackwell Lie About Domestic Terrorism

Tony Perkins and Ken Blackwell told a big ol’ honking lie on the Family Research Council’s radio show a few days ago, claiming that right wingers don’t commit domestic terrorism in this country, that it’s always done by left wing extremists. Seriously, they said that:

“When you look back at incidents of domestic terrorism in this country, it’s not done by right-wing, conservative people or organizations, it’s done by left-wing extremists,” Perkins said. Blackwell concurred: “Absolutely, that’s been the factual history of domestic terrorist attacks and efforts.”

Right Wing Watch documents why this is a lie:

The nonpartisan New America Foundation found that the pool of “‘non-jihadist’ terrorists” is “overwhelmingly made up of right-wing extremists.” The Director of Terrorism Studies at the West Point-based Combatting Terrorism Center found attacks by right-wing extremists up “more than 400%” since 2000.

John Tirman of the MIT Center for International Studies notes that in “the START database on terrorism in America,” from “1990 to 2009, START identified 275 ‘homicide events’ that killed 520 people and were committed by right-wing ideologues. There were many more incidents of destruction of property, nonfatal attacks, and other acts of thuggery by white supremacists, private militias, and the like.”

“Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by ecoterrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists,” writes Ken Sofer. “Right-wing extremism has been responsible for the greatest number of terrorist incidents in the U.S. in 13 of the 17 years since the Oklahoma City bombing.”

So right wing terrorism dwarfs left wing terrorism by a nearly 2-1 margin in this country. But those are facts, which simply do not matter to Perkins and Blackwell.

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  • alanb

    No TRUE right-wing, conservative person or organization has ever committed an act of terrorism. And everybody knows that Nazis and white supremacists are liberals.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Yabbut those were all false flag operations.

    /derp

  • hunter

    In case anyone wasn’t aware, lying has become a reflex for Perkins — he’ll lie about anything and everything. It’s just who he is.

  • evodevo

    This same meme comes up all the time in my discussions (arguments?) with conservative friends and relatives. They are CONVINCED that lefties have committed the majority of terrorist acts (???). They completely discount Okla City, all the winger militia arrests in the last decade, abortion bombings, etc. etc. (what Alanb said !) I guess they are harking back to the SDS/VietNam protest ’70’s or something. They, of course, never have actual proof, just opinions. Thanks for this info from Right Wing Watch – now I have something I can throw back at them.

  • Michael Heath

    hunter writes:

    In case anyone wasn’t aware, lying has become a reflex for Perkins — he’ll lie about anything and everything. It’s just who he is.

    Well, lying also pays the bills and provides Tony Perkins with power. Conservative Christians love their liars for Jesus, as illustrated by all their leaders I’ve observed, every single one of them, predominately rely on false premises to promote the positions that distinguishes conservative Christianity in the U.S.

  • garnetstar

    Eric Rudolph is right-wing, therefore bombing the Olympics (and bars and clinics) is not terrorism!

    Got it.

  • Artor

    You can find left-wing terrorists in the US, but you have to look back 40 years to do it. I was remodeling my kitchen recently and I found a newspaper in the ceiling from 1974. It had an article about the police raiding a house in Oakland, looking for Patty Hearst and the SLA.

  • TxSkeptic

    What ever happened to that DHS Right Wing Extremism Repot that Janet Napolitano was forced to withdraw?

    Thanks, Obama.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    OH SURE THE WEATHERMEN WERE RIGHT WING TERRORISTS!!

  • M can help you with that.

    “Fifty-six percent of domestic terrorist attacks and plots in the U.S. since 1995 have been perpetrated by right-wing extremists, as compared to 30 percent by ecoterrorists and 12 percent by Islamic extremists,” writes Ken Sofer.

    I wonder if the numbers shift if you only look at attacks that kill people. In the past it’s seemed like property crimes have been lumped in with actual murder and attempted murder in order to inflate the sense of threat from the eco-terrorist set; not to excuse the property-destruction tactics, but that’s still a somewhat lesser crime than actually murdering people.

    As for right-wingers’ impressions that their fellow travelers aren’t the major demographic for domestic terror attacks…selective memory must be part of it. As well as the general ideological filters; I remember people talking about the Knoxville church shooting, even months after the event, as “proof” that evil left-wingers are persecuting good conservative Christians when the attack was a frustrated mainstream Republican who took overblown conservative commentary a bit more seriously than was intended.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    They’re speaking the absolute truth, under the following definition of “terrorist,” that seems to be in more colloquial usage: “One who uses violent and/or destructive attacks against noncombatants to support a political agenda with which I disagree.” In that sense, for them, right-wingers can’t be terrorists by definition. They’re resistance fighters.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    I would also add that the Islamist extremists have much more in common with right wingers than with left wingers.

  • Michael Heath

    Gvlgeologist, FCD writes:

    I would also add that the Islamist extremists have much more in common with right wingers than with left wingers.

    From a religious and social perspective you’re correct. However al Qaeda is a terrorist organization that also is very animated by the wealth of the Middle East being sucked-out of the region by the few, with insufficient effort by the few to invest in a manner that will lead to economic viability once oil revenues can’t sustain the region. This is one of a handful of reasons Osama bin Laden became an enemy to the House of Saud.

  • anubisprime

    They want it oh so very badly to be true that by saying it out aloud they magically make it true…then they are happy hoppy hippity bunnies!

  • anubisprime

    @ 14

    Only deep down inside they really know it is not true and the ‘bhabi jeebus howls at the injustice of it all!

  • laurentweppe

    It’s getting harder and harder to keep a straight account of which Perkins said which bullshit nowadays.

  • dugglebogey

    Statements followed quickly by the “No True Scotsman” fallacy I’m sure.