Friday, March 13, 2015

Threat Assessment

Things are heating up. Religion in the U.S. is losing its influence and people are leaving religion in droves. The remaining extremists are becoming more isolated and marginalized, and more extreme with their rhetoric. The extremists are preparing for violence.

The American Family Association (AFA) published a map of "Anti-Christian Bigots." A tool for mentally unbalanced extremists to find their target. Of course they would deny it's purpose, but what other motive is there?

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists the AFA as a hate group. The SPLC has a detailed archive of extremists as well.

We can't ignore them and assume that religions will fight among themselves, like the Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. or the Shiah and Sunni conflict, or the ongoing "Armageddon" in the Middle East. Now they are all targeting the non-religious. Their frustration will grow and they will become violent as their ideological influence fades into oblivion.

The first of their "soft targets" has been abortion clinics. Threats and intimidation has dramatically increased since 2010. The LGBT community is slightly more difficult for them to find but when they do, the odds of confrontations getting violent has skyrocketed as more states legalize gay marriage.

It's getting exceedingly difficult to remain tolerant. We face the possibility of regressing into a long, dark period in our history. I hope we can win with only reason and time.

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