I hate conspiracy theories. For me they always fall apart when I start wondering why more people don't know about them. Seriously, for most to be successfully carried off you need a doublebutt ton of participants. Franklin was right when he said, "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead." So citing some esoteric document known to only the select few doesn't do it for me, claiming a vast conspiracy of silence leaves me cold, etc. & etc.
So why am I now wondering if theres something organized afoot to discredit/ostracize/minimize those of us with strong conventional religious convictions?
Case in point, this POS; http://www.thelibertypapers.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/hsa-rightwing-extremism-09-04-07.pdf which is the DHS assessment on rightwing extremism that is currently in the blogosphere headlights.
If you haven't read it, I recommend doing so. When I did my first reaction was, "This can't be an official document." The damned thing is very imprecise over just who the rightwing extremists are. But their defining characteristics "can" include things like opposition to abortion, OR strong feelings regarding 2nd Amendment rights, OR an antipathy towards the federal government vice state or local governments, OR irate racism (you knew this was coming I'll bet) towards the first African-American President.
It keeps referencing the current economic problems as a catalyst for rightwing extremists gaining membership and plotting various acts. My grasp of history isn't all that great but when the Weimar Republic hit the skids didn't the socialists (Nazis) take over? When things went into the toilet in Czarist Russia weren't the communists the ones who took the reins? Maybe some countries WERE taken over by rightwingers but I'd say it was a tossup.
We saw nothing like this during the eight years of (supposedly) Imperial Bush. As a matter of fact, we were constantly reminded that dissent was actually patriotic. So now it isn't? How Orwellian.
It looks like the stage is being set for many of the traditionally minded to go the way of the dodo. We're being marginalized when items like the one discussed here never hits the news, when loads of air time is given to those condemning the Pope regarding his view on AIDS in Africa but voices like this one aren't heard, when our military is ignored in even a trivial fashion such as this, when deviants are legitimized in any manner, including this and the list goes on and on.
Now many of us will fit the profile vaguely offered in the DHS document. Since so many supposedly religious eagerly worship at the feet of our secular society it'll be easy to persecute the rest. As an example, look at how those who identify themselves as members of the Catholic Church are split on the issue of B.O.'s election. There are enough supporters in his camp to justify going after the rest.
I've spoken in the past of how this might happen. No lions to be fed or crucifixes to be erected. Just think of having the IRS go up your ass with a microscope. THAT'LL quell a fair amount of dissent right there.
Or how about if you run afoul of Child Protective Services (CPS) as the couple in the following story did. (I've posted the entire thing because all too often stories disappear from the DMN blog. In all honesty, it's probably just a form of cyber housekeeping. But the story follows)
Three months after jury decision in custody case, Midlothian couple still waiting for kids to come home
By JON NIELSEN / The Dallas Morning News firstname.lastname@example.org
The Midlothian couple still face abuse allegations. "
"I'm a little shocked to hear that," Joe Sires of Waxahachie said. "I thought the verdict was the verdict."
Under that regime in Germany gun control laws were enacted, not under Hitler as is popularly assumed. Hitler only had to avail himself of legislation passed by his predecessors to ensure the populace was disarmed. Sweet for him!