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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Redefining Hate

This isn't surprising, considering conservatives take on recently passed "hate crimes" legislation.

The Mojave Desert War Memorial, which was saved temporarily by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, was torn down by vandals sometime Sunday night. Liberty Institute, which represents longtime memorial caretakers Henry and Wanda Sandoz, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Ex-Prisoners of War, is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the removal of VFW property.

“This is an outrage, akin to desecrating people’s graves,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute. “It’s a disgraceful attack on the selfless sacrifice of our veterans. We will not rest until this memorial is re-installed.”

Fox Nation is framing this in the context of a hate crime, purportedly to back up their claims that it would stifle religious speech. And while there is no evidence to suggest who did this or what the motivating factors were, fringe right-wingers are running with this narrative.

I'm going to mention this again, as it rightfully should be pointed out - this whole notion of victimhood has become so ingrained within the conservative mindset that it continually amazes me that they claim that it is the liberal/progressive movement who play the victim role.

Ann Coulter had an entire book about this. Apparently she hasn't been paying attention to the conservative movement sine January 2009.

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