OK, we'll be the first to admit that we are not experts at understanding the workings of government. In fact, most of the time, even before the ingestion of adult beverages, our ability to fathom the whys and wherefores of our elected representatives' behaviors is, well let's just say severely limited.
Still, after reading this, we have begun to question even our own meager understanding of what goes on in Washington, D.C..
The Ann Arbor based Thomas More Law Center says it has filed a federal lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The non-profit law firm said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's "rightwing extremism policy," reflected in an Intelligence Assessment publicized last week, violates the civil liberties of combat veterans as well as American citizens by targeting them for disfavored treatment on account of their political beliefs.
Now, correct us if we're mistaken, but isn't the job of the Department of Homeland Security to watch out for the security of the, you know, homeland? Are we off base here?
The Law Center claims that Napolitano's department violated the First and Fifth Amendment rights of these the plaintiffs by attempting to chill their free speech, expressive association, and equal protection rights.
See, here's another thing that confuses us. We didn't know free speech meant the ability to blow up buildings, that expressive association meant being able to shoot people, or that equal protection rights meant holing up in your apartment with a boatload of guns.
But what do we know?
The lawsuit further claims that the Department of Homeland Security encourages law enforcement officers throughout the nation to target and report citizens to federal officials as suspicious rightwing extremists and potential terrorists because of their political beliefs.
Now, we thought if you were a rightwing extremist it was because you had extreme right wing political views, you know, "right" being a term used to describe a political philosophy and all. Apparently though it means you just don't like people who are left handed. Or something.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of conservative radio talk show host, Michael Savage, Gregg Cunningham (president of the pro-life organization Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc.), and Iraqi War Marine veteran Kevin Murray.
Well, OK. If these are the gentlemen who feel they've been unfairly targeted because of their views, perhaps we should give them a chance to explain. Mr. Savage, why don't you go first?
Umm...so this is the revenge of the homos? All righty then. Mr. Cunningham, anything to add?
CBR's executive director Gregg Cunningham has never made any apology for the comparison between abortion and the Holocaust. In a media statement last year, Cunningham said: "Frankly, I'm weary of genocide snobs who focus solely on their causes."
Ah...revenge of the...erm...genocide snobs? Mr. Murray, can you clarify a little?
Murray objects to being forced as a taxpayer to contribute to the propagation of Islamic beliefs and practices predicated upon Shariah law, which is hostile to his Christian religion.
OK...revenge of the...um...tax supported Shariah law proponents?
Let's recap. These guys are suing the Department of Homeland Security because it wants to protect homos who want to institute Sahiah law so everyone is forced to get an abortion?