If any of you bloggers are military veterans, you might have read or heard of the furor over the recent release of a Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment of "Rightwing Extremism," in which returning vets are identified as potential future terrorists. The assessment is meant to "facilitate a greater understanding of the phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States."
But if you're Catholic you might be surprised to fight this passage in the assessment as well:
"Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."
Pray for our country, our President and other leaders. And pray that watch lists will be limited to terrorists who genuinely want to tear down our nation and our freedom, rather than those holding legitimate dissenting, counter-cultural Catholic viewpoints.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?