Robertson: If You Remember Timothy McVeigh, You Must Be Gay

Albeit, not the dumbest thing he’s ever said:

For the past few days, the right wing has been going after a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report warning that “rightwing extremists…may be gaining new recruits” because of Barack Obama’s election and the “economic downtown.” Many conservatives have been claiming that it’s an attack on veterans, while others have declared that it was a politically motivated attempt to “smear” conservatives and their tea parties.

Televangelist Pat Robertson went even further on the 700 Club yesterday. Not only did he echo the belief that the report was produced by liberal DHS officials, but he claimed that their “sexual orientation is somewhat in question.” He offered no proof for his remark:

ROBERTSON: It shows somebody down in the bowels of that organization is either a convinced left winger or somebody whose sexual orientation is somewhat in question. But it’s that kind of thing, somebody who doesn’t think that we should have abortion on demand, is labeled a terrorist! It’s outrageous!

Obviously, the “substance” of Robertson’s comment is completely wrong. The report was written by a career DHS employee and merely detailed a potential threat risk for domestic terrorism that isn’t exactly unheard of. What I don’t really understand, however, is the right’s need to attack this report. I assume it’s one thing to misrepresent the wording of the report or to simply make things up about it to try to make political hay, but on a more general level, a lot of conservatives seem to be attacking the very idea of worrying about right-wing domestic terrorism, bordering on, or crossing the line of, defending the very sort of people who might engage in such action. I suppose that’s not unusual considering the way the right has remembered things like Waco and, particularly, Ruby Ridge, but you’d think a political movement would want to distance themselves from this sort of thing. It’s not as though Oklahoma City is a matter of ancient history that’s largely removed from the public conciousness, after all.

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