Since leaving Andrew Schlafly’s failed little hate-blog, to go and form his own little hate blog, Terry Hurlbut (an action which is still penalised by imprisonment in Mississippi and Arizona) has managed to draw a surprising amount of like-minded bigots to post their drivel on his site. Modestly named “Conservative News and Views,” with the even more modest tagline “Renewing the Fourth Estate,” it is a hive of every ultra right-wing, nutjob talking point you can think of. Including their latest “masterpiece” (it’s a Do Not Link link, so don’t worry) “Germanwings Muslim factor?” in which they engage in some good old Islamophobia, based solely on a since-removed blog post, by a German who writes for the rabidly anti-Islamic “Politically Incorrect” magazine.
Here’s a brief expert from the “article:”
In detail [Mannheimer – the PI blogger] alleged: Lubitz went to a mosque in Bremen. And, either under orders, or taking a cue from the “book of terror” (likely the Koran), or acting on his own, he decided to take down a planeload of innocent people. Mannheimer went further: he demanded Germany invoke Section 129a of its Criminal Code to ban Islam and investigate all its followers.
The “book of terror (likely the Koran)” – wow. Just wow. Because that’s exactly how journalists write. I’m guessing by “Renewing the Fourth Estate,” Terry actually means “Totally making shit up and raping facts until they squeal like a pig.”
Anyway, that long intro is to set the tone of the blog, and to introduce you to one of the regular contributors – Minnesota bigot Bradlee Dean. He’s one of only 4 contributors to the site with 100+ contributions – the others being Hurlbut, raving lunatic RoseAnn Salanitri and serial litigator Dwight Kehoe. Dean is the head bigot behind an anti-LGBT group called “You Can Run But You Cannot Hide,” which has come up with such classics – because of course a bigoted blow-hard like this has a radio show – as “God didn’t give us a right to put a bunch of homosexuals into Federal Government,” “Communists invented the word ‘Racism’,” and that Minnesota is “at war with God” after signing marriage equality into law. Right Wing Watch have a whole section devoted to him, if you really want to know more about this bigot’s ratings.
Of course, I said “head honcho,” when I actually meant “only honcho” – given that his entire staff walked out of his little hate group, amid claims that it’s more of a cult than a congregation and Dean was using it as his own personal piggy bank. Now there’s a surprise!
Anyway, Dean posted a long, rambling rant on CNAV entitled (again a Do Not Link Link) “Church leaders won’t lead” – which is something about his horror at missionaries converting Muslims and encouraging them to come to the US, which them somehow segues into a rant about how children in public schools are “in a cesspool of illegal indoctrination. The hypocrites have now become the greatest advocates to the radical sodomites, the murdering abortionists, the atheists and placing students in the crosshairs of everything that they can possibly be subjected to.”
I’m glossing over the contents of the post, because now I’m finally getting to the point of my own post – knee-jerk reactions to criticism. In the comments, somebody pointed out the irony of Dean complaining about church leaders not leading, when his entire congregation had walked out on him. Without thinking, Terry Hurlbut (and fair play to him, he is one conservative blogger that has an open comments section, even if he is somewhat selective about which comments appear) jumped in with this little gem:
Come and see the persecution complex in action! Yes, if the SPLC has declared a group a hate group (which they have done for YCRBYCH) then it must mean – in Hurlbut’s mind, that they are doing the right thing and are just being persecuted by godless liberals.
Until you start looking at who else the SPLC lists under it’s hate groups. But, taking Hurlbut’s claim at face value, if the SPLC condemns them, they must be good. And just to be impartial, I’ll take a selection from across the board of their listed ideologies:
- The Klu Klux Klan. But, of course
- The Phineas Priesthood – not quite a group, but a Phineas priest is somebody who attacks and kills an inter-faith, or (mostly) interracial couple. Basically an excuse for a white-supremacist, anti-Semitic asshole.
- The Nation of Islam. Yes, by Terry’s own definition, Louis Farrakhan’s mob of Muslims are a-ok with him.
- Ecclesiastical Council for the Restoration of Covenant Israel – a part of the rabidly anti-Semitic “Christian Identity” mob. Actually, I can go with this. Terry is pro-Israel, but mostly because he wants the Apocalypse to happen, because Heaven. To him, Jews killed Jesus. And let’s not even get started on the Radical Traditional Catholicism groups.
- And then we get groups like the American Nazi Party, the Aryan Terror Brigade, the United Society of Aryan Skinheads, and the Sadistic Souls Skinheads, to name a few.
I’ve written and asked Terry just how many of these groups he does actually support, seeing as their being condemned by the SLPC makes them “good” in his eyes. I wonder if I’ll get a reply?