By Rev. Ted Pike
10 Jan 11
Since last summer’s groundswell of Tea Party protest, the Anti-Defamation League has repeatedly condemned this red-state movement as “uncivil” and warned it could turn violent. ADL uses this term only to describe the political right not the pro-Obama left. (See, ADL Blasts ‘Paranoid’ Right: Are Millions of Anti-Obama Protestors ‘Conspirators?’) ADL now insinuates that a climate of incivility may have encouraged the horrific shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge and others.
[Giffords’] affiliation with ADL, which monitors and exposes hate and extremist groups, contributed to her awareness of the nexus between hate ideology and violence…While it is still not clear whether the attack was motivated by political ideology, the tragedy has already led to, as Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik put it, ‘soul-searching’ about theconnection between incivility and violence. We applaud Sheriff Dupnik’s statements condemning the volatile nature of political discourse in America… (emphasis mine)
ADL’s statement, issued the day after the shooting, is charged with stereotypic code words implying that the American right generates violence-inciting animosity and suspicion; thus it should be viewed as a prime inspiration of crimes of bias-motivated violence.