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Islamist Versus Far-Right Attacks

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Law enforcement continues their investigation around the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on September 24, 2017 in Antioch, Tennessee. One person was killed and seven were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the church. (Photo: Joe Buglewicz / Getty Images)
Law enforcement continues their investigation around the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ on September 24, 2017 in Antioch, Tennessee. One person was killed and seven were wounded when a gunman opened fire in the church. (Photo: Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

What’s a more serious threat to the United States – Islamist or far-Right attacks? If I’ve heard this question asked once, I’ve hear it a hundred times. And quite frankly it is a supremely foolish question to ask.

For the average Joe and Joanna it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever whether 49 percent of attacks are carried out by Islamists or it’s 51%. The only people for whom this question is relevant is the government’s budget builders who have to appropriate cash accordingly.

But for you and me, there shouldn’t be some competition. The amount of times I hear left-wingers say “but what about far-Right attacks?” or I hear folks saying “those Muslim radicals are the real threat.” It’s a nonsensical debate and here’s why.

Both are equally disgusting, both are truly out there and both are growing in the United States and among our allies at alarming rates. Both need to be taken extremely seriously and we are all targets for both of these groups.

When a gunman (and yes, it is nearly always a man) opens fire in a nightclub or college campus, he is not distinguishing between targets. He is simply making a point: “The more people I kill, the more attention my cause will gain.”

And when the target is more specific … well, both Islamists and far-right extremists target synagogues, for example.

Here at Clarion we’ve dedicated most of our resources to tackling the threat of radical Islam because that is our area of expertise. That in no way means we are not cognizant of the very palpable threat from other extremists (and these days that also includes the far Left).

As we launch our Preventing Violent Extremism program across the United States this month, we will target all forms of extremism. One young, disturbed person could equally be drawn to radical Islam, far-Left or far-Right extremism or even become the next school shooter — it just depends on who radicalizes them first.

Our training program is aimed at all these scenarios and gives parents and teachers the tools to recognize the signs for concern in our children – from a young age through their early twenties.

Over the next two years we plan to reach every state in the nation with our training, followed by online continuing education and webinars.

We’re also seeking partners to do this work with us.

So if you or anyone you know might be interested in learning more, please click on this link and be in touch. This is a free service.

 

Get involved in our campaign: www.ClarionProject.org/PVE

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David Harris

David Harris is the editor in chief of Clarion Project.