Fundamentalism is an idea so extreme that its adherents will do anything to see it succeed. Anything. Fundamentalism is an idea that cancels out any competing concerns, any other values or commitments. To a fundamentalist, the end justifies the means, no matter what.
Although it might be tempting to dismiss these protesters as part of a racist, fringe movement, not to be taken seriously, that would be a mistake. The organized anti-Muslim movement in this country is well-financed, well-organized and pervasive in American politics.
Right-wing hate groups do not cause prejudice in the United States -- they exploit it. What we clearly see as objectionable bigotry surfacing in Extreme Right movements, is actually the magnified form of oppressions that swim silently in the familiar yet obscured eddies of "mainstream" society.
Derek Black, the son of the former Alabama Klan leader who runs the largest racist Web forum in the world, has renounced white nationalism, saying that he had been through "a gradual awakening process" and apologizing for his past activism.
Rather than reflecting on the deathly consequences of white supremacy, rather than look at the burgeoning white nationalist movement, the narrative has already been in overdrive to individualize and contextualize, to describe this rampage as a "senseless act."
So who, precisely, is Peter Brimelow, and why should the rest of us be concerned when a white nationalist racist like him appears at the same event as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin?