The murder of abortion provider George Tiller and the killing of a security guard at the Washington D.C. Holocaust museum by a white supremacist on Wednesday has forced early critics of a Department of Homeland Security report on right-wing extremism to revisit their critiques.
But not everyone has been so affected by the rise in violent, ideologically motivated killings.
The religious conservative, non-profit organization Liberty Counsel is still promoting on its website right-wing extremist ID cards as a way of protesting that very same DHS report.
"I'm Proud to be a Right-Wing Extremist," reads the card, "as described in the DHS Intelligence Assessment of April 7, 2009."
The cards, which were initially designed to ding DHS for raising concerns about anti-abortion activists, gun enthusiasts, returning veterans and the like, are described on Liberty Counsel's website as "humorous." But in the wake of Wednesday's shooting and Tiller's murder, their continued promotion is far more politically divisive. Indeed, some of the concerns laid out in the DHS report seem entirely pertinent to the recent incidents of extremist activity. The agency warned both about anti-Semitic behavior and pro-life zealotry resulting in actual violence.
A call to Liberty Counsel was not immediate returned.
"The Department of Homeland Security recently issued a report warning law enforcement officials nationwide about the dangers of ''right-wing extremism,'' reads an accompanying post from Anita Staver, President of Liberty Counsel. "The most jaw-dropping aspect of this report is that its definition of 'right-wing extremist' applies to any conservative or value-centered person!"