Bill Would Allow Attorney General to Classify Pro-Life Americans as Terrorists

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 5
, 2009

Washington, DC ( —
A bill that is moving through Congress would allow the nation’s Attorney General to classify pro-life Americans as terrorists. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a pro-abortion congressman, has introduced a bill that calls for the Attorney General to have discretion over who is called a terrorist and what groups will be treated as terrorist groups. Congressman Trent Franks, a pro-life Republican from Arizona, talked about the bill: “While the amendment seeks to keep gang members and members of violent groups out of the military, the amendment by its language is much more broad. Specifically, it confers upon the Attorney General the ability to categorize groups as hate groups, and this sounds an alarm for many of us because of the recent shocking and offensive report released by the Department of Homeland Security which labeled, arguably, a majority of Americans as ‘extremists.'” Franks continued, “I take extreme offense that the federal government — through a report issued under the authority of a Cabinet-level official — would dare to categorize people who are ‘dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition or abortion,’ as ‘right-wing extremists’ and it begs the question of whether the Attorney General, under Mr. Hastings’ Amendment, can look to the Napolitano report to decide who is an extremist, or can make the same categorization of the majority of Americans as extremists who may then be kept from joining the military, or who may be discharged.”