People toss out the label, “extremists”, all the time. There are environmental extremists, animal rights extremists, gay rights extremists and women’s right extremists. Conservative use these terms for liberal groups.
I think the term extremist should be reserved for those who want to take rights from their follow citizens. What could be more extreme than that?
Even in our local community there are those who qualify as extremists. Mostly, they are ordinary folks who don’t seem to grasp the implications, even to themselves, of what they advocate.
When the first clinic that performed abortions applied for a building permit, a majority of our City Commission voted no. I was Mayor and told the building inspector he must issue the permit anyway because all requirements were met. He did so.
This practice of extremism, denying a legal right, continued. Protestors tried to shut down the clinic by physically blocking law abiding citizens from walking on the side walk entrance.
I’m sure, who did this did not think of themselves as extremists. They did not understand if they were allowed to block legal access, others could do the same their businesses or churches.
Then, there is the gay marriage issue. Rights and economic benefits come with marriage. They should be available to citizens equally. Extremism is to support withholding those benefits and rights from gay people.
The irony is political operatives on the right have labeled women who want rights over their own bodies and gays people who want equal rights as extremists. That is odd.
P. S. A reminder to local folks, tomorrow, Sunday, August 18, is the monthly meeting of Red River Freethinkers. The speaker will be William Kirschner, Attorney.