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Supreme Court's Rights Rollback

Introduction:

Supreme Court's Rights Rollback

The alarming tide of the Radical Right across the globe is something to be gravely concerned over. It seems that this resurgence of the Radical Right is a global phenomenon, finding a place in every region and state of the planet. The current governmental architecture, whether it is democratic in theory or totalitarian in theory makes little, if any, difference, albeit it is more clear in existing totalitarian states than in democratic states where individual freedom is almost an article of faith. And where ever this phenomenon is brought to the forefront, it should be alarming to us all.

In recent years, the world has witnessed a disconcerting surge in the influence and activities of the radical right. This movement encompasses various extremist ideologies that propagate hate, intolerance, and discrimination against marginalized communities. By examining specific examples of antisemitism, Islamophobia, book banning, xenophobia, anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, triumphalist Christian religion, and neo-Nazism, we can shed light on the dangerous consequences of this rising tide.

The Alarming Tide of the Radical Right: Antisemitism:

Antisemitism, prejudice, and discrimination against Jewish people, have sadly found renewed energy within the ranks of the radical right. One disturbing example is the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, where gravesites are vandalized with hateful symbols and slogans. In 2019, the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery in Berlin, Germany, was targeted by vandals who defaced numerous graves, shocking the local Jewish community and the world.

Another alarming instance of antisemitism occurred in the United States, where the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, unfolded in 2018. A gunman, driven by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories, stormed the synagogue during Shabbat services, killing 11 worshippers and injuring several others. This tragic event stands as a chilling reminder of the consequences that arise from the spread of antisemitic ideologies.

Islamophobia:

Islamophobia, the fear and prejudice against Islam and Muslims, has also gained traction within radical right circles. One striking example is the rise of the “burqa bans” across Europe. In 2010, France implemented a nationwide ban on full-face veils, such as the burqa and niqab, in public spaces. This legislation not only encroaches upon religious freedom but also perpetuates stereotypes and exclusion against Muslim women.

Another troubling incident occurred in New Zealand in 2019, when a white supremacist targeted two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslims and injuring many more. The perpetrator live-streamed the attack, spreading his Islamophobic and xenophobic ideology worldwide. This act of terror exposed the alarming reach of Islamophobia and its potential to incite violence.

The Alarming Tide of the Radical Right: Book Banning:

Book banning represents a threat to intellectual freedom and democratic values. The radical right has been known to champion censorship, suppressing literature that challenges their narrow worldview. In 2018, the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, ordered the removal of hundreds of textbooks from public schools, arguing that they contained “leftist ideology.” This action demonstrates a deliberate attempt to silence diverse perspectives and control educational content.

Similarly, in Hungary, the ruling party has targeted books by critical authors, forcing their removal from public libraries. This book-banning campaign aims to eliminate dissenting voices and consolidate power, hindering the free exchange of ideas and limiting the intellectual growth of society.

Xenophobia:

Xenophobia, the fear, and hostility towards foreigners or people from different cultures, has become a central theme within the radical right’s rhetoric. The 2016 Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom exemplified this trend, with proponents of leaving the European Union stoking fears of unchecked immigration. Anti-immigrant sentiment became a driving force behind the Brexit campaign, creating divisions within society and undermining the spirit of inclusivity.

Additionally, the rise of far-right political parties across Europe has been fueled by xenophobic agendas. For instance, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has capitalized on anti-immigrant sentiment, adopting a hardline stance that demonizes refugees and fuels societal divisions. This divisive rhetoric has alarming implications for social cohesion and the fundamental principles of equality and tolerance.

The Alarming Tide of the Radical Right: Anti-LGBTQ+ Sentiments:

The radical right has also shown an alarming hostility towards LGBTQ+ communities, seeking to deny their rights and perpetuate discrimination. In Poland, the ruling Law and Justice party has declared numerous municipalities as “LGBTQ+ ideology-free zones,” effectively marginalizing and stigmatizing queer individuals. This overt hostility restricts the rights and freedoms of LGBTQ+ citizens and fosters a climate of fear and exclusion.

Similarly, in the United States, there have been efforts to roll back LGBTQ+ rights. In 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump Administration removed protections for transgender individuals against discrimination in healthcare. This regressive policy disregarded the rights and well-being of the transgender community, reflecting the radical right’s persistent disregard for equality and inclusion.

Triumphalist Christian Religion:

The radical right often espouses a triumphalist Christian religion, seeking to impose a narrow interpretation of faith on society at large. In Uganda, a proposed law in 2019 sought to criminalize homosexuality with the support of conservative Christian groups. The legislation aimed to enforce religious beliefs onto others, disregarding the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ individuals.

In Brazil, the rise of evangelical Christianity has had political implications, with conservative Christian groups influencing policy decisions. For example, efforts to restrict reproductive rights and limit comprehensive sex education demonstrate the impact of this triumphalist religious ideology on public discourse and individual liberties.

The Alarming Tide of the Radical Right: Neo-Nazism:

The resurgence of neo-Nazi ideologies is one of the most alarming aspects of the radical right’s rise. In Germany, the National Socialist Underground (NSU) carried out a series of murders targeting immigrants between 2000 and 2007. This neo-Nazi terrorist group operated undetected for years, exposing systemic failures and the persistence of far-right extremism.

In the United States, the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, brought together various white supremacist groups, including neo-Nazis. The rally turned violent, resulting in the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer. This tragic event revealed the dangers of neo-Nazi ideology and the urgent need to address the root causes that enable such hate to thrive.

In Conclusion:

The rise of the radical right represents a disturbing trend that poses significant threats to social harmony, democracy, and human rights. Examples of antisemitism, Islamophobia, book banning, xenophobia, anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, triumphalist Christian religion, and neo-Nazism showcase the harmful consequences of this ideology. It is incumbent upon societies worldwide to remain vigilant, promote inclusivity, and foster an environment of respect and acceptance for all, countering the toxic narratives propagated by the radical right.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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