Fox News recently broke an alarming story over how the Biden administration is using taxpayer money funneled through an anti-terrorism grant initiative to a university that hosted a seminar that lumps the Republican Party and other mainstream Christian organizations and conservative organizations into the same category as Nazis.
Fox News obtained documents from this conference through conservative watchdog group Media Research Center. The founder and president of the Media Research Center explained, "This terrorism task force is engaged in an active effort to demonize and eliminate Christian, conservative, and Republican organizations using federal taxpayer dollars."
The president of the watchdog organization then added, "What we have uncovered calls for criminal prosecution. The American people need to know those who are abusing their positions in the federal government will be held accountable for their criminal behavior." One such grantee, awarded to the order of $352,109, of this anti-terrorism program was the University of Dayton's PREVENTS-OH program which called for the drawing "on the expertise of the University of Dayton faculty" to combat "domestic violence extremism and hate movements."
One of the materials presented at a 2021 conference held at the University of Dayton was a chart called the "Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization" which included in its categories of "the modern far-right" mainstream conservative organizations like The Heritage Foundation, The Republican Party, Fox News, CBN, Prague U, and so on. The apex of this far-right chart was neo-Nazi organizations.
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One speaker at this conference compared former President Donald Trump's rendition of the Snake poem, which the speaker claimed was aimed against non-white persons, to how the Khmer Rouge, the Communists in Cambodia, evoked the image of the crocodile to justify violence against the Vietnamese. The Khmer Rouge would genocide between 1.5-2 million of its own citizens from 1975-1979.
Yet another speaker compared Governor Ron DeSantis's (R-FL) proposal of a voluntary civilian military force to assist in emergencies like hurricanes to the Holocaust. The speaker said that they should "[l]isten to what people are saying, including the extremists...this is also one of the deep lessons of the Holocaust."
The anti-COVID lockdown protesters and vaccine skeptics are also, according to one speaker, fertile ground for extremist recruitment. Another speaker focused on the need by antifascists to deplatform these far-right organizations and how to apply pressure to do so using Steve Bannon and his show 'Real America Voice' as examples. As the Heritage Foundation noted in its tweet on this matter "He also boasts about how so-called 'antifascists' can pressure service providers to "kick people off" if enough leftists decide individuals or organizations like The Heritage Foundation, [Breitbart News], [Prager University], or [Turning Point USA] are radical or white supremacist."
The Department of Homeland Security claims that none of its grant money went to the conference and that they had nothing to do with that event. The University of Dayton seemed to back up this claim by claiming that "[t]he speakers at the programs referred to in the Media Research Center's report are from the University of Dayton Human Rights Center's Social Practice of Human Rights Conference in the fall of 2021, which had no affiliation with and predates PREVENTS-OH...The University of Dayton Human Rights Center received its PREVENTS-OH grant in the fall of 2022 and, to date, its community awareness events and dialogues have focused on all forms of domestic terrorism, targeted violence, and extremism." Fox News also revealed that the seminar was not noted in the university's grant application.
5/ He also boasts about how so-called "antifascists" can pressure service providers to "kick people off" if enough leftists decide individuals or organizations like The Heritage Foundation, @BreitbartNews, @prageru, or @TPUSA are radical or white supremacist. pic.twitter.com/9w9iw7v5Ed— Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) May 25, 2023