Well hell. I’ve been calling them “Klanbaggers” almost since they first appeared, but this article makes it very clear that even the KKK can’t stand these ignorant knuckle-draggers.
So….. NOW what? I guess I can stick with Jonestowners, since there is scarcely anyone left alive to complain about my appropriation of that name to describe them.
I’ll have to think about it. Can’t use Klanservative, can’t use Klanbagger, refuse to use the name they gave themselves as that denotes a respect for them that I most assuredly do not have. What to do, what to do?
A clear sign that perhaps you’ve gone off the deep end? When even the Ku Klux Klan tries to distance itself from your actions.
According to some little noticed 2010 press releases on the KKK’s main website, which turned up this week on Reddit, it seems as if America’s most famous hate group is actually very concerned about being mistakenly lumped in with other zealots on the right, including Koran-burning churches, the Westboro Baptists, and the Tea Party.
In one statement from August 2010, the Klan had this (shockingly reasonable thing) to say about Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose Koran burning set off a massacre at a U.N. building in Afghanistan in early April this year:
There are without doubt Islamic sects that teach extreme views of Islam but, going down to their level of hatred by burning their books is a dangerous and ignorant way to confront their teachings. The flames made by such unholy fires never die out! The Ku Klux Klan, LLC. opposes this most un-American thinking and activity.
The Klan also says it “absolutely repudiates” the Westboro Baptist Church’s practice of protesting at American soldiers’ funerals, and, maybe most surprisingly, it says it’s no fan of the Tea Party.
“Our Associates, members and supporters are here officially ordered: NOT to attend Tea Party events or support them in ANY way,” writes the Klan. “The Tea Party does not represent any but a shallow limited political agenda, which fails to serve our Nations interests. They are an extension of the Republican Party and seek to compromise it. We do NOT support any political party, all have betrayed the trust of the American people, and they have compromised their agenda to support the Progressive Socialist enslavement of the American people.”
That’s got to hurt. Even the KKK knows that the Jonestowners are off their rockers, and ignorant tools of a few rich men. All of the condemnations I could have come up with are meaningless in comparison.
So, then. What would be the correct descriptive term for a bunch of old racists, homophobes, and religious zealots who are complete and utter dupes, controlled by a few rich guys who laugh at them behind their backs?