FBI Blasted For Blatantly Targeting Christians

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the New York City Police Department faced scrutiny for its surveillance of mosques to combat Muslim extremism. However, the response from leftist journalists was largely muted. Fast forward to February, when it was leaked that the FBI’s field office in Richmond, Virginia, had discussed surveilling local Catholic churches to uncover potential violent extremism from “radical Catholics.” The disparity in media coverage is striking.

The Biden administration has been actively promoting the narrative that white conservatives and “Christian nationalists” pose the most significant domestic terrorism threat. This viewpoint is supported by an internal memo from the FBI’s Richmond office.

The memo expressed “high confidence” in its capability to identify individuals associated with Catholic terrorism plots. Recently, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government revealed that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to develop its assessment. The FBI went as far as proposing the cultivation of sources within the Catholic clergy and church leadership. The question arises: why was the FBI engaging in such activities when there was no tangible extremist threat?
The church in question was associated with the Society of St. Pius X, a breakaway traditionalist group that lacks official canonical status within the Catholic Church. The FBI’s focus was primarily on an individual who identified himself on social media as a “radical traditionalist Catholic Clerical Fascist.” However, there have been no instances of any form of violence committed by a “Catholic Clerical Fascist” reported.

This raises concerns that individuals are being monitored for their “far-right” religious and political beliefs. The report from Jordan’s subcommittee indicates that the FBI has identified Americans who are pro-family, pro-life, and support the biological basis for gender and sex distinction as possible domestic terrorists.

The two FBI employees who authored the controversial memorandum later admitted that they were aware of the political bias inherent in national news sources. However, despite the memo’s flaws, the subcommittee’s report reveals that the FBI’s Richmond office still “desires” to disseminate information about “radical-traditionalist Catholics.”

During a recent exchange with FBI Director Christopher Wray, Senator Josh Hawley raised concerns about the targeting of Catholic choirs as breeding grounds for terrorism. Wray asserted that the FBI does not and will not investigate Americans for exercising their religious liberty. Hawley countered by stating that the Richmond memo advocated for probing Catholic churches in search of “clerical fascists.”

This incident is not an isolated one. In 2022, the same Justice Department conducted a raid on the home of pro-life activist Mark Houck. The raid was allegedly in response to a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which stemmed from an incident in 2021 when Houck pushed an abortion clinic volunteer who had been harassing his son.