i haven't responded to your comments on my post yet because i just took a break from work. katethoughts
and i had a brief discussion on this - on the one hand, if you genuinely believe in and support an organization, should you be kept from expressing your support and/or donating money to the effort? christian groups wear "wwjd" t-shirts and other paraphernalia and give lots of money to support missionary groups in other countries to try to gain more converts (which could be seen as infiltration) as well as fund groups in other countries where the christian group might be more violent (such as in the philippines) or domestically violent groups who shoot doctors and harass patients outside abortion clinics (which IMO constitutes terrorism). but yet i see no regulation by congress of these activities. prior to the patriot act, people in this country enjoyed the freedom to bleive in what they wished and support what groups they wished.
on the other hand, is it okay to fund *any* organization that promotes violence or organized crime? keeping in mind that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, where do we draw a line on this? do we allow people the freedom to choose who they support? wouldn't it be unconstitutional (within the freedom of speech/assembly area) to prevent people from supporting particular factions?
i'm not saying i condone violence by these groups, but i think that if we're going to allow the people to put a wackjob like bush into power (and exercising their freedom to support and donate to whomever they like) then who are we to prevent someone else from doing the same? we ourselves were freedom fighters/terrorists in the taking of this country from the british - we engaged in guerrilla warfare and underground fighting. are we just a pot calling the kettle black?
of course, you do raise an interesting point that there will be people who support this just because it's trendy to have to shirt, and not necessarily because they believe in the cause. but you could say this for any charity organization or any fashion trend that preys on sweatshops in developing countries - is that a form of corporate terrorism to support it? people will always follow things "just because" and so you would never be able to regulate that. i have more concerns about regulating those who genuinely believe in these causes, because as much as i might disagree with the cause, the people have a right to choose whom to believe in and support.