MoveOn.Org: ‘We Must Debate, Not Hate’

By Susan Jones | January 10, 2011 | 11:27am EST

( - The liberal advocacy group, while urging everyone "not to jump to premature conclusions," is calling for an "end to the rhetoric of violence and hate that has exploded in America over the past two years."

Following the mass shooting in Tucson, the group is launching an online petition, calling on every member of Congress as well as TV and cable news networks to put an end to "the hateful rhetoric and all overt or implied appeals to violence."

The petition reads: "I call for an end to all overt or implied appeals to violence in American politics. We must debate, not hate." called it "deeply troubling" that public health institutions failed to respond to signs of serious mental illness on the part of the alleged gunman. "But the terrifying fact is that this act of violence falls into a pattern that has emerged over the past two years in America and in Gabrielle Giffords' district in particular," the email said, noting that the windows of Giffords' home district office were smashed last March just a few hours after the House vote on health care reform.

According to, political leaders such as Sarah Palin have "inflamed" the violent tendencies of people such as the Tucson gunman with their "careless and irresponsible rhetoric." The group singled out a map of the United States posted on Palin's Facebook page last March that identified 20 Democrats for defeat in November. The icon used to identify the 20 resembled the crosshair of a gunsight.

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