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Skinheads Exploit Anger Over Immigration

By Hatewatch Staff on October 16, 2007 - 5:44 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Racist skinheads, once so pervasive in the area that Portland earned the nickname “Skinhead City,” have largely vanished from the region’s cultural landscape over the past decade.

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Bad Week for Alamo Ministries

By Susy Buchanan on October 16, 2007 - 6:46 am, Posted in Anti-Catholic, Anti-LGBT, Intelligence Report

talamo180.jpgThe first week of October was a rough one for World Pastor Tony Alamo, the cult leader who for decades has claimed “homosexuality is caused by demon possession” and the U.S. government is an agent of the “satanic” Catholic Church.

On Oct. 2, Tony Alamo Christian Ministries member Leslie Ray “Buster” White was indicted by a federal grand jury in Tyler, Texas, on charges of trafficking in 1,475 pairs of counterfeit Nike tennis shoes as well as illegally copied CDs. (White has been described as the associate pastor of Alamo Ministries, although Alamo denied that to the Texarkana [Texas] Gazette.) During an FBI raid of White’s Great American Outlet Mall — where the counterfeit goods were allegedly sold — federal agents also seized nearly $110,000 in cash. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Confederate Movie Director Takes on New Cause

By Brentin Mock on October 11, 2007 - 10:26 am, Posted in Conspiracies, Nativist Extremist, Neo-Confederate

Movie director Ronald Maxwell (below, right) — the writer, director and producer of the god-awful 2003 movie rmaxwell.jpg“Gods and Generals,” a wildly pro-Confederate and ahistorical take on the Civil War — has adopted a new cause: the threat allegedly posed to right-thinking Americans by undocumented Mexican immigrants. In a Sept. 17 interview with Jeff Mellott of the Daily News Record of Harrisonburg, Va., Maxwell declared that Mexican immigrants’ ultimate goal was “outright annexation” of the Southwestern United States. Adopting the so-called reconquista conspiracy theory widely touted by the radical right, Maxwell explained to Mellot that “they [Mexican politicians and intellectuals] see it as a re-conquering.” “The American people are funding their own suicide,” Maxwell said. “If we stop paying taxes, this craziness stops.”

Maxwell also last month stumped for anti-immigrant hard-liners running for Republican offices in Virginia. The Washington Post reported on Sept. 23 that Maxwell wrote in to the Loudoun Times-Mirror, which covers the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., to ask: “Why on earth would we want to create the conditions in the American Southwest, or for that matter all across America, for future civil strife, or in a worst case scenario, civil war?” Similarly, in an open letter to President Bush last year, Maxwell referred to immigration as an “invasion masquerading as immigration.” He told Bush that his legacy would be described “as the President who saved (or lost) the South-West of the United States.” ( continue to full post… )

Lawyer Decries Hate-Mongering And Vigilantism

By Hatewatch Staff on October 9, 2007 - 6:03 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

There was a time when a big brother would be in hot water back home if he didn’t stick up for his little sister outside the house. No such scolding will be necessary for Ramon Murguia.

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Flag Ripper Denies Posting Racist Comments

By Hatewatch Staff on October 9, 2007 - 6:01 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The UNM student who ignited controversy when he ripped apart a Mexican flag last month had earlier posted a statement on the Internet calling Mexicans “wet-backs,” a university department charged Tuesday.

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District Attorney Holds Controversial Immigrant Crime Forum

By Hatewatch Staff on October 9, 2007 - 5:59 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Roy Johnson is happy somebody is going to do something about the murderers, rapists, thieves and thugs that District Attorney Ken Buck says are sneaking into Weld County from Mexico.

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Minuteman Project Re-Schedules Forum With Ohio Sheriff

By Hatewatch Staff on October 9, 2007 - 5:56 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A month after its original conference was canceled, the Illinois Minuteman Project has found a place to hold its anti-illegal immigration seminar.

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Extremist Group Announces Speech by Congressman

By Heidi Beirich on October 8, 2007 - 10:42 am, Posted in Academic Racism, Hate Groups, White Supremacist

The Robert A. Taft Club, a group headed by a man with a network of racist connections, has announced that a U.S. congressman, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), will address the group this Thursday at a restaurant in Arlington, Va.

recentpic.jpgThe Taft Club is led by Marcus Epstein (right), who serves as the executive director of both white nationalist Pat Buchanan’s The American Cause and the Team America PAC, which is run by Buchanan’s sister, Bay Buchanan. Epstein writes for the anti-immigrant hate site and he advocates for white supremacist organizations. He is especially fond of American Renaissance — a white supremacist journal that has suggested that blacks have “psychopathic personalities” — and attends the journal’s biannual conferences. In 2006, Epstein invited the head of American Renaissance’s parent organization, Jared Taylor, to speak to the Taft Club on the issue of “Race and Conservatism.” ( continue to full post… )

Photographer Banned from National Press Club Press Conference

By Heidi Beirich on October 5, 2007 - 10:34 am, Posted in Hate Groups, Nativist Extremist, Radical Traditionalist Catholic

Scott Suchman, an accomplished photographer hired by the Intelligence Report to photograph a press conference put on Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., by the hate group The Social Contract Press, was thrown out of the event by its organizers. The Press Club is considered the “sanctum sanctorum of American journalists” and is dedicated to “the promotion of free expression.”

When Suchman arrived at the Club’s Lisagor Room with camera in hand, he was questioned about who he was free-lancing for. He was told by Diana Hull, head of the press conference’s co-sponsor Californians for Population Stabilization, that because he was shooting photographs for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which publishes the Report, he could not attend.

Club House Manager David King told Hatewatch that the Club doesn’t censor or discriminate against those who rent their facilities. “Those crazy folks have the full right to say that they don’t want a [particular] photographer in their event,” he explained. The press conference’s organizer, Fran Griffin of Griffin Communications, held another event that featured speeches by several hate group members at the Club in March. One speech, by “radical traditionalist Catholic” E. Michael Jones, consisted of an anti-Semitic rant about the evil “revolutionary Jew,” which was so rabid it caused C-SPAN to cancel its planned coverage of the event.

Day Two: Charges Against Strom Dismissed

By Mark Potok on October 4, 2007 - 7:17 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

A federal judge in Charlottesville, Va., yesterday dismissed charges of sexually enticing a 10-year-old girl and intimidating a witness against neo-Nazi leader Kevin Alfred Strom, ending the case. The move came during the second day of Strom’s trial, after the prosecution rested its case against the founder of National Vanguard, who took a “leave of absence” as leader after the charges were brought last year. Prosecutors had detailed how Strom, 50, sent the child gifts, drove by her house and school, and wrote in his computer about how he wanted to marry the girl. But a day earlier, U.S. District Judge Norman Moon, hearing accounts of Strom’s wife discovering him naked, sexually aroused, and staring at computer images of young girls’ faces with older women’s naked bodies superimposed, sounded skeptical. Moon pointed out that the images were not illegal and added, “It’s not illegal to sit there naked.” Strom still faces a January federal trial for possession of child pornography.