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Anti-Minuteman Videographer Alleges Police Harassment

By Hatewatch Staff on January 22, 2008 - 12:39 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Santa Ana resident and warehouse worker Naui Huitzilopochtli has been pepper-sprayed, kicked, threatened and insulted for recording with his digital camera. But on Dec. 28, his citizen journalism got him another unexpected treat: being shaken down and probably added to a gang database by Garden Grove police, he says.

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Minuteman Appointee Resigns In Kansas City

By Hatewatch Staff on January 22, 2008 - 12:37 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Frances Semler, the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners appointee whose membership in the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps caused a political controversy for Mayor Mark Funkhouser, has resigned. […]

Funkhouser in June appointed Semler, a neighborhood association president, to be the sole Northland representative on the five-member park board.

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Cochise County Militia Steps Up Tactics

By Hatewatch Staff on January 22, 2008 - 12:34 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

A local border watch group recently changed its operational name and some of its tactics due to the types of illegal immigrants its members are encountering.

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The House Cleaning Continues at The Washington Times

By Heidi Beirich on January 17, 2008 - 12:09 pm, Posted in Media Extremism, Neo-Confederate, White Supremacist

Robert Stacy McCainYesterday, longtime assistant national editor Robert Stacy McCain resigned from The Washington Times. McCain was particularly close to managing editor Fran Coombs, who had assigned him to write the paper’s “Culture, Et Cetera” section.

McCain, who was once a member of the neo-Confederate hate group League of the South, often filled these briefs with items from hate sites. A foe of interracial marriage, McCain regularly quoted neo-Confederate activists favorably in his stories. In 2005, stories freelanced by McCain to the website of the conservative newspaper Human Events were scrubbed after that publication’s editor, Thomas Winter, was given information by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report about McCain’s racism.

This Tuesday, Hatewatch contacted McCain for comment about the managerial changes at the Times. McCain, who then seemed upbeat, told Hatewatch that he felt that newly named executive editor John Solomon was a “stand-up guy.” McCain added, “Of course, the newsroom was shocked by the back-to-back announcements that both Wes Pruden and Fran Coombs were leaving,” and called both men “excellent newspapermen.” He especially praised Coombs — who has his own history of ties to white supremacy — for being “the cog that turned the wheel, the straw that stirred the drink” at the Times.

But, apparently, the changes proved to be too much. In his Wednesday resignation letter, which was posted to his personal blog, McCain writes that with the exit of Pruden and Coombs, “I suppose now is as good a time as any for me to go.”

The Washington Times Cleans House

By Heidi Beirich on January 15, 2008 - 3:03 pm, Posted in Media Extremism, White Supremacist

John SolomonThe hard-right Washington Times has appointed a new executive editor, Washington Post reporter John Solomon (right), marking a major change in direction for the perennially money-losing paper that is owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Solomon, who is taking over a paper with a long history of shoddy journalism, replaces Wesley Pruden, who was editor in chief for 16 years.

Solomon’s appointment marks the end of a tumultuous period for the Times, which included a spate of extremely bad press, including an extensive piece on racism and sexism at the paper by Max Blumenthal. That seemed to take its toll on the newspaper’s professional employees. Several prominent staffers, including Washington insider Tony Blankley, the newspaper’s editorial page editor and former press secretary for then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), and FOX News contributor Bill Sammon, left the organization in the past year.

The appointment of Solomon means Pruden’s vision for the Times’ future will not come to pass. Pruden told C-SPAN in 2005 that his managing editor, Francis Booth Coombs, who claims on his personal web site to have been “in many ways the chief architect of Washington Times news coverage,” should replace him. Coombs, whose white supremacist thinking has been reported on in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report several times (here and here) and who has been accused of racism by former Times employees, announced his retirement yesterday. ( continue to full post… )

Wyoming Minuteman Chapters Hold First Meetings

By Hatewatch Staff on January 15, 2008 - 12:50 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Border control, while a major topic of debate nationally, generally isn’t considered a problem in landlocked Wyoming. However, Casper resident Ruthann Carter, an area landlord, is making illegal immigration a local issue. […]

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New Minuteman Group Recruits Young Adults

By Hatewatch Staff on January 15, 2008 - 12:48 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

At anti-illegal immigration rallies across Southern California, middle-age and senior citizens have been leading the charge for tougher immigration enforcement, taking their pitch to day labor sites and the U.S.-Mexico border wearing stars and stripes T-shirts and carrying American flags.

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San Diego Minutemen “Adopt Highway” Near Border Checkpoint

By Hatewatch Staff on January 15, 2008 - 12:46 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

The state transportation department’s decision to allow a controversial anti-illegal-immigration group to adopt a stretch of Interstate 5 in San Diego County infuriates some Latino groups and anti-bigotry activists.

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Business Leaders Accuse Minutemen Of Bringing “Terror” To Neighborhood

By Hatewatch Staff on January 15, 2008 - 12:44 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Members of a northeast Phoenix group of business leaders and residents say their neighborhood is suffering from intimidation tactics from those protesting an area day-labor center.

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For One Man, ‘Highway to Holiness’ Needed an Exit Ramp

By Casey Sanchez on January 14, 2008 - 8:06 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right

Last year, Hatewatch brought you the story of James Stabile, a 19-year-old gay man who, in a segment aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club,” claimed to have been converted to heterosexuality during a church’s “purity siege” outside a Dallas gay bar. The bar was located near Interstate 35, a route that an evangelistic group of churches including Heartland World Ministries wanted to reclaim as a “highway to holiness” by eradicating all manner of sin in its environs.

It’s too bad “The 700 Club” never brought us Part II. On its November segment, Heartland Ministries’ Rev. Joe Oden described how his Las Colinas, Texas, ministry had “saved” Stabile from homosexuality. What Oden didn’t mention is that Stabile had a history of mental illness and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And what the hosts of “The 700 Club” didn’t tell their audience after the segment aired was what happened in the next four months of Stabile’s life — wherein the young man was shipped off to an unlicensed “ex-gay” live-in center in Kentucky, with barely a phone call to his parents allowed. Financed in part with $2,100 raised by the Rev. Oden’s church, Stabile lived at Pure Life Ministries, where he was told his homosexuality would be “cured,” in a room with 15 other men. Among the center’s many bans: no handshakes, no talking to other men, no exposed skin from the neck down (even while sleeping), and no radio or television.

Oh, and one other thing. No medication, according to Stabile, for bipolar disorder.

All measures failed to convert Stabile, who is now home in Dallas and once again openly gay. Indeed, upon returning and being stabilized, Stabile said, “I’m here to say to people that I want to help prevent other young gay guys from experiencing what I experienced, because I don’t want them to be hurt, and I was hurt really badly.” He went on to tell The Dallas Voice that he spent his days in Kentucky working at a uniform rental company to pay his $150 weekly rent, plus food, laundry and transportation expenses. For his part, Stabile’s father said that he completely accepts his son’s sexuality and believes that being gay “is neither a choice nor sin.” And that’s not because he’s some kind of venomous Christian-basher. Stabile’s father is the reverend who heads the oldest Methodist church in Dallas.

Sadly, Stabile’s story isn’t all that unusual. Last fall, the Intelligence Report revealed that there are over 200 “ex-gay” ministries in operation the U.S. alone. Techniques vary wildly, from weekly prayer and counseling to extreme forms of fasting and exorcism. But nearly all therapies and ministries teach that gays and lesbians are sick individuals.

Kind of like James Stabile, back when the “ex-gay” folks had him in their power.