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Recapping the Stormfront Soap Opera

By Mark Potok on August 8, 2008 - 9:15 am, Posted in Podcasts, White Supremacist

On this week’s podcast, Heidi Beirich and I discuss her eyebrow-raising story about Chloe Black, the former wife of Klan leader David Duke who is currently married to Don Black, founder of the white supremacist website Stormfront. Chloe Black, who has a long movement history of her own, has been fronting for a school meant to lift black and Latino kids out of poverty. What’s more, when she insisted to reporters that she was no racist, there was a remarkable unintended consequence — a major, angry backlash from her husband’s racist supporters.

FOX News Channel’s ‘Free Speech Activist’ is Infamous Racist Activist

By Heidi Beirich on August 7, 2008 - 2:13 pm, Posted in Holocaust Denial, Media Extremism, White Supremacist

On Aug. 4, FOX News aired a segment about the Canadian prosecution of conservative author Mark Steyn for alleged anti-Muslim human rights violations. Steyn, the author of the No. 1 Canadian bestseller, America Alone: The End Of The World As We Know It, has had three complaints lodged against him for human rights violations by the Canadian Islamic Congress. Two cases have been dismissed, but the Human Rights Tribunal of British Columbia is still investigating a charge that Steyn’s work amounts to hate speech against Muslims.

Steyn’s book, which was serialized in the well-known Canadian newsmagazine Macleans, contends that Western democracies, particularly in Europe, may become fertile ground for Islamic extremists because of rapidly growing Muslim populations.

While there are many individuals and groups that think the prosecution of Steyn harms free speech in Canada — including PEN Canada and the Canadian Association of Journalists — Fox News correspondent Steve Brown chose to interview a decidedly odd source: Paul Fromm, who was very sparingly identified on the broadcast as a “Free Speech Activist.” That’s a pretty weak, not to say completely misleading, description of Paul Fromm. As anyone who lives in Canada or who has access to Google should know, Fromm is Canada’s most notorious extremist, whose views form a trifecta of hate: he’s a white supremacist, a Holocaust denier and an anti-Semite. And he’s got a history of extremism a mile long.

“What we are seeing is an effort by minority groups, including in this case radical Muslims, to shut down criticism and that’s what it is,” Fromm, who habitually mocks Muslims, once calling a Muslim woman “a hag in a bag” while participating in a conference put on by former Klansman David Duke, told FOX about the Steyn investigations. At a 2007 meeting of racists and Holocaust deniers in Atlanta, Fromm pulled the Muslim hate card again, labeling Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama “a crypto-Moslem of mixed parentage.”

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Arab-Bashing Extremist Dropped by Libertarians

By Sonia Scherr on August 6, 2008 - 5:11 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, White Supremacist

It’s over.

After a brief fling, the Libertarian Party has officially dumped its U.S. Senate candidate from Kentucky — former “Predator” movie star Sonny Landham — whose support of genocide against Arabs was apparently too much for the “party of principle.”

“When you are in a war, you kill everything that moves,” Landham said during a July 25 appearance on the “Weekly Filibuster” radio program. That was just the most egregious of a barrage of anti-Arab comments Landham made last month: He repeatedly referred to Arabs as “camel dung shovelers,” asserted that all Arabs are terrorists, and advocated a ban on Arab immigration to the United States.

Shortly before the Libertarian Party decided last week to drop Landham, party chairman Ken Moellman said that Libertarian officials were “very disappointed” by Landham’s remarks. “With the most recent comments, action was required,” Moellman told the political news website Politickerky.com. ( continue to full post… )

Phoenix Mayor Asks U.S. Attorney General To Investigate Sheriff Arpaio

By Hatewatch Staff on August 5, 2008 - 10:04 am, Posted in Uncategorized

During a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon met with U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey to request that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio be investigated for racial profiling.
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City Council Votes Down Measure To Drive Out Illegal Immigrants

By Hatewatch Staff on August 5, 2008 - 10:02 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Mayor Donald Edwards cast the tie-breaking vote against a proposed immigration ordinance that has sharply elevated racial tensions in Fremont, Neb., population 25,000.
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Appellate Court Upholds Ramos And Compean Verdict

By Hatewatch Staff on August 5, 2008 - 10:00 am, Posted in Uncategorized

California Coalition for Immigration Reform leader Barbara Coe called a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the conviction of two border patrol agents for shooting an unarmed Mexican smuggler “unconscionable.”
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Minuteman Project Calls For San Francisco Mayor’s Resignation

By Hatewatch Staff on August 5, 2008 - 9:56 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A small group of Minuteman Project activists who demonstrated against San Francisco’s “Sanctuary City” policy were drowned out by hundreds of chanting immigration rights supporters.
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CAPS Board Member Responds Angrily to Request for Comment

By Heidi Beirich on August 1, 2008 - 12:03 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

I thought our readers might be interested in the email I received from CAPS board member Stuart Hurlbert after I wrote to him, CAPS President Diana Hull, and CAPS board member Ben Zuckerman, seeking comment for my blog post “Lou Dobbs Citing Extremists, Again.” I asked them about the Pioneer Fund grant they received and about CAPS’ relationship with Wayne Lutton, the white supremacist mentioned in my blog post.

Here’s what I received back from Hurlbert:

Diana,

My recommendation is that you not reply to Beirich. Her organization is not interested in any rational or civil discussion of population stabilization, immigration, or environmental issues.

The SPLC is basically a fascistic, hate-mongering organization with an open borders agenda. Its main strategy is use smear tactics, innuendo and charges of “hate” against any individual or group that has become effective in stymying the open borders agenda of SPCL and other organizations of the radical left and radical right.

It functions much like Hamas, or Hezbollah, or drug lords who provide gyms and soccer fields to rural Mexican villages. It does a few good things (like go after the KKK, neoNazis, etc.) in order to drum up donations to fund a lot of bad things.
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Religious Right Lies About Hate Bill

By Mark Potok on August 1, 2008 - 10:23 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Podcasts

This week on our podcast, Southern Poverty Law Center Legal Director Rhonda Brownstein and I discuss the article Rhonda wrote recently about Christian Right propaganda regarding a pending federal hate crimes bill. It turns out that major organizations like the American Family Association are lying about the bill, which they claim would result in pastors being thrown into prison for preaching against homosexuality.