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Accused Nativist Murderer Finds Few Allies in Movement

By Sonia Scherr on June 23, 2009 - 11:34 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Nativist leaders are scrambling to distance themselves from Minutemen American Defense (MAD) founder Shawna Forde, who has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of an Arizona man and his 9-year-old daughter.

“We knew there was something very wrong with Shawna Forde and did all in our power to forewarn groups and leaders, as well as press and law enforcement, regarding our concerns,” wrote William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), in a news release. “Shawna Forde does not reflect the immigration enforcement movement or the millions of Americans concerned about illegal immigration and border security.”

Among those releasing similar statements were Chris Simcox, former president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Jeff Schwilk, leader of the San Diego Minutemen, and Chelene Nightingale, managing director of Save Our State. Police say Forde and two associates used a ruse to enter the home of 29-year-old Raul Flores on May 30 with the intent of killing his family and stealing cash to finance her group’s border operations. Flores and his daughter, Brisenia, were shot and killed. His wife was wounded when she returned fire.

Anti-immigration activists are just as forcefully repudiating Minuteman Project president Jim Gilchrist, who was allied with Forde. Gheen called for Gilchrist’s resignation both in his news release and — much less politely — in an E-mail to Gilchrist that’s posted in the “Hate Mail” section of the Minuteman Project’s website. “Jim, you [sic] and Shawna’s close and vibrant relationship is well documented in many different places,” he wrote. “Do the movement and yourself a favor and announce your resignation …” ( continue to full post… )

Hardliner Sheriff Meets With Civil Rights Leader

By Hatewatch Staff on June 23, 2009 - 10:08 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Responding to complaints that his controversial crime sweeps unfairly target Latinos, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio met with civil rights advocate Al Sharpton.
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Border Vigilante Murder Suspect Tied To California Home Invasion

By Hatewatch Staff on June 23, 2009 - 10:08 am, Posted in Uncategorized

The victims of a June 8 home invasion robbery in Shasta Lake, Calif. identified alleged killer and Minutemen American Defense member Jason Bush as one of two men who terrorized them at gunpoint.
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Accused Minuteman Shooter Charged With Past Murder

By Hatewatch Staff on June 23, 2009 - 10:07 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minutemen American Defense member Jason Bush, the alleged triggerman in a recent home invasion double murder in Arizona, has been charged with the 1997 slaying of a Latino man in Washington.
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Suspected Minutemen Killers Linked To Neo-Nazi Group

By Hatewatch Staff on June 23, 2009 - 10:07 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minutemen American Defense leader Shawna Forde and member Jason Bush, respectively the alleged ringleader and triggerman in a recent double murder, are linked to the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations, said family members and police.
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Rabidly Anti-Gay Westboro Baptist Church Now Targeting Jews

By Casey Sanchez on June 19, 2009 - 2:35 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Since the mid-1990s, Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has spelled out its core message in neon-rainbow picket signs that read, “God Hate Fags.” In a series of outrageous stunts, members of WBC have disrupted the funerals of servicemen killed in Iraq for supporting a “Fag-loving” country, protested a memorial for victims of the 2006 Sago mine disaster claiming it was God’s punishment on the US for tolerating homosexuality, and picketed the University of Wisconsin, where three students had recently died in a house fire, claiming the parents were to blame for “teaching them to be whores and bastards.”

Now WBC has turned its ire on the Jewish community, targeting synagogues and Jewish community centers with a new hate-filled taunt, “God Hates Jews.”

The Topeka, Kan., based church began picketing Jewish religious and cultural institutions in April of this year when they issued a press release that read, “Yes, the Jews killed the Lord Jesus…Now they’re carrying water for the fags; that’s what they do best: sin in God’s face every day, with unprecedented and disproportionate amounts of sodomy, fornication, adultery, abortion and idolatry!” ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theories Debunked by Christian Professor

By Casey Sanchez on June 17, 2009 - 9:04 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Scott Lively has made a ministry career that spans two decades and three continents, in part by preaching that the Nazi Third Reich was helmed and orchestrated by gay men. That’s the central thesis of his book The Pink Swastika, and it played a pivotal role in Lively’s co-founding of the international anti-gay hate group Watchmen on the Walls. For years now, historians, watchdog and gay civil rights groups have called Lively out on his slander.  But now, the anti-gay crusader faces a formidable new critic on his own home turf. Warren Throckmorton, a well-respected conservative Christian psychology professor, has been exposing Lively’s false claims in evangelical Christian magazines and blogs.

What set Throckmorton off was Lively’s March appearance at an anti-gay rights conference in Uganda, where homosexuality is already a crime punishable by life in prison. In the capital city of Kampala, Lively rehashed his gay Nazi stump speech and called for Ugandan gays and lesbians to be forced into so-called “conversion therapy.”  Since then, as Throckmorton notes, “lists of people suspected to be gay have been included in tabloids, various ministers have accused other ministers of being homosexual, and Christian groups are calling for the government to create a commission to eliminate homosexuality — all supported by American Christian ministries.”

“[T]here is a disturbing parallel with the Nazis, but it is not with the homosexuals,” Throckmorton writes in the Christian web magazine Crosswalk. “In Uganda among Christian groups and government leaders, and encouraged by Mr. Lively, homosexuality is considered the root of society’s evils.” In response, Throckmorton has launched an ambitious project to discredit Lively’s books and analyze how the anti-gay rights leader came to formulate his idea that “the Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history.”

Throckmorton says Lively’s obsession with linking gay men to Nazi fascism began in 1992 with Oregon’s Ballot Measure 9, which would have mandated that public schools teach that homosexuality is “abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse.” The ballot measure was drafted and supported by the Oregon Citizens Alliance, whose communications director was Scott Lively. As gay rights activists drew comparisons between Measure 9 and the Nazi treatment of homosexuals, Lively and his Pink Swastika co-author Scott Abrams sought to make, in Throckmorton’s words, the “massive leaps of logic and fact required to make National Socialism an invention of a cohesive homosexual plot.” ( continue to full post… )

Holocaust Museum Shooter Tied to More Racist Leaders

By Mark Potok on June 17, 2009 - 6:58 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Over at Adam Holland’s blog, a fascinating post offers some new details of the links between James von Brunn — the accused murderer of a guard at the Holocaust Museum — and major figures on the radical right. They include people like Willis Carto, founder of the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby and a slew of other organizations; David Duke, the one-time Klan leader and current neo-Nazi ideologue; and, perhaps most fascinatingly, the late Marine Corps Gen. Pedro A. Del Valle, an infamous anti-Semite. Holland’s unearthing of some of von Brunn’s correspondence is only the latest evidence (see here and here, for instance) of von Brunn’s longstanding role in the organized radical right.

Nativist Groups Send Petitions To Newspaper Subscribers

By Hatewatch Staff on June 16, 2009 - 11:22 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A nativist coalition is paying to insert petitions in newspapers to gather signatures for a statewide initiative to make it harder for undocumented immigrants to access public services.
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Minutemen Protest Salt Lake City Immigration Enforcement Decision

By Hatewatch Staff on June 16, 2009 - 11:21 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Members of the Utah Minutemen rallied to protest the mayor and police chief of Salt Lake City’s decision against cross-training city officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
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