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A Night at the Ritz: White Supremacists, a Knife Fight and a Holocaust Denier

By Larry Keller on October 29, 2009 - 11:36 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Holocaust Denial

In what may be the latest sign of simmering tensions in Florida between two prominent racist skinhead groups, two men suffered knife wounds this week during a speech by Holocaust denying historian David Irving at a luxury Palm Beach County hotel.

Irving spoke to about three dozen invited guests in a conference room he booked at the Ritz-Carlton hotel south of Palm Beach. During his talk on “decoding the Nazi message,” two men, Christopher Nachtman and John Kopko, stepped outside to argue and one of them pulled a knife, police say. A fight ensued. Furniture was broken and a carpet was bloodied. Both men were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of knife wounds. No charges have been filed yet.

Irving is a longtime Holocaust revisionist. In 2000, he sued Emory University professor and Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt for libel in his homeland of Britain, after she accused of him of deliberate falsification. A London court declared Irving a pro-Nazi anti-Semite and “active Holocaust denier” and ordered him to pay all court costs. In 2006, he was imprisoned in Austria after pleading guilty to telling audiences that there were no gas chambers in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. Irving subsequently backed off those claims. Earlier this year, he set up a website selling Nazi memorabilia. His visit to South Florida was the latest on a surreptitious speaking tour in the United States, in which Irving informs attendees of his venue at the last minute so as to thwart protestors.

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In Christian vs. Atheist Documentary, a Bizarre Advocate for Christianity

By Sonia Scherr on October 27, 2009 - 4:24 pm, Posted in Christian Right

In a new documentary pitting atheism against faith, contrarian critic Christopher Hitchens debates evangelical pastor Douglas Wilson on the merits of Christianity. “Collision,” released today, has already generated buzz: Hitchens and Wilson have appeared on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” CNN’s “The Joy Behar Show” and Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” among other programs. Newsweek Religion Editor Lisa Miller devoted a column to the 90-minute film, which she thoroughly panned: “So uncinemetic is this picture — two middle-aged white men talking — that my attention insistently wandered toward anything humanizing and finally dwelled, for too long perhaps, on a fleck of something on Hitchens’s eyelash.” Hitchens responded in a column for this week’s Slate, writing that “the subject of religion is back where it always ought to be — at the very center of any argument about the clash of world views.”

What’s missing from the media hubbub are a few salient details about Wilson. The 56-year-old pastor from Idaho seems an odd booster for Christianity, considering that some of his views sound downright un-Christian. Wilson co-wrote a booklet called Southern Slavery, As it Was, which describes the institution in almost reverent terms. “Slavery produced in the South a genuine affection between the races that we believe we can say has never existed in any nation before the [Civil] War or since,” Wilson wrote with co-author Stephen Wilkins, a founding member of the racist League of the South. “Slave life was to [slaves] a life of plenty, of simple pleasures, of food, clothes, and good medical care.”
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Nashville Council Votes to Keep Immigration-Check Program at Jail

By Hatewatch Staff on October 27, 2009 - 9:46 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Metro Council voted to extend an agreement with the federal government that allows the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office to check the immigration status of people who come through the county jail.
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Immigrant Activists Urge CNN to Drop Dobbs

By Hatewatch Staff on October 27, 2009 - 9:42 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Immigrant leaders in Chicago on Wednesday urged CNN to pull the plug on host Lou Dobbs, arguing that his prime-time television show spreads myths and misinformation about Latinos, especially Mexicans.
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Five Face Trial in Beating Death of Guatemalan Immigrant

By Hatewatch Staff on October 27, 2009 - 9:39 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A murder conviction would put five young men accused of robbing and brutally beating a Guatemalan immigrant behind bars for at least 30 years.
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Hotel Owner Tells Latino Workers to Change Names

By Hatewatch Staff on October 27, 2009 - 9:35 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Larry Whitten forbade the Hispanic workers at the run-down, Southwestern adobe-style hotel from speaking Spanish in his presence (he thought they’d be talking about him), and ordered some to Anglicize their names.
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Drivers Ticketed for Not Speaking English; Chief Apologizes

By Hatewatch Staff on October 27, 2009 - 9:32 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Dallas police wrongly ticketed at least 39 drivers for not speaking English over the last three years.
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Rise Up and Fight the Swine Flu Conspiracy, Says ‘Gen. Bert’

By Larry Keller on October 26, 2009 - 5:08 pm, Posted in Conspiracies

Of all the fantastic musings and mutterings about the H1N1 flu and vaccine, few are more outrageous than the pronouncements of retired Army Maj. Gen. Albert Stubblebine III and his psychiatrist wife, Rima Laibow. They run a nonprofit organization called Natural Solutions Foundation, which warns of the evils of vaccinations, pharmaceutical companies and genetically modified foods.

After President Obama declared a national emergency on Saturday to deal with the rapidly spreading illness, Stubblebine, a onetime intelligence officer, wasted no time e-mailing a dire warning to his members. The president’s declaration, he said, “is perhaps the most ominous domestic event I have ever encountered. We either take this hill, or we die on it.” He went on to state that Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia declared war on their own people. “Has the United States declared war on the American people today? Sadly, tragically, it would appear so. I do not wish to see the American population corralled, controlled and killed.”

H1N1, or swine flu, has never been a serious illness, Stubblebine says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a different take. The flu is spreading fast in at least 46 states, has caused the hospitalization of about 20,000 Americans and the deaths of more than 1,000 people, the agency says.

Obama’s action gives Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius frightening authority to trample the rights of American patients, Stubblebine maintained. “None of this makes any sense UNLESS the intention is to replicate Hitler’s actions in Germany which used the all too willing medical system as a means to eliminate individuals, segments of the population and anyone who dared to speak out (or whisper) against the regime,” he wrote. Indeed, Stubblebine contends, the swine flu is a genetically engineered virus that is part of a World Health Organization-United Nations-United States scheme to sterilize untold numbers of people.
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Lies, Betrayals and Self-Promotions: The Shawna Forde Story

By Rob Waters on October 26, 2009 - 1:55 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Shawna Forde, the anti-immigration crusader who has been accused of murder in the home-invasion killings of an Arizona man and his 9-year-old daughter, got the full treatment on Sunday from her hometown paper.

The full treatment — more than 5,000 words of it by reporter Scott North in The Herald of Everett, Wash. — provides the most extensive account to date of the lies, betrayals and self-promotions carried out over the years by Forde, 41, one of three people awaiting trial for the murders of Raul Flores, 29, and his daughter Brisenia on May 30 in Arivaca, Ariz., a town near the Mexican border. Police say she believed Flores was a drug smuggler and she planned to use any drugs or money she found in the home to support her Minuteman American Defense group.

The story provides example after example of how Forde, presenting herself as an energetic patriot with deep concerns about illegal immigration and border security, found a warm welcome in the Minuteman movement, “a loose-knit, fractious network that needed volunteers enough to set aside skepticism.”

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Neo-Nazi Turner Sprung From Jail, But Muzzled

By Rob Waters on October 22, 2009 - 2:22 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Neo-Nazi talk show host Hal Turner, arrested four months ago on charges of threatening to assault and murder three federal judges, was released on bail today in Newark, N.J.

Turner’s attorney, Michael A. Orozco, told the Hudson Reporter that his client will be under house arrest at his home in North Bergen, N.J., until his trial, which is scheduled to start Nov. 30 in Brooklyn. He is being electronically monitored and may not speak to the media or have Internet access.

Turner, 47, was arrested on June 24 after stating on his blog that three federal appeals judges that upheld a local Chicago handgun ban “deserve to be killed.” He is accused of listing their names, addresses, phone numbers and photos in subsequent online posts.

A few weeks after his arrest, Orozco confirmed that Turner had served as a paid FBI informant. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported Turner’s FBI connection a year earlier.