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Tony Perkins Defends Family Research Council, Sort Of

By Mark Potok on November 30, 2010 - 2:22 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

I went up against Tony Perkins, the head of the hard-line anti-gay group Family Research Council (FRC), on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” last night. Perkins was there to defend his organization after the SPLC listed it as a hate group last week. The whole experience was like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.

When I pointed out that FRC Senior Research Fellow Peter Sprigg had been on Matthews’ air just last February saying that “homosexual behavior” should be outlawed, Perkins said the FRC is not currently engaged in trying to send gay people to prison for having sex. But as much as Matthews tried to pin him down, Perkins never repudiated what Sprigg had said as an official FRC representative.

That may have been the least of Perkins’ slippery behavior.

After I noted the FRC’s long record of associating gay men with pedophilia — a spurious allegation that has been roundly rejected by relevant scientific authorities including the American Psychological Association — Perkins responded, in part, by citing what sounded like a respectable medical professional association.

“If you look at the American College of Pediatricians, they say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children,” Perkins said. “So Mark is wrong. He needs to go back and do his own research.”

Was I wrong? Perhaps the more relevant question is this: What is the American College of Pediatricians? ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Gay Activist Adds Homophobia to Airport Frisking Controversy

By Evelyn Schlatter on November 24, 2010 - 10:37 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

As if travelers don’t have enough to worry about when they go through airport security, the leader of a prominent anti-gay hate group has added a dollop of his personal agenda to the mix. With the controversy growing over whether the new full-body scanners and more-aggressive pat-down searches are excessive invasions of privacy, Peter LaBarbera, long-time anti-gay activist and director of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) is worried that gay Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees will “get turned on” while patting down travelers of the same sex.

LaBarbera’s press release, published on AFTAH’s Web site Nov. 16, came in response to a statement from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano assuring that members of the same gender would perform checkpoint pat-downs. “Isn’t it just as inappropriate for a ‘gay’ male TSA agent to pat down male travelers as it is for a normal, heterosexual male TSA agent to pat down female travelers?” he wrote. “The reality is, most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint. … Neither would it be fair to assign Ellen DeGeneres to pat down female travelers.” ( continue to full post… )

Arkansas House Speaker Salutes Failed Racist Candidate Billy Roper

By Leah Nelson on November 23, 2010 - 10:14 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Outspoken white racist Billy Roper, the neo-Nazi founder of White Revolution and former deputy outreach coordinator at the now-defunct National Alliance (NA), failed miserably Nov. 2 as a write-in candidate for governor of Arkansas. But he did get a nice consolation prize: a letter from the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Robbie Wills, congratulating him on his efforts and wishing him better luck next time.

“It takes a special person to put their name on the ballot, and it says a lot about you that you had so many willing to help you with your campaign,” Wills’ letter reads. “You should be very proud of your campaign and you have my admiration and respect for making the effort. … I hope you will consider running for office again in the future.”

The rest is equally platitudinous and generic, and closes, “Thank you again for all you’ve done, and will continue to do, for our great State.” ( continue to full post… )

New Intelligence Report Finds Gays Most Targeted for Violent Hate Crimes

By Heidi Beirich on November 22, 2010 - 12:22 pm, Posted in Intelligence Report

The FBI issued its 2009 Hate Crime Statistics report this morning. The report shows that the number of reported hate crime incidents fell from 7,783 to 6,604. But a pattern that has existed since the FBI started tallying these numbers remains: the LGBT community is, by far, the most victimized by violent hate crimes (attacks against people as opposed to property). The rate at which gays and lesbians suffer from such crimes greatly exceeds their presence in the population, a painful reality documented in the Winter 2010 issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, which was released today.

The 2009 FBI numbers show that the LGBT community suffers from violent hate crimes at levels that are more than eight times their percentage in the population. Analyzing the FBI data from 1995 to 2008, the Report found that gays are 2.6 times more likely to be attacked than blacks; 4.4 times more likely than Muslims; 13.8 times more likely than Latinos; and 41.5 times more likely than whites. The basic pattern holds true when looking at individual years. ( continue to full post… )

Un-TruTV: Fear vs. Fact on Ventura’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’

By Evelyn Schlatter on November 22, 2010 - 10:30 am, Posted in Conspiracies

Madison, Georgia. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and “conspiracy expert” Alex Jones creep through the woods and hunker down beside a tree. Jones points through underbrush. Ventura leans forward, peers at something, and says in his ominous rumbling baritone, “What in the hell is this?”

The camera shifts to stacks of oblong black plastic containers. “Coffins,” Jones replies — each large enough to hold three or four bodies. Should the government decide to unleash a bioweapon to orchestrate a takeover of America, Jones explains, there are plenty of containers right here to dispose of the bodies. Ventura displays one of his signature glares — the kind he no doubt used to ice opponents while wrestling as “The Body” years ago — and points to nearby train tracks. Just in case the viewer doesn’t immediately grasp why this is suspicious, none-too-subtle images of World War II-era trains loaded with Jews on their way to Nazi concentration camps flash on the screen.

Welcome to Jesse Ventura’s “Conspiracy Theory,” which airs on Turner Broadcasting System’s cable network, TruTV. In this Nov. 12 episode, entitled “Police State,” Ventura works to prove the existence of so-called FEMA camps – “concentration camps” to be used as part of a U.S. government plot to round up and imprison millions of Americans so that unnamed “elites” can establish a dictatorship.
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Plea Closes 1965 Case of Slain Civil Rights Worker

By Leah Nelson on November 19, 2010 - 9:31 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

With Monday’s guilty plea of former Alabama state trooper James Bonard Fowler in the 1965 slaying of civil rights worker Jimmy Lee Jackson, another of the infamous cold cases that have languished unresolved since the turbulent peak of the civil rights movement was closed.

Fowler, 77, will spend six months in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, a misdemeanor. He was facing a murder charge.

Since his 2004 admission to a reporter that he pulled the trigger, Fowler has insisted that he shot Jackson in self-defense in a Marion, Ala., café during a civil rights protest that turned violent. Jackson succumbed to his wounds eight days later. His death is widely credited with prompting the March 7, 1965, “Bloody Sunday” Selma-to-Montgomery march that was met with police violence on the Edmund Pettis Bridge. The series of events inspired passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. ( continue to full post… )

David Duke, Huffing About Sexual Mores, Calls the Kettle Black

By David Neiwert on November 18, 2010 - 11:49 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Now that he’s gaining in years, former Klan boss and longtime white supremacy advocate David Duke, who in his youth gained a notorious reputation as a womanizing playboy, is apparently now shifting to a more traditional role of moralizing geezer. Witness his most recent video “lecture,” wherein he piously instructs his audience on the historical roots of the “sexual revolution” — which, in Duke’s view, is the product of Sigmund Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis and therefore is yet another civilization-destroying product of conniving Jews: ( continue to full post… )

Defender of Hate Group Leader Campaigning to Head GOP

By Heidi Beirich on November 16, 2010 - 5:33 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Saul Anuzis, leader of the Michigan GOP until last year, announced earlier this week that he would be challenging Michael Steele for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Anuzis had made a failed but significant run against Steele, the party’s first black leader, for the same post in 2009.

Writing about his hopes for the RNC, Anuzis, an avid Twitter user and blogger, especially emphasized his tech-savviness at online social networking as an asset for making electoral gains for the party. What Anuzis didn’t mention was the kind of contacts he cultivated offline in Michigan, in particular his vocal support of the right-wing extremist Kyle Bristow. Bristow led the Michigan State University campus branch of Young Americans For Freedom (MSU-YAF) and was so virulent in his politics that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) began listing it as a hate group in 2006. Bristow also served as a Republican precinct delegate.

Bristow, left, with Anuzis

Bristow’s MSU-YAF engaged in extensive racist activities. One of its first stunts was presenting a 13-point agenda that would have established a “Caucasian caucus” at MSU and, in turn, eliminated all student government representation for practically every other non-white, non-heterosexual, non-male or non-Christian student group at the university. Bristow was on record saying, “Homosexuality kills people almost to a degree worse than cigarettes. … these [pro-gay rights] groups are complicit with murder.” MSU-YAF sponsored a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day” contest, held a “Koran Desecration” competition, jokingly threatened to distribute smallpox-infested blankets to Native American students, and posted “Gays Spread AIDS” fliers across campus. Bristow’s YAF also brought several extremists to speak at the MSU campus, including Holocaust denier Nick Griffin, leader of the whites-only British National Party (for more on YAF, read here). ( continue to full post… )

Better Homes and Aryans: April Gaede Wants to be a Publisher

By Evelyn Schlatter on November 16, 2010 - 11:15 am, Posted in White Nationalism

April Gaede, long-time white supremacist and Jill-of-all-Aryan-trades, is working on yet another new project. Perhaps the Aryan matchmaker service she was trying to launch in January isn’t working out so well, so Gaede is moving from breeding material to reading material.

Her latest venture, which she announced Nov. 1 on the racist website, is an as-yet-unnamed magazine geared specifically to “white nationalist women.” Gaede hopes to launch her first issue around Christmas, so she’s soliciting articles of 500 to 2,000 words from fellow white nationalist “ladies” dealing with recipes, family traditions and customs, home-schooling tips, hair and makeup ideas and politics and the recent election (because nothing says “Christmas” like politics). The pieces must have a pro-white slant, she explains, and “if you can provide photos or pictures, that would be wonderful.”

Gaede, who lives in Kalispell, Mont., is best known as the micromanaging stage mom for daughters Lynx and Lamb, who used to perform as the neo-Nazi musical duo Prussian Blue. After her daughters appeared to lose interest, Gaede went on to engage in other attention-getting escapades — no surprise from a woman who once rode a horse almost naked through her hometown as part of a radio promotion and who more recently boasted of scoring free merchandise by distracting clerks. ( continue to full post… )

Violent IKA Activist Lashes Out Again

By David Neiwert on November 15, 2010 - 9:30 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan

Jarred Hensley is a white supremacist who likes to hurt people. He did prison time for it. And now he’s figured out a way to hurt people and even break a country’s laws without having to do jail time. Along the way, he’s also caused something of an international uproar on the Internet.

Hensley is a Cincinnati-based activist in the Imperial Klans of America (IKA), one who already brought serious trouble to the organization. In 2006, he and fellow IKA member Andrew R. Watkins brutally assaulted a 16-year-old in rural Kentucky because they thought he was Latino. The pair spent three years in prison for the attack, and the SPLC brought a lawsuit against the IKA that resulted in a $2.5 million judgment against the hate group.

Now, Hensley — out of prison and evidently with a lot of time on his hands — has joined the ranks of Internet “trolls” who haunt the Web and harass people for various reasons, including leaving ugly messages for bereaved family members and friends of the deceased. (A recent New York Times Magazine piece explored their weird world in depth.) ( continue to full post… )