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Latest Bryan Fischer Tirade: Gay Activists Commit Most Hate Crimes

By Robert Steinback on May 23, 2011 - 2:44 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Bryan Fischer, arguably America’s champion of publicly peddled hate, spent last week trying to convince the foolish and the gullible that gays — statistically the group most likely to be targeted by hate-related violence — are, in fact, the leading perpetrators of hate crimes.

Oh, and they’re Nazis, too.

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Guyana Frees Detained Nation of Islam Official

By Mark Potok on May 23, 2011 - 12:19 pm, Posted in Anti-White, Black Separatist

Without any explanation, the Guyanese government released an official of the black separatist Nation of Islam (NOI) late Friday, a day after detaining him for questioning about alleged ties to terrorism and drug trafficking. Akbar Muhammad, describing the accusations as “insane,” immediately asked for an official government apology.

Muhammad, who is the NOI’s international representative, also told The Associated Press that he was in Guyana to do humanitarian work and to talk to children about drugs and education. And he said that the NOI leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, had spoken to Guyana’s president, Bharrat Jagdeo, shortly before his release.

Muhammad said he had been the victim of a “smear campaign.” Guyanese officials never detailed the matters they were supposedly asking Muhammad about. ( continue to full post… )

Top Aide to Nation of Islam Leader Questioned in Guyana Terror Probe

By Ryan Lenz on May 20, 2011 - 1:06 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

A top aide and international representative for the Nation of Islam has been detained in Guyana, where police are questioning him about alleged ties to terrorism and drug trafficking.

Akbar Muhammad claimed to be in Guyana to give lectures and appear on television. He was expected to attend a rally yesterday afternoon in the mining town of Linden, just south of the capital. Defense attorney Nigel Hughes, however, told several news agencies that Muhammad was questioned about his relationship to opposition leaders and other black activists.

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SC Pol Says ‘99%’ of Global Terrorism Comes From Muslims

By Ryan Lenz on May 20, 2011 - 10:59 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Terror is only terror when Muslims are responsible, according to South Carolina state Sen. Michael Fair (R-Greenville), who recently sponsored legislation that would ban Shariah law in the state’s courts.

That much was made clear again during a Hatewatch interview with Fair Thursday, a day after he told the Think Progress blog that “99%, probably” of all terror attacks worldwide in the last three decades was carried out by Islamic groups. That estimate isn’t even close to accurate, and serves no obvious purpose but to vilify hundreds of millions of people around the globe for political ends.

Obviously, the threat from radical Islamic terror groups such as Al Qaeda is very real. But terrorism is hardly limited to Muslims. The world has endured countless acts of terrorism committed by non-Muslim perpetrators in recent decades — from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka to Basque separatists in Spain to radical-right attacks in the United States, including the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. In the United States alone, there have been scores of other terrorist plots and attacks since that Oklahoma attack left 168 men, women and children dead. Just this March, a neo-Nazi activist was charged with attempting to use a homemade bomb to murder hundreds of Martin Luther King Day parade marchers in Spokane, Wash. ( continue to full post… )

Did Murdered Neo-Nazi Jeff Hall Abuse His Son?

By Leah Nelson on May 20, 2011 - 8:26 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

New evidence has emerged in the case of a 10-year-old boy accused of shooting his neo-Nazi father to death, contradicting earlier accounts of a warm and child-centered home and instead suggesting that the boy had been seriously abused.

According to an account yesterday from The Associated Press, which was largely based on an L.A. Times story that cited court documents and police reports, the boy apparently had been pushed to the breaking point by his father’s abuse of him and his stepmother and was also frightened that he’d have to choose between them if his father’s behavior led to a divorce. Police took the child into custody on May 1, shortly after he allegedly shot Jeff Hall in their California home as he slept on a couch. Hall was the southwest regional leader of the National Socialist Movement (NSM), the country’s largest neo-Nazi group.

Earlier reports painted a picture of Hall as a loving parent who cared deeply about his five children despite his beliefs, a concerned father who so worried about violence from his enemies that he mounted surveillance cameras outside his home.

But the AP reported that Krista McCary, the boy’s 26-year-old stepmother and Hall’s widow, told police that Hall “hit, kicked and yelled at his son to punish him for being too loud or getting in his way.” Hall had also abused her and the 10-year-old’s younger sisters, she said. Separately, the boy reportedly told police that he suspected his father had been cheating on McCary, a situation he feared ultimately would force him to choose which parent to live with. ( continue to full post… )

Stepmom of Boy Accused of Shooting Neo-Nazi Dad Faces Gun Charges

By Leah Nelson on May 18, 2011 - 3:56 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Prosecutors Tuesday charged the widow of Jeffrey Hall, the California neo-Nazi who allegedly was shot to death by his 10-year-old son on May 1, with five counts of child endangerment and four counts of criminal storage of a firearm.

Krista McCary, 26, the boy’s stepmother and Hall’s widow, is accused of leaving the loaded pistol used to kill Hall on a shelf where the five children in the house had easy access to it.

In the meantime, the boy, who is being charged as a juvenile with the murder of his father, was expected to appear in court today to enter a plea. His attorney told reporters he is considering an insanity defense. ( continue to full post… )

Hate Crime Charges Filed in Attack on Maryland Transgender Woman

By Evelyn Schlatter on May 18, 2011 - 12:21 pm, Posted in Hate Crime

Two teenagers charged with brutally attacking a transgender woman in a Baltimore-area McDonald’s restaurant on April 18 – a beating captured in a cell-phone video that went viral on the Internet – will be prosecuted as hate crime perpetrators.

Teonna Brown, 18, was indicted Monday (May 16) on state assault and hate crime charges in the beating of Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, at the Rosedale, Md., restaurant, according to the Baltimore Sun. A hate crime charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, which could be added to the 25-year maximum for the assault charge. Brown is also charged with assaulting a customer and a McDonald’s employee who tried to intervene. A 14-year-old girl, whose identity has not been released because of her age, is facing the same charges in juvenile court. ( continue to full post… )

New York Senator Embraces Lesbian Kin While Fighting Gay Marriage

By Robert Steinback on May 17, 2011 - 4:29 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

The concept of hating the gay “sin” but loving the gay “sinner” was displayed in stark outline Sunday when a New York state senator leading a large South Bronx rally opposing gay marriage embraced his lesbian granddaughter on stage and declared, “I love her, I love her” – just minutes after another speaker on the same podium cited a Bible passage stating that homosexuals don’t deserve to live.

Moments before three-term Democratic state Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. shared a public embrace with Erica Diaz – who had come to the rally with her girlfriend as a counter-protester – Rev. Ariel Torres Ortega of Radio Visión Cristiana, speaking in Spanish, quoted from Romans 1:27-32, which includes the passage that gay people are “worthy of death.” Speaking with evangelical fervor through an on-stage interpreter who badly mangled the English translation, Ortega said that for those “committing sexual acts between man and man … God gave them over to reprobate minds to do things that are not right, [such as unrighteousness], fornication, perversity, aberrations, malignancy, no manners, murders, lies, contrar[iness] … Those who practice such things are worthy of death.” ( continue to full post… )

Race Continues to Dog Tea Party Representatives and Events

By Robert Steinback on May 16, 2011 - 2:15 pm, Posted in Anti-Black

And some folks still wonder why the Tea Party movement has a racial image problem.

In recent weeks, white separatists wrapped themselves in a Tea Party cloak and staged a rally in Orange County, Calif. An Ohio Tea Party group sued a city school district after officials canceled the appearance of a virulently anti-Muslim evangelist the group sponsored. And then, last week, a black Tea Party Nation commentator unleashed an acerbic verbal attack on “black race pimps” that would have made David Duke blush with pride. ( continue to full post… )

‘60 Minutes’ Looks at ‘Sovereign Citizens’ Movement

By Mark Potok on May 16, 2011 - 11:00 am, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

Last night, CBS’ “60 Minutes” ran a segment on antigovernment “sovereign citizens” that largely reprised the Southern Poverty Law Center’s findings, describing a movement whose adherents believe that they are immune from taxes, most laws, and requirements for driver’s licenses, registration and insurance. The piece contained many of the same elements as the SPLC officer-safety video, “Understanding the Threat: ‘Sovereign Citizens’ and Law Enforcement.”

Like the SPLC video, which has been distributed to some 75,000 law enforcement officials, the “60 Minutes” piece focused heavily on West Memphis, Ark., Police Chief Bob Paudert, whose son Brandon was one of two officers murdered by a father-son team of sovereign citizens on May 20, 2010. It also includes an interview with J.J. McNab, who wrote a cover story on sovereign citizens for the Fall 2010 issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report. “60 Minutes” also referred to the SPLC’s estimate of some 300,000 sovereign citizens, but did not cite SPLC by name.

Here, for those interested in further information, are links to some recent SPLC work on the sovereign citizens movement, including last year’s cover story; a look at the movement’s leaders; a lexicon of sovereign terminology; tips for law enforcement; and an overall essay on the movement. Earlier SPLC stories include a look at a black sovereign citizens group; the return of the sovereign citizen movement in 2009; an interview with a former sovereign; a 2009 sovereign incident list; and a 2002 piece on the “redemption” scam practiced by many sovereigns.