The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.
The latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released today, focuses on the threat of homegrown Muslim terrorists, even as it warns in an editorial against demonizing Muslims in the U.S. and neglecting threats from white supremacists and others on the radical right. Entitled “Ten Years After,” a reference to the Islamist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the cover story is accompanied by profiles of 10 leading domestic jihadists and a timeline describing 30 plots since 9/11.
Even before a Norwegian madman named Anders Behring Breivik opened fire this July on fellow citizens he believed were abetting large-scale Muslim immigration, it was clear that Islamophobic propaganda, much of it from American politicians and activists, was having a poisonous effect on Western societies.
And the revelation that Breivik had imbibed much of the propaganda that motivated him to murder 77 people, most of them children, from American bigots like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller sparked much soul-searching on the part of responsible commentators and other observers here. After all, this is a country where a former House speaker, Newt Gingrich, felt comfortable comparing Muslims to Nazis, and where politicians in a dozen states have worked to pass needless and fear-mongering laws against the use of Islamic Shariah law in U.S. courts.
Joseph Farah, founder of World Net Daily – perhaps the nation’s media leader in presenting outright falsehoods and goofball right-wing conspiracy theories as the truth – has unveiled a curious new theory as to why American Muslims haven’t joined far-right Christians and Jews in hating gay men and lesbians.
Muslim cultures internationally are not known for tolerance of LGBT people. Certain nations, such as Iran and Sudan, are believed to have executed hundreds in recent decades. So, Farah asks, why aren’t American Muslims following suit? He proposes an answer: U.S. Muslims are strategically aligning with LGBT people as part of their jihadist campaign to subjugate the West. Gay progress, after all, “promotes the weakening of the United States in multiple ways,” Farah writes.
In Farah’s twisted world, U.S. Muslims are advancing their dangerous anti-American agenda by deviously not hating when they’re supposed to. Clever devils! ( continue to full post… )
The white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) is reacting with obvious delight to the latest racist rant from former Fox News host Glenn Beck. On Sunday, sandwiched between snippets of “shocking statistics” about black crime, ads for books by Holocaust deniers, and “news stories” like “Philadelphia School Cheating: Blacks in Charge,” the CCC posted a video of Beck’s remarkable Aug. 11 commentary on the 2012 election.
On that day, while discussing the prospects of various Republican presidential candidates, Beck said that if Barack Obama loses to a Republican next year the Obama Administration will try to destroy America on its way out the door.
“The next president needs to be willing to sacrifice his life, because the choices the next president is going to have to face is [sic] going to be awful, and I firmly believe race riots are on the way,” said Beck, who was in a studio speaking with a sign behind him advertising his new television show, “GBTV: The Truth Lives Here.” “They are being encouraged. This administration… What do you think these people are going to do? … They will take this country down. If it looks like they are losing, the uber-left, they will take it down. ‘If I can’t have it, no one will.’ … This is their chance of fundamental transformation. This is it. They’ve waited a hundred years and the uber-left will take it down on the way out.” ( continue to full post… )
An African-American teen is claiming that he was the victim of a hate crime at a party in West Chicago, Ill. The victim alleges that three white teens approached him after they saw him talking to a white girl and then punched and kicked him repeatedly. He suffered a broken jaw, four missing teeth and cuts and bruises. Three men were charged with aggravated battery.
A California man has been found guilty of arson and hate crime charges for attempting to burn down a church. Prosecutors said Izad Chavoshan was disgruntled over the local church’s teachings on masturbation.
A missing child was found safe in Buncombe County, S.C., after his mother took him to avoid a custody order. The boy’s mother, Aiden Crawford, claims she does not recognize the court’s authority and espouses other beliefs common to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement.
A suspect alleged to be a skinhead was arrested in California for attacking a man armed with what is believed to be an ice pick or knife. The victim’s son called police and described two men fighting with his father; one had white supremacist tattoos.
One of the teens charged with the brutal beating and murder of an African-American man in Jackson, Miss., is now charged with capital murder. Deryl Dedmon, 19, is accused of a randomly selecting a black man, beating him with a group of teens, and running him over in an apparent hate crime. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Police in Ann Arbor, Mich., are investigating the assault of a man as a possible hate crime. Authorities say the 22-year-old white victim and his friend were followed by a group of eight men, of whom six were black, who hurled racial and other slurs at the victim, pulled a knife on him and beat him.
A judge in the conspiracy trial of members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia has thrown out the sole criminal charge against one of the defendants. Rachel A. Barney was accused of hindering the prosecution of the five other defendants, including her husband, for hiding militia leader Schaeffer Cox in her house. The remaining defendants are still charged with planning to kidnap and murder Alaska state officials.
Two of three New Mexico men charged with branding a mentally handicapped man with a swastika have pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges. Paul Beebe, 28, and Jesse Sanford, 26, were accused of the branding as well as writing white supremacist phrases on him. The men pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal that reduced their possible sentences from up to 35 years to 8.5 years.
Defense lawyers for a California teen accused of a hate crime murder are attempting to disqualify the trial judge. Brandon McInerney is accused of shooting a gay 15-year-old classmate because of his sexual orientation. McInerney’s attorneys argue that the judge gave too much leeway to the prosecution in witnesses and evidence.
A federal jury in Mobile, Ala., convicted a white supremacist on firearm and drug offenses today. It took the jury about an hour to find Daniel Dwight Brown guilty of the charges, for which he faces at least 15 years in prison. Brown is a self-avowed member of the neo-Nazi Aryan Brotherhood and is currently a suspect in a shooting death in March.
Police in Oregon are investigating an assault on a gay man by his neighbor in Aloha, Ore. The victim alleges that his neighbor unexpectedly attacked him while using anti-gay slurs while he was working in his home office. The attacker is currently under arrest, and police are still pinpointing the exact motive of the suspect.
Houston police are continuing to push for hate crime charges to be brought against four self-proclaimed white supremacists for beating an African-American man. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is claiming that certain misdemeanor charges cannot be enhanced, despite the suspects’ long rap sheets and motive. As recently as 2009, a grand jury in Texas refused to allow hate crime charges for three white men accused of attacking a black ice cream vender because of his race.
The attorney for a man accused of burning a cross in front of the home of an African American is asking that a hate crime charge be dropped due to his ethnicity. William Soto is among four suspects in the cross burning that took place in Arroyo Grande, Calif. Soto’s lawyer says the fact that he is Filipino-American proves that racism was not a motivation for the crime.
A man in Union City, Calif., claims he was the victim of a hate crime on Monday. According to police, 10 to 12 teens attempted to rob the victim, then hit him with sticks while shouting anti-gay slurs. The man did not sustain serious injuries.
The Liberty Counsel for Law and Policy is traditionally known for its pro bono litigation work with regard to perceived slights against the practice of Christianity in schools and other public venues, as well as its work against abortion and LGBT rights. It was no surprise, therefore, when its president, Mathew Staver, and Matt Barber, on staff at Liberty University, recently assailed the American Psychological Association (APA) for its support of LGBT people and same-sex marriage on their Faith and Freedom radio show.
It was standard Liberty Counsel rhetoric: Gay men and lesbians can and should change their orientation, because the Liberty Counsel considers it harmful and immoral. Barber and Staver dismissed leading, reputable mainstream organizations and instead touted the findings of small religious (often Christian-only) groups like the American Association of Christian Counselors, which the Liberty Counsel has said is larger than the APA (the APA has 154,000 members, while the AACC claims “nearly 50,000″).
What’s more surprising is that the Liberty Counsel seems to be dipping its toes into the anti-government “Patriot” pool. Patriot groups see the federal government as part of a conspiracy to impose a socialistic one-world government – or “New World Order” – on freedom-loving Americans. They often rail against involvement with the United Nations, worry about government instituting martial law, and express fears about “creeping socialism” (more recently, “creeping Shariah law”) and other government plots to undermine freedom. ( continue to full post… )
A mysterious anti-immigration group called Blacks for Equal Rights Coalition (BFERC) recently made its debut in Los Angeles with a July 6 “Community Outreach Summit” on “The Impact of Immigration on Black Communities.”
The summit, whose entirely unnamed lineup included “advisors, educators, politicians and activists from the community,” generously offered a free lunch to the first 125 people to sign up.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Though “presented” by BFERC, the summit was sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigrant group whose founder, John Tanton, wrote in a 1993 letter to controversial ecology professor Garrett Hardin, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”
This is not the first “black” anti-immigrant group FAIR has sponsored. That honor would go to the now-defunct Choose Black America (CBA), which was billed as a grassroots organization but was apparently a front group funded and founded by FAIR for the sole purpose of putting a black face on the mostly white anti-immigrant movement. FAIR also helped establish other groups that purportedly represented the victims of immigration – the Coalition for the Future of the American Worker, which claimed to be a coalition of blue-collar groups, and You Don’t Speak for Me, the Latino version of CBA. ( continue to full post… )
When life handed the anti-Islamic bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer a lemon, they made it into lemonade.
Of course, it wasn’t the first or the last time that extremist ideologues found themselves in the awkward position of having to disavow a follower who took their hateful prescriptions more seriously than they did themselves. But when the world learned that Norway’s mass murderer Anders Breivik had repeatedly referenced their counter-jihadist writings in his anti-Islamic manifesto “A European Declaration of Independence,” they didn’t apologize. In fact, they cashed in on the dubious honor, clamoring to whatever media outlet that would have them that they were Breivik’s real victims.
Breivik’s “citations of our work,” they added last week in a column in the conservative Internet publication American Thinker, “have led to an international campaign to blame us for the massacre. The New York Times, NBC, the BBC, CNN, the Washington Post, many European publications, and a host of others have claimed that we are responsible for creating a climate of ‘hate’ in which a Breivik was inevitable. This is not only false, but such charges against us challenge fundamental principles of the freedom of speech.” ( continue to full post… )