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In Book, Pat Buchanan Thanks Karate-Chopping Racist for Research

By Leah Nelson on September 30, 2011 - 5:48 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

In a few weeks, MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan will unleash his latest book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? According to its Amazon.com product description, the lyrically titled screed “traces the disintegration [of America] to three historic changes: America’s loss of her cradle faith, Christianity; the moral, social, and cultural collapse that have followed from that loss; and the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation.”

Weighty topics. Fortunately, Buchanan wasn’t alone in sussing them out. As Media Matters pointed out yesterday, in his acknowledgements, Buchanan extends “special thanks” to one Marcus Epstein, “for the invaluable assistance and untold hours he devoted to researching ideas, issues, and anecdotes.”

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Homegrown Jihadists Reported Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

By Leah Nelson on September 30, 2011 - 3:35 pm, Posted in Muslim Extremism

Two U.S. citizens who became Islamist jihadists were killed in an American drone attack in Yemen early this morning, officials in America and Yemen report. The deaths of Anwar al-Awlaki, an Amercan-born radical cleric linked to at least 15 terrorist plots, and Samir Khan, editor of Inspire, a sophisticated English-language online magazine devoted to inspiring homegrown jihadists, are being touted as a major blow to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Qaeda’s virulent Yemen-based arm. ( continue to full post… )

Montana White Supremacist Threatens Human Rights Organization

By Bill Morlin on September 29, 2011 - 5:00 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Patriot Groups, White Supremacist

A former “staff leader” of the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations is threatening to indict members of the Montana Human Rights Network by convening a “citizen grand jury.”

The e-mail threat came from Karl Gharst, a white supremacist who was convicted and sent to prison in 2004 for threatening to kill a child protective services worker in Montana. ( continue to full post… )

Again With the Birth Certificate – WorldNetDaily Conjures ‘Inquiry’

By Ryan Lenz on September 29, 2011 - 3:50 pm, Posted in Patriot Groups

Nearly eight months after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, the carnival barkers he hoped to quiet are again clamoring to get back into the center ring.

WorldNetDaily (WND), the right-wing conspiracy website that has led the charge to question the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship, has reported that the nation’s first law enforcement investigation into the president’s birth certificate is under way. Ostensibly leading the charge is none other than Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who bills himself as “America’s toughest sheriff.” ( continue to full post… )

Leader in Southern Baptist Convention Ramps Up Anti-Gay Rhetoric

By Hatewatch Staff on September 27, 2011 - 3:53 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Anti-gay myths die hard. Or maybe they never die at all. Over the weekend, a leading figure in the Southern Baptist Convention recycled a number of the most egregious lies about LGBT people to reach the conclusion that they’re working to bring about the “outright sexual paganization of society.” Whatever that is. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for September 26, 2011

By Janet Smith on September 26, 2011 - 4:04 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, White Supremacist

Police in Brooklyn, N.Y., say a 24-year-old man was approached by a man who pretended to have a gun and was robbed of his cell phone. The victim was then asked about his sexual orientation, berated with anti-gay slurs and sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors say the alleged victim of a hate crime in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, ignored a subpoena and failed to show up for a preliminary hearing after receiving threats. The judge in the case rescheduled a hearing and ordered the accused released from jail.

Police are investigating a potential hate crime in a West Seattle neighborhood after a man and his partner had their cars vandalized and an anti-gay message left inside a vehicle.

A Newark, N.J., man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly harassing a gay couple who lived next door to him.  According to the Essex County prosecutor, Douglas Brown called his neighbors anti-gay slurs, put oil on their home, and slashed tires on their vehicles.

Geller, Opposing Lawyer Claim Victory in Defamation Suit

By Robert Steinback on September 23, 2011 - 2:43 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Omar Tarazi, the Ohio lawyer who sued anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller a year ago for alleging he had links to terrorist organizations, withdrew his lawsuit this week in exchange for Geller taking down five blog posts containing her allegations against Tarazi. The settlement did not include any monetary damages.

Tarazi is the lawyer who represented the parents of Rifqa Bary, the 17-year-old Columbus, Ohio, girl who fled her Muslim parents in 2009 claiming fear of an “honor killing” by her father because she converted to Christianity. Her parents adamantly denied ever threatening their daughter. Geller plunged into the case on the girl’s side (“Rifqa Bary: Teenage Apostate in America,” Geller called her), and attacked Tarazi in the process. While Geller and numerous Christian activists rallied to Bary’s side, opposing critics accused them of exploiting, or even brainwashing, the teenager. ( continue to full post… )

News Roundup for September 22, 2011

By Janet Smith on September 22, 2011 - 11:14 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT

White supremacist gang member Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed Wednesday evening for the infamous dragging death slaying of James Byrd Jr., a black man from East Texas.

The University of Montana’s Native American Center in Missoula was targeted with a racist sticker on a building earlier this week. The sticker listed a website for a white supremacist group, the Montana Creators. Missoula residents also found racist flyers on their cars Monday morning.

The Battle Creek, Mich., Police Department’s Gang Suppression Unit is investigating vandalism on several homes. Vandals left racial and anti-gay slurs, swastikas, and the letters KKK on the homes, using black spray paint.  They also sprayed the letters of a street gang on some of the homes, however officials do not think the vandalism is gang-related.

Two men have been charged with attempted murder and two women with complicity to commit attempted murder in the alleged attack on a gay man in Harlan County, Ky., last April. The County’s Commonwealth Attorney plans to pursue the case as a hate crime.

Islamophobe Geller, in New Book, Accuses SPLC of Being ‘Communist Front’

By Robert Steinback on September 21, 2011 - 4:09 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Pamela Geller is the nation’s most charismatic purveyor of wild-eyed allegations that Muslim fanatics – which, in her mind, include every Muslim who hasn’t categorically renounced Islam itself – will topple the Constitution and impose Shariah law any day now, unless freedom-loving Americans heed her warnings. Her new book, “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance” – meaning, the “counterjihadist” resistance – purports to instruct Americans on how to stand heroically against this entirely ridiculous scenario. ( continue to full post… )

Montana Freeman Leader Dies in Prison

By Bill Morlin on September 21, 2011 - 3:33 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Patriot

LeRoy M. Schweitzer, the one-time leader of the Montana Freeman and a dean in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement, has died of apparent natural causes in the federal “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colo. The 73-year-old Schweitzer was serving a 22-year federal prison sentence related to crimes prosecuted after the longest police-standoff siege in U.S. history.

In 1996, he led a heavily armed antigovernment group called the Montana Freemen before he was arrested that March 25 in an FBI ruse on a piece of land he called “Justus Township.” His arrest prompted 16 other members of the Freeman group, who believed the government had no authority over them, to barricade themselves in a 960-acre ranch compound in Jordan, Mont. They held FBI agents at bay for 81 days before finally surrendering without firing a shot. ( continue to full post… )