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Newspaper Publication of Anti-Latino Comments Stirs Controversy

By Robert Steinback on October 21, 2011 - 2:20 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino

Never let it be said that the words of a simple “man on the street” can’t have far-reaching consequences in the modern world.

The Hazleton, Pa., Standard-Speaker newspaper is still coping with the fallout of an interview it published Aug. 15 in a regular print-edition-only feature called “Know Your Neighbor,” in which a local individual is stopped at random and asked to comment briefly on life in Luzerne County. That day, the paper interviewed a man identified as Richard Yanoski of the nearby town of McAdoo. ( continue to full post… )

Racist Skinhead Guilty in Savage Murders of Tampa Homeless Men

By Ryan Lenz on October 19, 2011 - 2:24 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

James Robertson, a member of the racist skinhead group Blood & Honour, was trying to finagle his way out of a lengthy prison term for bank robbery when he offered police details of two murders in Tampa. The murders had gone unsolved for years, and police had all but dismissed the case as cold. That was until they met their snitch. ( continue to full post… )

Alaska Judge Dismisses Electronic Surveillance in Alaska Militia Case

By Ryan Lenz on October 18, 2011 - 2:30 pm, Posted in Militias

A state judge in Alaska has ruled that more than 100 hours of audio and video surveillance is inadmissible in the trial of Schaeffer Cox, the boyish militia leader who was arrested last year after stockpiling weapons in connection to a plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks judge.

Superior Court Judge David Stewart said the audio and video recordings produced during a six-month FBI investigation violated the Alaska state constitution because they were made without a search warrant. While Monday’s ruling damages the state’s case, it has no bearing on federal weapons charges faced by Cox and his accomplices. ( continue to full post… )

Anti-gay Propagandist Heads to Moldova to Speak Against Rights Bill

By Evelyn Schlatter on October 18, 2011 - 10:00 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Paul Cameron, a virulently anti-gay and roundly discredited psychologist whose membership in the American Psychological Association (APA) was revoked in the early 1980s amid an investigation that he violated professional ethics, is on his way to Moldova next week to speak against proposed anti-discrimination legislation that would protect LGBT people. ( continue to full post… )

Throwing Stones: Academy Honoring Anti-Gay Activist Hit by Vandalism

By Leah Nelson on October 17, 2011 - 5:06 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Adding fuel to a fire started and stoked by anti-gay activists who claim that LGBT people are the worst threat facing the United States, vandals on Saturday threw bricks through the windows of a Chicago-area school that was set to host a banquet honoring anti-gay agitator Scott Lively later that day. ( continue to full post… )

Not Even Truthy: AFA’s Fischer Says States Can Apply Religious Tests

By Leah Nelson on October 14, 2011 - 2:19 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Whether he’s predicting the imminent destruction of America at the hands of “the homosexual agenda” or issuing dire warnings about Islamic Shariah law, American Family Association (AFA) spokesman Bryan Fischer can be kind of a downer. ( continue to full post… )

Three ‘Homegrown’ Jihadists Convicted of Plotting Attacks

By Robert Steinback on October 14, 2011 - 1:26 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

Three Muslim men – two American citizens and a permanent resident – were convicted Thursday of plotting terrorist attacks overseas and at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., in a case that highlights the threat of terrorism from “homegrown” jihadists. ( continue to full post… )

Another Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapist Repudiates Controversial Practice

By Ryan Lenz on October 12, 2011 - 3:54 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right

John Smid, the former executive director of a prominent “reparative therapy” practice that seeks to turn gays straight, has repudiated the practice after years preaching that homosexuality is a sickness.

In a piece published last week on the website of his new ministry, Grace Rivers in Germantown, Tenn., Smid expressed disgust at “Christians pervert[ing] the gospel as it relates to homosexuality.” He went on to castigate “ex-gay” therapists for peddling a philosophy that “homosexuals aren’t welcome in the kingdom unless they repent (which many interpret to change.)”

“One cannot repent of something that is unchangeable,” Smid wrote. “I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.” ( continue to full post… )

Affidavit: Racist Quadruple Murder Suspects Planned to ‘Kill More Jews’

By Bill Morlin on October 12, 2011 - 7:35 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, White Supremacist

Two white supremacists arrested after a West Coast “vicious, wild reign of terror” were heading to California to “kill more Jews” after allegedly committing four murders, newly filed court documents say.

David “Joey” Pedersen, a 31-year-old white supremacist recently released from an Oregon prison, and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, are each charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder in the documents filed in Snohomish County.  The charges are related to the Sept. 26 murders of Pedersen’s father, David “Red” Pedersen, 56, and his wife, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, 69, the suspect’s stepmother, in Everett, Wash. ( continue to full post… )

AFA Blogger: Undocumented Immigrants Like Prison Escapees

By Robert Steinback on October 11, 2011 - 3:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

American Family Association (AFA) blogger Elijah Friedeman thinks Alabama’s new, draconian law targeting undocumented immigrants and anyone who would assist them or knowingly fail to turn them in, is wonderful.

What puzzles him, according to his essay posted Friday on AFA’s Rightly Concerned website, is that many Christian church leaders, even conservative ones, oppose the law (see also here) – after all, Friedeman writes, undocumented immigrants are the conceptual equivalent of convicted felons who have escaped from prison. ( continue to full post… )