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AFA’s Bryan Fischer Recycles a Few of His Favorite Lies

By Robert Steinback on October 11, 2011 - 2:02 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Most people know the well-worn maxim that defines insanity as repeating the same action over and over again, while expecting a different result.

What should one call it when the chief spokesman for a preeminent ultra-conservative “pro-family” organization publishes a collection of falsehoods which are soundly debunked, who then responds by repeating the disproved allegations, only to have them thrashed again – and then, 11 months later, republishes the exact same nonsense, unchanged and unmitigated?

We call it proof that Bryan Fischer, director of issues analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), has lost meaningful contact with the world around him. ( continue to full post… )

Four Bodies Now Linked to White Supremacist Suspects

By Bill Morlin on October 10, 2011 - 6:03 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

Four murder victims –including an African-American man shot in the head at close-range in Eureka, Calif. – are now being linked to a jailed couple with extensive criminal records and white supremacy beliefs.

It looks like the West Coast crime spree – described by one Oregon sheriff as a “vicious, wild reign of terror” – may have had a racist agenda.

Authorities on Monday said the death of Reginald Alan Clark, 53, who was found shot to death in his pickup last Friday in Eureka, was tied to the killing spree believed carried out by David “Joey” Pedersen, 31, and his girlfriend, Holly Ann Grigsby, 24.

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Third Body Found; Neo-Nazi Suspected in Rampage

By Bill Morlin on October 10, 2011 - 2:16 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

The body of a third victim believed to have been killed by two white supremacists has been found in a badly mangled 2010 Jeep that plunged over a cliff in a remote, mountainous area east of Corvallis, Ore.

An autopsy was under way today in Portland, but authorities believe the body is that of 56-year-old David “Red” Pedersen, a disabled ex-Marine who disappeared from his home in Everett, Wash., on Sept. 28. The body of his wife, Leslie “DeeDee” Pedersen, 69, was found in the home, her neck apparently slashed with a sword found at the scene. ( continue to full post… )

AFA’s Fischer Tells ‘Values’ Crowd: Islam, Gays Threaten U.S.

By Chip Berlet on October 10, 2011 - 1:53 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim

When your claim to fame is that you make a string of outrageous comments demonizing anybody who’s not white, Christian, straight and conservative, it’s probably hard to come up with new smears for your enemies. So for Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, perhaps the Values Voter Summit over the weekend was more of a chance to sum up his worst fears. So he did, declaring that the two most serious threats to the U.S. are – surprise – Islam and “the homosexual agenda.”

Appearing at the conference of social conservatives in Washington, Fischer told a cheering audience that “every single mosque in America is a potential recruiting [place] or training cell for Islamic terror.” He said “the greatest long-term threat to our security is not radical Islam but Islam itself. This is not Islamophobia – this is Islamo-realism.” ( continue to full post… )

Extremists of Many Stripes Gather at Values Voter Summit 2011

By Heidi Beirich on October 7, 2011 - 4:51 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

The anti-gay hate group Family Research Council (FRC) brought quite a collection of extremists to Washington, D.C., for its Values Voter Summit 2011 (VVS). According to the FRC, the event, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, has an attendance of some 3,000. It’s co-sponsored by organizations, like the American Family Association (AFA), that join the FRC in demonizing of the LGBT community. (The Southern Poverty Law Center today ran an advertisement in the Washington Post detailing these groups’ false claims about LGBT people). But bigotry toward gays and lesbians is not the only kind on display here today. Muslims took quite a beating, too. ( continue to full post… )

Maryland County Commission Hires Extremist Blogger

By Robert Steinback on October 7, 2011 - 2:37 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

So what do you do when you’ve successfully saved the planet from efforts to save the planet? If you’re ultra-conservative blogger James Simpson, the answer is: Get paid. And by government no less.

Simpson, who has written numerous articles for conservative websites including American Thinker, has railed against what he and other right-wing conspiracy buffs claim is an odious plan by the United Nations to undermine capitalism and U.S. sovereignty while prodding for One World Government. The program is called the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), based on a U.N. sustainable-development plan approved in 1992 known as Agenda 21. It endorses global strategies to protect air quality, stop deforestation, protect fresh water sources, maintain biodiversity, and more. ( continue to full post… )

Values Voter Summit – or Anti-LGBT Hate Fest?

By Mark Potok on October 7, 2011 - 10:27 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Starting today, a number of prominent public figures will be attending and speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of socially conservative activists in Washington. But just what kind of values are they promoting?

The summit is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC) and co-hosted by the American Family Association (AFA) –groups that regularly spew vicious lies about the LGBT community. ( continue to full post… )

It’s the Liberals, Stupid

By Leah Nelson on October 6, 2011 - 1:42 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Whether unmasking crypto-Muslim conspiracies, revealing the secret source of Hitler’s power, or scrutinizing the president’s past for signs of fraud, the tireless fantasists at Joseph Farah’s far-right WorldNetDaily always have the news behind the news.

So what’s the latest?

This: Because white people are not having enough babies, America is in for 20 years of economic stagnation. So says WND columnist Michael Master in a Sept. 29 “exclusive.” ( continue to full post… )

White Supremacist Ex-Con Arrested in Double Murder

By Bill Morlin on October 6, 2011 - 8:01 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

A 31-year-old white supremacist once associated with a neo-Nazi gang known as the “Aryan Death Squad” and his female companion are in custody in northern California as suspects in two murders and the disappearance of a disabled veteran.

David Joseph Pedersen, convicted of threatening to murder federal Judge Edward Lodge of Idaho in 2001, was arrested Wednesday near Marysville, Calif., in a stolen car with his companion, 24-year-old Holly Ann Grigsby, of Portland.

They both have been identified by authorities in Washington state as suspects in the brutal Sept. 28 slaying in Everett, Wash., of Pedersen’s stepmother, 69-year-old Leslie Mae Pederson. ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Confederates Offer Creative Take on ‘War Between the States’

By Leah Nelson on October 4, 2011 - 1:41 pm, Posted in Neo-Confederate

In February 1961, more than 50,000 people – including three state governors – showed up in Montgomery, Ala., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jefferson Davis’ inauguration as the first (and only) president of the Confederate States of America. It was one of many massive events that would mark the controversial, racially charged centennial of the Civil War. The same year in April, officials in Charleston, S.C., hoisted a Confederate battle flag above the Capitol in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter that started the war. It flew until July 2000. ( continue to full post… )