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White House Shooter Fan of Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

By Leah Nelson on November 21, 2011 - 1:41 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Conspiracies

The 21-year-old Idaho man who shot at the White House earlier this month was a fan of antigovernment conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, The New York Times reports today.

Oscar Ortega, the Mexican-American waiter from Idaho Falls who on Nov. 11 fired a semiautomatic rifle out of his car window while driving by the president’s residence, allegedly believes that he is the “modern day Jesus Christ” and that Obama is the antichrist. His friend Jake Chapman, who sold Ortega the AK-47 used in the shooting, told the Times that about a year ago, he and Ortega watched Jones’ 2009 “The Obama Deception,” a feature-length film promulgating the theory that the president is the puppet of shadowy agents of the New World Order who plan to transform America into a totalitarian state resembling Nazi Germany. ( continue to full post… )

Manhattan Man Charged With Plotting to Detonate Bombs Was Inspired by Al-Awlaki

By Ryan Lenz on November 21, 2011 - 10:48 am, Posted in Muslim Extremism

A Manhattan man arrested on charges of plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York had become fascinated by the American-born militant Anwar al-Awlaki during the course of his radicalization, The New York Times is reporting.

The Southern Poverty Law Center profiled al-Awlaki in the Fall 2011 issue of the Intelligence Report, which noted that, “many homegrown extremists arrested on terrorism charges are known to have frequented extremist websites early in the radicalization process.” ( continue to full post… )

White Supremacist Faces Additional Charges for Domestic Terrorism Plot

By Bill Morlin on November 21, 2011 - 10:37 am, Posted in White Supremacist

A man who was planning “the worst kind” of domestic terrorism act faces six new federal felony charges less than a month after being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the state of Washington.

Wayde Lynn Kurt, once a member of an Odinist, white supremacist gang called “Vangard Kindred,’’ was in jail awaiting sentencing when a grand jury in Spokane returned the new indictment against him last week. Its six counts allege aggravated identity theft; two counts of unlawful production of an identification card, two counts of unlawful possession of an identification card and making a false statement. ( continue to full post… )

What Occupy Wall Street Was Not

By Mark Potok on November 21, 2011 - 9:31 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic

As the Occupy Wall Street protesters are swept out of their encampments around the nation, many are asking what the movement’s next step will be and if the police actions might actually help the two-month-old populist outburst grow.

But even for those seeking to discern the future of the OWS movement, a more instructive question might be: What was OWS, anyway?

To hear the denizens of the far right tell it, the protesters who filled public spaces in cities around the country and even abroad were unwashed hippies, lazy potheads incapable of holding a job, homeless opportunists scarfing up free food and shelter. They were Nazis. They were Marxists. They were anarchists. ( continue to full post… )

Oklahoma Pastor: Gay People Behind Half of Urban Murders

By Leah Nelson on November 18, 2011 - 9:07 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

Pastor Tom Vineyard of Windsor Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma must be bummed. Though onlookers reportedly gave him standing ovation for his impassioned speech against adding sexual orientation to the protected classes named in Oklahoma City’s employment nondiscrimination policy, City Council members on Tuesday voted 7-2 in favor of the measure.

Making his case that adding explicit protection against discrimination would “bring down God’s judgment on [the] city,” Vineyard cited a New York City judge named John Martaugh, who allegedly said that over half the murders in large cities are committed by LGBT people. ( continue to full post… )

Israeli Prime Minister To Address Liberty Counsel’s ‘The Awakening’

By Ryan Lenz on November 17, 2011 - 2:40 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim

The Liberty Counsel has announced the lineup of speakers for next year’s national conference, and it’s a marquee of far-right luminaries. Prominent figures of the anti-Muslim movement will rub shoulders with the anti-gay religious right. Christian dominionists will hang out with hard-line constitutionalists. And, of course, the prime minister of Israel will speak, too.

That’s right. The website for The Awakening 2012 lists Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as one of the confirmed speakers for the event scheduled for next April in Orlando, Fla. “As our nation’s honor is deteriorating, now is the time to take a stand and restore our country’s strength and dignity,” one conference flyer proclaims. ( continue to full post… )

New Intelligence Report Released Today

By Mark Potok on November 15, 2011 - 10:31 am, Posted in Intelligence Report

The Southern Poverty Law Center today released the latest issue of its quarterly investigative magazine on the radical right, Intelligence Report. Overall, the issue covers the extreme right’s increasingly heated rhetoric, laced with talk of war and weaponry, as it faces the possibility of four more years under a black president.

The issue’s cover story focuses on Montana, where white supremacists and antigovernment “Patriots” are gathering for a last stand against the greater society that one leader likens to the Battle of the Alamo. Another story, also focusing on increasingly belligerent rhetoric and actions, examines the continuing radicalization of the neo-secessionist League of the South. A third examines the unbelievable vicious rhetoric and background of Bryan Fischer, who has become the main spokesman for the gay-bashing American Family Association. My own editorial discusses all three stories as part of a trend toward radicalization. ( continue to full post… )

Corrupt Lobbyist’s Tell-All Published by Conspiracy-Mongering WND

By Leah Nelson on November 14, 2011 - 2:50 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Given his reputation as a corrupt master of manipulation, disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been given a surprisingly credulous welcome by the media following the Nov. 1 release of his book Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.

Described by its publisher as “an engrossing, informative work” that will “serve as a corrective” to Abraham’s “wildly misunderstood” story, the book and its author have in the past week been portrayed with relative sympathy by at least two important mainstream outlets, CBS’s “60 Minutes” and The New York Times. Neither lets him off the hook entirely; the Times, for example, notes that his book tour is “classic Abramoff” and “reflects his latest and most personal lobbying effort yet: the one on which he lobbies for himself.” But (ironically, given the subject matter) neither do the two reports look at who is behind this effort to redeem “Casino Jack,” and who stands to benefit from it. ( continue to full post… )

FBI Reports Dramatic Spike in Anti-Muslim Hate Violence

By Mark Potok on November 14, 2011 - 1:00 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Latino, Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime

Anti-Muslim hate crimes soared by an astounding 50% last year, skyrocketing over 2009 levels in a year marked by the vicious rhetoric of Islam-bashing politicians and activists, especially over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York City.

Although the national statistics compiled by the FBI each year are known to dramatically understate the real level of reported and unreported hate crimes, they do offer telling indications of some trends. The latest statistics, showing a jump from 107 anti-Muslim hate crimes in 2009 to 160 in 2010, seem to reflect a clear rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric from groups like Stop Islamization of America. Much of that rhetoric was aimed at stopping an Islamic center in lower Manhattan.

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Facing Controversy, Anti-Muslim Preacher Tones Down Criticism

By Ryan Lenz on November 14, 2011 - 12:00 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

DETROIT — The only thing more noticeable than Lou Engle saying he was going to pray that Muslims would have “dreams of Jesus” during his marathon 24-hour prayer gathering over the weekend in Detroit were the efforts he undertook to show that he was all about sensitivity to minorities.

From the American Indians dancing in full-feathered dress to his proclamation a few hours later that he chose Detroit in a nod to black Americans’ sufferings, Engle carefully avoided the anti-Muslim rhetoric for which he is known and emphasized his affinity with minorities instead. Indeed, he described Detroit as the final stop on the underground railroad, the end of “black America’s trail of tears,” in explaining why he chose the city for the interfaith event that began Friday.

This was the same man who earlier had said that Muslims are “fueling the demonic realm” and in the thrall of “spiritual dark powers.” But after widespread criticism of the event — Engle seemed at pains to avoid any semblance of intolerance. ( continue to full post… )