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Anti-Muslim Activists Gather In Tennessee to Warn of Shariah

By Leah Nelson on November 12, 2011 - 10:54 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim

A coalition of national security hawks, Christian activists from both here and abroad, lawyers and GOP activists gathered on Friday at a Nashville-area megachurch notorious for hosting spectacles to discuss strategies and tactics for combating the “threat” that Islamic Shariah law supposedly poses in the United States.

Following an invocation and prayer, speakers at “The Constitution or Shariah: Preserving National Freedom” – hosted by the Shariah Awareness Action Network – wasted no time getting down to business. ( continue to full post… )

Pastor with a Past to Host Anti-Islam Conference

By Leah Nelson on November 10, 2011 - 1:12 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

The anti-Shariah conference to be held tomorrow at an Assemblies of God megachurch in Madison, Tenn., was very nearly canceled. A few weeks ago, the Nashville hotel that was scheduled to host it abruptly canceled its contract. Maury Davis, flamboyant pastor of the Cornerstone Church, saved the day when he agreed to let the coalition rent his church for the event.

“I want to know what is Sharia law, how did it come about, what does it mean and how is it implemented – just as a citizen and as a Christian, what is Sharia law?” Davis told the Christian Post. ( continue to full post… )

Racist Idaho Attorney Gets 50 Years in Plot to Murder Wife

By Bill Morlin on November 9, 2011 - 6:03 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Edgar J. Steele, a self-described white separatist and “attorney for the politically incorrect,” was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in federal prison for plotting the pipe bomb murder of his wife.

“This was a very serious offense,” U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in sentencing the 66-year-old attorney who once represented the Aryan Nations and its founder Richard Butler.

Congress mandated a minimum of 40 years in prison for the type of crimes Steele was convicted of in May, the judge told a packed courtroom in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. ( continue to full post… )

Muslim Basher Robert Spencer Shows White Nationalist Colors

By Leah Nelson on November 9, 2011 - 3:58 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Proving yet again that nothing is beneath him, anti-Muslim propagandist Robert Spencer has put himself firmly in the camp of open white nationalists with an article published yesterday in Crisis magazine, a conservative Catholic publication. Replete with fawning references to the superior accomplishments of Western culture and the Catholic Church, the piece, titled “Is Multiculturalism Evil?,” proposes that Western civilization is superior to all others and that multiculturalists (aligned with “Islamic supremacists”) are colluding to bring it to its knees.

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Another ‘Sovereign’ Guilty of Filing Bogus Tax Returns

By Bill Morlin on November 8, 2011 - 3:30 pm, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

A Washington accountant with ties to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement has pleaded guilty to preparing false income tax returns that cheated the U.S. government out of an estimated $2.5 million.

Federal prosecutors will recommend that Timothy George Garrison, 59, of Mount Vernon, Wash., spend four years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 2 in U.S. district court in Seattle. He pleaded guilty last week to two counts of assisting in the filing of false federal tax returns. ( continue to full post… )

Texas Gun Instructor Crockett Keller Will Train Muslims

By Leah Nelson on November 8, 2011 - 12:21 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

A Texas handgun safety instructor who declared in a radio advertisement (first reported by Hatewatch on Oct. 27) that he would not teach non-Christian Arabs, Muslims, Obama voters, or “socialist liberals” won’t lose his state-issued license, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Instructor Crockett Keller made national news with an ad proclaiming, “If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner-in-chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law. Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class. Once again, with no shame, I am Crockett Keller. Thank you and God Bless America.” ( continue to full post… )

Feds Hope to Deny Bail to Alaska Militia Suspect

By Bill Morlin on November 7, 2011 - 3:07 pm, Posted in Militias

Why would a 53-year-old woman be carrying around recipes for homemade  explosives and information on the deadly poison ricin?

Federal authorities in Alaska say they aren’t sure. And they don’t know where Mary Ann Morgan was heading when she was arrested in late October as she attempted to enter Canada, possibly en route to the lower 48 states. ( continue to full post… )

Alabama Sovereigns Convicted on Tax Charges; Buried $350K in Gold

By Leah Nelson on November 7, 2011 - 3:05 pm, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

A federal jury in Alabama has found antigovernment “sovereign citizens” Monty and Patricia Ervin guilty of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States. The Ervins, of Dothan, Ala., had for many years paid no federal income taxes on the total of $9 million in cash and silver they collected in rental income from their sizable real estate empire. They were found to have $350,000 worth of gold coins buried in their back yard.

The IRS contacted the Ervins repeatedly with regard to their taxes, court documents show; but the couple replied to requests for meetings with bizarre letters claiming they were not required to pay income tax because they were not and never had been U.S. citizens. ( continue to full post… )

Animal Rights Activist: ‘If you spill blood, your blood should be spilled’

By Leah Nelson on November 3, 2011 - 2:50 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism

In the early hours of March 7, 2009, David Jentsch was startled out of his slumber by the sound of an explosion in his driveway. Running outside, the UCLA professor found that his car had been firebombed. His car was destroyed, and the fire spread to a nearby tree before firefighters were able to control it.

Self-described members of the “Animal Liberation Brigade” claimed responsibility for the firebombing, warning Jentsch in a message posted March 8 on the website of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office (which publishes communiqués from underground animal rights activists) that “we will come for you when you least expect it and do a lot more damanage [sic] than to your property. ( continue to full post… )

Alleged Georgia Plotters Belonged to Racist, Anti-Semitic Group

By Mark Potok on November 3, 2011 - 1:27 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, Domestic Terrorism, Patriot Groups

The FBI undercover tapes of four North Georgia militiamen arrested Tuesday offer an extraordinary glimpse of the terrorism the group is accused of planning. Details of how they allegedly intended to commit mass murder with deadly ricin, carry out assassinations of officials, and bomb government buildings abound in government affidavits that directly quote the men talking to undercover informants.

But there’s one thing the affidavits don’t tell you: What did these four elderly Georgians allegedly hope to accomplish? About as close as you get to an answer is this cryptic quote from the alleged ringleader, 73-year-old Frederick W. Thomas: “When it comes to saving the Constitution, that means some people gotta die.”

Although the group is not mentioned in the court papers, the organization the men belonged to is certainly the Georgia Militia, which on its Web page identifies one of the accused terrorists, Dan Roberts, 67, as a contact. And the Georgia Militia is one of the hardest line such groups around, going far beyond most militias’ hatred of the federal government to traffic in open racism and anti-Semitism. ( continue to full post… )