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Kentucky Church Reverses Policy, Accepts Interracial Couples

By Marilyn Elias on December 5, 2011 - 4:19 pm, Posted in Christian Right

A small Kentucky church that just a week earlier banned interracial couples from joining or participating in worship services reversed its policy Sunday in the wake of an avalanche of publicity that spread throughout the U.S. and to locales as far away as Canada, Europe, India and Africa.

The original bigoted policy was introduced by Melvin Thompson, former pastor of the Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church. Thompson, who is still a member of the church, refused to speak with Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )

Sheriff Arpaio Gets the Media Attention He Deserves

By Leah Nelson on December 5, 2011 - 1:14 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

Be careful what you wish for.

Media-hungry Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who just last week complained about a supposed “black out” on news of his investigation into the validity of President Obama’s birth certificate, is finally getting the media coverage he deserves. ( continue to full post… )

John Birch Society: ‘Agenda 21’ is Stealth Plot to Steal Freedom

By Arthur Goldwag on December 5, 2011 - 11:57 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

It isn’t exactly the midnight ride of Paul Revere, but clearly something is up.

Since September, the John Birch Society has sponsored or co-sponsored lectures on the dangers of Agenda 21 in Manahawkin, Somers Point, Williamstown, Pompton Plains, and Toms River, N.J.; in Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula, Mont.; in Indianapolis, Ind.; in Albany and Queens, N.Y.; in Deland, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla.; in Mobile, Ala.; and in Shelton and Westport, Conn.

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‘Sovereign Citizen’ Sentenced for ‘Deadly Force’ Threats

By Bill Morlin on December 5, 2011 - 8:07 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

An antigovernment “sovereign citizen” will spend 40 months in prison for threatening to use “deadly force” to arrest various government officials, including the mayor of Kirkland, Wash.

David Russell Myrland, sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, has made his living for the past 20 years through the unauthorized practice of law and by teaching others how to cheat on their federal income taxes, federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum. ( continue to full post… )

Major Nativist Extremist Group May Be at End of its Rope

By Leah Nelson on December 2, 2011 - 2:16 pm, Posted in Nativist Extremist

William Gheen, head of the nativist extremist Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC), is blaming the “authoritarian and dictatorial actions of Obama” for a budget shortfall that may force his group to shut down in January.

Gheen cited four “major causes” for the financial squeeze, including: (1) “The horrific political and economic environment we find ourselves in as a nation at this time”; (2) GOP presidential candidates who, he feels, are not hard-line enough on immigration; (3) “The authoritarian and dictatorial actions of Obama, who has … demoralized some of our supporters who are throwing their hands up in exhaustion instead of rallying against Obama”; and (4) “technical issues” involving the website and E-mail distribution list. ( continue to full post… )