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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… )

White Supremacist David Duke to be Booted from Yet Another Country

By Leah Nelson on November 30, 2011 - 3:23 pm, Posted in White Supremacist

Ex-Klan leader David Duke is to be deported from Germany, where he was arrested last Friday while on his way to address a group of right-wing extremists.

In a statement obtained by the Huffington Post, German authorities say that the globetrotting white supremacist is “obliged to leave German territory without delay,” explaining that Duke is “not entitled to stay in Germany” because of a travel ban against him in an unspecified European country. This is most likely a reference to the Czech Republic, which expelled Duke in 2009 on suspicion of denying the Holocaust, a crime in that country. ( continue to full post… )

Kentucky Church: No Interracial Couples Welcome

By Marilyn Elias on November 30, 2011 - 3:05 pm, Posted in Christian Right

The Bible commands us to love our neighbors, but members of a Kentucky evangelical church have set strict limits on that love: The Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church voted Sunday to bar interracial couples from becoming members or participating in worship services.

Not everyone at the church agrees, and it may not be the last word.  Stacy Stepp, pastor of the small church in Gulnare, Ky., is appealing the new policy at a regional conference of church leaders Saturday in Pikeville, Ky.  “I want them to investigate the matter and resolve it,” Pastor Stepp told Hatewatch, adding that nothing in the Bible says that interracial marriage is bad. ( continue to full post… )

Confessed MLK Day Bomber Finds Pen Pal in Notorious Racist

By Bill Morlin on November 30, 2011 - 10:42 am, Posted in White Supremacist

Confessed domestic terrorist Kevin William Harpham, facing the likelihood of at least 27 years in prison, became pen pals with notorious racist Glenn Miller after his arrest last March.

Harpham’s sentencing, which had been set for today in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash., was continued until Dec. 20 after Public Defender Roger Peven asked during a hearing for more time to explore the federal legal definition of an explosive device.

“Thanks Kevin, for all you give and for all you do for race and nation,” Miller wrote Harpham after his arrest in March for planting a bomb on the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane on Jan. 17.

In another letter, Miller, the former head of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, offered $100 and pledged to start a fund drive for Harpham, a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, court documents show. ( continue to full post… )

Ammo Company Fudges Facts and Taste to Sell Its Wares

By Leah Nelson on November 29, 2011 - 5:05 pm, Posted in Extremist Commerce, Extremist Propaganda

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition! When it comes to finding bargains for its subscribers, the team at WorldNetDaily, Joseph Farah’s conspiracy-mongering online publication, is never at a loss. Yesterday, in an E-mail titled “Gun Control Imminent – Stock Up Now!” they offered up a real sweetheart: “Burnin Hot Deals” from USA Ammo (motto: “Ammunition with Attitude”), which is offering a free Hat, T-Shirt, & DVD with every gift card purchase.

The ammo supplier has some useful information for those who’ve been putting off their gun purchases.

“USAAmmo.com believes tyranny is knocking down the doors of American cities daily,” the ad confides. “The recent Occupy Wall Street protests and liberal attempts at gun control are eerily reminiscent to [sic] the rise of Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot and Idi Amin. Barack Obama and Erick [sic] Holder, gun control advocates, are secretly conspiring to strip American Citizens of the right to bear arms.” ( continue to full post… )

Sovereign Citizen Targets Supreme Court Chief Justice and FBI Director

By Bill Morlin on November 29, 2011 - 4:51 pm, Posted in Sovereign Citizens

Anti-government sovereign citizens will file frivolous paperwork against anyone – even mailing their bogus legal documents to the home of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the director of the FBI.

Those allegations are contained in a 17-page criminal complaint just filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle accusing Kenneth Wayne Leaming of three counts of “retaliating against a federal judge or law enforcement officer by false claim.” ( continue to full post… )