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Conservative Maine News Site Fires White Nationalist Writer

By Bill Morlin on January 4, 2012 - 3:17 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

When the conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center launched its political blog last month, newly hired chief executive Lance Dutson predicted in an editorial that “we’ll no doubt have kinks to work out along the way.”

Well, a big kink developed this week when other Maine bloggers pointed out that one of the center’s newly hired writers, Leif Parsell, has a long history of espousing white superiority and may even have ties to neo-Nazi organizations.

Those revelations led to Parsell’s firing on Tuesday, Dutson confirmed today to Hatewatch. “Though these comments were made prior to his employment with our organization, the rift between our value system and those expressed in this pattern of online behavior is significant enough to require an end to our employment of this individual,” Dutson said in a statement.

Dutson likely is kicking himself for not doing a simple, pre-employment search on Parsell, whose racist leanings are easily spotted on the Internet.

“Cultural diversity combines with our increasing racial and ethnic diversity to degrade our society,” Parsell recently wrote, recommending a video with white supremacist themes. In the video, “Is Diversity a Strength?” white nationalist Jared Taylor says diversity “is not just dangerous but unfortunate to whites, the people who built and established this nation.” Elsewhere, Taylor has written, “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.”

Parsell also is tied to a Facebook group that claims the United States needs a dictator like Rome’s first emperior, Augustus, to protect “American and the rest of Western Civilization” from ethnic decline. “Europeans and European Americans must unite in an effort to survive falling birthrates, heavy immigration and a tide of multiculturalism which seeks to end political and cultural diversity,” the group’s Facebook page says.

“It’s about survival as a culture and a society,” Parsell wrote, saying racist aviator Charles Lindbergh was right. “I’d rather have a country that had fallen behind India or China, then one that sold its soul to non-European immigrants and lost its culture, just to keep its GDP [Gross National Product] rising.”

Parsell’s comments were divulged this week on another new blog, “The State of Maine,” and also by blogger Mike Tipping, who works for the Maine People’s Alliance and writes “The Tipping Point” blog.

“Parsell’s name and college e-mail also appear in a database recently released by an offshoot of the hacker collective Anonymous called ‘Nazi Leaks’ or ‘Operation Blitzkreig,’ which hacked a series of neo-nazi affiliated sites to retrieve their membership rolls,” Tipping wrote Tuesday in a blog posting. Parsell’s information also appears on a list of individuals who purchased clothing or apparel from a German retailer with neo-Nazi ties, Tipping wrote.

Parsell, who has declined comment to other media outlets, couldn’t be reached.

Asked his reaction to Parsell’s firing, Tipping today said: “I think Parsell’s statements are abhorrent and far outside the bounds of normal political discourse.  I’m glad that the conservative group that hired him acted quickly to end his employment, but it’s important to note that they wouldn’t have been in the situation in the first place if they had been hiring a reporter based on their skills and vetted journalistic background rather than ideological disposition.”

  • Patricia Kayden

    To the Righties that post here, please learn to write in English. Use nouns, verbs and adjectives in your sentences. Stop writing jibberish.

    Wow.

  • Deep Ecology

    Aron, thank you for the kind compliment. As to splitting hairs, I have an academics interest in semantics and the importance of precise meaning with words, especially in the context of public discourse. Cultural preservationists are all too frequently thrown into the general “racial supremacist” category when in fact their ideology is the farthest thing from it. In numerous studies of European preservationists, their interest lies not in believing their culture is in fact superior, but resides in desiring to preserve those aspects that define who they are and want to remain. Racially, Europeans are all Indo Aryan but vary significantly ethnically, the loss/erosion of which can be traumatic and troubling in the era of globalism and supranational organizations that erode identarian forces. Racism always implies a feeling of superiority over the “other”, often leading to outright conflict and genocide to validate those feelings. The idea that a way of life is mine and mine alone and for that reason worth preserving and perhaps even being exclusionary, is the opposite.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Deep Ecology,

    Good to see you back. You always have very interesting comments. However, I must contend that your last statement, vis a vis white supremacy is simply splitting hairs.

    If anything, he’s a WASP supremacist. So now we’re all happy :)

  • Deep Ecology

    Most comments miss the point. This was not censorship (state deciding what is appropriate speech) but freedom of association, that is the Maine Heritage Policy Center deciding freely who they employ and not employ, in accordance with their organizations goals and purpose. I support their right to associate or not associate as they see fit.

    This freedom is not universally supported however, and we have created a web of litigation minded “employment” rights that transcend this simple idea. I would not expect to be employed long at my educational institution if I violated a major tenet of its avowed purpose or failed to conduct myself within appropriate bounds. (tenure however, protects academic freedom to publish controversial or unpopular research).

    As a language purist, Taylor is a nativist and cultural preservationist, believing Anglo-Saxon Western Culture is superior to others. Neo Nazi’s, the Klan, etc are white supremacists.

  • Alan Aardman

    I would call Maher’s speech reasonably hateful if it were directed against an entire group of Christians or against other beliefs, but, as others have stated, it is directed against Tebow as an individual and specifically refers to his unique tendency amongst NFL players to attribute game-day results to divine providence.

    This is not a widely-held belief of any Christian sect- it is an individual belief, and given the dubious morality behind it (why would God intervene in a football game if he wouldn’t intervene in rapes and murders?), it is worthy of mockery. If a Muslim quarterback were to attribute his passer rating to his piety in a public manner, it would be just as fair.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    CM,

    I’ve found a major flaw in your otherwise excellent refutation of RRoberts: he’ll likely never grow up!

    Frankly, I find his ranting far too amusing to ever want him to leave. Plus he’s SOOOO easy to disassemble!

  • CM

    RRoberts said:

    “I would think that calling a person a Racist Troll would constitute hate speech.”

    I would think it was just being as precise as possible: You’ve proven by your postings that you’re a racist, and also that you’re a “troll” by web-forum definition. Hate speech, as I’ve explained to you repeatedly, involves defaming people by associating them with negative racial/ethnic or other stereotypes. If I called you “white trash,” it might be hate speech, but no one’s calling you that. Apparently, you want to label as “name-calling” anything that describes you in a way you don’t want to be described, that is, in any way that’s critical. Grow up.

  • ModerateMike

    I can’t quite understand why Parsell would want to be tied to the Facebook group mentioned above. If he believes that cultural diversity degrades society, then theoretically, he should support the falling birthrates, immigration, and multiculturalism that the Facebook group claims are putting an end to diversity. But in any case, I can’t help noticing that the children of the newcomers in my town tend to develop a stronger affinity for the U.S. than for their parents’ countries over time. If anything, I see parents struggling to maintain within their children a sense of connection to their ethnic roots. Based upon what I have observed so far, the fears expressed by people like Parsell are unfounded.

  • Gregory

    Once again, the liberal, progressive, open minded posters on this site resort to calling names. I have never called another person on this site a name. Yet I am a conservative. Hmmm!!!

    RRoberts complains about being labelled a “conservative” while labelling his antagonists “liberal progressive”. Cognitive dissonance, anyone?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Bad news, conservatives. I’m back from vacation. I guess I’ll deal with you first, RRoberts. The writings of the individual featured in this article cannot be compared to a joke by Bill Maher. Mr. Tebow makes himself a target of ridicule because of his behavior. In fact I would venture to say that Tebow’s behavior, based on the descriptions I have read, constitute blasphemy against the Christian religion. The idea that the omnipotent creator of the universe would have any concern for a game that humans invented ought to be insulting to anyone who seriously believes in the Christian faith- of any denomination.

    Now, Mr. Roberts, judging by your spirited defense of this individual, am I to assume that you endorse his sentiments such as this: ““Europeans and European Americans must unite in an effort to survive falling birthrates, heavy immigration and a tide of multiculturalism which seeks to end political and cultural diversity,” the group’s Facebook page says.

    “It’s about survival as a culture and a society,” Parsell wrote, saying racist aviator Charles Lindbergh was right. “I’d rather have a country that had fallen behind India or China, then one that sold its soul to non-European immigrants and lost its culture, just to keep its GDP [Gross National Product] rising.””

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Hey RRoberts, nobody called you any names. Maybe you should learn to read.

  • RRoberts

    Once again, the liberal, progressive, open minded posters on this site resort to calling names. I have never called another person on this site a name. Yet I am a conservative. Hmmm!!!

    To ADM: I have never seen SPLC fail to report a conservative person’s hate speech because it was a ‘joke.’ Hate speech is hate speech.

    Or, if SPLC will post their rules on what they call “hate,” and enforce those rules fairly, then I am willing to go along.

    I would think that calling a person a Racist Troll would constitute hate speech.

    SPLC- What ARE your rules?

    And would you kindly ask people to stop the name calling.

  • tyrone mixon

    @chris schultz I’m sure you think you should a mouthful but the only person you’re entertaining is yourself. We all think we’re wise when making comments on articles.

    Prime example^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • CM

    RRoberts said:

    “If Mr Tebow were a Moslem, and a conservative had made a similar reference regarding how Mohammed had ####’d him, then our friends here would have been posting big time decrying the hate.”

    Yes, that explains all the Hatewatch postings condemning people for the gleeful insults they heaped on Osama bin Laden when it was learned that he had a stash of porno magazines in his compound. Oh, there weren’t any such postings? Hmmm…

    I’ll say it again since you seem to have some trouble understanding the concept: Maher’s remark insulted Tebow as an individual, in reference to his individual behavior, not as a representative of a group or class and not by invoking hateful stereotypes. The latter is what constitutes hate speech, and that’s what Parsells is guilty of and what you and the other racist trolls on this thread are trying to justify. Fair enough?

  • Erika

    chris shultz, your comment about the Tea Party makes absolutely no sense.

    Stick with worrying about there being rappers in malls – it marks you as a stupid racist, but at least its comprehensible

  • A.D.M.

    RRoberts, you’re being ridiculous. That tweet was a joke. Bill Maher has made jokes about all religious people – Christians, Muslims, you name it. He’s an atheist, you know. And he’s said in the past, “I’ll stop making jokes about Muslims when moderate Muslims speak out against the extremists,” or something like that.

    Matt, what the hell are you talking about?

    Woland, how is the SPLC a hate group? Has the SPLC made generalized and hate-filled comments about any group of people?

    Chris Schultz, Tea Party members who supported Herman Cain did so out of so-called “white guilt”? And they’re destroying traditional folkish life, whatever that means? Damn, you’re stupid.

    Dick Lancaster, what can I say? You’re crazy as usual.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Woland, baby, you attack me because I’ve decided to do things that I love? (Namely, study the history of military technology and then apply for work as an intelligence analyst.)

    Truly you have sunk to a new low. My parents are incredibly proud of me.

    I wonder if the same could be said of yours…

    And RRoberts, no matter how you spin it, your comment made no sense. Same with Matt. (Also, I’m completely unimpressed with your claims. I’ve met people with mutliple post-doctoral degrees and they were still idiots. Go impress your playmates on Stormfront.)

  • Dick Lancaster

    “Those revelations led to Parsell’s firing on Tuesday, Dutson confirmed today to Hatewatch.”
    So the obvious question is how those revelations arrived at the Maine Heritage Policy Center? Was the SPLC instrumental in Parcell’s firing or did the MHPC find those internet postings via routine background check? Is the SPLC blogger here reporting a story or creating one? Let us know, editor.

  • EarleyDaysYet

    Matt, I have to agree with Aron on this one – your comment only made sense in English for the first sentence. After that… well, I have no idea what you were trying to say.

  • Cheryl

    Boys, boys! Let’s have some civil discourse and stop the name-calling. I feel compelled to say something about the comments to this and other SPLC news pieces. I assume anti-government, white-power types cruise SPLC’s website and submit comments for the sole purpose of stirring it up and getting reactions from SPLC supporters. Fellow SPLCers, why give them the satisfaction? SPLC posts their comments, as pathetic, insulting and wrongheaded as they are, but that doesn’t mean any of us need to respond. Why dignify their drivel with a response? With that said, I must admit Matt wrote something that made sense… at least, I think it does. He wrote, “Its the basic thought behind from white Christians racists who wrote the US Constitution for white landowning citizens.” I have to agree with our friend Matt on that one point. (I don’t know if I can agree with anything else he said, as it was entirely unintelligible.) White Christian racists wrote the US Constitution for white land-owning citizens. That’s true! Not for people of color. Not for women. Not for the poor. Those men were products of their time and their class. They were flawed, but the Constitution was radically progressive and held the promise of equality for all people simply by providing a process for amendments. Without amendments, African Americans and women would not have the rights of citizens. It is this Constitution and its promise that the SPLC seeks to protect. If our Tea Party friends don’t like that, too bad. They can go cruise someone else’s website and take their vitriol with them.

  • chris schultz

    The tea party are nothing but a bunch of progressive capitalist hypocrites hellbent on destroying folkish traditional life and replacing it with multicultural hell. This is evident in their temporary white guilt fueled adoption of the Herman Cain for president nonsense.

  • Matt

    aron typed in on my iphone while driving, I have three degrees! Wow a right wing extremist with college, owns his own business and post of a left wing PC site! Yes we are everywhere, jfyi I have thought this way since kindergarden.

  • Woland

    Aron Levy, “the Last History of Technology graduate from the University of Florida. Working part-time at a pen shop in the Burlington Mall. Cigar enthusiast.”

    Congratulations on your success thus far in life, I am sure your Mother is proud (“Why couldn’t you have been a Doctor or a Rabbi, like your cousin Kyle?!”)

    I think the point that Matt, and RRoberts and Chris Schultz are trying to make is that: (1) WHEN the $PLC would identity one, JUST ONE, white male heterosexual Christian who was a victim of a hate crime because of his identity, or … once, JUST ONCE, a jewish supremacist/chauvinistic organization such as Chabad, or the ADL, or even the $PLC itself, were called out and denounced as a hate group, then you would earn the respect of regular (blue state) America …

    Alas, we white male heterosexual Christians continue to hold our breaths, waiting for either of two afore-mentioned things to happen …

  • RRoberts

    CM: Ah yes. It is hate speech according to the SPLC. If Mr Tebow were a Moslem, and a conservative had made a similar reference regarding how Mohammed had ####’d him, then our friends here would have been posting big time decrying the hate.

    As always, all I ask in fairness.

    SPLC has a long way to go.

    Oh, and Aron: I merely clipped a Tweet from Mr. Maher. Blame him for the bad grammar, not me.

  • Ted

    Can I just say how happy I am to see anon doing some good works?

  • Phil Ramsey

    With the Tea Party have nothing to do and its members floating around trying to sound righteous (you can tell by the snide Remarks) you can expect comments like this from them from the playbook

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    What is with people not being able to write coherent sentences?

    Matt, I don’t even know if I CAN disagree with your viewpoint, because as far as I can see, you are unable to express your opinions!

    Try it again, perhaps after passing fifth-grade English. Or just stay quiet. That works too.

  • Matt

    Diversity is our strength as long as we all think the same? You have to think PC or you lose your job. Classic liberalism allows for any point of view to be voiced. Its the basic thought behind from white Christians racists who wrote the US Constitution for white landowning citizens. I am proud to say work for myself thank God.

  • CM

    RRoberts said:

    “Why has this not been reported by the SPLC as a hate incident?”

    Probably because it’s NOT a hate incident. Unlike Parsell’s writings, it’s not an attack on someone based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. It’s an attempted joke by an alleged comedian and at worst a personal insult against an athlete who has elevated his own profile as a spokesman for a belief-system and thus has opened himself to legitimate scrutiny and/or criticism. If you can’t see the difference, you need to start wearing a T-shirt that warns people, “I am not rational.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    RRoberts, what you wrote makes absolutely no sense. Those aren’t sentences. They’re just random collections of words. You lose.

    And Schultz, this isn’t ‘pop-culture based fear mongering.’ This is the genuine reporting of a rabid racist being hired (and fired) by a conservative Down East news site. You lose, too.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I’m sure David A. Yeagley is available. As rabid and virulent these wing-dings come. Most will likely espouse some form of polite and generous racist views into their daily political mantra. In a subconscious form(psychological). Just not as bold and abhorrent as Parsell’s.

  • CIA Jon

    how common are newspapers to have racist writers?

  • chris schultz

    The SPLC is sure a top notch gossip peddler. Man, the writing at your hyper modern, pop culture influenced, capitalist driven tabloid is beyond incredible. This is another fine piece of “journalism” I have a feeling that the national enquirer is reading your blog in order to perfect how they write their gossip filled slander infused columns. The only thing that places the SPLC in a league of their own is their petty fear mongering.

  • RRoberts

    Below is a quote from Bill Maher regarding Tim Tebow. Why has this not been reported by the SPLC as a hate incident?

    Maher wrote, “Wow, Jesus just [expletive] Tim Tebow bad! And on Xmas Eve! Somewhere in hell Satan is Tebowing, saying to Hitler, ‘Hey, Buffalo’s killing them.’?”