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California on Verge of Banning ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy for Minors

By Evelyn Schlatter on May 31, 2012 - 12:23 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

The California state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would prohibit “ex-gay” therapy for people under 18. If passed by the Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, California will become the first state to protect LGBT people from potential harm caused by the therapy promoted by anti-LGBT activists.

Ex-gay therapy, also known as “reparative” or “conversion” therapy,  purports to help turn LGBT people straight. The bill’s primary sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu, said he is seeking the ban because he believes it  is harmful and has led some to commit suicide. “The entire medical community is opposed to these phony therapies,” he said in a statement just after the bill passed. “Everyone agrees that this quackery needs to stop.”

The bill establishes that any mental health practitioner consulted to eliminate emotional and sexual feelings or desires for people of the same sex must first obtain informed consent from the patient prior. A minor would not be able to provide consent for ex-gay therapy, regardless of the desires of the minor’s parents. Under the bill, “informed consent” consists of a number of disclosures provided to the patient by the mental health practitioner to make the patient more aware of benefits, harms and alternatives to sexual orientation therapy. ( continue to full post… )

Longtime White Supremacist to Serve on Penn. County GOP Committee

By Leah Nelson on May 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm, Posted in Racist Skinheads

Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to a 4-year term on the Republican Party’s county committee for Luzerne County, Penn., One People’s Project reports.

Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC), which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.” ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Activist Gets 40 Years for Arizona Mail Bombing

By Bill Morlin on May 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Notorious racist Dennis Mahon will spend the next 40 years in prison – and likely die behind bars – for sending a mail bomb that exploded in 2004 and injured the diversity officer for Scottsdale, Ariz.

In handing down the sentence Tuesday in Phoenix, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said Mahon, 61, carried out an act of domestic terrorism when he mailed the potentially deadly pipe bomb to the office of Don Logan.

Federal prosecutors asked for a 63-year sentence for the former Ku Klux Klan leader and longtime associate of Tom Metzger, founder of White Aryan Resistance. ( continue to full post… )

Federal Marshals Searching for Notorious Neo-Nazi Bill White

By Leah Nelson on May 23, 2012 - 2:40 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

U.S. marshals are searching for a well-known Virginia neo-Nazi and convicted felon who recently missed a scheduled check-in with his probation officer, Virginia’s WSLS reports.

Bill White, who was released in April 2011 after spending over two years in prison for threatening his enemies through intimidating phone calls and Internet postings, was once the head of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party.

White also is a notorious Internet gossip who was let out of prison on the condition that he refrain from participating in “any Internet related business or hobby involving a website, and the posting of any information on any website.” But he nevertheless appears to have written a Facebook post earlier this month claiming that he was tortured in prison and “left the United States several weeks ago after accepting an offer of asylum from a foreign nation that shares my view that the United States government is not legitimate. I shall not be returning.” ( continue to full post… )

Racists Arrested After Chicago Attack Have Long History of Activism

By Marilyn Elias on May 23, 2012 - 2:16 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, White Nationalism

One of the two white nationalists arrested after a violent surprise attack by anti-racists in suburban Chicago has a long history of activism on the racist right and was suspected of having ties to several militias in the late 1990s. The other has a lengthy record of arrests on battery and drug charges and writes prolifically on a white nationalist Web forum.

Francis John Gilroy, 65, of West Palm Beach, Fla., was charged with unlawful possession of weapons by a felon after a melee that began when 18 masked intruders attacked a group of white nationalists, including Gilroy, who were meeting in a suburban Chicago restaurant last Saturday.

Longtime white supremacist and former Klan leader Don Black said on his radio show Monday that Gilroy was arrested for having a pistol in his truck. Gilroy has appeared on Black’s show – the “Don and Derek Black Show” – under the name “Father Francis.” ( continue to full post… )

Anti-Racists Charged in Attack on White Nationalists

By Marilyn Elias on May 21, 2012 - 4:39 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

Five Indiana men were charged today in a violent attack Saturday that injured 10 alleged participants in a meeting to plan white nationalist strategy at a suburban Chicago restaurant.

Anti-Racist Action (ARA), a loosely organized group that fights racism, took credit on its website for the attacks, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the suspects are members. The group does have a Hoosier chapter. ARA spokespeople did not respond to E-mail requests for interviews.

The men were charged with felony mob action, felony aggravated battery and felony criminal damage to property, according to Steven Neubauer, chief of police in Tinley Park, Ill. The alleged attack took place just after noon at the Ashford House Restaurant. The men charged are Jason Sutherlin of Gossport, Ind.; Cody Sutherlin, Dylan Sutherlin and Robert Stuck of Bloomington, Ind.; and John Tucker of Spencer, Ind. ( continue to full post… )

FBI: Neo-Nazis Planned to Attack Mexican Consulate

By Bill Morlin on May 18, 2012 - 4:00 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

Two members of a new white supremacist group in Minnesota discussed killing former associates in the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) and using homemade napalm in a truck bomb attack on the Mexican consulate in St. Paul, newly released court documents say.

Joseph Benjamin Thomas, 42, of Mendota Heights, Minn., and Samuel James Johnson, 31, of Austin, Minn., both former NSM members, were involved in the plot, an FBI affidavit says.

The FBI investigation of the pair began in January 2010 and involved the use of a tracking device secretly placed on Thomas’ car on Aug. 29, 2011, allowing agents to track his travels and identify potential co-conspirators. On Jan. 23 of this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled law enforcement officers must obtain search warrants to plant GPS tracking devices on suspects’ vehicles, the FBI sought and obtained court authorization to continue monitoring Thomas vehicle, the affidavit says. ( continue to full post… )

Alleged Swedish Immigrant-Killer Bought Goods from U.S. Neo-Nazis

By Mark Potok on May 18, 2012 - 3:14 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi

Peter Mangs, who went on trial in Sweden this week for allegedly killing three people and attempting to kill 12 others because he hated immigrants, apparently did business with America’s leading neo-Nazi organization at least once.

Mangs is believed to have shot his victims, who included many Muslims and other immigrants in his home city of Malmo, during a seven-year spree that stretched from 2003 to 2010. In October 2010, police asked the public for help in locating a gunman who they feared was targeting immigrants in the city, where some 40% of residents or their parents were born outside Sweden, and a tip led to Mangs. Police found a pistol, a silencer and a vest for carrying a spare gun barrel in his home.

Two years before the shooting spree began, Mangs, who is now 40, made a purchase from the National Alliance, which was then the most important neo-Nazi group in America, and one that was well known to European radicals. Records obtained by Hatewatch do not show what Mangs bought, but the group’s National Vanguard Books at the time had only a few items matching the total Mangs spent, $11.95, on May 10, 2001. One of them was Hunter, a novel written by the late Alliance chief William Pierce that depicted the nighttime murders of mixed-race couples using a silenced pistol. ( continue to full post… )

Missouri National Guard Probes Claims of Neo-Nazis in Ranks

By Bill Morlin on May 16, 2012 - 4:19 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

The Missouri National Guard is investigating a new claim that its ranks are infiltrated with neo-Nazis – this time a “patched member” of the violent American Front, whose members stand accused of plotting violence in Florida.

The inquiry comes after the Missouri Legislature conducted a hearing in April to look into how the Guard took more than a year to process three complaints about another guardsmen who was an admitted neo-Nazi.

In the American Front case, a Missouri Guard member identified as Ryan Riley provided firearms and military combat training to members of the white supremacist, militia-style group, including ex-cons, last summer in Florida, court documents allege. ( continue to full post… )

Intelligence Report Article Provokes Fury Among Men’s Rights Activists

By Arthur Goldwag on May 15, 2012 - 3:04 pm, Posted in Anti-Woman

The last issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report presented a scathing portrait of “a hard-line fringe” of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM): “women haters whose fury goes well beyond criticism of the family court system, domestic violence laws, and false rape accusations,” whose rage is “directed at all women, not only perceived feminists.”

The article, entitled “Leader’s Suicide Brings Attention to Men’s Rights Movement,” provoked a tremendous response among men’s rights activists (MRAs) and their sympathizers. ( continue to full post… )