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Gay-Bashing American Family Association Thick With Crazies

By Mark Potok on July 31, 2012 - 1:20 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic, Christian Right

We used to think the $20 million-a-year American Family Association (AFA) acted as crazy as it does mainly because it allowed mostly free rein to its best-known spokesman, the truly nutty Bryan Fischer. Fischer, after all, spends his days raving about how gay people were behind the Holocaust, how black people on welfare “rut like animals,” how the cure for promiscuity is to kill the promiscuous, even the idea, completely contradicted by science, that the HIV virus doesn’t cause AIDS.

Sure, there was wacky old Don Wildmon, who founded the Tupelo, Miss.-based group back in 1977 and was given to an occasional anti-Semitic diatribe about how Jews control the media and hate Christians. But that was mostly forgotten years ago, and Wildmon and his son generally sound a little calmer these days.

But the extremist bench at the AFA turns out to be deeper than that. ( continue to full post… )

White Mississippi Church to Black Couple: You Can’t Tie Knot Here

By Zachary Conn on July 27, 2012 - 3:32 pm, Posted in Anti-Black

It’s been more than 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously called Sunday morning at 11 “the most segregated hour of Christian America.” Although many congregations have since integrated – or at least no longer actively oppose the idea – some still haven’t gotten the message.

Just ask Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson of Jackson, Miss. They say a predominantly white church refused to marry them on Saturday because of their race.

The couple had sent out invitations and printed programs announcing that the ceremony would be held at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs. But the church’s pastor, Rev. Stan Weatherford, called them on Friday to say that wouldn’t be possible. ( continue to full post… )

Anarchist Pleads Guilty in Terrorist Plot to Bomb Cleveland Bridge

By Bill Morlin on July 26, 2012 - 12:24 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Klan, Trial Updates

One of five self-proclaimed anarchists has pleaded guilty to three federal “weapons of mass destruction” charges in a conspiracy to blow up a bridge, a Ku Klux Klan gathering spot and a Federal Reserve Bank in Ohio.

Anthony M. Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and malicious use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.

Hayne entered his pleas before U.S. District Judge David Dowd in Cleveland and agreed to testify against the other defendants. Prosecutors said he could have received life in prison, but under the plea deal he could lower his sentence to 15 to 19 years. No date for sentencing was set. ( continue to full post… )

Nebraska Police Not Ruling Out Hoax in Attack on Lesbian

By Ryan Lenz on July 26, 2012 - 10:28 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime

Police investigators in Lincoln, Neb., have not ruled out the possibility that a 33-year-old lesbian allegedly attacked last weekend because of her sexual orientation might have staged the hate crime. But they’re also not ready to call her story, which has ignited interest across the country, a complete fabrication.

Chief Jim Peschong told the Lincoln Journal Star that investigators, aided by the FBI, continue to search for suspects in the case but remain uncertain whether the attack even took place. ( continue to full post… )

‘Sovereign’ Money Launderer Convicted After Two Years on Run

By Zachary Conn on July 25, 2012 - 4:24 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens

Federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have obtained the second conviction in a case involving  two “sovereign citizen” extremists who laundered $1.3 million provided by undercover FBI agents investigating a network of sovereigns.

After a two-day nonjury trial that ended yesterday, Shawn Talbot Rice, 49, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 13 counts of money laundering. He was also convicted on four separate counts of failure to appear in court.

Rice was taken into custody last Dec. 22 after a 10-hour standoff with FBI agents and local police in Seligman, Ariz. He had been on the run for two years after failing to appear in court for a hearing in which prosecutors hoped to revoke an order allowing him to act as his own attorney. ( continue to full post… )

Report: Minuteman Leader Knew Killer-to-Be Yearned for Violence

By Leah Nelson on July 25, 2012 - 12:24 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Extremist Crime

In mid-2009, nativist leaders scrambled to distance themselves from Minuteman American Defense (MAD) founder Shawna Forde, after the immigrant-bashing former child prostitute was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of an Arizona man and his 9-year old daughter.

Few were as adamant in their repudiations of Forde – who now sits on death row for the murder of Raul and Brisenia Flores – as Minuteman Project (MMP) President Jim Gilchrist. Within hours of the announcement of her arrest, he stripped MMP’s website of its many laudatory references to Forde’s group, extended his “condolences” to the victims and “all those who have been affected by the alleged incident,” and wrote, “Jim Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project, Inc. is not affiliated with the Minuteman American Defense or Shawna Forde. The Minuteman American Defense is an independent patriot organization which participates in systematic border observation and reporting operations.” ( continue to full post… )

Police: Intruders Carved Anti-Gay Slurs into Nebraska Lesbian

By Ryan Lenz on July 24, 2012 - 2:51 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime

Editor’s Note: Police subsequently said they had not ruled out the possibility that the attack was staged.

Last weekend, three men in masks stormed into a woman’s home in Nebraska, bound her wrists and ankles with zip ties, and carved anti-gay slurs into the woman’s body. The men also painted anti-gay slurs on the walls and poured gasoline on the floor to light the house on fire before fleeing, police said.

The fires went out, but firemen and paramedics rushing to the scene in Lincoln, last Sunday discovered the woman, who was a lesbian, across the street, bloody and dazed.

“She had blood streaming down her body,” Raymond Strozier, a neighbor, told the Lincoln Journal Star. “She was crying. She was shaking. She was terrified.” ( continue to full post… )

After Texas Charges Only Misdemeanors, Feds Win Felony Case Against Hate Criminals

By Bill Morlin on July 24, 2012 - 1:52 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Hate Crime

Three white supremacists involved in a racially motivated assault last year on a black man in Houston will serve federal prison sentences ranging from 30 to 77 months.

Brian Kerstetter, 32, was sentenced yesterday to 77 months, followed by three years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt. Charles Cannon, 26, was sentenced to 37 months and Michael McLaughlin, 41, to 30 months. They each also must complete three years of supervision upon their release. ( continue to full post… )

Gay-Basher Eugene Delgaudio Isn’t Fond of Immigrants, Either

By Hatewatch Staff on July 23, 2012 - 4:45 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Loudon County, Va., Board Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio has already been widely called out for his furious attacks on LGBT people — most notably in 2010, when he referred to transgender people as “it” during a public meeting. That brought an official rebuke from five of his colleagues on the county governing board for his comments, given as head of the gay-bashing Public Advocate of America, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed as a hate group since last year.

What’s far less known is Delgaudio’s anti-immigrant vitriol. In recent years, Delgaudio has attacked immigrants in a number of extremist venues. ( continue to full post… )

Shipwreck: Ten years after the death of its founder, the once-dominant National Alliance has become the joke of the neo-Nazi movement

By Mark Potok on July 23, 2012 - 8:03 am, Posted in Intelligence Report, Neo-Nazi

Five years ago today, we kicked off the Hatewatch blog with a post marking the fifth anniversary of the July 23, 2002, death of William Luther Pierce, the founder and leader of what for three decades was the most important hate group in America. Now, exactly 10 years after Pierce’s death, the neo-Nazi National Alliance is widely seen as a joke on the neo-Nazi scene and has lost most of its members, almost all of its income, and all of its once-substantial prestige. Here is an investigative story on the Alliance that will also be published in the August issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report.

Click here to read the story.