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Newly Contrite Neo-Nazi Bill White Headed Back to Jail

By Hatewatch Staff on September 13, 2012 - 1:20 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist

A Virginia judge sentenced notorious neo-Nazi and convicted felon Bill White to 10 more months in prison yesterday for violating his parole and fleeing to Mexico after posting an Internet rant against the U.S. government. He had indicated on his Facebook page that he was in Tehran, but was arrested June 8 in Playa del Carmen, which is about an hour south of Cancun.

“I’m sorry for leaving the country without permission,” White told U.S. District Judge James Turk. White, the former leader of the neo-Nazi American National Socialist Workers Party, also said that after completing a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence on multiple charges of threatening enemies, he had tried to leave his former beliefs behind, but a difficult transition from solitary confinement to living on parole led to what he called “irrational thinking.” ( continue to full post… )

Values Voter Summit Provides Forum for Rabid Islamophobes

By Evelyn Schlatter on September 13, 2012 - 11:21 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

Yesterday, we posted a run-down of some of the anti-LGBT speakers who are appearing at this year’s Values Voter Summit (VVS), a gathering of social conservatives that begins tomorrow in Washington, D.C., and is attracting a number of high-level public officials from the GOP, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

In addition to the usual gay-bashers, the summit hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC) also provides a public platform for rabid Islamophobes who promote an array of anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and propaganda. ( continue to full post… )

Meet Steve Klein, the Hate Group Leader Who ‘Consulted’ on ‘The Innocence of Muslims’

By Leah Nelson on September 12, 2012 - 4:38 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda, Intelligence Report, Militias

Steve Klein, the leader of a California hate group, says that Islam is a “penis-driven religion” whose followers have “no choice but to hunt Jews and Christians down, torture us and murder us.”

Klein of Hemet, Calif., who has a long history of ties to militant Christian organizations, has been identified as one of the brains behind the anti-Muslim film that triggered violence in northern Africa, including a rocket attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the murder of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya. ( continue to full post… )

Consultant for Anti-Muslim Film Provided Combat Training for Hate Group

By Hatewatch Staff on September 12, 2012 - 2:43 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda, Intelligence Report, Militias

Steve Klein, who served as a consultant for the Islam-bashing film that sparked the deadly assault on a U.S. Consulate in Libya, is a longtime religious-right activist who has helped train paramilitary militias at a secretive church in California.

Four American citizens, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed by mobs enraged by the depiction of the prophet Muhammad in the film “Innocence of Muslims”  produced by Sam Bacile, a California real estate developer.

Klein is a Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam War and is based in Hemet, Calif. He believes that his state is riddled with Muslim Brotherhood sleeper cells “who are awaiting the trigger date and will begin randomly killing as many of us as they can,” according to an article in the Spring 2012 issue of the SPLC Intelligence Report. ( continue to full post… )

Public Officials to Rub Shoulders with Anti-LGBT Extremists at ‘Values’ Summit

By Evelyn Schlatter on September 12, 2012 - 11:46 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda

This weekend, Tony Perkins and his gay-bashing Family Research Council (FRC) are hosting the annual Values Voter Summit, a Washington, D.C., gathering of right-wing religious activists that typically attracts a number of high-ranking, conservative public officials.

Among those scheduled to speak this year are House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

They and other public officials will be rubbing shoulders with a host of virulently anti-LGBT activists. The SPLC and a coalition of human rights groups has urged these public officials not to speak at the summit because their appearance legitimizes the lies and demonizing propaganda spread by groups like the FRC and the American Family Association, a co-sponsor. ( continue to full post… )

Five More Suspects Indicted in FEAR Militia Terror Plot

By Bill Morlin on September 11, 2012 - 4:04 pm, Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Militias

Three former U.S. Army soldiers are among five additional suspects indicted Tuesday in Georgia for their alleged roles in a secret militia plot that led, allegedly, to a double homicide.

The group, calling itself the FEAR Militia, was secretly formed by soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart. Its members armed themselves with $87,000 in assault weapons and discussed taking over the military base, poisoning fruit crops and blowing up a dam in Washington state, and assassinating President Obama, authorities say.

There are now 10 defendants facing state charges in Georgia in connection with the alleged militia plot and murders. No federal charges have been filed, but the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force is closely monitoring the case. ( continue to full post… )

SPLC Urges Public Figures Not to Attend Values Voter Summit

By Hatewatch Staff on September 11, 2012 - 9:09 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Christian Right, Extremist Propaganda, Hate Groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and a coalition of human rights groups have written to several public figures, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, asking them not to speak at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit in Washington. The event is hosted by the Family Research Council (FRC), which the SPLC lists as a hate group for its dissemination of false and demonizing propaganda about the LGBT community.

The FRC has engaged in repeated, groundless demonization – portraying LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation, the letter says. One of its officials has gone so far as to say homosexuality should be criminalized. Perhaps the FRC’s ugliest lie is its claim that gay men molest children at a far higher rate than heterosexual men – that pedophilia “is a homosexual problem,” in the words of Tony Perkins, the FRC president. ( continue to full post… )

Self-Described Anarchists in Ohio Terror Plot Plead Guilty

By Bill Morlin on September 6, 2012 - 3:06 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Klan, Trial Updates

Four of five self-proclaimed anarchists – calling themselves the Revolutionary People’s Party – have now confessed to involvement in a conspiracy in late April to use C-4 explosives to blow up an interstate highway bridge near Cleveland. ( continue to full post… )

Former SCV Leader Facing Prison for Massive Ponzi Scheme

By Hatewatch Staff on September 5, 2012 - 11:40 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Neo-Confederate

A South Carolina extremist who helped engineer an attempt to turn the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) into an actively neo-Confederate organization is now facing prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of people.

Ron G. Wilson remains free on bond after pleading guilty on July 30 to two counts of mail fraud. Wilson signed a plea agreement admitting that over an 11-year period he and his company, Atlantic Bullion & Coin, cheated at least 800 investors who collectively lost $59 million. ( continue to full post… )

Editorial: Family Research Council Levels Dishonest Attacks at SPLC

By Mark Potok on September 5, 2012 - 8:24 am, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Editorial, Extremist Propaganda

Editor’s Note: The ongoing religious right attack on the SPLC, originally framed last month to suggest that the SPLC bore responsibility for a shooting at the Family Research Council because it had earlier named the FRC a “hate group,” has continued to expand to the point of absurdity. That was shown again last Friday, when Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel said on a radio show that any media that cited the SPLC’s hate group listings “will also have blood on its hands.” What follows is a response to the original criticism launched by the FRC.

Do words have consequences?

For years, we at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have argued that they do. When conspiracy-minded Islamophobes claim that Muslims have a secret plan to force America into a medieval-style caliphate, Muslims in the streets get hurt. When angry nativists assert that Mexicans are plotting to “reconquer” the Southwest, some Americans respond by attacking Latinos.

And when the religious right spreads false and defamatory propaganda like the completely baseless notion that gay men molest children at rates far higher than their heterosexual counterparts, LGBT people end up, much more frequently than most people realize, at the wrong end of a baseball bat. ( continue to full post… )