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Muslims ‘Under Attack,’ Says Toledo Mosque Official After Arson

By Bill Morlin on October 4, 2012 - 2:11 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime

Muslims and their places of worship “are clearly under attack,” says the president of one of the country’s largest mosques, which was heavily damaged four days ago in an arson fire.

“We’re actually reeling in disbelief,” Dr. Mahjabeen Islam, president of the Islamic Center of Toledo in Ohio, told Hatewatch today in describing the devastation caused by a fire deliberately set in the mosque’s prayer area on Sunday afternoon, just minutes after worshippers had left the building.

“This is a hate crime and it’s very significant it was started in the center of the prayer area, right under the dome,” said Islam. The mosque she heads is the third largest in the United States, a 70,000-square foot landmark, visible for miles, with 3,000 members who will celebrate the center’s 32nd anniversary on Friday. ( continue to full post… )

‘Race Realist’ Speaks at Towson University Without Incident

By Arthur Goldwag on October 3, 2012 - 3:04 pm, Posted in White Nationalism

In the end, despite a lot of anticipatory huffing and puffing by backers and their far more numerous opponents, the event was a low-key one. The controversial “race realist” Jared Taylor — a man who has argued that black people are incapable of sustaining civilization — spoke without incident in the Baltimore suburbs Tuesday evening at the request of far-right student activist Matthew Heimbach. ( continue to full post… )

A Burning Question: Is Heterosexuality Illegal in California?

By Don Terry on October 3, 2012 - 2:04 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda

The headline is sensational and does what headlines are supposed to do – it grabs your attention:

“California Bans Heterosexuality.”

After my initial shock, I settled down and read the story under the headline and quickly learned, to my great relief, that the Golden State hasn’t really banned heterosexuality – at least not yet. ( continue to full post… )

Texas ‘Sovereign’ Charged in Murder-for-Hire Scheme Targeting Judge

By Don Terry on October 2, 2012 - 4:04 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Patriot Groups, Sovereign Citizens

If you can’t beat them in court, kill them in the street.

At least that seems to have been the legal strategy of an elderly Texas tax protester and suspected “sovereign citizen,” who authorities charged Monday with trying to hire a hit man to kill the federal judge presiding over his upcoming trial for filing false tax returns.

Phillip Monroe Ballard, 71, was already in federal custody, awaiting trial, when, authorities say, he offered to pay an assassin $100,000 cash – presumably tax-free – to shoot or blow up U.S. District Judge John McBryde of the Northern District of Texas. ( continue to full post… )

Federal Judge Rules RuSA President a Flight Risk, Denies Bail

By Ryan Lenz on October 2, 2012 - 2:36 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens

A federal judge on Monday determined that James Timothy Turner, the self-declared president of the nation’s largest antigovernment “sovereign citizen” group, was a flight risk and ordered him held until his trial next year. Turner is the founder of the Republic for the united States of America (RuSA), an intricately organized network of supporters united in their complete disdain for the government.

Shackled at the wrists and ankles and wearing a crimson jumpsuit emblazoned with the words “COUNTY JAIL,” Turner, of Ozark, Ala., pleaded not guilty to seven charges of federal tax crimes, including efforts to defraud the federal government and skipping out on his tax liabilities in 2009. ( continue to full post… )

Hammerfest Racist Rock Festival Planned for Boise on Saturday

By Bill Morlin on October 1, 2012 - 5:44 pm, Posted in Hate Groups, Racist Music, White Supremacist

The annual neo-Nazi skinhead rock concert known as Hammerfest will be held this Saturday in or near Boise, Idaho, where authorities say they are worried about the potential for violence at or after the event.

Hammerskin Nation, one of the largest and most-dangerous neo-Nazi skinhead groups in the United States, is sponsoring the 25th annual gathering after patching up differences with a former rival, the equally violent Vinlanders Social Club. ( continue to full post… )

Student Group at Towson University to Host White Nationalist Tomorrow

By Arthur Goldwag on October 1, 2012 - 11:03 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda, White Nationalism

Anyone wondering what the future of organized hate might look like need cast their eyes no further than Matthew Heimbach, the outspoken and energetic former president of Youth for Western Civilization’s (YWC) erstwhile chapter at Towson University in Maryland and the aspiring leader of its newly proposed but as yet unsanctioned White Student Union. Heimbach’s YWC group was disbanded last year when its faculty advisor withdrew after members chalked white pride slogans on sidewalks. Now a senior at Towson, Heimbach has threatened to take the university to court if his new organization is not approved.

“Free speech advocates in Maryland are supporting our case and agree that University policies are at best in the gray or worst outright unconstitutional,” he told The Towerlight, the Towson student newspaper. “Our message will not be silenced, we have the right to meet. If the University decides to overstep their legal boundaries … then they will meet definitive, quick action.”

And to highlight the first planned first meeting of his White Student Union, set for tomorrow, Heimbach has invited his “personal hero,” a white nationalist writer named Jared Taylor who once wrote, “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.” ( continue to full post… )