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Neo-Nazi Views of Freedompalooza 2013 Host Roil Pennsylvania Event

By Mark Potok on June 24, 2013 - 3:32 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Antigovernment, Patriot

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, June 25, Stewart Rhodes, head of the Oath Keepers, wrote Hatewatch to say that he had spoken to another scheduled speaker at Freedompalooza 2013, Delaware Sheriff Jeff Christopher. Rhodes said Christopher cancelled his appearance after learning of its organizer’s Holocaust denial views.

The organizer of the upcoming Freedompalooza 2013, “an annual festival committed to the fight for freedom” and “restoring our Republic,” is a man who says the Nazi Holocaust never occurred, that “Bolshevik” Jews should be removed from American cities, and that it might be time to drop a nuclear bomb on Israel.

But that hasn’t stopped Paul Topete, lead singer of a band called Pokerface, from claiming a long array of speakers at his July 4-6 event in Kintnersville, Pa., including former members of Congress Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and James Traficant of Ohio. Neither McKinney nor Traficant could be reached, though both have trafficked in the kinds of conspiracy theories that are popular in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement of which Topete is a part.

At least two of the groups that Topete also said were sending representatives to Freedompalooza, the third such festival in as many years, insisted they would not speak at the gathering despite Topete’s claims. Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, a conspiracy-minded group that is part of the Patriot movement, told Hatewatch today that his officials were not going to Freedompalooza and, having learned recently of Topete’s denial of the Holocaust, would never do so. In fact, Oath Keepers’ Pennsylvania representative, Mike Williams, wrote Topete Friday asking that the Oath Keepers’ name be removed from the Freedompalooza event. The Oath Keepers were still listed as participating on Topete’s website today.

“[W]e will be alerting our PA members to the holocaust denial views of the organizer, and encouraging them not to attend,” Rhodes wrote to Hatewatch, adding that Topete had confirmed his Holocaust denial views to the Oath Keepers.

Rhodes also said that an allied Patriot group, Gun Owners of America (GOA), had withdrawn a promise by its leader, Larry Pratt, to speak. He cited a GOA Web post that denounced Topete’s Holocaust denial.

Freedompalooza 2013 has been promoted heavily in recent days by The American Free Press, a newspaper run by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto. The paper also mentioned the supposed appearances of the Oath Keepers, GOA, and McKinney and Trafficant. The Free Press‘ enthusiasm is likely related to the fact that Traficant, who served seven years in federal prison for bribery, racketeering and tax evasion, has since his release in 2009 been writing for that newspaper. For his part, Topete’s interest in McKinney probably relates to McKinney’s penchant for antigovernment conspiracy theories and her alleged anti-Semitism. Among other things, McKinney was photographed in 2009 posing with two infamous anti-Semites at a London conference on the Gaza Strip.

Paul Topete is no mainstream critic of Israel. In the last few months, he’s left a trail of viciously anti-Semitic remarks on his Facebook page.

In April, he wrote that “Bolshevik joos [Jews]” were behind 9/11 (“controlled demolitions”) and “genocidal psychopathic joos … want to kill 100 million plus” Americans. “THEY ARE THE ENEMY, THEY HAVE THROWN DOWN THE GAUNTLET… . For once in your fucking lives, turn off the dam joo toob [sic], get your head out of the joo run sports and become an American for 15 minutes. Thats [sic] all it would take to remove these scumbags once and for all. Across every city, we know where all these cockroaches reside. … REMEMBER THEY WANT YOU DEAD. … They are the ones behind EVERY FUCKING FALSE FLAG.”

In May, Topete suggested using nuclear bombs on Israel (“Is it time to NUKE Israhell yet?”), followed by a series of claims saying the Israelis had caused tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia and had used nuclear bombs against Syria, Bali and Fukushima, the Japanese reactor that went through a 2011 nuclear meltdown. In April, he said that cancer was “created, cultured and nourished” by Jews who then used vaccinations to infect the population with “this joo created disease.” Later that month, he offered up a link to a report from The Free American, a violently anti-Semitic website, denying the existence of the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.

Freedompalooza 2013 is slated to be held on property owned by Johnny Mac’s American Grill in Kintnersville, Pa., according to its organizers.

  • Aron

    Rick, I gave two specifics: you just need to find them.

    I don’t hate Stewart Rhodes, but I strongly disagree with him. And his little lackeys.

  • Sam Molloy

    Mr. Rhodes, I for one would like you to include sexual orientation. And no, that is not a creed. Still, overall, I believe you to be good Americans. I just went to the Lexington Ky Gay Pride Festival, and one MC that I heard, and maybe more, roused the crowd with “And are you proud to be Americans?”. ( Big cheer and applause )

  • Rick Morrow

    Hey Aron where are YOUR specifics.. Stewart Challenged you but all you gave was rhetoric…lol typical reverse hatred.

  • aadila

    Stewart, let’s be honest here.

    The issue is not whether or not you are willing to associate with racists. The issue is whether or not you are willing to associate with racists AFTER they have been exposed. In fact, racism really isn’t an issue with you at all except for PR damage, and then and only then does it become an issue.

  • Aron

    Also Stewie, read some of Larry Pratt’s rants and tell me he isn’t racist. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts even you can’t engage in that kind of philosophical contortion.

  • Aron

    Hey Stewie, you don’t associate with racists?

    Then please explain the extremely racist comments put out by your supporters after your ‘muster’ was postponed in Lexington.

    It’s all in the Lexington Patch. Your goons were out digging up specious information about me in an attempt to discredit my position. I wonder what the Bar Association would think of that?

    And by the way, where were you guys during President Bush’s term? Surely there were issues you could have raised from 2000-2008. A little suspicious, if you ask me.

  • Stewart Rhodes

    Gonzo said; “as both groups were sponsors of his event until it was exposed that he was a bigot, they need to do a bit more work themselves before they lend their name to events first.”

    Actually, Oath Keepers was never a sponsor of freedompalooza 2013 (and neither was GOA for that matter). Nor did we plan on sending a representative. In fact, we didn’t know that the organizers had listed Oath Keepers as being among the “special guests” or speakers until a friend of mine alerted me to a thread discussing the event on

    Our bylaws specifically state:

    Section 8.02. Restrictions on Membership: ….

    (b) No person who advocates, or has been or is a member, or associated with, any organization, formal or informal, that advocates discrimination, violence, or hatred toward any person based upon their race, nationality, creed, or color, shall be entitled to be a member or associate member.

    Racists are not welcome in Oath Keepers and we have no desire to associate with them (contrary to the false light inferences and manufactured false association between us and racists that permeate “Hate Watch.”)

    Gonzo also said: “When they regularly have to withdraw from events because it is pointed out the connection the organizers have to racist views, one has to wonder about their judgement to begin with.”

    Regularly? Gonzo, please point to some examples. Bet you can’t. We are very careful about who we associate with and don’t “regularly have to withdraw from events.”

    Stewart Rhodes
    Founder and President of Oath Keepers

  • Sam Molloy

    Shar, as I understand history, in the 1950’s the Democrats either favored segregation or often would not confront the Democrats who did. Senator JFK voted against a civil rights bill in 1957. Possibly it was flawed, or, more likely, he thought it would ruin any chances of advancing within the party. The John Birch Society was largely nonreligious at that time, although Kennedy’s Catholic faith was used as a talking point against his election. There was Nixon’s Silent Majority, and a Moral Majority, but as has been posted before on here by others, the Right Wing seems to have really found God in the ’70’s, complete with “I Found It” bumper stickers (usually on older, not well cared for vehicles), as the ALEC people and the Koch brothers discovered a previously untapped well of relatively uneducated and disenfranchised supporters. The surroundings change, but the basic question of limited government vs the nanny state, scraped clean of all the hogwash, still continues. I tend to favor a more limited government like our Constitution promised.

  • Sam Molloy

    Gonzo, you’re right. I personally have respect for the Oathkeepers, but know very little about the GOA.

  • supersonic250

    Georgia Citizen,

    ….Um… Don’t shove us atheists in with this moron? There’s a difference between us and complete nucking futjobs.

  • Shar

    Conspiracy theorists and other unthinking knee-jerk haters make their home on the far right in the US right now, but there is nothing about the political right that makes it inevitably the home for extremists. At other times and in other cultures, it was the left that attracted the violent conspiracy theorists (1910 Europe, for example).
    It is the same with extremism and religion. There is nothing inherent in any religion that leads it into extremism, and any religion can be coopted by hate groups, as the white supremacists have done with Christianity.

  • Georgia Citizen

    This guy Topete is a real nut. Has Mr. Topete forgetten that Israel is the site of the Holy Land revered by many Christians. Oop! This Topete character is obviously an athesist.

  • Gonzo

    Sam…as both groups were sponsors of his event until it was exposed that he was a bigot, they need to do a bit more work themselves before they lend their name to events first.

    They make the connection themselves when they sponsor an event or partner with such people. When they regularly have to withdraw from events because it is pointed out the connection the organizers have to racist views, one has to wonder about their judgement to begin with.

  • Sam Molloy

    Paul Topete is quite obviously a hate filled nut case. SPLC should stick to reporting on actual hate groups and leave out trying to connect the Oath Keepers and GOA to hate groups when they obviously agree with the SPLC about them. You might find other things you agree with them about, if you only look a little harder. We all need allies against hate.

  • Aron

    His version of ‘freedom’ killed over twenty million people.

  • mark

    politics does make truly strange bedfellows

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    This is why the disorganization and political illiteracy of the American left is such a problem. Conspiracy theories and populist mantras ALWAYS end up favoring the right, and hard right-wing extremists are experts at using dog-whistle techniques as well as highly coded language so as to infiltrate groups of unknowing leftists.