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It certainly made for a startling video: police, lights ablaze, pull up to local churches. Once inside, they march up to the pulpit and place the pastor preaching there under arrest, in front of the congregation. The men of the cloth are perp-walked out of the church with handcuffs on.
This very scenario created a brief uproar – first at the Akron, Ohio, churches where the “arrests” took place, and then around the country as word spread on social media – among Christians concerned that they were witnessing modern-day persecution.
It was, however, all fake – except for the uniforms of the arresting officers. Those were real enough – and that fact has raised eyebrows in the Ohio precincts where it all took place.
In fact, the mock arrests had been arranged ahead of time by the pastors themselves, who persuaded the Summit County Sheriff’s Department to participate in the stunt as a way of dramatizing and publicizing an upcoming community event called “Defending The Faith,” in which the pastors will face a mock trial and be forced to defend their Christianity. ( continue to full post… )
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Mother Jones: How Steve Stockman’s strange ‘un-campaigns’ got him elected to Congress in a deep-red Texas district.
WPTZ-TV: Vermont lesbian couple sues small town over decade of discrimination and harassment.
DiversityInc: Ethnicity has replaced race as the chief source of bias in hate crimes in America.
CNN: South Carolina legislators want to cut funds to state universities where professors assign LGBT literature texts.
White nationalists attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are planning to gather discreetly this evening at a steak house in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, DC, which is playing host to the conference. The gathering is sponsored by the National Policy Institute (NPI), a white nationalist “think tank” whose mission is to “elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights.” The institute studies the so-called “consequences of the ongoing influx that non-Western populations pose to our national identity.”
NPI’s Richard Spencer privately announced the gathering and guest of honor, Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance. Taylor argued in those pages that “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.” The magazine introduced itself to readers this way in 1990:
In fact, blacks and Hispanics are, compared to whites, far more likely to be poor, illiterate, on welfare, or in jail; they are far more likely to have illegitimate children, be addicted to drugs, or have AIDS. By no definition of international competitiveness can the presence of these populations be anything but a disadvantage.
The American Conservative Union, which sponsors CPAC, has struggled to purge the conference of white nationalists. As Devin Burghart observed yesterday, the group ProEnglish, which is led by prominent white nationalist Bob Vandervoort, is exhibiting at the conference again this year. Two years ago, he participated on an official CPAC panel. This year no white nationalists were on stage, and there was a (poorly attended) panel on minority outreach.
Spencer framed tonight’s white nationalist meet-up at CPAC gathering as particularly relevant given what he perceives as a shift by Republican leaders in favor of immigration reform:
The Republican leadership has expressed its wish for legislation that offers legal status for illegal immigrants. There’s a chance a revolt might occur . . . At the very least, CPAC is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to attendees the necessity of choosing a different path than the “Taxes Cuts Will Solve Everything” (sic) agenda that has defined the conservative movement for decades.
Spencer noted that steps were being taken to assure the privacy of the gathering and assured would-be attendees that they “should be confident that you can attend in an anonymous fashion (short of donning a disguise and voice modulator): no name tags will be issued; no recordings will be made; and all discussion will be strictly ‘off the record.’”
For the record, here are the details:
Thank you for registering for NPI’s 2014 “Unconference”!
The event will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (map).
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
At 7:30 PM, we will meet for dinner at The Old Hickory Steak House, which is located within the Gaylord facility.
After dinner tonight, the Hospitality Suite will take place in Room 10223 of the Gaylord Resort Hotel. The party and discussion will begin between 9 and 9:30 PM.
The Family Research Council’s executive vice president, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (retired), was caught on a “hot mic” following a panel yesterday at the National Security Action Summit, which was held just down the street from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Boykin could be heard, in an awkward attempt at humor, telling a reporter from Israel that “Jews are the problem” and the “cause of all the problems in the world.” Boykin told another reporter that President Obama identifies with and supports Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and uses subliminal messages to express this support.
Boykin appeared on a panel yesterday – “Benghazigate: The Ugly Truth and the Cover-up” – as part of the summit held near Washington, DC, which was organized by Frank Gaffney to highlight speakers, like himself, who were not invited to speak at CPAC. Gaffney has alienated himself by repeatedly claiming that the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Boykin, who is FRC’s second in command after Tony Perkins, fits right in at such a gathering.
After the Benghazi panel came to a close, the video feed for the live webcast went dark but audio continued to be broadcast. Boykin could be heard speaking with two reporters. His first conversation concerned Obama’s supposed support for Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Boykin said that Obama’s “first real public appearance overseas was in Cairo,” and dubbed that the “notorious apology tour.” “If you understand anything about Islam,” he continued, “there are subliminal messages.” Obama’s message to them is “I understand you and I support you.”
Boykin argued that “Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and everybody else” are taking advantage of this support and the “opportunity that they see that they have a president that identifies with them, that has been supportive of them inside the United States and is unwilling to go against them.”
Boykin could be heard recommending that the reporter contact FRC’s head of media relations, J.P. Duffy. He wrapped up that conversation and was approached by Henry Schwartz from IsraeliNationalNews.com, a right-wing Israeli news site run by Arutz Sheva.
A person, perhaps a PR flack, started to ask Boykin, “Would you mind doing a two minute interview with Israel, Israel National News?” (sic). Boykin cut in with “the Jews are the problem, the Jews are the cause of all the problems in the world.” The same person, or perhaps Schwartz, could be heard laughing and said “I know, I know, that’s why we’re trying to fix everything.” Watch:
Politix: Conservative columnist unhappy that ’12 Years a Slave’ doesn’t show the happy side of slavery.
Right Wing Watch: At CPAC, the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre enunciates a nightmarishly paranoid vision of America.
Newshounds: Fox and Friends foments more fear of Muslims with ‘security expert’ from anti-Islamic group.
Wonkette: A gazillion militia patriots are about to descend on Washington and end the reign of the Kenyan usurper.
Raw Story: Scott Lively warns that gays cause divorce and will force the legalization of pedophilia within the next five years.
Daily News: New Jersey Nazi’s girlfriend is on the run after allegedly assaulting her roommate.
A man arrested for seriously vandalizing a medical clinic this week in Kalispell, Mont., that performs abortions is reportedly the son of a board member of a local anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy” clinic, which has itself been the center of controversy after white supremacists in the area raised funds for it.
The clinic, All Families Healthcare, was vandalized overnight Monday when one or more perpetrators broke glass and equipment throughout the office. Zachary Klundt, a 24-year-old Kalispell resident, was arrested while breaking into another building early Tuesday morning, and was promptly linked to the clinic burglary because of evidence he was carrying.
According to a post on Montana Human Rights Network’s Facebook page, Klundt is the son of Twyla Klundt, a member of the board of Hope Pregnancy Ministries, an anti-abortion “pregnancy counseling” center whose primary mission is to talk women out of getting abortions.
It and other “crisis pregnancy clinics” have recently come under fire in Montana for allegedly misleading women about their care options when it comes to pregnancy and abortion, according to a study by the National Abortion Rights Action League. Among its findings was that “89 percent, or eight of the nine centers visited, provided inaccurate information about birth control, such as saying contraception is the same as abortion, condoms aren’t effective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and birth control leads to breast and cervical cancer.”
Previously, Hope Pregnancy Ministries came under fire when noted local neo-Nazi April Gaede announced that she was helping raise funds for the center because she said it helped “save white babies.” In making her pitch, Gaede claimed that she had personally met with members of the center’s staff.
Raw Story: Boca Raton, Fla., man flying KKK flags assures community: ‘We don’t beat up on faggots or blacks’.
Progressive Populist: Victoria Jackson, ex-SNL cast member and Tea Party candidate in Tennessee, goes off the deep end with a ukulele.
Right Wing Watch: Far-right gun lobbyist Larry Pratt says he’s glad that members of Congress have a fear of being shot.
Islamophobia Today: Numerous states contemplating legislation that would outlaw ‘Sharia Law’.
WLWT-TV (Cincinnati): African-American ‘sovereign citizen’ accepts plea bargain after being charged with fraudulently claiming abandoned homes.
AlterNet: Michele Bachmann chastises Jews for voting the wrong way, warns that President Obama is the anti-Christ.
Now that former Congressman Bob Beauprez has officially entered the race for the Republican nomination for governor in Colorado, his long record as a rabble-rousing conservative is being closely examined. This week an old video he recorded in 2012 resurfaced at ColoradoPols.com, showing Beauprez contemplating the possibility that Americans might turn to violent revolt against the Obama administration.
The observations came in an interview with Perry Atkinson of The Dove TV program Focus Today, recorded July 31, 2012. Beauprez and Atkinson were discussing the alleged dangers of American participation in various United Nations treaties “that potentially would allow Iran to disarm Americans.” Watch:
ATKINSON: You know Congressman, this, this, I don’t even like going down this road, but if this saw the light of day, and God forbid that it would, but if this saw the light of day, wouldn’t this be a modern-day civil war in this country?
BEAUPREZ: Well, some are wondering what will be the, the line that gets crossed eventually, where, where people actually rise up and say enough. I mean, our founding documents refer to it, that people have every right, a free people have every right, that when government becomes too obtrusive, too obsessive, too overwhelming, and infringes on their individual liberty and freedom, free people have the right to overthrow that government and establish a new one.
I hope and pray that, that we don’t see another revolution in this country. I hope and pray we don’t see another civil war, but this administration is pushing the boundaries like none I think we’ve ever, ever seen.
The treaty they are discussing, the proposed Arms Trade Treaty, is the focus of numerous far-right conspiracy theories, particularly among John Birch Society adherents and like-minded anti-government “Patriots”.
Beauprez, who campaigns as a “Tea Party” conservative these days, is no stranger to controversy. During his 2006 bid for the governorship (a race he eventually lost to Democrat Bill Ritter by a 17-point margin), he claimed during a debate that “as high as 70 percent, maybe even more” of African-American women’s pregnancies end in abortion, a remark for which he later apologized. Also, his campaign was briefly embroiled in a controversy involving the misuse of a national criminal database for ads targeting Ritter.
The tiny town of Leith, N.D. has won big.
Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi who tried to buy up the windswept patch of weary houses, abandoned lots and gravel streets and turn it into an all-white enclave called “Cobbsville,” no longer owns any property in the town of 16 residents, according to The Associated Press.
Cobb, the AP reported yesterday, has deeded over his six remaining lots back to the town at no charge as he sits in a North Dakota county jail, awaiting sentencing for terrorizing residents of the community during an armed patrol of Leith last fall.
“I’m one of the most famous racist in the world, you son of a bitch,” Cobb, 62, shouted as he patrolled Leith with a rifle and his armed roommate, Kynan Dutton, on Nov. 16.
It was Cobb’s last day of freedom. Dutton was also arrested and charged with terrorizing Leith, but was released in January after pleading guilty to lesser charges and agreeing to testify against Cobb.
“I pray for you every day,” a resident told Cobb as he shouted and cursed his neighbors that day.
“Fuck you,” Cobb responded.
No wonder the mayor of Leith, Ryan Schock, told the AP that it “was definitely a huge relief” when Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay stopped by his office and showed him the deeds. ( continue to full post… )
Talking Points Memo: The origins of the ‘religious freedom’ movement that exploded onto the national scene last week.
ThinkProgress: Fox host Tucker Carlson appears on Alex Jones show, declares that government hands out spoils ‘based on skin color’.
Indiana Daily Student: Under the guise of revered values, Traditional Youth Network promotes far-right ideology reminiscent of the old Klan on campus.
The Nation: Abandoned and Imprisoned for Being Gay in Cameroon
Joe.My.God: Fake anti-gay/anti-Muslim fable about executions in Iran was probably invented by associate of Michelle Malkin.
Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA): Reputed local leader of Aryan Brotherhood prison gang agrees to plead guilty to drug charges.
Mercury-News (San Jose, CA): Northwest white supremacist whose crime spree killed four people accepts legal aid for July trial.