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Cult Evangelist Tony Alamo Convicted on Sex Charges

By Larry Keller on July 24, 2009 - 5:50 pm, Posted in Anti-Catholic, Anti-LGBT

Anti-Catholic, pro-polygamy evangelist Tony Alamo will likely be preaching from behind prison walls for the rest of his life, and perhaps nobody is happier than his stepdaughter, Christhiaon Coie.

“I started crying and screaming,” Coie told Hatewatch, upon hearing that Alamo was convicted today by a federal court jury in Texarkana, Ark., on all 10 counts of transporting underage girls across state lines for sex. Alamo, 74, faces up to 175 years in prison, plus fines that could total $2.5 million.

Coie says she was raped by Alamo when she was younger. “I’ve been in this fight, trying to stop him, for nearly 40 years.”

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SPLC Asks CNN to Remove Dobbs

By Mark Potok on July 24, 2009 - 11:57 am, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

As regular readers of this blog know, we’ve had a tangle or two with CNN’s in-house immigrant-basher, Lou Dobbs. In 2007, we had a major dustup with the host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” over his wholly false claim that 7,000 new cases of leprosy had appeared in a recent three-year period in the United States, due at least in part to immigrants. (The reality was that about 400 new cases appeared during the period, and it’s not known if any of them were linked to immigrants.) The battle subjected Dobbs a series of humiliations, including being described by The New York Times as a man with “a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

To the surprise of very few familiar with Dobbs, the CNN host is at it again. Now, he’s joined with the conspiracy nuts pushing the wholly unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore cannot legally hold the office of president. The fact that this claim has been disproved by CNN’s own reporters seems to mean nothing at all to Dobbs, who has come in for criticism in recent days from all kinds of quarters for joining hands with the “birthers.”

Today, Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, sent a letter to CNN President Jonathan Klein asking for action. “Respectable news organizations should not employ reporters willing to peddle racist conspiracy theories and false propaganda,” Cohen concludes in his letter. “It’s time for CNN to remove Mr. Dobbs from the airwaves.”

Cohen also wrote Klein in 2007 about Dobbs’ leprosy claims, but CNN took no action. Dobbs has also promoted a series of other falsehoods and conspiracy theories about immigrants.

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First Amendment Protects Neo-Nazi’s Blog Post, Judge Rules

By Sonia Scherr on July 23, 2009 - 10:22 am, Posted in Neo-Nazi

A federal judge was unequivocal in his ruling that the government has no case against the neo-Nazi leader it accused of encouraging violence against a jury foreman.

In a decision that will likely influence similar cases, the judge ruled that the free speech protections of the First Amendment allowed Bill White to post the foreman’s personal information on his blog. The foreman had served on the federal jury that in 2004 convicted white supremacist Matt Hale of seeking the murder of a federal judge.

White, 32, heads the American National Socialist Workers Party, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a neo-Nazi hate group. He had been scheduled for trial in Chicago next month, but U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman this week dismissed the indictment charging White with soliciting harm against the juror. White still faces other federal charges in Virginia in connection with threats he allegedly made against other people.

“The posting of personal information about an individual involved in a judicial proceeding, even under circumstances that are intimidating or unsettling, cannot, absent a true threat or an incitement to imminent lawless action, be criminalized consistent with the First Amendment,” wrote Adelman in the 35-page decision.
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Old South Slavery Defender to Speak at Conference Hosted by Major Christian Right Leader

By Heidi Beirich on July 22, 2009 - 12:01 pm, Posted in Christian Right

The senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a major Minneapolis-based congregation with more than 6,000 worshipers, has invited extremist preacher Doug Wilson to speak at an upcoming national conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. John Piper, who preaches at Bethlehem and runs Desiring God, an outfit that promotes his religious beliefs, is regarded as a mainstream evangelical, and Bethlehem is a member of the Baptist General Conference.

Wilson, based in Idaho, is anything but mainstream. He has written that Old South slavery was “a life of plenty” and has said he believes adultery should, in certain circumstances, be punished by execution.

This is the second time this year that Wilson has found favor in mainstream Christian circles. In June, on the bill of a conference Wilson hosted was Charles Colson, recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal and a revered Christian Right leader for decades, dating back to 1975 when he founded the Prison Fellowship ministry after serving time for obstruction of justice in connection with the Watergate scandal.

Wilson runs an extreme right religious empire in Moscow, Idaho, that includes a church, Canon Press, and New Saint Andrews College. Popular in neo-Confederate circles as well, he co-wrote a partly plagiarized booklet, Southern Slavery, As It Was, defending Old South slavery; his co-author was Steve Wilkins, a founding member of the neo-secessionist and racist League of the South. ( continue to full post… )

Charge Against Neo-Nazi Dropped

By Sonia Scherr on July 21, 2009 - 4:59 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

A judge has dismissed a felony charge against neo-Nazi Bill White in connection with his alleged encouragement of violence against the foreman of a Chicago jury.

White, the leader of the American National Socialist Workers Party, had been scheduled for trial next month in federal court in Chicago. He was charged with soliciting violence against the foreman of the jury that in 2004 convicted white supremacist Matt Hale of soliciting the murder of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow.

Carol Blue, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, confirmed the dismissal this afternoon. “We are reviewing the opinion, and we will consider our options,” said Blue, who declined to elaborate. ( continue to full post… )

Dobbs Joins ‘Birthers,’ But CNN Pushes Back

By Sonia Scherr on July 21, 2009 - 4:50 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

CNN’s Lou Dobbs rarely lets the facts get in the way of defaming immigrants, so perhaps it shouldn’t surprise us that he has also jumped on the “birther” bandwagon by suggesting that President Barack Obama has yet to prove he’s a U.S. citizen.

“The first thing is to determine whether or not his birth certificate is valid,” Dobbs said on the July 15 edition of his radio show. “And what I don’t understand is why that has not been released and given over to the public record.”

That wasn’t a throwaway comment, either. As Media Matters for America documented, Dobbs repeatedly questioned the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate last week on both his radio show and television program. In doing so, he aligned himself with a far-right fringe movement that claims Obama hasn’t shown he is eligible to serve as president. The so-called birthers have filed numerous (thus far unsuccessful) lawsuits questioning Obama’s citizenship.

Problem is, Dobbs’ own colleagues at CNN have refused to give credence to the suggestion that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. ( continue to full post… )

Minuteman Reportedly Confesses To Murders

By Hatewatch Staff on July 21, 2009 - 8:41 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minutemen American Defense gunman Jason Bush confessed to a double murder in Arizona and suggested other culprits remain at large, according to Pima County authorities.
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Accused Minuteman Killer’s Criminal History Includes Teen Prostitution

By Hatewatch Staff on July 21, 2009 - 8:41 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Minutemen American Defense leader and alleged murderer Shawna Forde’s criminal record dates back to age 11 and includes convictions for burglary, shoplifting and prostitution.
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G-20 Welcome Board Donor Supported Nativist Hate Groups

By Hatewatch Staff on July 21, 2009 - 8:41 am, Posted in Uncategorized

A welcome committee for the upcoming G-20 summit in Pittsburgh accepted money from a foundation that in the past has donated millions of dollars to anti-immigration organizations including hate groups.
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Randall Terry Warns of ‘Horrific Consequences’ if Abortion is Publicly Funded

By David Holthouse on July 20, 2009 - 3:06 pm, Posted in Anti-Abortion

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and other militant anti-abortionists announced yesterday their plans to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the National Press Club, a Washington, D.C., organization that’s become the venue of choice for a rogue’s gallery of white supremacist hate groups, anti-immigration extremists and other right-wing extremists.

According to a press release, Terry plans to “discuss what he and other pro-life leaders will and will not do if healthcare passes and includes paying for child-killing, and what convulsions follow.”

Terry has been criticized in recent weeks for his organization’s vicious demonizing and targeting of Wichita, Kan., abortion provider George Tiller right up to the day Tiller was gunned down in May in his own church, allegedly by a man with a long history of antigovernment and anti-abortion extremism. Despite the heat he caught following Tiller’s murder, Terry shows no signs of toning down his rhetoric.

In fact, if anything, he’s ratcheting it up. A statement attributed to him in the press release about tomorrow’s presentation is loaded with fiery tax resister rhetoric, thinly veiled threats and warnings of violent retribution against elected officials and others who support abortion rights.

“Let all those in government be warned: They cannot order people to pay for the murder of babies, and betray God Himself, without horrific consequences,” Terry states. ( continue to full post… )