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Hatewatch Headlines 1/14/15

By Hatewatch Staff on January 14, 2015 - 5:44 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Pacific Standard: Cross burning is more common than you think.

Think Progress: Anti-LGBT activists stage rally to demand the right to keep bigots on government payroll.

National Journal: RNC member Dave Agema’s racist Facebook post threatens GOP winter meeting in San Diego.

Right Wing Watch: American anti-LGBT activists play key roles in Moscow convention.

The Hill: Steve Scalise voted against a state apology for slavery, too.

Las Vegas Sun: A Metro detective’s racist rant on Facebook creates long-term divisions within police department.

Media Matters: How right wing scapegoating and stereotyping worsens the threat of terrorism and hurts the fight against it.

Ex-Gay Group Looking to Sue D.C. over Reparative Therapy Ban

By Hatewatch Staff on January 13, 2015 - 12:36 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

Even as same-sex marriage expands (36 states, as of last week) and even in the wake of numerous former leaders in the so-called ex-gay movement admitting they didn’t change (including former Exodus vice president Randy Thomas, who came out as gay with “bisexual tendencies” yesterday) and even after the closing of Exodus, the largest ex-gay ministry in the country, a hardline fringe continues to push for reparative therapy, a pseudoscientific practice that claims to change homosexuals to heterosexuals.

Case in point.

The Christian Post reported last week that Voice of the Voiceless, an ex-gay group that claims to “defend your rights and the rights of all who desire to fulfill their heterosexual dreams,” is planning to sue the District of Columbia over its ban of so-called reparative (or conversion) therapy of minors.

Challenges to similar bans in California and New Jersey have also been mounted. The Supreme Court rejected the California challenge last summer while the ban in New Jersey was upheld by a federal appeals court in September. Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 1.24.02 PM

But that hasn’t deterred Christopher Doyle, founder and president of Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), who told The Christian Post that the group is in the process of seeking a plaintiff to bring a lawsuit against the government of D.C. over the ban, which became law in December. Upon the passage of that ban, Doyle, who is married to a woman and claims to be “ex-gay,” lamented that it was a “victory for gay pedophiles everywhere.”

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David Duke Again Takes Advantage of Media Airtime to Lie and Mislead

By David Neiwert on January 13, 2015 - 8:44 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Semitic, White Supremacist

The recent scandal that erupted over Rep. Steve Scalise’s speaking appearance before David Duke’s white-supremacist organization, the European-American Union and Rights Organization (EURO), inevitably meant that mainstream media would be turning to Duke himself for answers to their questions. And indeed, Duke was interviewed on several media outlets early this month, on CNN and on Fox News.

And as usually occurs when Duke gets airtime, he parlayed the interview into an opportunity to propagandize and sell both his twisted worldview and his books. Most of all, Duke performed his specialty, which is to sell outright falsehoods and self-serving distortions.

Duke appeared first on CNN with Michael Smerconish for his weekly news-interview program on Jan. 3, then on Jan. 5 for an appearance on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill O’Reilly. On both programs, Duke attempted to make the familiar claim that he isn’t a white supremacist or a racist.

“I have never supported white supremacism,” Duke told Smerconish.

“I was never a white supremacist,” he told O’Reilly. “I’m not a white supremacist at all. In fact the European American Unity and Rights Group was in fact a chartered civil rights organization and I in fact in Louisiana legislature sponsored a bill that forbid racial discrimination and these programs called Affirmative Action which are racial discriminations.” ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines 1/13/15

By Hatewatch Staff on January 13, 2015 - 7:48 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Orlando Sentinel: Convicted neo-Nazi leader describes the rise and fall of his American Front group.

Arizona Republic: Vandals desecrate Orthodox church in Phoenix with fascist symbols.

Access ADL: White supremacist American Freedom Party launches youth recruitment drive.

Myrtle Beach Online: If ISIS gets to be the definition of Islam, then the KKK gets to be the definition of Christianity.

Right Wing Watch: Religious-right activist wants National Guard deployed to stop LGBT marriages.

The News Courier (Athens, AL): FBI helping investigate vandalism of black woman’s home with racial slur.

Anti-Muslim Pastor Terry Jones Takes A New Stand

By Keegan Hankes on January 12, 2015 - 4:01 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

Terry Jones has given up cooking Qurans for the time being in favor of taking a new stand in Bradenton, Florida. Jones and his two brothers opened “Fry Guys Gourmet Fries,” a French fry stand at the food court of the DeSoto Square mall.

Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center, an anti-Muslim hate group that received international attention for planning to burn 2,998 Qurans—one for each victim from the September 11th terrorist attacks—in 2013. He was arrested on his way to the event for felony unlawful conveyance of fuel and also charged with unlawful open-carry of a firearm.

Previous plans to burn a Quran in 2010, eventually aborted, and 2011 resulted in a $2.2 million bounty being placed on Jones’s head by an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

According to a recent interview in VICE, Jones sees his fry stand as an act of patriotic defiance.

“I hope that it’s somewhat of an asset for people that are tired of what is going on and want to speak out, and want to believe that someone will stand up, and take a chance, and speak out. People can support us by coming out to eat,” Jones said.

Jones, who also made headlines in 2011 for holding “Good Friday protest” in Dearborn, Michigan, at the Islamic Center of America where he claimed that the city was ruled by sharia law, seems to have toned down his rhetoric.

When asked by VICE if he wished all Muslims would convert to Christianity, he gave a surprising answer.

“If you’re asking me as an American, then I have no problem with Islam—they are protected under the First Amendment. I have no problem with them being in the country, building mosques, or evangelizing.”

Racists Struggling to Raise Money for ‘White Genocide’ Billboard

By Don Terry on January 12, 2015 - 3:56 pm, Posted in Extremist Propaganda

diversity-chasing-down-whitesA group of white separatist activists is going hood … oops … hat in hand, trying to raise money to put up a racially charged billboard in an undisclosed northern city to go along with similar sign in such southern locations as Harrison, Ark., and, more recently, Springville, Al.

The Alabama billboard, which looms above a knot of trees about 15 miles north of Birmingham on I-59, says “Diversity Means Chasing Down The Last White Person.”

The group – the so-called White Genocide Project – said on its website today that the Springville sign is “the second White Genocide billboard to go up in Alabama.” The first billboard appeared near Leeds in the spring of 2013 and repeated the white nationalist mantra, “Anti-Racist is a code word for Anti-White.”

After complaining that the media “love to call us ‘supremacist’ because it conjures up images of street gangs with swastikas tattooed on their foreheads” – the group asked for money.

“If you’re tired of tripping over your stacks of cash, how about donating to the ‘Diversity is a codeword [sic] for White Genocide’ billboard project? To get this billboard up in the Northern US they need another $3,500.”

It is unclear who is behind the group or who paid for the billboard. Robert Whitaker, the curmudgeonly segregationist who wrote the 221-word white nationalist mantra that has recently become incredibly popular, today told Hatewatch that he does not know who is responsible for putting up the Springville sign, but that he “is happy and proud” that he has had an influence on spreading the alarm about “white genocide.”

“People are afraid to say anything,” Whitaker said. “Everybody but me has to be anonymous.”

The racially charged billboard near Leeds was the idea of a member of the League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession, the group’s president, Michael Hill told an Alabama radio station this fall.

“I guess even racist idiots have freedom of speech,” the mayor of Leeds, David Miller, told Hatewatch. “As soon as the sign went up, we hopped on it and condemned it.”

The sign, the mayor said, stayed up for about a month.

For anyone who might be a white genocide skeptic, the group includes a list of what it looks like, including, “Moving millions of non-White immigrants into a traditionally White countries over a period of years” and “Legally chasing down and forcing White areas to accept ‘diversity.’ This is known as ‘Forced Assimilation.”

“Society is widely aware,” the group adds, “that White people are becoming a minority in several countries, but anti-Whites don’t want us to bring an end to the policies which are turning us into a minority everywhere.”

In a statement about the new billboard, the mayor of Springville, William Isley, said that the city of about 4,000 residents has been working to promote “racial harmony for many years,” adding, “Any message which cuts against such harmony is very disturbing to the City and is inconsistent with the desires and intent of the City government.

“The City,” the mayor’s statement continued, “has no connection or control over the sign at issue and denounces the message thereon as being racially offensive.”

Justice Department Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Prosecutions Complete

By Bill Morlin on January 12, 2015 - 3:47 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime, Hate Groups

aryan-brotherhood-texas-tatooThe Justice Department targeted the “worst of the worst” in its just-concluded successful prosecutions of one of the largest and most-violent racist gangs in the United States – the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

The man who supervised the six-year investigation, James Trusty, told Hatewatch in an exclusive interview today that the federal prosecutions didn’t eradicate the racist gang, but dealt a “severe blow” to its leadership and ability to commit crimes.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), established in the early 1980s, is considered one of the most violent racist crime syndicates in the United States, modeled after the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang formed during the 1960s.

In going after the ABT, prosecutors — led by David Karpel from the department’s Organized Crime and Gang Section in Washington, D.C. — obtained 17 separate indictments in judicial districts of Texas and Oklahoma, including one in 2012 in the Southern District of Texas that charged senior ABT leaders with racketeering.

The racketeering charge encompassed various crimes carried out by the gang — murders, attempted murders, conspiracies, arsons, assaults, robberies and drug trafficking — as part of its enterprise. The Justice Department dropped plans in September 2013 to seek the death penalty against some of the defendants. ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines 1/12/15

By Hatewatch Staff on January 12, 2015 - 7:46 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: FBI releases sketch of suspect in Colorado Springs NAACP office bombing.

The Daily Dot: Five reasons why ‘white pride’ is always a racist concept.

Right Wing Watch: RNC member promotes white supremacist organization, says Muslims are ‘not to be tolerated.’

The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.): Garcia-Quintana uninvited from South Carolina Tea Party gathering after racist ties are exposed.

Media Matters: Rush Limbaugh denies the existence of an anti-Muslim backlash, even as mosques are torched in France.

ABC 7 (Los Angeles): Aryan gang member in Fresno arrested on drug and weapons charges.

Birmingham (AL) News: ‘White genocide’ billboard claiming ‘Diversity Means Chasing Down the Last White Person’ posted along freeway.

Raw Story: Fox News guest says it’s time to stop appeasing Muslims and to ‘exterminate this scum that is plaguing the planet.’

Hatewatch Headlines 1/9/15

By Hatewatch Staff on January 9, 2015 - 8:57 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

New York Times: Scorch marks linger at NAACP office in Colorado as FBI seeks man in dirty white pickup.

New Orleans Advocate: Claims that Steve Scalise spoke to neighborhood group unaffiliated with Duke appear dubious.

Right Wing Watch: Why does David Barton’s history of the fight for racial equality always end in the 1960s?

Media Matters: Fox News exhibits conveniently confused standard for defining and reporting on terrorist attacks.

Think Progress: South Carolina bill would require all public school students to take an NRA-approved gun-rights course.

Indian Country Today: Survey finds broadcasters used the word ‘Redskins’ 27 percent less in the past season.

As Extremist ‘Constitutional Sheriffs’ Meet With Senators, Their Supporters Call for Obama’s Lynching

By David Neiwert on January 8, 2015 - 3:59 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Muslim Extremism, Nativist Extremist

In one of the spacious meeting rooms of the Russell Senate Building in Washington, D.C., last month, three conservative members of Congress had an unusual meeting with a small group of law-enforcement officers who ascribe to far-right “constitutionalist” theories.

CSPOA-SenateU.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and David Vitter, R-La., and Rep. Martha Blackburn, R-Tenn., all met with former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, the far-right former lawman from Graham County, Ariz., who now leads the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), a group of “constitutionalist” sheriffs who see themselves the last line of defense against those who would seek to infringe on the U.S. Constitution.

Originally billed in the National Review as a “massive gathering” of sheriffs from around the nation to protest immigration, the event was organized by two sheriffs who are active leaders in former Mack’s CSPOA and drew a much smaller crowd. And while CSPOA promoted the event and reported on it afterward, Mack told Hatewatch that it was not the chief organizer.

“I was invited to attend and we provided a little hors d’oeuvres,” he told Hatewatch. Still, he said, “I was really proud of these sheriffs for trying to take care of something on their own.”

The focus of the event was to stand in protest of President Obama’s executive action, taken after years of congressional inaction, to offer temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years and whose children were born here and are U.S. citizens, provided they pass a background check and pay taxes. But it wasn’t long before a group of extremists supporting Mack made itself known.

Just down the Capitol Mall that same day, a small group of protesters supporting the sheriffs gathered at the White House and began shouting slogans and demanding the removal of President Obama. Some in the crowd demanded the president be lynched–”Hang the lying Muslim traitor!” one of them shouted.

The same group of protesters then proceeded to the Senate building where the sheriffs were meeting, but were not permitted inside and instead lingered in the foyer. When the meeting ended, the demonstrators lustily greeted the emerging law enforcement officers and Congress members, some of them shaking hands and hugging the participants.

Mack told Hatewatch that he was unsure who organized the supporting protest. But he stressed, “That was not us.”

Obama’s executive action, taken after years of congressional inaction, offers temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years and whose children were born here and are U.S. citizens, provided they pass a background check and pay taxes.

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The rhetoric used by the various officials  during the press conference that followed was not nearly as incendiary, but it also reflected some of the paranoia inherent in the “constitutionalist” movement–even though some of it was coming from U.S. senators.

Obama’s executive action “is taking jobs and benefits directly from struggling American lawful immigrants and our native-born,” Sessions said. “A government must serve its own citizens.”

The sheriffs were largely on the same page. “When it comes to immigration, there is no law because there are no consequences, and that is something we in law enforcement have to deal with and have to fight,” Paul Babeu, sheriff of Arizona’s Pinal County, said. “Instead of putting illegals first and their rights, what about putting Americans and our rights and our security once, first?”

But what measure and reserve was on display inside the Senate Building was not apparent outside the White House.

That rally organized by an antigovernment group calling itself Operation American Freedom,” which had issued an “arrest warrant” to government officials in Washington earlier this year–was intended to support the sheriffs. An earlier video by Blaine Cooper, a “Patriot” who help organized a livestream of the event, announced that “we are gonna be at the White House at 10 o’clock tomorrow. The sheriffs are gonna be here doing their rally, and Operation American Freedom, or O.A.F., are gonna be there as well.”

Cooper’s livestream video also provided an unusual inside look at the protest.

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There appear to have only been a couple dozen gathered to protest. Most of the noise at the demonstration was created by one man, wearing a tricorn hat and shouting into a bullhorn. One protester in particular—a bearded man toting an American flag—seemed especially intent on seeing Obama hung.

“Hang the lying Kenyan traitor terrorist piece of shit,” he shouted at one point. “He’s a traitor! Hang him!” The same man kept shouting variations of this throughout the protest.

When a large wood chipper drove past the scene, one of the protesters remarked: “Hey, a wood chipper! That gives me an idea” – suggesting he would like to run the president through the machine. When the press conference had finished, the participants were swarmed by the sheriffs’ supporters in the foyer, who cheered loudly as they exited and swarmed Sessions to express their admiration.

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“We love you, God bless you,” one said. “Thank you for all your work in the Senate, and thank you for all of this – fighting Obama tooth and nail.”

In the video, Mack could be seen embracing a man with the tricorn hat as he departed. However, he could not tell Hatewatch afterwards anything about the man or the group: “I didn’t know if they were pro or con,” he said via e-mail.

Afterward, Mack was less than optimistic about the outcome of the event.

“My overall feeling was that Washington D.C. wasn’t going to do anything to enforce the law or fix the problem,” he said. “I don’t believe the leadership will allow the problem to be fixed. … And it’s really a slap at the black community that so many millions are going to be competing with low income minority groups for jobs. I don’t think there is any way around that. The president has once again shown that he’ll do anything he wants, whether its lawless or not, no matter who it hurts.”