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Hatewatch Headlines 12/11/14

By Hatewatch Staff on December 11, 2014 - 7:29 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Think Progress: Killing of Muslim teen in Kansas City highlights possible uptick in anti-Muslim violence.

10 News (Sarasota, FL): Reward offered for information on vandalization of black churches in Crawfordville with KKK graffiti.

Religion Dispatches: Why millions of evangelical Christians oppose Obamacare, civil rights, the New Deal and more.

Salon: Arkansas town repeals anti-discrimination ordinance, thanks to Michelle Duggar.

Raw Story: North Carolina church members indicted for kidnapping, beating gay man to cure his ‘homosexual demons.’

Right Wing Watch: Texas pastor Donnie Romero warns that ‘dirty faggots’ want to snatch and rape your kids.

Star-Press (Muncie, IN): Ku Klux Klan leaflets spread about neighborhoods in another Randolph County town.

‘Antigovernment’ Figures to Lead ‘We Will Not Comply’ Rally in Washington State Over Gun Rights

By David Neiwert on December 10, 2014 - 4:21 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Gun Extremism

A slate of national and state antigovernment “Patriot” movement figures—including former Arizona Sheriff  Richard Mack, antigovernment propagandist Mike Vanderboegh and Ammon Bundy, the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy—is scheduled to lead Saturday’s “We Will Not Comply” rally in Olympia, Wash., protesting a gun-control measure taking effect this month.

Organized by self-described “liberty speaker” Gavin Seim, the rally’s stated purpose is to openly defy the new law, known as Initiative 594, which requires background checks for guns sold by private gun owners.

“We will rally at the capitol, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way. … We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT comply,” the rally’s organizers say.

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Hatewatch Headlines 12/10/14

By Ryan Lenz on December 10, 2014 - 8:06 am, Posted in Uncategorized

Right Wing Watch: Republican National Committee teams up with anti-LGBT extremists on Israel project.

Los Angeles Times: Anti-immigration extremists look beyond California for action.

Talking Points Memo: Female lawmakers in Montana criticize prudish new dress code for House floor as ‘discriminatory.’

Salon: Video scam artist James O’Keefe tries to cash in on racial tensions in latest fundraising attempt.

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Family Research Council now silent about hatemonger pastor it once defended.

Huffington Post: Swastika wrapping paper marketed for Hanukah pulled from Walgreens’ shelves.






Man Screamed “I Want to Kill the Jew!” Before Stabbing Jewish Student

By Bill Morlin on December 9, 2014 - 1:55 pm, Posted in Anti-Semitic

Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat.

Police in Brooklyn earlier today shot and killed a deranged knife-wielding man who moments earlier burst into a synagogue and stabbed a 22-year-old rabbinical student from Israel.

The assailant was identified as Calvin Peters, 49, a long time resident of Brooklyn and Long Island, with a lengthy criminal record and apparent mental illness.

Peters slipped past security guards and entered the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights around 1:40 a.m. (EST), confronting students studying in the building, police said.

Peters shouted threats, various witnesses told police. He was heard screaming, “I want to kill the Jew!” according to the New York Daily News.

The victim was Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat, from Beitar Illit, Israel, according to the Chabad-Lubavitch website. He was reported in stable condition with a head wound on Tuesday.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton told the New York Times the attack was “not a terrorism incident.”

John Miller, the anti-terrorism supervisor for the New York Police Department, told the Daily News that Peters was emotionally disturbed and “has a history of acting out in other places.”

The synagogue is one of the leading centers for the Chabad movement, dedicated to encouraging Jews around the world to be more observant, the New York Times reported.  It is often crowded with students studying at all hours of the day.

Kansas City Truck Driver Faces Murder Charges After Hitting Muslim Teen

By Bill Morlin on December 9, 2014 - 9:24 am, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Crime

Ahmed H. Aden

A 34-year-old Kansas City truck driver faces a first-degree murder charge and a federal hate crime investigation after authorities say he deliberately struck a teenager leaving a mosque with his SUV.

After his arrest, Ahmed H. Aden told police that he had been looking to kill several men who threatened him earlier, mistaking 15-year-old Abdisamad Sheikh-Hussein for one of those men, the Kansas City Star reported.

The high school sophomore, who had just led evening prayers at his mosque on Thursday, was struck outside the Somali Center by a speeding Chevrolet Blazer, nearly severing his legs. He died a short time later at a hospital.

Mohamed Ahmed, 13, told the newspaper that the teenager “was leading our prayer, and then after that, he just went outside. He was going to the gym to meet his friends and play basketball. And then, he got hit.”

Prosecutors have charged Aden with armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and unlawful use of a weapon. He is also the focus of a federal hate crimes probe, the newspaper reported.

Abdinajib Dirir, the victim’s uncle, said the family had emigrated from war-torn Somalia and was devastated by the loss.

“There are no words to describe,” he told Kansas City newspapers. “This is a community that fled a violent situation. Now we’re facing violence in the United States. … We are American like everyone else. And this is a tragedy for us.”

Members of the Somali community told the newspaper that the suspect had a history of making violent threats against Muslims and the mosque, occasionally even threatening the mass slaughter of worshipers. He had been interviewed by police, but apparently a case against him couldn’t be developed.

Moussa Elbayoumy, chairman of the Kansas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a member of the mosque has a photo of Aden’s SUV with anti-Muslim graffiti reading, “Quran is a virus disease (worse) than Ebola.”

Hatewatch Headlines 12/9/14

By Hatewatch Staff on December 9, 2014 - 8:31 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Raw Story: Study finds Ku Klux Klan played a critical role in the voting trends that built the GOP’s enduring grip on the South.

Right Wing Watch: Eagle Forum suggests growing racial diversity is harmful to America.

Media Matters: ABC’s Laura Ingraham fudges facts with accusation that Obama is two-faced on race.

AlterNet: Inside the twisted police department that kills unarmed citizens at the nation’s highest rate.

Right Wing Watch: Evangelist Rick Joyner says high salaries for black athletes are God’s reparation for slavery.

Federal Appeals Court Says Lawsuit Against Hate Group Leader Scott Lively Can Proceed

By Evelyn Schlatter on December 8, 2014 - 1:52 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Groups
Scott Lively.

Scott Lively.

A federal appeals court has denied pastor Scott Lively’s petition to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges he violated U.S. law by trying to influence the laws of a foreign country.

The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled last Thursday against Lively, president of anti-LGBT hate group Abiding Truth Ministries. The lawsuit charges Lively, who is also the author of the discredited Holocaust revisionist book The Pink Swastika, with helping foment anti-LGBT sentiment in Uganda.

With this ruling, the lawsuit will now proceed in federal court.

Filed in 2012 by the U.S. based Center for Constitutional Rights and Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit LGBT advocacy group based in Uganda, the lawsuit alleges that “Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBTI persons, constitutes persecution.” Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Lively encouraged government-backed acts of violence against LGBT people through his anti-LGBT rhetoric, particularly remarks he made when addressing members of the Ugandan parliament in 2009.

Lively, 56, has stirred up anti-LGBT sentiment around the world, first traveling to Uganda in 2002. Frank Mugisha, director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, alleged in Mother Jones that the anti-LGBT bill first proposed in Uganda in 2009 “is essentially [Lively’s] creation.” Anglican priest and Political Research Associates senior religion & sexuality researcher Kapya Kaoma noted that “These people had never heard of anything called the gay agenda, but Lively told them that these predators were coming for their children. As Africans hearing it for the first time, they believed it was true—and they were burning with rage.”

The 2009 Ugandan bill included life imprisonment in some circumstances and the death penalty for certain acts of “aggravated homosexuality.”

President Yoweri Museveni signed a version into law earlier this year that calls for life imprisonment as the maximum penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” which is defined as repeated sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex, same-sex acts involving a minor, a disabled person or a person infected with HIV. But in August, Uganda’s Constitutional Court annulled the legislation, ruling that the bill was passed by members of parliament without the requisite quorum and was therefore illegal.

Some MPs have reignited the battle to pass the bill, with calls to pass it as a “Christmas gift for the people of Uganda.”

This is the first known Alien Tort Statute case that seeks accountability for persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Oregon Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Forgery That Jeopardized White Supremacist Trial

By Bill Morlin on December 8, 2014 - 8:43 am, Posted in Extremist Crime

An Oregon detective whose actions jeopardized the prosecution of two white supremacists involved in a three-state murder rampage in 2011 has pleaded guilty to forgery and official police misconduct.

Det. Dave Steele entered the double guilty pleas last week in Marion County Circuit Court in Salem, Ore., where he was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 18-months of probation by Judge Jamese Rhoades, the Oregonian reported.

As part of a plea bargain, Steele also agreed to resign from the Oregon State Police and surrender his police certification, making him ineligible to get another law enforcement job, the newspaper reported.

pedersengrigsbySteele was the lead state investigator in a federal criminal case brought against David “Joey” Pedersen and his girlfriend, Holly Grigsby, who were convicted of four murders in Washington, Oregon and California. The pair—targeting Jews and minorities—hoped to start a race war. Ultimately, they both entered guilty pleas in state court in Washington and federal court in Portland, Ore.

When they were sentenced earlier this year, senior U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty of Portland issued a blistering 63-page opinion criticizing the police investigator’s misconduct and federal prosecutors’ “laissez-faire” approach to their legal obligations in the case.

The judge said the case was “mishandled by the (federal) prosecution team… very nearly jeopardizing this case altogether.”

“The most egregious misconduct was committed by Detective Steele,” the judge said. The opinion said the detective “was directly responsible for destroying and withholding Brady material (from defense attorneys), failing to catalog and turn over discovery, backdating evidence reports, lying to the (U.S. Attorney’s Office) regarding this conduct, intercepting and listening to privileged defense communications and filing a false declaration with this court.”

The judge said the life-sentences given to both Pedersen and Grigsby were appropriate for the crimes committed and “there is no evidence that either defendants’ guilty plea was unfairly influenced by the government’s conduct in this case.”

The police misconduct triggered investigations by the FBI and the Oregon State Police, including a review of other state criminal cases in Oregon handled by Steele going back to 2001. It’s unclear if federal charges also will be filed against Steele.

The Portland newspaper reported that Oregon State Police did not comment on the case until Wednesday when the agency released a statement saying the department “has taken this matter seriously since becoming aware of it by placing Detective Steele on administrative leave in December 2013, and requesting an outside agency begin a criminal investigation.”

Hatewatch Headlines 12/8/14

By Hatewatch Staff on December 8, 2014 - 7:56 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Washington Post: Ex-St. Louis cop details a culture of racism and violence in the police department.

AlterNet: Fox’s Bill O’Reilly goes completely off the deep end, claims Ferguson riots are part of anti-American conspiracy led by Soros.

Talking Points Memo: Iowa artist’s attempt to highlight the ‘horrifying truth’ of the KKK backfires badly.

International Business Times: Series of incidents raise fears that anti-Muslim hate crimes may be on rise in the U.S.

Associated Press: Arkansas professor tries to assemble data on domestic terror and extremists.

Breitbart Unmasked: Oklahoma extremist Charlie Meadows explains why blacks hate cops, advises them to stop.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Attack on Bosnian woman by three black teens is a hate crime, police say.

Hatewatch Headlines 12/5/14

By Hatewatch Staff on December 5, 2014 - 7:57 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Missourian: ‘Journey for Justice’ march meets ugly counter-protest, complete with Confederate flag, keeps going.

WDAF-TV (Kansas City): Driver angry at Muslims intentionally crashes car into teen outside Somali Center, killing him.

Houston Chronicle: Teacher accused of anti-Muslim remarks to resign, get three months’ pay.

Think Progress: The Austin shooter and the violent Christian terrorist movement no one wants to talk about.

Daily Kos: Forum for police officers reveals raging racist undercurrents in discussion of Ferguson riots.

Breitbart Unmasked: Bircher-backed South Carolina state representative writes bills to nullify federal laws.

Raw Story: Ted Nugent furious about made-up claim that President Obama named Rev. Al Sharpton his ‘race czar.’

Talking Points Memo: Five Ohio sheriff’s deputies under investigation for racist text messages directed at fellow cops.