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Hatewatch Headlines 2/5/15

By Hatewatch Staff on February 5, 2015 - 8:03 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: Texas open-carry gun activist warns lawmakers that ‘treason’ is ‘punishable by death.’

Media Matters: The ugly, hateful result of the anti-LGBT ‘religious liberty’ debate.

Think Progress: The full story of the ‘poster children’ conservatives are using to oppose same-sex marriage.

Raw Story: Texas neighborhood with ‘Caucasian race’ rule shuts down black man’s home business over signage.

East Oregonian: Pendleton police arrest two more men linked to Aryan gang’s crime spree.

Anniston Star (AL): Judge suggests defendant be silenced with duct tape during trial of ‘sovereign citizen’ couple for extortion.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting: USA Today cartoon suggests Muslims are the equivalent of Nazis.

‘Antigovernment’ Gun Protesters Planning to Be Arrested in Washington Capitol

By David Neiwert on February 4, 2015 - 1:49 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Gun Extremism

Ratcheting up their resistance to Washington state’s new gun-control law, anti-government gun owners are planning to show up at the state Capitol in Olympia this weekend in an open attempt to be arrested for violating newly-installed rules against carrying weapons into legislative hearings.

The effort to overturn Washington’s Initiative 594, which mandated background checks for most gun sales in the state and was approved by nearly 60 percent of state voters in the 2014 election, originated in December with a “We Will Not Comply” rally at the Capitol. At that rally, which drew hundreds of participants as well as some leading antigovernment figures, gun owners openly exchanged weapons in defiance of the law’s reporting requirements.

Patriots-SheaThen, on Jan. 15, about 200 protesters showed up at the Capitol to again protest the new law while the state Legislature was in session. During that event, a number of protesters went inside the Capitol and displayed their long guns in the upper gallery of the House chambers. Such defiance sparked concern among state officials and legislators, who worried that the display was a bald attempt to intimidate lawmakers.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen huddled with state legislators, and in short order both the House and Senate passed bills banning open displays of firearms in their respective chambers. Shortly after that, weapons were similarly banned from all public hearings in the Capitol.

So now, the same protesters are planning to return in larger numbers on Saturday and defy new Capitol rules. Some of the organizers make clear that they intend to be arrested by state police when they do so.

A Facebook page dedicated to the protest, titled “Our Capital, Our Rights: A Rally For Freedom”, declares, “We call upon the Governor of Washington to uphold his oath and respect our unalienable rights. Liberty For All and The Patriots Stand are teaming up to stand on February 7 and demand that Jim Moeller step down, and our rights be recognized. “

Another “Patriot” organization calling itself the Patrick Henry Society, led by sometime legislative “Liberty Candidate” Sam Wilson, issued a press release titled “Gun Owners Prepare for Arrest at WA State Capitol”.”

“If the legislature feels the need,” said Sam Wilson of Liberty for All, “to prohibit peaceful citizens from openly carrying firearms into the people’s viewing chamber, it certainly makes a reasonable person question what motivates them to disarm the people viewing them while they are in session, serving as the representatives of the people.”

Already, it appears to be an uphill climb for widespread acceptance of the protest.

The Jan. 15 incursion into the House chambers was denounced by the mainstream gun-rights groups that organized the rally, notably Alan Gottlieb of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, who told the Seattle Times that the gun-waving incursion was “the result of a few stupid extremists on our side who not only handled their firearms unsafely, but made the hundreds of Second Amendment supporters at the rally look foolish.”

“Irresponsible actions get us bad results,” he said. “This kind of childish theater hurts our cause.”

However, the protesters were joined in the House by Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane, a far-right Republican with a long history of involvement in “Patriot” causes. Shea also posed for photos with them.

“Tyranny is not an option,” Shea said in a rising voice. “The right to bear arms is unalienable. It can’t be taken away by a majority vote. It can’t be taken away by the Legislature. It can’t be taken away by the Supreme Court. God gave us that.”

Hatewatch Headlines 2/4/15

By Hatewatch Staff on February 4, 2015 - 8:34 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: Rand Paul’s Alex Jones problem bubbles up with talk about vaccines and ‘martial law.’

Think Progress: Alabama congressman claims that measles outbreak may be caused by ‘illegal aliens.’

Advocate: In wake of marriage equality, anti-LGBT legislators draft their own ‘revenge’ bills that punish gays.

IfYouOnlyKnews: Vermont’s new state motto is in Latin, so right-wingers freak out against Latinos on social media.

Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC): North Carolina makes some top 10 lists of progress, and some of shame.

Raw Story: Montana pastor tells legislators it makes sense to discriminate against homosexuality, since it’s like incest and pedophilia.

The Herald (Rock Hill, SC): Survivors of an earlier era know that KKK’s racist taunts at high school are no joke.

Right Wing Watch: Dozens of RNC members are in Israel courtesy of AFA, which promotes idea that First Amendment doesn’t apply to Jews.

Spokane LGBT Community Seeks Justice in Attack on Transgender Woman

By Bill Morlin on February 3, 2015 - 4:00 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT, Hate Crime

Source: Spokane Police Department

Police in Spokane have released a surveillance photo of two men wanted for questioning about an assault of a transgender woman following widespread calls from the LGBT community for police action.

Sporting a black eye, Jacina Carla Scamahorn described her attack Monday at a public meeting of the Spokane City Council before a near-capacity crowd of 150 supporters.

The attack has ignited fury and calls for prosecution across the LGBT community, with at least one witness telling a Spokane television station that the victim, who is homeless, “was targeted because she is a transgender woman,” KREM-TV in Spokane reported.

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Hatewatch Headlines 2/3/15

By Hatewatch Staff on February 3, 2015 - 7:10 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Reuters: Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio seek to stave off contempt of court charges in handling of racial profiling case.

Talking Points Memo: Sen. Rand Paul tells interviewer that vaccines can cause ‘profound mental disorders.’

Media Matters: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly pushes misleading CIS ‘study’ claiming all job growth since 2007 went to immigrants.

Think Progress: Alabama lawmaker declares same-sex couples don’t deserve the same financial benefits as other families.

Salon: Anti-LGBT pastor Manning warns in video rant that Justin Bieber is secretly a transsexual.

Raw Story: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school with graffiti mocking first day of Black History Month.

Hatewatch Headlines 2/2/15

By Hatewatch Staff on February 2, 2015 - 7:45 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Media Matters: Civil-rights organizations and faith leaders call out anti-Muslim media coverage following Paris tragedies.

East Oregonian: Pendleton white supremacist gang in its final days, police chief vows.

Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins claims gays ‘persecute’ Christians by making them view photos of gay people on Facebook.

Raw Story: Police investigate Nazi swastikas spray-painted on UC Davis Jewish frat house.

Dallas Morning News: Vitriol over imam’s prayer at Fort Worth rodeo leads him to cancel repeat event.

Texas Observer: State Rep. Molly White tells her staff to ask Muslims to pledge allegiance.

DiversityInc: Google apologizes, fixes anti-LGBT slurs in Translator tool.

American-Statesman (Austin, TX): Protesters shouting slurs disrupt attempt by Muslims, supporters to hold rally.

RNC Silent about Israel Trip Sponsored by American Family Association

By Ryan Lenz on January 30, 2015 - 2:43 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

The Republican National Committee is heading to the Holy Land, compliments of a hate group that has denigrated Muslims, African Americans, the LGBT community and even Jews.

But the RNC isn’t answering any questions about its American Family Association-funded trip, scheduled to begin tomorrow. Email and telephone messages left Friday with Kirsten Kukowski, the RNC’s national press secretary, were not returned. Presumably the trip is still on despite a week of bad press for the AFA.

Last week, the SPLC wrote to all 168 members of the RNC urging them not to accompany the AFA on the trip because of the group’s long track record of bigotry and hate. The SPLC has named the AFA as a hate group due to its history of making false, demonizing statements about the LGBT community.

Longtime AFA Bryan Fischer, for example, has claimed that “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler … the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews.” He has also characterized African Americans as “people who rut like rabbits.”

The AFA responded by seeking to distance itself from Fischer and redefine its character by removing him from his duties as its chief spokesman and director of issues analysis. Fischer, however, will remain as a talk show host on the AFA’s radio network – a bullpen of bigoted pundits known for incendiary statements.

In a letter this week to the Southern Poverty Law Center, AFA general counsel Patrick J. Vaughn wrote, “AFA has concluded that it must renounce some statements made by American Family Radio talk-show host Bryan Fischer. In its 37-year history, AFA has never held these views and wishes to clarify that it still rejects such sentiments.”

SPLC President Richard Cohen responded in a letter, “[T]he AFA’s 11th-hour disavowal of Mr. Fischer appears to serve only one purpose: to give the AFA a degree of plausible deniability while it continues to spew hateful rhetoric. It’s a shell game and a transparent one at that.”

While the AFA has taken a job title away from Fischer, he isn’t the only mouthpiece spewing hate on its network. AFA officials, including its president, Tim Wildmon, and founder, Don Wildmon, also have made similarly bigoted statements. “Hollywood and the theater world is heavily influenced by Jewish people,” Don Wildmon once said.

The RNC has predictably chosen to remain nearly silent on these developments, and at least presumably, some of its members are still planning to make the trip to Israel. Kukowski told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that they were “glad AFA has severed ties with him.”

But just like the AFA trying to weather the storm by “rejecting” Fischer’s statements while keeping him on the payroll, the RNC not talking about the trip won’t make the questions about its relationship with a known hate group go away.

‘Shot Caller’ in California White Supremacist Gang Pleads Guilty

By Bill Morlin on January 30, 2015 - 1:19 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Prison Gangs
Ruthie Marshall.

Ruthie Marshall.

Rather than risk a second jury trial, a woman described as a ringleader of an Orange County, Calif., white supremacist gang pleaded guilty this week to charges of kidnapping, extortion and aggravated assault.

Ruthie Christine “Big Mama” Marshall, a 45-year-old bartender who lived in Garden Grove, Calif., faces 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in March, the Orange County Register reported.

Marshall is the wife of Wayne Jason “Bullet” Marshall, identified as a “shot-caller” with a lengthy record of violence and ties to the white supremacist gangs in Southern California.

The Marshalls were among three dozen reputed white supremacy gang members arrested in Orange County in late 2010 in a multi-agency task force called “Operation Stormfront.” The operation targeted white racist prison and street gangs whose criminal reach spanned from the prisons and county jails to the streets.

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Hatewatch Headlines 1/30/15

By Hatewatch Staff on January 30, 2015 - 9:46 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Right Wing Watch: Bryan Fischer says he’s merely ‘given up’ his position as AFA’s analysis chief, will keep doing broadcasts.

Salon: David Duke threatens to run against ‘sellout’ Rep. Steve Scalise.

Jim Romenesko: Idaho publisher explains why state’s biggest paper ran front-page anti-gay sticker ad.

St. Louis American: Police-union spokesman Jeff Roorda pushes young black woman at public hearing on civilian review.

Daily Kos: Native American schoolchildren taunted with racial slurs, sprayed with beer at South Dakota hockey game.

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA): Augusta County supervisor refers to black reporter as ‘boy,’ then apologizes.

Tulsa World: Final defendants in large Aryan Brotherhood drug-trafficking case plead guilty.

News-Press (St. Joseph, MO): Maryville man charged with hate crime for harassing, threatening black waitress.

LOS Comes to Harrison With Another ‘Secede’ Billboard

By Don Terry on January 29, 2015 - 4:09 pm, Posted in Neo-Confederate

Harrison BillboardNestled in the rolling hills of the Ozark Mountains, Harrison, Ark., has a refurbished old-time town square and a steadily growing community college. Yet, like scores of small cities and towns across the country, the town could always use more tourist dollars and new businesses.

What the largely white city of 13,000 residents does not need is another racially provocative billboard, churning up its ghosts and scaring away potential industry and employees. But that is exactly what Harrison got Tuesday when the neo-Confederate Alabama-based League of the South (LOS) unveiled its latest billboard, once again plastered with the group’s one-word silent scream, “#Secede.”

The League, which advocates for a second secession—like the first went so well—and a society dominated by “European Americans,” has previously placed billboards in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. But this is apparently its first foray into Harrison, the site since 2013 of a war of words and billboards that has pitted white nationalists against the city and the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations.

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