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Racist Former Student Leader Moves Into Neo-Nazism

Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Anti-White, Neo-Nazi by Hatewatch Staff on September 3, 2013 - 5:03 pm

A little over a year ago, Matthew Heimbach was annoying fellow students at Towson University with juvenile stunts like chalking “White Pride” and “White Guilt is Over” on sidewalks of the Maryland campus.

But in the last few months, since graduating at the end of the spring semester, Heimbach has been turning into a full-fledged neo-Nazi. No longer content with softer groups like the White Student Union that he started at Towson, Heimbach now rails about “conniving Jews,” goes on talk shows like that hosted by neo-Nazi David Duke, approvingly quotes terrorist assassin David Lane, wears a pistol when addressing a leading racist group, and calls for violent revolution.

“Revolution is the only answer to our plight,” Heimbach wrote in a post today on the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), an umbrella group he formed this spring with Indiana native Matthew Parrot and which now includes the White Student Union. “Our ancestors fought against the scabs, bosses, capitalists and Jews to make a better future for their children. Now we must do the same.” ( continue to full post… )

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma’s Anti-Shariah Amendment

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda by Keegan Hankes on August 19, 2013 - 3:22 pm

A federal judge in Oklahoma last week ruled that a voter-approved constitutional amendment, meant to prevent the imposition of Islamic religious law in the state’s courts, violated the U.S. constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion.

Chief District Judge Vicki Miles LaGrange said Thursday that the state’s Save Our State Amendment, passed by referendum in 2010 after a huge propaganda campaign by its backers, failed to identify or address an “actual problem” in the legal system. Opponents, including numerous legal commentators, have said for years that the anti-Shariah law was utterly unnecessary because the Constitution would not allow the imposition of foreign law. But after Oklahoma approved its referendum, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Tennessee still passed similar measures. ( continue to full post… )

Iraqi to Stand Trial in Murder First Thought to be Hate Crime

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Hate Crime by Bill Morlin on August 1, 2013 - 8:24 am
Kassim Al Himidi

An Iraqi immigrant faces a murder trial Aug. 8 in California in the 2012 death of his wife, whose fatal beating initially sparked international attention as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime.

After the FBI ruled out the possibility of a hate crime, police in El Cajon, Calif., pursued the investigation, looking at domestic violence as a possible motive.

Kassim Al Himidi, 49, was arrested last November following his return to the United States after burying his wife, 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, in the couple’s native Iraq.  She was found severely beaten in the family’s home in El Cajon on March 21, 2012, and died in a hospital three days later. ( continue to full post… )

Islamophobes Geller and Spencer Banned from Britain

Posted in Anti-Muslim by Hatewatch Staff on June 27, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Two of America’s most vociferous anti-Muslim activists have been banned from Britain as extremists after the home secretary determined their presence “would not be conducive to the public good.” ( continue to full post… )

2nd Company Begins Selling Bullets Coated with Pork to Fight Muslims

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda by Ryan Lenz on June 26, 2013 - 12:11 pm

The advertising pitch says it all: “Put some Ham in MoHAMed.”

Jihawg Ammunition, based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, has recently begun selling bullets laced with a pork coating, promising “patriot” gun owners that the bullets “will strike fear into the hearts of those bent upon hate, violence and murder.” ( continue to full post… )

Feds: Klansman and Accomplice Designed Radiation Gun to Kill Muslims

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Klan by Bill Morlin on June 19, 2013 - 4:18 pm

Two men, one of them a member of the Ku Klux Klan, were arraigned today in Albany, N.Y., on federal charges of plotting to build a mobile radiation gun intended to kill Muslims – or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.

Glendon Scott  Crawford, 49, a Klan member from Galway, N.Y., and Eric J. Feight, 54, of Hudson, are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support for terrorism in the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

The case has been under investigation by a Joint Terrorism Task Force since at least April 2012, when Crawford allegedly reached out to Jewish organizations, asking if Israel would be interested in such a weapon to kill its enemies. ( continue to full post… )

Fox News Host Tells English Extremist: ‘We Got Your Back’

Posted in Anti-Muslim by Hatewatch Staff on June 14, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Brian Kilmeade, one of the wise men of Fox News, recently told Tommy Robinson, aka Stephen Lennon, the leader of the immigrant-bashing, Muslim-hating, police-clashing English Defence League (EDL), who recently spent time in jail for using a false passport to illegally enter the United States, that “it’s great what you’re doing.”

“We got your back,” Kilmeade told Robinson when the far-right English activist appeared on the June 10 edition of Kilmeade’s Fox News Radio program, according to Media Matter ( continue to full post… )

Forum on Muslim Americans Disrupted by Hundreds in Tennessee

Posted in Anti-Muslim by Ryan Lenz on June 5, 2013 - 4:57 pm
Anti Muslim Protests

Tennessee has been a hotbed of anti-Muslim activism for years, especially after plans were laid to build an Islamic center in Murfreesboro. There have been bomb threats and numerous conferences centered on the unfounded but widely hyped fear that Shariah law will somehow be imposed on Americans. The chapter of ACT! for America, an anti-Muslim extremist group, based in Nashville is the most active in the country.

So perhaps it was to be expected that a community forum intended to foster dialogue and a greater understanding of Muslims in America degenerated into a hate-filled free-for-all on Tuesday night. ( continue to full post… )

Extremists Blame Favorite Bogeymen for Boston Bombings

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Muslim, Conspiracies by Marilyn Elias on April 17, 2013 - 4:31 pm

Editor’s Note: We’ve corrected the attribution of a quote below suggesting that if the attackers were antigovernment they would have attacked a government target, rather than random Americans. The quote actually came from Mike Lackomar of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. Hatewatch regrets the error, which was the result of an editing mistake.

Who was responsible for the deadly Boston terrorist attack?

The Muslims did it. No, it was an illegal immigrant. Think again – it was a gay guy. Wait, you missed the key signs: Our own government once again pulled off an act of covert terror to promote its nefarious aims.

Fingers have been pointed in all of these directions by conspiracy theory peddlers and professional hatemongers since the bombings Monday.

“It’s a pretty safe bet right now that this attack was carried out by an Islamist,” declared a post on the Tea Party Nation website Tuesday. The obvious cause for the violence? “We have a government that is not committed to protecting America.” Linking Islam with Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” of Communism, the post warned that the Boston bombings are just another event presaging future violence in “an ideological war” that can only be won if we have tougher, more anti-Islam U.S. political leaders. That, of course, would be the Tea Party cabal.

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Judge Sentences Mosque Arsonist, Likens Crime to Boston Bombings

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Crime by Bill Morlin on April 17, 2013 - 1:42 pm

The “American psyche” was damaged when an armed arsonist set fire to a Toledo mosque, much like the impact of Monday’s bombings in Boston, a federal judge said in sentencing an Indiana man to 20 years in prison.

Randolph Linn, 52, of St. Joe, Ind., was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $1.4 million. He pleaded guilty in December to setting fire to the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo last September. He told the court he was inspired by media accounts, specificially those on Fox News, suggesting Muslims were threatening Americans and controlling parts of the federal government.

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