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Seattle Metro’s Refusal to Run Anti-Jihad Ads By Geller Group Sparks Lawsuit

Posted in Anti-Muslim by David Neiwert on October 18, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Pamela Geller and her far-right Muslim-bashing organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, have announced they are striking back at “Sharia Enforcement” by suing the city of Seattle. Or someone.

In a press release earlier this week headlined “We Are Suing the City of Seattle,” Geller heralded the lawsuit by claiming that transit authorities in Seattle had refused one of the AFDI’s incendiary advertisements for their buses.

However, the lawsuit AFDI filed this week is actually against King County’s Metro Transit Authority, not the City of Seattle. ( continue to full post… )

League of South Rally Provokes Anti-Racist Reaction

Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Muslim, Neo-Confederate by Don Terry on October 10, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Since word spread about three weeks ago that the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) was coming to middle Tennessee this weekend to protest immigration and refugee resettlement, local anti-racists have been working hard to make sure the group’s stay is as uncomfortable as possible.

“We are completely non-violent,” Darlene Neal of the Tennessee Anti Racist Network told Hatewatch. “But we want to disrupt the League’s process, because their process is one of hate mongering and creating divisiveness in communities wherever they go.”

So far, so good. ( continue to full post… )

Leading Christian Hard-Liner Calls for Military Takeover in U.S.

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Antigovernment, Christian Right by David Neiwert on October 3, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Rick Joyner, one of the leading lights of the Christian Dominionist movement, recently told his television audience that democracy has failed in America, and that the nation’s only hope, in light of the looming “tyranny” of the Obama administration, is “a military takeover – martial law.” ( continue to full post… )

Klayman Suggests Obama Should ‘Come Out With Your Hands Up’

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda by Mark Potok on September 18, 2013 - 11:48 am

Larry Klayman, the addled former Justice Department prosecutor who specializes in filing ridiculous lawsuits against his political enemies, has taken his hatred of “the half-Muslim, anti-white, socialist fraud in the White House” one step further.

After “indicting” President Obama in one of his completely bogus “citizens’ grand juries” in May, Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch who now heads another extreme-right outfit called Freedom Watch, this week suggested that he will bring “millions” of Americans to Washington in November who “may think about chanting: ‘Mr. President (to use the term loosely), put the Quran down, get up off your knees and come out with your hands up!’” ( continue to full post… )

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… )