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Richard Mack, Enemy of Federal Power, Now Attacking Same-Sex Marriage

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda by David Neiwert on January 7, 2014 - 12:18 pm
Photo by Gage SkidmorePhoto by Gage Skidmore

Richard Mack, the “constitutionalist” sheriff who has been one of the leading promoters of the concept of “nullification” of federal laws by state and county authorities in recent years, stepped into the battle over same-sex marriage in Utah this weekend. Mack headlined a gathering of like-minded law-enforcement officers and declared that it was time for an “uprising against gay marriage” after a series of federal court rulings opened the door to same-sex unions in the state.

“The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats,” he told the audience of about 200 people in suburban Highland on Saturday. The meeting was co-sponsored by Mack’s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and a local radio station. ( continue to full post… )

Black ‘Race Warrior’ Leaves DHS

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Anti-White, Extremist Propaganda by Don Terry on December 11, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Almost four months after Hatewatch broke the story about a black Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee operating a virulently racist website bashing gays and predicting a race war, Ayo Kimathi is no longer employed by the sprawling agency charged with protecting Americans from terrorism, a DHS spokesperson said late today.

The spokesperson said the last day at the agency for the man who called himself the “Irritated Genie” was Dec. 6. He had been on leave since shortly after Hatewatch’s first story on Aug. 21.

It’s unclear whether Kimathi was fired or quit. The spokesperson, Gillian M. Christensen, said privacy policies benefited her from providing any details about his departure. ( continue to full post… )

Peter LaBarbera Spreads Anti-LGBT Propaganda at Jamaican Conference

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda by Heidi Beirich on December 9, 2013 - 11:55 am

This past weekend, Peter LaBarbera, founder of the Naperville, Ill.-based anti-gay hate group Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), was in Jamaica pushing his extremist views. “Do not be like us, do not be like Britain, do not sit idly by as so-called ‘LGBT activists’ manipulate words and laws to achieve dominance in your country,” LaBarbera told a conference of Christian conservatives in the Caribbean country this weekend according to BuzzFeed.

LaBarbera spoke on Dec. 7 at a conference organized by the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Christian Lawyers’ Association in Kingston. These groups have lobbied against a possible repeal of a colonial-era law that bans same-sex intercourse, commonly referred to as the “buggery law.” ( continue to full post… )

They Came, They Saw, They Went Home Again

Posted in Antigovernment, Birther Extremism, Extremist Propaganda by Mark Potok on November 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Larry Klayman’s Reclaim America Coalition, which converged in a park across from the White House yesterday to begin a “second American Revolution,” didn’t succeed in getting the “tyrant evil fool” President Obama to “come out with his hands up” and agree to “leave town,” as he had promised.

Not even Klayman’s call for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), “the half-sober House speaker,” to return “to his tanning salon in Georgetown” was heeded.

But, drawn by a roster of almost 25 leading luminaries of the far, and sometimes completely nuts, right, the event did draw about 100 people, according to reporters who were there. Some people with the kinds of ideas that Klayman espouses might have been pleased with that turnout, but an optimistic Klayman had promised that at least 2 million would attend. That’s 20,000 times the number that actually did.

Rally organizer Larry Klayman in glasses at the podium.Rally organizer Larry Klayman in glasses at the podium. (Photo by Dan Chung)

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Larry Klayman and Friends to Give Obama ‘Last Chance’ on Nov. 19

Posted in Antigovernment, Birther Extremism, Extremist Propaganda by Leah Nelson on November 15, 2013 - 8:27 am

On Sept. 18, 2013, a “citizens grand jury” in Ocala, Fla., found President Barack Obama guilty of “defraud[ing] … the American people into electing an illegal person for the Office of President of the United States.”

In a verdict signed by local tea party activist and “Citizens’ Grand Jury Judge” Randal C. Fritz, the jury sentenced the president to 10 years imprisonment and demanded that he “forthwith surrender himself into the custody of the American people and the people of Florida.”

That didn’t happen. So on Oct. 13, self-declared “Citizens’ Prosecutor” Larry Klayman, who convened the so-called grand jury, appeared on the steps of Washington, D.C.’s World War II Memorial and called on a cheering crowd to “wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town … to put the Koran down and … come out with his hands up.” The date he set for Obama’s “last chance” was Nov. 19. ( continue to full post… )

Nuts and Fruits Department: Pamela Geller’s Puppy Bombs

Posted in Anti-Muslim, Extremist Propaganda by David Neiwert on November 12, 2013 - 11:13 am

One of the distinct qualities that often qualifies organizations for designation by the SPLC as hate groups is that they specialize in spinning degrading narratives about members of their target groups. And the really vicious haters often give away their game by unleashing the most heinous accusations imaginable — especially so when those accusations turn out to be based on completely false fairy tales.

Recently, far-right Islamophobes Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer demonstrated once again why their organization, Stop Islamization of America, has earned the SPLC’s “hate group” designation for several years running: According to a story heavily promoted by their organization, heartless Islamist radicals are now lighting puppies aflame and hurling them at their enemies. ( continue to full post… )

Discredited Anti-LGBT Researcher Addresses Russian Duma

Posted in Anti-LGBT, Extremist Propaganda by Evelyn Schlatter on October 29, 2013 - 12:27 pm

It was just a matter of time before Paul Cameron surfaced in Russia once again (he has made trips there in the past) to spread his toxic anti-LGBT propaganda. Buzzfeed reported yesterday that Cameron – who has been censured by several academic professional organizations for his shoddy research methods and extreme anti-LGBT animus – was apparently invited to address a Duma roundtable on “family values.” There, according to Buzzfeed, he falsely claimed, among other things, that a third of LGBT people support pedophilia.

We shouldn’t be surprised at statements like that from Cameron, who has been falsely linking LGBT people to pedophilia for decades and making other, even more bizarre claims. When addressing an audience in 2010 in Krakow, Poland, for example, Cameron claimed that LGBT people have sex with animals. He has also relied on urban mythology to claim that gay men insert gerbils into their rectums.

Buzzfeed posted, with translations, some of the tweets that Russian lawmaker Alexander Sidyakin made during Cameron’s talk. From the tweets, Sidyakin, who works closely with Russian President Vladimir Putin, appears to support Russia’s current anti-gay laws and the passage of even more. In one tweet, Sidyakin claimed Cameron’s statistics were “interesting” and, in another, bragged to a reporter that there was no need to include experts who disagree with Cameron, stating that “[w]e didn’t even invite a second point of view,” suggesting that the roundtable is attempting to increase support for more anti-gay laws in Russia. ( continue to full post… )

Pioneer Fund Assets Divided; New Leadership Appointed

Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Black, Extremist Propaganda by Heidi Beirich on October 22, 2013 - 11:43 am

In October 2012, Jean-Philippe Rushton, a Canadian psychology professor and probably the most important race scientist in North America, died of cancer. At the time of his death, Rushton was running the Pioneer Fund, a grant-making entity founded in the 1930s by Americans with Nazi sympathies. In recent decades, Pioneer has been the only major foundation devoted to subsidizing race science and eugenics research, areas of science that are now fully discredited.

Under Rushton, the Pioneer Fund gave out very few grants, concentrating its disbursements on prominent race scientists such as Jared Taylor of the white nationalist group, American Renaissance. Rushton also headed the Charles Darwin Research Institute, located in Port Huron, Mich., an online outfit that distributed his racist research. Rushton’s most infamous study concluded that brain and genital size were inversely related, suggesting that black people are less intelligent than whites and more highly sexualized. Sometime in the last year, the website for the Charles Darwin Research Institute went offline. ( continue to full post… )

Oath Keepers Pushing Oregonians to Resist Gov’t Concentration Camps

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda, Patriot Groups by David Neiwert on October 18, 2013 - 12:15 pm

A statewide organization of conspiracy-peddling Oath Keepers has been gaining traction in small-town Oregon by convincing a series of county-level officials that they need to speak out against the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act by passing official resolutions defending the constitutional rights of their citizens.

Among the concerns that these county officials cite is the alleged threat, raised by the Oath Keeper activists who promote these resolutions, that federal authorities are planning to round up American citizens and incarcerate them in concentration camps.


The resolution passed by the Klamath County board of commissioners on Sept. 24, for example, warned that “Whereas Klamath County is not a ‘battlefield’ subject to the ‘laws of war’,” the county commission was declaring that “it is unconstitutional, and therefore unlawful for any person to … arrest or capture any person in Klamath County, or citizen of Klamath County within the United States, with the intent of ‘detention under the law of war’ … or subject any person to targeted killing in Klamath County.” ( continue to full post… )

Arizona Lawmaker’s Call for Constitutional Sheriffs Has Radical Roots

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Propaganda, Patriot by David Neiwert on October 10, 2013 - 12:41 pm

An Arizona legislator recently made headlines by comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler as she decried the closures of national parks within her district, part of the ongoing federal shutdown. She posted the following on her Facebook page:


Barton later defended the Obama-Hitler comparison, telling the Arizona Capitol Times that she believes the president is “dictating beyond his authority,” citing gun-control legislation and Obamacare as examples: “It’s not just the death camps. [Hitler] started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people,” she said. ( continue to full post… )