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Evangelical Broadcasters to Drop Controversial Course, at Very Last Minute

Posted in Christian Right, Neo-Confederate by Don Terry on September 24, 2013 - 3:36 pm

A controversial course on the United States Constitution developed by a board member of the neo-Confederate, pro-secessionist League of the South (LOS) and aired by the influential National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is “to be removed” from the network, a spokesman for NRB told Hatewatch today.

“It is actually going to be going down,” the spokesman, Kenneth Chan, said of the 12-week course presented by the Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), which was co-founded by Maryland-based lawyer Michael Peroutka, the LOS board member who developed the course and teaches it on NRB.

But it’s unclear when the course will be removed from the NRB lineup. Only one session remains to be broadcast and is scheduled to air Thursday. Chan referred further inquirers on timing and on the impact of a pastor’s petition drive seeking to have the program removed to the president of the network, Troy Miller. ( continue to full post… )

League of the South Chapter in S.C. Gets New Boss – a Former Member of Neo-Nazi Group

Posted in Neo-Confederate, Neo-Nazi, White Supremacist by Keegan Hankes on September 18, 2013 - 2:32 pm

The South Carolina chapter of the League of the South has a new chairman, Michael Cushman, who comes complete with neo-Nazi ties for the neo-Confederate hate group.

This past weekend, the chapter’s board of directors voted to replace former Chairman Lourie A. Salley with Cushman, 36, of Aiken, S.C.

Cushman, who has been heavily involved in a new wave of LOS demonstrations against what the group calls “Southern demographic displacement,” hopes to buff up the group’s image. ( continue to full post… )

American Heritage Group Pushes Radical Theocratic Class on Constitution

Posted in Extremist Propaganda, Neo-Confederate by Don Terry on September 18, 2013 - 2:31 pm

If you didn’t know it already, this is Constitution Week across the country. Smack dab in the middle in Ohio, the Daniel Cooper chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) wanted to do something special this year to commemorate the 226-year-old document. But what? The group wasn’t exactly sure. “I haven’t read the Constitution since high school, many decades ago,” chapter head Betsey Taylor told Hatewatch.

Probably most Americans could make the same confession, so the women of the Daniel Cooper chapter decided to take a 12-week Constitution course and invite everyone in their Dayton, Ohio-area community — from teenagers to grandparents — to join them. But it isn’t the traditional civics-class version of the Constitution course they hope to share. The class Daniel Cooper has signed up for and is promoting is a highly controversial lecture series offered by the far-right Institute on the Constitution (IOTC). ( continue to full post… )

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award from Extremists During Rally Against Latino Immigrants

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Neo-Confederate, White Supremacist by Hatewatch Staff on August 27, 2013 - 1:37 pm
Police Chief Lewis Smith of Uvalda, Ga., accepts “Robert E. Lee Award of Duty” from League of the South President Michael Hill.

Flying the Georgia Secession flag and the Southern Nationalist Activism flag, about 50 demonstrators took to the streets of tiny Uvalda, Ga., this past Saturday to protest the presence of Latino immigrants who they blamed for “Southern demographic displacement.”

The rally, sponsored by the neo-Confederate League of the South, was notable for the lack of overt racism as the organizers, including a man who once belonged to a leading neo-Nazi organization, sought to present a mainstream, non-threatening image.

The demonstrators – who were subject to a strict dress code forbidding Civil War regalia, inflammatory belt buckles and hats, and requiring tucked-in, button-down shirts – smiled and waved to local traffic for several hours in the morning before continuing their protest in nearby Vidalia. ( continue to full post… )

League of the South to Protest “Southern Demographic Displacement”

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Neo-Confederate, White Supremacist by Heidi Beirich on August 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

The neo-Confederate group League of the South (LOS) will be holding a protest in Uvalda, Ga., this coming Saturday to protest the “Southern demographic displacement” allegedly caused by Latinos who have moved to the area. The rally is directed specifically at the town’s mayor, Paul Bridges, a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit that led to much of Georgia’s anti-immigrant law being struck down by the courts.

Slated to speak at the event, which has been supported by the town’s police chief, are several LOS members, a former neo-Nazi and a man once imprisoned for stealing weapons from the military that he planned to use in a race war. ( continue to full post… )

Despite Boss’ Support, Rand Paul’s Aide Quits Amid Criticism

Posted in Neo-Confederate, White Nationalism by Don Terry on July 22, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Miss Scarlett, the “Southern Avenger” has surrendered.

On Sunday, Jack Hunter, a close aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, announced he had resigned from the Kentucky Republican’s Washington staff after a storm of controversy erupted July 9 surrounding Hunter’s past neo-Confederate statements and views, such as toasting the birthday every year of President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

The resignation came despite Paul’s outspoken defense of his aide, in which the senator claimed that there was “no evidence” that Hunter had exhibited any bigoted beliefs or behavior. ( continue to full post… )

Rand Paul Aide’s Claims Regarding League of the South are Hogwash

Posted in Anti-Black, Neo-Confederate by Mark Potok on July 12, 2013 - 12:18 pm

In all the brouhaha surrounding Jack Hunter, the aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) exposed as a longtime neo-Confederate activist this week, Hunter’s past as the leader of the Charleston, S.C., chapter of the League of the South (LOS) hardly registered. After all, Hunter said when confronted by the Washington Free Beacon, when he was with the group in the 1990s, it was “explicit” in its rejection of racism.

Baloney. ( continue to full post… )

League of the South: No Longer Possible to Work With GOP

Posted in Neo-Confederate by Ryan Lenz on July 12, 2013 - 12:12 pm
Michael Hill. Profile avail at SPLC Intel. Files

Michael Hill, the increasingly militant head of the neo-Confederate League of the South, has reached a conclusion following the revelation this week that Jack Hunter, an aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has long harbored neo-Confederate beliefs: It may no longer be possible for the radical right to work within the confines of mainstream politics, or, specifically, the Republican Party. ( continue to full post… )

Aide to Sen. Rand Paul Exposed for Neo-Confederate Views

Posted in Neo-Confederate by Don Terry on July 9, 2013 - 5:09 pm

The “Southern Avenger” may sound like a comic book character, but he is no superhero fighting for truth, justice and the American way.

In fact, the man who calls himself the Southern Avenger is Jack Hunter, a close aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and for years a pro-secessionist, mask-wearing radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, The Washington Free Beacon reported today. ( continue to full post… )

SC Governor Names White Nationalist to Reelection Committee

Posted in Anti-Immigrant, Neo-Confederate, White Nationalism by Hatewatch Staff on May 22, 2013 - 2:52 pm

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants and just the third person of color to be elected governor of a Southern state.

So, one might think she would want nothing to do with racists and anti-immigrant extremists. Not so, apparently.

In anticipation of her 2014 re-election campaign, the Tea Party darling has put together a 164-member steering committee comprising folks from all 46 of her state’s counties. And on that list is one “Republican leader” and Tea Party activist named Roan Garcia-Quintana of Greenville.

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