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Hatewatch Headlines 5/19/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 19, 2015 - 8:43 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: How a little Mississippi town on the Gulf Coast got caught up in the Jade Helm takeover paranoia.

Right Wing Watch: AFA’s Bryan Fischer says he believes ‘we are going to have violence’ if Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage.

Patch (Westwood-Hillsdale, N.J.): Alleged white-supremacist club, accompanied by swastikas and slurs, raises concerns at high school.

Huffington Post: Rush Limbaugh tells businesses to blame anti-LGBT bigotry on Muslims.

Rapid City Journal (SD): Secretive FLDS sect reduces local water request for its fenced, guarded compound.

Associated Press: Idaho lawmakers’ bizarre ‘Sharia law’ paranoia may endanger U.N.-negotiated international treaty on child-support payments.

NARTH Institute Affiliate Addresses Anti-LGBT Audience in Dublin

By Hatewatch Staff on May 18, 2015 - 2:15 pm, Posted in Anti-LGBT

With a referendum that will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland scheduled later this week, anti-LGBT forces have been hard at work spreading all manner of conspiracy theories and junk science to sway public opinion.

Last week, anti-LGBT Dutch psychologist Gerard van den Aardweg, who has ties to the U.S.-based National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality (NARTH), addressed an event in Dublin, Ireland to encourage people to vote “no” on same-sex marriage.

The event was organized by the Irish anti-LGBT group, Catholic Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage (ADFAM), which garnered press in February for distributing leaflets that included numerous false claims about homosexuality, including that it causes cancer, that LGBT people are promiscuous and that same-sex couples “don’t even live together.”

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Former Congressional Candidate Pleads in Plot to Murder Muslims

By Don Terry on May 18, 2015 - 1:24 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim, Domestic Terrorism

A group of Muslim school children in upstate New York has a heartbreaking question for a Tennessee man they have never met, but who haunts their dreams.

In big letters on a large banner, they ask, “Why Do You Want To Kill Us Robert Doggart?”

Doggart, an allegedly ordained Christian minister who came in third last year in a Tennessee congressional race, is awaiting sentencing in federal court after recently pleading guilty in a plot to destroy with fire and guns the small Muslim community where the children live, worship and attend school.

Courtesy The Muslims of America Inc.

Courtesy The Muslims of America Inc.

When the 63-year-old wannabe Tennessee terrorist was arrested by FBI agents in his home state this spring, he was trying to recruit via cellphone and Facebook a militia of “patriots” to attack the enclave of mostly African-American Muslims near Hancock, N.Y., known as “Islamberg.”

He planned to burn to the ground the mosque, school and cafeteria, according to a federal complaint. Anyone who fought back would be gunned down by Doggart and other snipers using M4 rifles or, as Doggart allegedly told a confidential informant, “we will cut them to shreds” with machetes.

For years, Islamberg has been dogged by radical-right conspiracy theories and claims, alleging that it is one of a string of secret jihadist training camps in the backwoods of America. There is at least one YouTube video making such a claim. According to one totally baseless rumor, Osama bin Laden went into hiding in Islamberg after the 9/11 attacks.

A local deputy sheriff in Delaware County told a radio show in January that he was “perplexed” about the Islamberg rumors, adding that he and other deputies had been on the property on a number of occasions and that “nothing that we have developed or had contact with has made us believe there is any credit to those videos.”

Doggart, according to the plea agreement, “justified his attack on Islamberg by claiming that the residents of Islamberg were planning a terrorist attack.” ( continue to full post… )

Hatewatch Headlines 5/18/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 18, 2015 - 8:46 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Chattanoogan: Former congressional candidate admits plotting armed militia attack, firebombing of Muslim community.

Raw Story: Prominent black attorney receives death threats after removing Confederate flags from Alabama city property.

News Miner (Fairbanks, AK): SPLC’s Mark Potok warns Alaska Bar Association that influence of extremists is growing.

Media Matters: On Hannity panel, guest claims Obama is ‘the reincarnation of Woodrow Wilson’ and his Klan-friendly policies.

KPNX-TV (Phoenix, AZ): Neighbors upset with Phoenix man who insists on flying white-supremacist ‘Creativity’ flag on front porch.

Fox News Radio: Rep. Steve King claims there’s no anti-Muslim discrimination in America.

Right Wing Watch: End-times fanatic who blamed California drought on gays addresses state GOP caucus meeting.

WNCN-TV (N.C.): Duke University professor stands behind his controversial comments on race in reply to NYT op-ed.

Houston Chronicle: Almost half of U.S. voters are concerned about the Jade Helm military exercise – but why?

Echoing Christian Identity, LOS Leader Prays For Special Place in Hell for Anti-Whites

By Ryan Lenz on May 15, 2015 - 3:07 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Neo-Confederate

Michael Hill’s fall from the ivory tower knows no depth. In a message on Friday to members of a private League of the South Facebook, the former Stillman College professor offered an odd sort of prayer.

“May Yahweh bring a dire earthly punishment on all those anti-White Whites who assist in any manner in the destruction of their own people and civilization. Such is treason to the created order,” Hill wrote in a private Facebook message that was leaked to Hatewatch. “Also, may Yahweh hold open a special place in hell for them.”

While the tone and tenor of the post may not be that surprising, given the steady fall of the League into more radical racist and antigovernment positions, it does shed some light on what may be the ideological underpinnings of what the League has become over the last several years.

A message from Michael Hill. (Source: Facebook.)

A message from Michael Hill. (Source: Facebook.)

Last year, Hatewatch reported the existence of a private paramilitary organization being formed within the League, as well as a shakeup of its leadership structure. We also learned that Hill had promoted Michael Tubbs, a former Green Beret and demolitions expert, to his chief of staff.

Michael Hill and Michael Tubbs

Michael Hill and Michael Tubbs

Tubbs isn’t just a proud southern nationalist, though. A former Klansman and Christian identity adherent, Tubbs is widely respected across the racist right. What’s more, his Identity ideas about the place of whites in the divine order of the universe seem to have rubbed off on the old man.

It wasn’t long after Tubbs was promoted that a different man emerged, at least in his online postings. Gone was the measured and mild college professor with certain ideas about Southern heritage and southern independence – a man who sometimes wore Confederate army uniforms to class. In his place stood an angry old man whose online postings echoed his staff and whose racist aggression flowed freely.

Just last month, writing about the riots in Baltimore, Hill chastised his fellow conservatives for tracing the source of the riots to politics and police brutality, poverty and privilege. Instead, Hill argued, the tragedy came down to one thing: “negro rule.”

“Negro rule is disastrous to civilization and dangerous to White lives and property,” Hill wrote on the League’s website on April 28. “That is why our White European civilization has been in the cross hairs of the Jew/Liberal gentile coalition. We have refused to believe their fairy tale about Negro equality.”

Such a sentiment is quite a departure from the rhetoric of the past.

And while Hill has embraced all manner of radical ideas, from prepping for war with the federal government to claiming slavery was divinely inspired, it’s something astonishingly different to see him pull back the genteel veil of southern manners and reveal what has always been at the heart of the League and increasingly at the front of hi own mind.

Hate … unfettered and unprovoked.

Neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Miller Fires Attorneys in Upcoming Capital Murder Trial

By Don Terry on May 15, 2015 - 9:45 am, Posted in Anti-Semitic, Extremist Crime
Frazier Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Miller.

Frazier Glenn Miller, the longtime neo-Nazi accused of killing three people last spring at two Jewish facilities in suburban Kansas City, fired his team of experienced lawyers during a testy status hearing in the case on Thursday.

Miller, who is 74 and in poor health, told the presiding Johnson County, Kan., District Court judge that he thought representing himself was “the only damn way” he would be allowed to say what he wanted during his upcoming capital murder trial, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

Miller, who suffers from chronic emphysema, was seated in a wheel chair with an oxygen tank at his side in court Thursday, as the judge cautioned Miller against representing himself in such a complicated proceeding.

“It’s my life and I’ll do as I please,” Miller said, according to The Kansas City Star. “The death penalty don’t bother me.”

After he has his say at the trial scheduled to begin Aug. 17, Miller told the judge, he “might climb up on the gurney and stick the needle in, myself.”

Miller is accused of gunning down William Corporon, 69, and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., on April 13, 2014. Corporon had taken his grandson to the center to audition for a singing contest. Minutes later, prosecutors say, Miller shot and killed Terri LaManno, 53, outside of the Village Shalom care center, where she had gone to visit her mother.

Miller has said he drove from his home in Aurora, Mo., to Overland Park with one goal in mind: killing Jews. He told The Kansas City Star last November that he was convinced he was dying and wanted to “make damned sure I killed some Jews or attacked the Jews before I died.”

None of the three people killed that Sunday in April was Jewish.

The status hearing began with the Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe telling the judge that Miller’s court-appointed lawyers had twice told prosecutors that the elderly white supremacist would plead guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table. The state declined both times, including the defense’s most recent offer on May 6, according to the Star. Moments later, Miller shouted that he was firing his attorneys and wished to represent himself. The judge, Kelly Ryan, called a recess to give Miller and his attorneys time to discuss the issue in private. When court resumed, Miller said he still wanted to represent himself.

Judge Ryan warned Miller that he would be held to the same standards and rules as a licensed attorney. He asked Miller if he thought he was competent to do so.

“My IQ is probably higher than yours,” Miller replied, according to the Star.

The judge asked Miller’s now fired attorney, Mark Manna, if he would remain in the case on a stand-by basis to assist Miller or if need be to take over again. Manna agreed to do so and the judge granted Miller’s request.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled on June 10.

It should be an interesting summer with Miller in charge of his own defense once his trial begins. According to the Star, Miller said one witness he intends to call is actor Mel Gibson.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/15/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 15, 2015 - 8:50 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

Talking Points Memo: Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes proclaims John McCain a traitor who should be ‘hung by the neck until dead.’

Right Wing Watch: Jade Helm and eight other paranoid takeover plots that keep right-wing extremists up at night.

KUSA-TV (Denver): Boulder man faces hate-crime charges for brutal assault on transgender person at bus stop.

CNN: Georgia principal fired after racist graduation remarks about black people leaving early.

Media Matters: Fox’s Andrea Tantaros claims there’s discrimination against white men, wonders where the groups defending them are.

Police Find Explosive Liquid in Home of Militia Author Kurt Saxon

By Bill Morlin on May 14, 2015 - 10:33 am, Posted in Antigovernment, Militias
Kurt Saxon.

Kurt Saxon.

It apparently came as no surprise to local police in the tiny community of Alpena, Ark., when they found explosive materials last week in the former home of Kurt Saxon, considered by some to be the father of modern antigovernment survivalists.

Saxon has been in a nursing home since suffering a stroke about three years ago, according to various reports. His former home recently sold and remodeling crews discovered the explosive material, Alpena Police Chief Mark S. Bailey told Hatewatch.

“There were explosive materials, but there wasn’t a bomb,” Baily said, describing the item removed as “liquid in a bottle.”

After the explosive material was discovered last Friday at his former residence, Alpena police evacuated neighbors within 300 feet. Two hours later, the liquid explosive material was safely taken to a quarry where bomb squad technicians used a small explosive device to destroy it last week, Bailey said. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Arkansas State Police, were involved, the Harrison Daily Times reported. Other “hazardous material” – described by the Alpena chief as “chemicals” – remain in the home and will be removed by specially equipped contractors, the Alpena chief told Hatewatch.

Born Donald Eugene Sisco, he changed his name to Kurt Saxon because he considered himself to be curt and a Saxon. He later moved from Eureka, Calif., to Arkansas and got into the publishing business in the 1970s after involvement in the American Nazi Party, the John Birch Society, the Minutemen and the Church of Scientology.

Saxon wrote and prospered from a series of books, including “The Poor Man’s James Bond,” that describe how to make homemade bombs, poisons, firearms and chemicals. His books, frequently sold at gun shows, became widely popular with survivalists, militia and assorted antigovernment “Patriots,” and reportedly made Saxon wealthy before he squandered his fortune.

His neighbors described Saxon, now 83 and in failing health, “as a good neighbor who occasionally blew up things,” the Harrison Daily Times reported.

“They were never big explosions,” the neighbors told the newspaper. “Saxon just wanted to see if his experiments worked,” claiming that “he never did anything that couldn’t be found by going to the library and looking it up.”

The Alpena police chief said he has had previous contacts with Saxon, but didn’t question him about the recent discovery of explosive material. There was one report that investigators went to the nursing home in an attempt to question Saxon, but he wasn’t arrested.

“We’re mindful of whom he is and what he’s capable of, but we’ve never really had any issues with him,” Bailey told Hatewatch. “To me, as a police officer, he was — I don’t know exactly how to say this — I guess he was polite enough but not overly excited about helping police.” The chief said he believed Saxon expressed an anti-police, antigovernment sentiment.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/14/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 14, 2015 - 9:09 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

NBC New York: Long Island Ku Klux Klan members take public stance, say their numbers are growing.

Right Wing Watch: Poll finds that one-third of Republicans believe President Obama wants to invade Texas under ‘Jade Helm’ pretext.

Raw Story: Pollster Frank Luntz touts woman who calls immigrants ‘rats and roaches’ onstage at South Carolina GOP event.

Salon: What a principal’s racist rant shows us about the state of American education.

Times-Picayune (New Orleans): Self-described ‘militiamen’ arrested for carrying rifles in firearm-free zone near LSU campus.

Media Matters: NRA debuts its 2016 conspiracy theory – now it’s Hillary who is coming for our guns.

Hatewatch Headlines 5/13/15

By Hatewatch Staff on May 13, 2015 - 8:57 am, Posted in Hatewatch Headlines

The Grio: FBI’s warning ten years ago that law enforcement agencies were being infiltrated by white supremacists went ignored.

Imagine 2050: Anti-Muslim group’s scary new website poses as a legitimate law enforcement tool.

Right Wing Watch: Richard Mack suggests states nullify federal income tax, hopes process will be ‘peaceful.’

Media Matters: Allen West says he was a victim of Sharia law at a Wal-Mart liquor aisle.

Wonkette: Holocaust denier David Cole thinks there should be Nuremburg-style trials for climate scientists.

Raw Story: South Dakota hospital fires nurses after racist anti-Indian video rant goes viral.

CNN: San Francisco officers’ arrests are under review as slur-filled racist texts are revealed.