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Hatewatch Headlines – 4/2/14

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:04am
ABC-6 News (Columbus): Controversial ‘Jesus is Muslim’ billboards stir outrage among Ohio evangelicals. Crooks and Liars: Ginni Thomas and Lila Rose discuss the ‘tyrant in the White House’ who wants to impose secular government. Tennessean: ‘Republican’ gathering featuring author of ‘Sharia: The Threat to America’ objects to being labeled ‘anti-Islam’. Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson […]

Man Who Asked White Supremacist to Kill Judge Gets 60 Years

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 3:09pm
A career criminal who plotted to kill a prosecutor and attempted to hire a white supremacist to kill a federal judge in Florida was sentenced Monday to 60 years in prison. Robert Eugene Spiker, 45, previously convicted of rape and robbery, offered to recruit for a white supremacist gang and be its “enforcer” if one […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 4/1/14

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:15am
Media Matters: Fox News uses misleading material from anti-immigrant hate group CIS to stoke fears of violent undocumented immigrants. Right Wing Watch: Gordon Klingenschmitt – whose ministry has been designated an anti-LGBT hate group – poised to win GOP nomination for Colorado legislative seat. Breitbart Unmasked: ‘Christian militia’ leader Everett Wilhelmsen tries networking in his […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/31/14

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 6:02am
Post and Courier: Despite protest by hundreds, College of Charleston leaders stand by Glenn McConnell hiring. Right Wing Watch: CIS’s Steinlight tells audience that immigration reform is a ‘psychotic’ plot against America that will kill the Constitution. ADL: New Black Panther Party summit attracts support from academics, diplomats. Tennesseean: ‘Republican’ label on anti-Islam Tea Party […]

FBI Smashes Alleged Radical-Right Terror Plot in Texas

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:14pm
FBI agents in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly was plotting to use C-4 explosives and weapons to kill police officers, rob banks and armored cars, and blow up government buildings and mosques, authorities announced today. Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested Thursday on federal charges of attempted interference with […]

‘Sovereign Citizen’ With History of Bogus Lawsuits Shot Dead by Ohio Deputies

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:46am
An armed, 65-year-old, self-described “sovereign citizen” was fatally shot in the head this week during what’s being described as a gunfight with local sheriff’s deputies in a suburb of Cleveland. Israel Rondon’s death came after a 5-year legal battle he waged in a fruitless attempt to convince various courts of his belief that government agencies […]

Glenn McConnell Appeared on White Nationalist Radio Show, ‘Political Cesspool,’ in 2007

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 8:07am
Yesterday, we explored the neo-Confederate record of South Carolina Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, who was recently selected to be the next president of the College of Charleston. As I noted, McConnell has made promotion of Confederate history and culture a hallmark of his three decades in public office. That helps explain how, in 2007, then-State Sen. McConnell came to […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/28/14

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 6:15am
Good As You: In which the Examiner’s Paul Bedard manufactures yet another fake anti-LGBT meme. Raw Story: Loyal White Knights’ recruitment drive roils small Texas town. Talking Points Memo: Republican drops out of race for Colorado House of Representatives after old white supremacist ties come to light. Liberaland: University of Alabama sororities win the right […]

College of Charleston Taps Neo-Confederate Glenn McConnell for Top Spot

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 3:26pm
Glenn McConnell was selected last Saturday to be the next president of the College of Charleston. McConnell is South Carolina’s current Lieutenant Governor and a veteran of the South Carolina State Senate, where he served from 1981 until 2012. He’s also an avid Civil War reenactor, an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans […]

Judge Finds Georgia Militia Leader Guilty of Murdering Pregnant Wife

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 1:28pm
The leader of a secret, murderous militia group, already serving life in prison for murder, today was found guilty in an Army court of the earlier murder of his wife and their unborn child. Immediately after finding U.S. Army Private Isaac Aguigui guilty of the murder of his pregnant wife, the military judge who heard […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/27/14

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:27am
NewsOne: Virginia KKK leader Frank Ancona repeats familiar refrain: White-supremacy groups are Christian, ‘not about hate.’ Talking Points Memo: Counter-event planned to protest Minnesota restaurant’s Nazi-themed MLK Day dinner. Mother Jones: Redskins owner starts up Native American charity, thereby absolving self of racism. Right Wing Watch: Pat Robertson reminisces about the good ol’ days when […]

Traditionalist Youth Network Takes on ‘Culture Distorters’ in Marriage Equality Debate

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:34pm
In an amicus brief filed yesterday in federal court in Michigan, the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) –– a student organization concerned with promoting white identity –– has taken up the mantle of defending the “sanctity of marriage” against “Culture distorters” who seek to reject “originalism.” The brief was filed in the case of April DeBoer, […]

‘Patriot’ Leader Among Apparent Victims of Washington Mudslide

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 2:10pm
Among the dozens of apparent victims in Saturday’s tragic mudslide near rural Oso, Wash. – the current official death toll is 16, with over 100 people still missing and unaccounted for – was a man familiar to reporters who covered Snohomish County politics in the 1990s: Thom Satterlee. Satterlee, 65, and his wife, Marcy, 61, […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/26/14

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 6:12am
TPM Muckraker: Newly appointed president of Charleston College still shadowed by his own neo-Confederate history. Right Wing Watch: Scott Lively lays out his conspiracist worldview in interview, featuring gays using Marxist/Freemason plot to install New World Order. Media Matters: National Review article calls it ‘common sense’ that black students are more disruptive than whites. Star-Telegram […]

Long-Running Conspiracist Fears Still Fuel Anti-Wolf Sentiments in Mountain States

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:31pm
To say that there is deep local antipathy to federal wolf recovery efforts in many of the Mountain West states where biologists are attempting to revive the endangered species would be an understatement. Sentiment against the big canine predators in places like Idaho and Montana, especially among cattlemen, often borders on sheer rage. That has […]

Racist FLDS Sect Hit With Multimillion Award in Arizona

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:54pm
A jury in Phoenix has returned a record $5.2 million award, concluding that two cities in Utah and Arizona controlled by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) engaged in a pattern of religious discrimination and intimidation. The jury award went to Ronald and Jinjer Cooke, who brought a federal civil rights […]

World Congress of Families Suspends Russia Conference

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:51pm
The anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) was scheduled to hold its 2014 gathering this September in Moscow, with the opening session slated to take place in the Kremlin. WCF announced a change in those plans today in a press release, stating that planning for the meeting “has been suspended for the time […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/25/14

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 6:09am
ThinkProgress: Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s top Latino fundraiser leaves campaign after staff reportedly made racist jokes. Opposing Views: Oklahoma lawmaker warns that homosexuals are a bigger threat than terrorism. Right Wing Watch: Scott Lively now boycotts Chick-Fil-A because it has backed away from previous anti-gay-marriage stance. Wall Street Journal: Pro-Obamacare bumper sticker pokes fun at […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/24/14

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:15am
IREHR: The overwhelming whiteness of CPAC is downright blinding – especially when it comes to nativists and white nationalists. Mother Jones: A flashback to N.H. senatorial candidate Bob Smith’s 1994 gay-bashing diatribe. Talking Points Memo: Westboro Baptist church greeted with protesters’ sign: ‘Sorry For Your Loss’. Salt Lake Tribune: Non-FLDS family wins lawsuit against FLDS-run […]

Hate-Filled Rant Leaves Longtime Catholic ‘Traditionalist’ Isolated

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 1:56pm
It only took a brief rant to wreck Austin Ruse’s budding career as a “traditionalist” Catholic pundit. Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), an anti-LGBT hate group that lobbies at the United Nations, was on American Family Radio (AFR) last week when he said that the “hard left, human-hating people […]
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