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Chicago Man Charged in Hate Murder of Black Father

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 8:51am
A 59-year-old white man is scheduled to appear in court today in Chicago, charged with murder and a hate crime in the death this week of a black father who died trying to protect his teenage daughter from insult and injury. The white man, Joseph Firek, was arrested after getting into what turned out to […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/21/14

Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:08am
Capital-Journal (Topeka): Estranged family members were not permitted to meet with Fred Phelps as he lay dying. WATM-TV News: Florida men threatened with retaliation by KKK for civic involvement. Talking Points Memo: The man who organized that Nazi-themed party on MLK Day in Minneapolis has an SS tattoo. OnIslam: ABC Family’s announcement of new TV […]

Fred Phelps, Anti-LGBT Hatemonger Extraordinaire, Reportedly Dead

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 9:38am
Fred Phelps, America’s most rabid gay-basher and a man who drew almost universal contempt from the far right to the far left, has reportedly died at age 84. Timothy Phelps, one of his 13 children, told WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan., that the vitriol-spouting pastor of Westboro Baptist Church died before midnight Wednesday in a local […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/20/14

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 6:23am
USA Today: Victoria Jackson’s crackpot far-right values are really no laughing matter. The Bee: Sacramento jury convicts white supremacist in murder of black man during parking lot dispute. TPM Muckraker: Federal judge hands Republicans in Kansas, Arizona a big win in voting rights fight. ADL: In-depth report on homegrown Islamist extremism and domestic terrorism examines […]

Could Austin Ruse’s Violent Rhetoric Endanger C-FAM’s Status with the UN?

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:43pm
Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), an anti-LGBT hate group that lobbies at the United Nations, has had a bad week. First, Ruse garnered outrage last Wednesday when he stated on the air that the “hard left, human-hating people that run modern universities…should all be taken out and shot.” […]

‘Sovereign Citizen’ Gets 20 Years for Soliciting Murder of Federal Judge

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:48pm
A self-described “sovereign citizen” who was awaiting trial for filing fraudulent tax returns was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week in Texas for attempting to have the federal judge in his case assassinated. Phillip Monroe Ballard attempted to hire a hit man for $100,000 because he feared U.S. District Judge John McBryde would […]

Right-Wing Extremists in Montana File for Legislative Races as Democrats

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:41am
Democratic primary voters in some Montana legislative districts will see new and unfamiliar names on the ballot this year. That’s because at least eight Democratic candidates are actually far-right “constitutionalists” and Tea Party activists. One of them is the current Republican vice-chairman for Sanders County. Two of the others have turned out to be homeless. […]

Idaho Lawmakers Want to ‘Nullify’ EPA So Dredge Mining Operations Can ‘Get Back to Enjoying’ State

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 7:59am
Right-wing proponents of “nullification” – the idea that individual states can free themselves from the purview of federal laws by virtue of simply declaring themselves so – have largely focused on convincing state legislatures to pass bills “nullifying” federal gun laws, as in Missouri. Others have urged applying such statutes to the fight over same-sex […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/19/14

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 6:06am
Michigan Live: Shocking racist tweets follow high-school basketball victory by all-white team. GLAAD Blog: The next bigotry export target for American anti-gay activists: Peru. Raw Story: Aussie transplant at White Man’s March in Knoxville wants to know why bloggers support ‘white genocide’. Talking Points Memo: Louisiana public school district finds it can’t force Christianity upon […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/18/14

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 6:37am
Capital-Journal (Topeka):  Westboro Baptist board of elders excommunicates elderly church founder Fred Phelps for pleading for kindness within church. Rapid City Journal: South Dakota lawmaker says Klan-owned businesses should be able to turn away blacks and gays. Gawker: Fancy Minneapolis German restaurant serves up Nazi-themed dinner party for avid ‘war re-eneactment’ group. Salon.com: AFA’s Bryan […]

‘White Man’s March’ Events Draw Smattering of Participants, Loads of Derision

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 9:26am
Kyle Hunt had grand visions of thousands of white men coming out of the woodwork this weekend to stand up and defend their interests in a public march that would grab the nation’s attention. Like a lot of such plans, things didn’t exactly work out that way. Hunt, a 30-year-old former Google employee currently living […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/17/14

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 6:36am
Right Wing Watch: American Family Association cuts ties with ex-radio host Austin Ruse after he says left-wing academics ‘should be taken out and shot’. Star-Tribune (Casper): Newly minted Wyoming legislator stands by book he wrote 30 years ago declaring AIDS a ‘death sentence,’ smearing gays. Talking Points Memo: Fred Phelps, founder of rabidly anti-gay Westboro […]

Hardball with Chris Matthews Takes FRC’s Jerry Boykin to Task for Remarks about Obama, Muslims and Jews

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:27pm
Last night, Hardball with Chris Matthews reserved a spot on the “clown car” for Family Research Council Executive Vice President Jerry Boykin. The segment centered on audio that we recorded of Boykin speaking on a “hot mic” at a far-right conference. Boykin said that President Obama supports Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and sends […]

Not Your Grandfather’s League of the South

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:00pm
The League of the South (LOS) held another of its anti-immigrant rallies against “Southern demographic displacement” this past Saturday in Tallahassee, Fla. The event targeted Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for his support of “Third World immigration” and “amnesty.” Making his racist views perfectly clear, LOS head Michael Hill told a reporter, “I’m standing up for […]

Father Arrested in Murder of Lesbian Daughter and Partner

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:52am
A Houston, Texas, man arrested Thursday in connection with the killing of his 24-year-old lesbian daughter and her partner is a registered sex offender who was living with the women after being released from prison last October, Capt. Barry Cook of the Galveston County Sheriff’s office told Hatewatch today. The father, James Larry Cosby, did […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/14/14

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 8:31am
Huffington Post: Catholic Group Leader Calls For Liberal Academics To Be ‘Taken Out And Shot’ WPBF-TV: Florida city official under fire for ‘Heil, Hitler’ remark at board meeting Washburn Review: Guest lecturer Thomas Woods challenged over League of the South ties Houston Chronicle: Victim’s father held in slayings of 2 Texas women DiversityInc: ‘Racist Ragers’: […]

Hatewatch Headlines – 3/13/14

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 7:07am
Washington Post:  Anti-Muslim speakers still popular with law-enforcement officers for ‘terrorism’ training. East Valley Tribune: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s staff worked on anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill she eventually vetoed. Talking Points Memo: Right-wing pastor worries that Disney’s Frozen will secretly turn your kids gay. Huffington Post: Republican official in Michigan says gays should be expelled […]

‘Sovereign Citizens’ Sentenced in Georgia for Trying to Take Possession of Homes

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:45pm
A Georgia judge didn’t mince words when he sentenced two “sovereign citizens” who illegally attempted to use frivolous court filings and squatting to take possession of homes. Their actions “were nothing but thievery and burglary,” Cobb Superior Court Judge A. Gregory Poole told Susan Lorraine Weidman, 52, of Kennesaw, Ga., and co-defendant Matthew Lowery, 29, […]

Oregon Woman Pleads in 2011 White Supremacist Murder Spree

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:55am
A 27-year-old woman who joined her boyfriend in a 2011 murder spree to kill Jews and minorities has pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., in a deal that calls for her to spend the rest of her life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. Holly Ann Grigsby told Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty […]

Cross-Country ‘Cannonball Run’ Race Promoted By Sovereign Citizen Runs Out of Gas

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:48am
It sounded too good to be true, like something from a Burt-Reynolds-meets-Duke-of-Hazzard movie: A cross-country “Cannonball Run”-style road race, sponsored by a Southern “colonel” whose wealth comes from making copper moonshine stills, with a big $50,000 prize waiting at the end. And sure enough, as with most schemes cooked up by so-called “sovereign citizens,” it […]
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