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Southern Poverty Law Center: Wellspring of Manufactured Hate

By James Simpson, Organization Trends, October 2012 (PDF here)

Summary: The Southern Poverty Law Center began with an admirable purpose but long ago transformed into a machine for raising money and launching left-wing political attacks. Lately its become more of a threat to free speech and civil debate than a defender of the weak or a foe of violent extremism. It has also taken in millions from the Picower Foundation, whose own funds came largely from founder Jeffry Picowers investing in his old friend Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme.

On August 15, 2012, an angry gay rights activist named Floyd Corkins stormed the Family Research Councils Washington, D.C. headquarters and began shooting. Corkins shot a brave security guard in the arm, but the guard still managed to wrestle him to the ground before he could kill or injure others.

Corkins was carrying 50 bullets and two loaded magazines for his 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol; 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches; and the address of another potential target, the Traditional Values Coalition. Before initiating his shooting spree, Corkins reportedly said, I dont like your politics.

Reacting to the shooting, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated: Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations as hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy.

Origins Attorneys Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971. It bills itself as a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. People familiar with the SPLC may describe it differently. (For a previous CRC profile of the Center, see The Southern Poverty Law Center: A Twisted Definition of Hate, Organization Trends, November 2006.)

Early on it made a name for itself fighting genuinely extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and breaking down barriers of discrimination in the South. But today it is primarily a leftist attack machine. It devotes most of its sizeable resources to a systematic smear campaign against respected organizations and opinion leaders whose legitimate policy differences put them to the right of the SPLC.

For example, prior to the shooting, the SPLC identified the Family Research Council as an anti-gay extremist group, lumped together with groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and the New Black Panther Party.

Even liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who describes the Family Research Council as a mainstream conservative think tank, thought the SPLC went too far:

I disagree with the Family Research Councils views on gays and lesbians. But its absurd to put the group, as the law center does, in the same category as Aryan Nations, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Stormfront and the Westboro Baptist Church.

Following a speech at a New York college in 2009, a student asked former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) about a quotation attributed to him in a textbook. It said, illegal immigrants were coming to kill you and kill me and our families. Taken aback, Tancredo subsequently called the publisher to learn where the fake quotation had come from. The Southern Poverty Law Center, was the reply.

This is a familiar pattern. In 2007, SPLC labeled the Federation for American Immigration Reform a Hate Group as part of an effort to smear opponents of open borders and illegal immigration. In this effort, SPLC had no qualms associating itself with the National Council of La Raza (in Spanish, the Race), one of whose subordinate groups, the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, is notorious for the motto, For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada (For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing).

In a 2010 report detailing SPLCs efforts, Jerry Kammer of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote:

Rather than engage in a debate, La Raza and its allies have waged a campaign to have the other side shunned by the press, civil society, and elected officials. It is an effort to destroy the reputations of its targets. It also seeks to intimidate and coerce others into silence. It undermines basic principles of civil society and democratic discussion.

SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok doesnt mince words about illegal-immigration opponents: Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnTz2ylJo_8&feature=relmfu.)

The SPLC has an improbably named program titled Teaching Tolerance. Perhaps Mr. Potok should take the course.

In the Hate and Extremism section of the SPLC website, the group lists 1,274 Patriot Groups. This category includes nonviolent conservative organizations like the Oath Keepers, the Constitution Party, Tea Party Patriots, the Tenth Amendment Center, and Joseph Farahs WorldNetDaily.

In addition to fomenting hatred for groups with which it disagrees, the SPLC is the author of dangerous provocations. For example, in 1996 SPLC hyped a story that black churches were being torched at alarming rates in the South by white racists. As Michael Fumento wrote in the American Spectator at the time, this was soon proven to be false.

SPLC wildly exaggerates the number of groups genuinely associated with hate and violence as well. Laird Wilcox, an independent, non-conservative researcher found that of 800-plus hate groups over half them were either non-existent, existed in name only, or were inactive. (See http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc_20_3/tsc_20_3_vinson.shtml.)

Wilcox has his own extremist lists. One is called The Watchdogs organizations who monitor and combat the activities of their ideological opponents, including many organizations and individuals who have nothing to do with racism. SPLC tops the list. (See http://www.lairdwilcox.com/tool/order00-01.html#Left.)

A Morally Bankrupt Organization Founded by a Morally Bankrupt Man SPLCs co-founder, Morris Dees, has been harshly criticized by former SPLC employees, a former business partner, and many liberal critics. They see him as little more than a rank opportunist and the SPLCs chief purpose as raising money for SPLC coffers.

Though trained as a lawyer, Dees is best known for his fundraising ability. Raising $25 million for the George McGovern presidential campaign in 1972, his payment was the donor list, the gold mine that boosted SPLCs funding. A position with Jimmy Carters presidential campaign in 1976 added another sterling list. It paid off.

With over $238 million in net assets, the SPLC is one of the wealthiest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Despite this massive endowment, the Center devotes almost 20 percent of its $34.5 million operating expenses $6.5 million in 2011 to fundraising. This includes $1 million for fundraising services and $5.5 million in fundraising staff salaries and administrative expenses.

Meanwhile, the group spent only $11 million on its supposed primary mission: providing legal services to victims of civil rights injustices and hate crimes. The Center spent an astounding $12.5 million maintaining, publishing, and promoting its hate list propaganda, including a program to educate children, according to its 2010 tax return.

SPLC received $36 million in contributions in 2011. Excess contributions and investment income allowed the Center to boost assets by $9.4 million. Its 2010 tax return shows the SPLC realized a net gain of $28.8 million, following a similar net gain in 2009 of almost $30 millionroughly equivalent to its entire operating budget! Why fundraise at all?

Each year the SPLC is able to add tens of millions of dollars to its endowment. Despite being a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, supposedly with nothing to hide, some of SPLCs assets are squirreled away in untraceable Bermuda and Cayman Island accounts. Why?

SPLCs leaders are among the highest paid in the nonprofit field. As Chief Trial Counsel, Morris Dees receives $343,676. Richard Cohen, the Centers president, is paid $339,764.

SPLC boasts many high-dollar donors. The top 10 for recent years are: Picower Foundation ($3,813,112, 1999 2008); Cisco Systems Foundation ($1,620,000, 2001 2004); Grousbeck Family Foundation ($1,600,000, 2007 2011); Grove Foundation ( $875,000, 2001 2011); Rice Family Foundation ($535,000 , 1999 2010); Rockefeller Philanthropy ($510,000, 2008 2010); Unbound Philanthropy ($500,000, 2006 2010); Public Welfare Foundation ($500,000, 2008 2010); Vanguard Charitable Endowment ($469,120, 2006 2011); Rocking Moon Foundation ($350,000, 2006 2010); and the Jewish Community Fund ($347,274, 1999 2010).

Space constraints prevent inclusion of the many more foundations and small family funds that regularly contribute $10,000 to $25,000 per year. Do these donors realize they are merely contributing to a quarter-billion-dollar investment fund?

SPLCs biggest benefactor, the Picower Foundation, made the most of its money from the Bernie Madoff scam. Founder Jeffry Picower, who was friends with Madoff for 30 years, profited by $5 billion from his investments with his friend, an amount larger than Madoff personally earned. Picower died in 2009, but as ProPublica.org reported December 27, 2010, federal prosecutors and the trustee charged with recovering money for Madoffs victims took Picowers estate to court. The estate agreed to a settlement of $7.2 billion to compensate victims of Madoffs Ponzi scheme. Federal prosecutors apparently thought Picower, an accountant, should have questioned returns on investment that ranged up to 950 percent. The Picower Foundation has closed its doors, but will the SPLC refund any of its ill-gotten gains?

Dees first business partner was Millard Fuller, who later went on to found Habitat for Humanity. In an article in The Progressive, he described their relationship:

Morris and I, from the first day of our partnership, shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich. During the eight years we worked together, we never wavered in that resolve. (See http://www.secondclassjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Egerton-Poverty-Palace-July-1988.pdf.)

Many of Deess most virulent critics are on the Left. Nation magazines Alexander Cockburn wrote a scathing article in 2009, King of the Hate Business. Recent Republican electoral losses, Cockburn wrote, were

horrible news for people who raise money and make money selling the notion theres a right resurgence out there in the hinterland with massed legions of haters, ready to march down Main Street draped in Klan robes, a copy of Mein Kampf tucked under one arm and a Bible under the other. What is the arch-salesman of hate mongering, Mr. Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, going to do now? Ever since 1971, U.S. Postal Service mailbags have bulged with his fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of hate-sodden America, in dire need of legal confrontation by the SPLC. (See http://www.creators.com/opinion/alexander-cockburn/king-of-the-hate-business.html.)

Harpers published a similarly critical analysis of the SPLC titled, The Church of Morris Dees:

Today, the SPLC spends most of its timeand moneyon a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate. Hes the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement, renowned anti-death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer (not Deess business partner, ed.) says of Dees, his former associate, though I dont mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye.

Harpers also published a letter from Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, to the University of Alabama, declining an invitation to a Morris Dees Justice Award presentation. Bright called Dees a con man and fraud, and added:

The positive contributions Dees has made to justicemost undertaken based upon calculations as to their publicity and fundraising potentialare far overshadowed by what Harpers described as his flagrantly misleading solicitations for money. He has raised millions upon millions of dollars with various schemes, never mentioning that he does not need the money because he has $175 million and two poverty palace buildings in Montgomery. He has taken advantage of naive, well-meaning peoplesome of moderate or low incomeswho believe his pitches and give to his $175-million operation. He has spent most of what they have sent him to raise still more millions, pay high salaries, and promote himself. (See http://www.thesocialcontract.com/answering_our_critics/art2000nov.html.)

The Fairfax (Virginia) Journal counseled federal employees to forego contributions to the SPLC in the Combined Federal Campaign:

give your hard-earned dollars to a real charity, not a bunch of slick, parasitic hucksters who live high on the hog by raising money on behalf of needy people who never see a dime of it. (MDJonline.com, Sept. 30, 2011.)

SPLCs first president was Julian Bond, a socialist who has supported and participated in socialist, communist, and other radical leftist organizations and activities his entire life. As a rising star in the Left he received the early endorsement and support of the Communist Party USA, and he assisted, endorsed, and campaigned for radical causes and politicians, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

In the 1960s Bond was elected to the Georgia legislature three times, but each time the legislature refused to seat him because of his agitation against the Vietnam War. Bond called on the communist lawyer Leonard Boudin to represent him. Boudins other clients included the government of Fidel Castro, Soviet agent of influence Paul Robeson, and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg. Boudins daughter, Kathie, was a Weather Underground terrorist, who served 25 years for her participation in the 1981 Brinks robbery that left two policemen and one Brinks guard dead.

Along with radical activists such as Ella Baker, Bond co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. SNCC was later led by black separatists Stokeley Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, who openly advocated guerrilla warfare in U.S. cities. In 1967 Bond served as co-chair of the National Conference for New Politics (NCNP), described by the late Sen. James Eastland as a group working hand-in-glove with the Communist Party to foment revolution in the United States.

Bonds most significant contact as co-chair of the NCNP was fellow NCNP member Herbert Marcuse. A Marxist who fled Nazi Germany in 1933, Marcuse ultimately took up residence in a number of American universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Brandeis, and the University of California, San Diego, where he mentored the black communist, Angela Davis. Bond and Marcuse helped found the radical journal In These Times.

Bond visited Castros Cuba in 1959 and wasenchanted by the revolution. Following a repeat visit in 2006 he said that it simply reinforced my admiration for the Cuban people and the society they are building. (See http://www.medicc.org/cubahealthreports/chr-article.php?&a=1027.) Bond remains on SPLCs board to this day.

SPLCs board of directors also includes James Rucker, who co-founded Color of Change in 2005 with self-described communist Van Jones. Before that, Rucker was grassroots organizing director at the Soros-funded activist group MoveOn.

Another board member, Patricia Clark, spent time as National Criminal Justice Representative of the American Friends Service Committee. This nominally Quaker organization was created by socialist Quakers in 1917 and began colluding with Communists in the 1920s, when it worked with Soviet agents Jessica Smith, Harold Ware, and John Abt. (See http://keywiki.org/index.php/American_Friends_Service_Committee.)

Gabrielle Lyon, an SPLC research fellow, has spoken glowingly of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Ayers is famous for his Weather Underground years and has yet to be tried, along with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, for the murder of San Francisco police Sgt. Brian McDonnell in 1970. Larry Grathwohl, the only FBI informant to ever successfully penetrate the Weathermen, has testified under oath that Ayers told him of their complicity in the bombing that killed McDonnell. This case is still open. (See http://www.usasurvival.org/docs/Grathwohl_names_Dohrn.pdf.)

More recently, an editorial written by SPLCs Mark Potok was published in the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples World. Potok claimed the editorial was free for publication anywhere, and he didnt control where it appeared. When the Daily Caller news website asked Potok last year if he objected to the Communist Party newspaper printing his piece, he refused comment. Potok did say, however, that the SPLC uses an organization called OtherWords to place SPLCs op-eds in other journals. OtherWords is a nonprofit editorial service of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), one of the most influential far-left organizations in the United States. (IPS was profiled in the February 2011 Foundation Watch.)

King of Sophistry Radical leftists are extremely adept at the use of language and propaganda. They have to be. An ideology that has brought more hardship, misery, and death over the last century than all the wars of history combined always needs image makeovers. The Soviet Unions first leader, Vladimir Lenin, explained, We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.

The entire leftist movement has adopted this technique. Thus, any person who opposes illegal immigration becomes a xenophobe. Any person who cites the devastating adverse impacts of anti-poverty programs is selfish or worse. Any person who opposes affirmative action is a racist. Anyone who opposes ever-increasing taxes must be greedy.

Straw man arguments, misinformation, and other forms of sophistry, coupled with vitriolic smears of opponents can easily intimidate average citizens, who havent the time or inclination to look deeper and are naturally anxious about being tarred with the same brush. With sufficient media promotion, this fraudulent narrative becomes accepted as the truth, even chic. Most people want to be seen as siding with the good guys.

Critics are isolated and polarized, and despite the Lefts phony characterization of a deep-pocketed Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the Lefts critics are usually independent voices of little or no means, not necessarily even conservative, with scant resources to defend themselves against defamation campaigns and frivolous lawsuits, which are favored tactics of the well-heeled SPLC and other leftist groups. Far-left agitator Neal Rauhauser even admitted as much when he advocated for a policy of lawfare against political opponents:

Were dealing with people who have likely had no interaction with the court system beyond a traffic ticket; the potential for a pro se litigant to force them into expensive, long distance, lengthy, discovery laden litigation doesnt seem to cross their minds. The reality of travel, or frightful expenses, or summary judgments needs to be made real. We probably need to make a very visible example of at least one of them before the rest understand. (See http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/middle-class-guy/2012/jun/28/who-neal-rauhauser/.)

Cultural Marxism and Hate Crimes This kind of sophistry also has roots in the teachings of Julian Bonds friend and leftist icon Herbert Marcuse. He was an influential member of the Marxist Institute for Social Research that was founded in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923 and modeled after Moscows Marx-Engels Institute. It came to be known simply as the Frankfurt School. Marcuse and other scholars affiliated with the Institute reestablished it in the U.S. following their exodus from Germany, and developed philosophical studies specifically dedicated to subverting American culture.

Marcuse was often called the Father of the New Left, and he helped pioneer the ideas of political correctness and hate crimes. In a 1965 tract called Repressive Tolerance, Marcuse declared:

This essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed.

As he explained, the way to fix the repressive tolerance that Americans suffer because of the First Amendment is to suppress all voices except those from the Left:

Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. Not equal but more representation of the Left would be equalization of the prevailing inequality.

Today you can see this tactic in operation every day when left-wing professors, journalists, and politicians ridicule, misrepresent, ignore, or threaten anyone they disagree with. The Southern Poverty Law Center assists in this effort.

Even more ominously, but in line with Marcuses call to arms, the SPLC is a consultant to both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, and the latter has labeled conservatives potential domestic terrorists. The SPLC has not been identifying enemies of America. It has been identifying enemies of the Left.

Some of the people and groups on the SPLCs hate lists genuinely do express hatred and bigotry, like Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the KKK, Nazi parties, and the like. But mixed in are many well known, widely respected individuals and groups who have taken principled positions on matters of national importance. Their only sin is their outspoken opposition to the Lefts radical designs.

By cataloging the statements and writings of individuals and groups with whom they disagree, the SPLC is also creating a paper trail to use if and when hate crimes laws are strengthened sufficiently to provide pretexts for lawsuits or other legal action. This is a not-so-subtle threat. That sort of attack has begun to happen in Canada, Britain, and Sweden.

The SPLCs interaction with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI carries another threat. By deliberately mischaracterizing conservatives and tea partiers as extremists, the SPLC implies they have a potential for violence and thus offers a justification for the government to keep tabs on these potential domestic terrorists.

The Left, on the other hand, has a firmly established record of militancy, violence, and treasonous, unscrupulous and disgusting anti-social behavior. Occupy Wall Street, for example, is an anti-social, violent movement of the extreme Left. The Black Bloc is a violent organization of the extreme Left, and the FBI recently conducted raids on suspected Black Bloc members.

Why have we heard nothing about it from the SPLC? Are these genuine domestic terrorists on the groups Hate Map? No, nor is Adbusters, an anti-consumerist magazine that hatched Occupy Wall Street and that has expressed support for the Black Bloc. (For more on the organization behind the magazine, the Adbusters Media Foundation, see the profile in Foundation Watch, January 2012.)

What about the blatantly terrorist Jumaat al-Fuqra and its 35 U.S.-based terrorist training camps? Crickets from the SPLC. (See http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/01/35-jamaat-al-fuqra-terror-training-camps-still-operating-in-the-us.html.) The same is true for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Why are none of these groups listed in the SPLCs Intelligence files? What about the Communist Party? What about union thugs like AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, implicated in murder, or United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard, who exhorted Occupy Wall Street to more militancy? All prone to violence, and they proudly say so!

Despite a mountainous record of violence from left-wing individuals and groups, there have never been any left-wing groups identified on the SPLCs hate groups list.

Come to think of it, why isnt the SPLC listed?

After a bombing attempt on May Day this year by five Occupy Cleveland activists was thwarted, a reporter for National Review asked the SPLC if it planned to put Occupy Wall Street on its hate group list? SPLCs stunning answer: Were not really set up to cover the extreme Left.

Conclusion The Southern Poverty Law Center is a wealthy, well-connected, organized attack machine of the extreme political Left. It shares strategies, goals, and tactics with other similar organizations and colludes with them in campaigns of defamation, disinformation and legal threats to silence and/or criminalize political opponents.

The SPLC has unjustifiably secured itself a position of influence within our government and society. Its very presence threatens our freedoms and First Amendment rights. It abuses our system of justice, while hiding behind a Constitution for which it has little respect.

James Simpson is an economist, businessman, and freelance writer. His writings have been published in Accuracy in Media, American Thinker, Big Government, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, FrontPage Magazine, and elsewhere.

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Nationwide Manhunt Underway for Antigovernment Fugitive – Southern Poverty Law Center

Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, of Janesville, Wisconsin, currently is wanted for arson and burglary, but authorities make it clear that their biggest fear is that he may be planning an act of domestic terrorism.

The events of the past six days suggest a scenario of a classic lone-wolf who singlehandedly carries out antigovernment actions to fulfill his perceived agenda. His rambling manifesto makes references to churches and religious organizations, schools and officials at all levels of government.

Authorities say Jakubowski likely is armed with 16 high-end firearms, including assault-style rifles, that he is believed to have stolen on April 4 from Armageddon Supplies in his hometown. His torched station wagon was discovered a short distance awaythe last hint of the fugitive.

That same day, with a friend operating a video camera, Jakubowski mailed his manifesto to Trump, listing a laundry list of rambling, antigovernment grievances directed at government officials at various levels.

The person recording the video, identified by authorities but not arrested, is heard saying, Its D Day. Today is the day. So remember this face.

A voice identified as that of Jakubowski then says, Revolution. Its time for change.

While a team of 150 local, state and federal police hunted for the fugitive over the weekend, concentrating efforts in Wisconsin, the manhunt spread nationwide with the FBI posting a $10,000 reward.

Police searched a dozen locations, including the suspects home in Janesville, but said they came up empty-handed.

Information we received [suggests] Jakubowski has become highly agitated by national politics recently, Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden told a weekend press conference in Janesville.

An associate told investigators that Jakubowski recently verbalized a plan to steal guns and use them to conduct and unspecified attack, the sheriff said. The associate said he had made unspecific threats toward schools.

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Alex Jones’ Defense of Trump Unleashes Obscene, Homophobic … – Southern Poverty Law Center

Alex Jones keeps saying he has nothing against gay people and thinks theyre wonderful. But then he keeps saying hateful and ultimately insane things about LGBT folk.

The most recent outburst came Wednesday, when Jones posted a video featuring the latest of his wildly obscene and homophobic rants directed at Rep. Adam Schiffthis time with a bug-eyed outburst worthy of Dr. Strangelove, urging President Trump to hit China with nuclear weapons pre-emptively and claiming: The United States is preparing to nuke China!

Continues homophobic rant against Rep. Schiff

The video, posted to Jones YouTube channel, features an increasingly unhinged disquisition warning that China planned to engage the U.S. in a nuclear showdownand then blaming liberals in Congress, particularly Rep. Schiff, for causing the problems:

JONES: This is what Communism delivers. This is what Venezuela delivers. This what all you people that want collectivism, and hate prosperity. Because youre socially envious, and hate the prosperity because it makes you feel bad. And now you nihilistically want to start World War III, you assholes. If I wasnt totally committed to stopping this, I would be getting out of the country with my family and getting to the Southern Hemisphere two years ago.

The worlds in the greatest danger ever, and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are lined up, showing weakness in the face of all this garbage. And thats why the Communist Chinese, the biggest mass murderers in history, dont respect us. Because the Democratic Party and snot-nosed people like the intel deputy head, Adam Schiff over there, are scumbags.

You think having all those fairies and pansies up there, little chicken-necks, running around attacking our president all day, makes us strong? It makes us look weak. It doesnt matter weve got ten to one nuclear weapons against China. Those crazy people have proven theyll go to war. Theyre completely psycho, like Kim Jong Un on power trips.

So if China keeps pushing, the only option is full commitment to hit China pre-emptively. Thats the only way to survive this nuclear and Trump knows it. And Russia has already been told they better stand down. The United States is preparing to nuke China! So get ready, assholes! You wanted it, youre gonna get it! Turn that off! Goddamn it!

Jones is no stranger to hysterical vitriol; during the 2016 campaign, he worked himself up into a red-faced frenzy making the bizarre claim that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were literally possessed by demons. But if recent broadcasts are anything to judge by, nothing gets Jones quite as agitated as potential political threats to President Trump, the object of Jones furiously ardent admiration.

Jones has been on a mission attacking Schiff, D-CA, recently, fueled primarily by the congressmans work as the Democrats leader on the House Intelligence Committees investigation of Donald Trumps campaign ties to Russia. In a March 29 interview with Trump adviser/operative Roger Stone, he unleashed a tide of vitriol unusual even by Jones standards, particularly for its unapologetic obscenity:

Angry about Russia accusations

STONE: What were hearing from the Democrats both in the House and Senate is red-baiting —

ALEX JONES: Thats on Drudge.

STONE: — fear-mongering — It is well beyond the point of recklessness, whether it is Adam Schiff who has maligned me or whether it is Senator Mark Warner or whether it is Senator John McCain. But let me tell you something, Alex, these guys are pussies. They talk a tough game. Were going to get Roger Stone in front of the committee. Gentlemen, ladies, I am ready, I am more than ready —

JONES: In fact, let me say this right now. Let me tell — Im not against gay people. OK. I love them, theyre great folks. But Schiff looks like the archetypal cocksucker with those little deer-in-the-headlight eyes and all his stuff. And theres something about this fairy, hopping around, bossing everybody around, trying to intimidate people like me and you, I want to tell Congressman Schiff and all the rest of them, Hey listen asshole, quit saying Roger and I — and Ive never used cussing in 22 years but the gloves are off — listen you son of a bitch, what the fucks your problem? You want to sit here and say that Im a goddamn, fucking Russian. You get in my face with that Ill beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You fucking goddamn fucker. Listen fuckhead, you have fucking crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn fucking head. Stop pushing your shit. Youre the people that have fucked this country over and gangraped the shit out of it and lost an election. So stop shooting your mouth off claiming Im the enemy. You got that you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand.

Im sorry, but Im done. You start calling me a foreign agent, those are fucking fighting words. Excuse me.

STONE: Yeah, I dont think I have ever been in a campaign in which we disparage the patriotism of our opponents. Now, Im not going to go there. But I think Adam Schiff has acted irresponsibly and I think he needs to be confronted with his exact words.

JONES: Hes sucking globalist dick.

Newsweek noted that some legal experts viewed Jones threat against Schiff as a potential violation of federal law prohibiting direct threats to elected federal officials. Rep. Schiff is married and has two daughters.

As with Joness declaimer at the outset of his rant saying he loves gay people, he has frequently claimed that, because he is a libertarian, he is ardently neutral on the issue of whether or not homosexuality is acceptable.

Meanwhile, out the other side of his mouth, Jones has blamed the gay community for the Orlando Pulse massacre in which 49 people, most of them LGBT, were killed and 53 wounded. (He first claimed the murders were a false flag event.) He has claimed the United Nations is space cult plotting to make our children gay, or more precisely, an asexual humanoid. He claims that toxins introduced to Americans diets have been responsible for turning children gay.

Jones, the nations most prolific conspiracy theorist, has been an ardent Trump supporter since the spring of 2016. One of his favorite theories before and after the election has revolved around his claims that liberals and the intelligence community are plotting to assassinate Trump.

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Complaint Alleges Southern Poverty Law Center Violated Non-Profit … – American Free Press

American Free Pressreaders will not be surprised to learn one ofAmericas leading hate-promoting groups, theSPLC, may be operating outside IRS rulesfor nonprofit organizations. This month, aformalcomplaint was filed with the IRS alleging flagrant electioneering by the SPLC in opposition to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz during the last election season. Will the SPLCfinally facethelong-overdue consequences itso deserves and be forced to rein in its hate-speech?

ByMark Anderson

The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a notoriously underhanded race-baiting organization that luridly labels anything counter to its extremist left-wing orthodoxy as far-right, hateful heresy. To the SPLC, theres a bigot under every bushel basket.

So its not necessarily surprising to hear another group allege, with pretty solid evidence, that the SPLC openly and repeatedly violated its non-profit tax status nearly 50 times during the 2016 presidential election cycle, participating in communication activities prohibited by the IRS in a flagrant, continued and intentional campaign targeting then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and other Republican candidates.

That strong allegation comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which on April 5 issued a news release announcing it has filed a formal legal complaint to the IRS based on allegations the SPLC has run afoul of the tax code.

A copy of the complaint can be viewed online at FAIRs website,FAIRUS.org.

The SPLC went way over the line in this last election. It publicly engaged in deep, deliberate, and unlawful participation during the 2016 presidential election cycle, flagrantly violating its non-profit tax status, FAIR President Dan Stein alleges. The IRS should investigate all of these instances, and take appropriate steps to either sanction [or] fine the SPLC, or remove its tax-exempt status as a public charity. We are allegingvia meticulously detailed documented evidencethat it repeatedly engaged in widespread, illegal electioneering in 2015 and 2016.

The IRS grants several classifications that provide organizations with tax-exempt status, provided that the organizations stick to strict public-service guidelines under charitable, educational, and similar classifications required by the law. (The SPLC purports to be both charitable and educational.)

Under the regulations, however, activities such as promoting or opposing certain political candidates for public office are absolutely not permissible communications for these types of privileged organizations. In other words, no electioneeringtaking positions in favor of, or against, any active candidate for public office, FAIRs news release added.

According to Stein, the SPLC, via its website, including the sites homepage, overtly [tried] to directly discredit Donald Trumps presidential campaign, repeatedly alleging that Trump was unworthy of voter support.

Stein added that the SPLC used its tried-and-true formula of opinion-based smears and innuendos . . . to engage in blatant political activity masquerading as teaching tolerance. FAIRs complaint to the IRS therefore reiterates that smearing by association is a primary SPLC technique.

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FAIR cited what it called flagrant examples of electioneering that appeared on two SPLC regular online reports, Hatewatch and The Intelligence Report, during the presidential primary and the general campaign:

IRS rules say organizations are not deemed educational if their principal function is the mere presentation of unsupported opinion, if they fail to provide a factual foundation for the viewpoint or position being advocated, or if they lack a full and fair exposition of the pertinent facts that permit[s] an individual or the public to form an independent opinion or conclusion.

Furthermore, organizations under the educational banner must be organized and continuously operated for instructing the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the public, FAIR explained, adding: The SPLC, however, made numerous sweeping, opinion-based statements about the current president during his 2016 campaign, accusing him of being embraced by right-wing extremists, helping drive mainstream interest to racist memes, and manufacturing a climate of fear which might ultimately lead to [hate-based] violence.

Mark Anderson is a longtime newsman now working as the roving editor for AFP. Email him at truthhound2@yahoo.com.

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Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBT hate group, filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania March 21 on behalf of a male student who claims his privacy was violated and he experienced sexual assault because a transgender student was in the boys locker room while he was, changing clothing. “Our laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex. But now some schools are bullying our children into giving up their rights even though, in this case, Pennsylvania law requires schools to have separate facilities on the basis of sex, says ADF legal counsel Kelly Fiedorek.

ADF, which has been working to further marginalize trans students in schools, filed the lawsuit with the Independence Law Center, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which is affiliated with the right-wing Pennsylvania Family Institute.

The Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBT hate group, is holding a Todd Starnes event called The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again in Washington, DC on April 5.

FRC is also launching its first-ever cruise, slated for Alaska July 29 – Aug. 5 aboard Holland Americas ms Eurodam. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at whats happening in Washington. Speakers include former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, FRC senior domestic policy advisor Ken Blackwell (and member of the Trump transition team), FRC executive vice-president and anti-Islam activist Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin and Fox News pundit Todd Starnes.

John Stemberger, attorney and president of the anti-LGBT and anti-choice group Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) was appointed to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) by Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran. He will serve 18 months. Florida is the only state that has this system, and the state constitution stipulates that every 20 years a CRC is convened to review the state constitution and propose changes that are then placed on the next election, which is 2018.

The FFPC is also hosting the two-day Flourish 2017 event in Ft. Lauderdale April 21 – 22.

Stemberger also serves on the board of Trail Life USA, an anti-LGBT alternative to the Boy Scouts that launched in 2014. On its original FAQs (web archive), it stated that Jewish churches and organizations are precluded from chartering Trail Life troops and Jewish adults would not be allowed to serve as leaders because they would be unable to sign the statement of faith (Christian), though Jewish youth are allowed to participate. Furthermore, the original site said, any boy who is part of or advocating for the Gay Movement was also excluded from participation, though boys struggling with homosexuality and who confided such to a leader could participate and Trail Life would help counsel him about same-sex attraction. The website no longer includes that language, and instead now says that Christian men and women can serve as leaders as long as they sign the statement of faith and abide by membership standards. The site no longer mentions homosexuality.

Mass Resistance, an anti-LGBT hate group, is holding a luncheon Sunday, Apr. 9 in Boxboro, Mass. It was originally scheduled as a banquet, but changed to a luncheon so that it was more convenient to attend and now has a lower price. The speaker is Paul Church, a medical doctor who lost his affiliation with Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Over the past decade, he had objected to Beth Israels LGBT Pride support; sent emails to hospital staff claiming that homosexuality is dangerous; and posted similar statements on the hospitals internal website. Church retains his affiliation with two other hospitals and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He also maintains a private practice.

Brian Camenker, president of Mass Resistance, will also be speaking.

Mass Resistance Texas appears to have just launched in February, headed by strident anti-LGBT (and self-proclaimed ex-gay) activist Robert Oscar Lopez, who is also teaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The group held an Action and Education meeting on Saturday, April 1 in Austin at Oak Meadow Baptist Church.

The Minnesota Child Protection League (MNCPL), an anti-LGBT groups based in Anoka, Minnesota, testified at a school board meeting March 20 against a trans-inclusive school policy in the Anoka Hennepin school district. The policy would allow students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identities. MNCPL called the policy a dangerous invasion of students personal privacy and also claimed that the policy requires students to adopt a gender fluid interpretation of sex to accept the idea that people actually are whatever they think themselves to be. According to MNCPL, forcing children to affirm what is not true is the greatest violation.

The testimony against the policy included letters from anti-LGBT hate groups Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom.

MNCPL formed in 2013 with veteran Minnesota Tea Party and anti-LGBT activists, including long-time anti-LGBT activist Barb Anderson (formerly of the now-defunct anti-LGBT hate group Parents [sic] Action League), to oppose the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which, according to Anderson, will usher in another sexual revolution, sexual anarchy, unrestricted sexuality to love whoever you wantpolyamoryand its going to force its acceptance on all of us.

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) launched a U.S. version of an anti-trans bus tour (theyre calling it the Free Speech Bus) along the East Coast the week of March 20, beginning at the UN in New York City to coincide with the annual Committee on the Status of Women meetings held every March. The bus was vandalized by unknown assailants and the driver was allegedly tackled but not hurt. Brian Brown, president of NOM, launched the bus tour with CitizenGO, a right-wing anti-LGBT and anti-choice advocacy group founded in Madrid, Spain by another anti-LGBT and anti-choice group, Hazte Or. CitizenGO works mostly through online petitions, and with anti-LGBT hate group the International Organization for the Family, of which Brown is president. He is also on the board of CitizenGO.

The bus was originally launched in Spain by Hazte Or, but activists, trade unions and the Madrid City Council united against it, and removed it from the roads.

Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), an anti-LGBT hate group based in Sacramento, sent a letter to a legislative committee opposing a California bill that would provide for LGBT anti-discrimination measures in long-term care and nursing facilities. Californias SB-219 attempts to establish an LGBT patients bill of rights in long-term care facilities, which includes such things as prohibiting staff of such facilities from denying admission to someone who is LGBT, restricting use of restrooms in accordance with a residents gender identity, and denying appropriate medical or nonmedical care. PJI claims the bill offers no religious exemptions and took exception to the stipulation that staff be required to refer to someone by preferred pronouns and names, calling it a crucial part of the bill (its actually listed as number six in section two), and claiming that some residents may require use of names such as Joseph Stalin. [I]f a poor soul suffers from delusions causing them to believe they are someone famous, PJI argues, as the Bill stands the staff would be required to call the individual Napoleon or whomever historical figure the resident is fixated on.

PJI has long opposed LGBT rights, and has been battling trans rights in recent years. PJI manufactured a story in 2013 about a Colorado trans student, claiming the student was harassing other female students in a girls restroom. The claims of harassment were completely false, and were based on complaints from one angry parent. The trans student was placed on suicide watch because of the tremendous negative attention brought to her as a result of PJIs claims.

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New Criminal Charges Filed Against Anti-abortion Activists – Southern Poverty Law Center

David R. Daleiden, 28, and Sandra S. Merritt, 63, were charged Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court with 14 felony counts of eavesdropping and secretly recording conversations with Planned Parenthood representatives and other abortion providers.

In a related development, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the secret video tapes show no evidence of criminal conduct, upholding a lower court, civil case ruling barring Daleiden and his fake company from further dissemination of the material.

The video recordings, widely criticized for deceptive editing, were released in mid-2015 by the Center for Medical Progress, founded by Daleiden, with ties to some of the hardest-line anti-abortion extremists and groups associated with clinic and provider violence.

The videos accused Planned Parenthood of illegally selling body parts from aborted fetuses, prompting death threats to some healthcare providers and calls to discontinue all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The issue crept into the 2016 presidential campaign.

The so-called fetus body parts videos also were believed responsible for an increase in violence and extremism, including arson fires that damaged or destroyed at least four Planned Parenthood clinics and a murderous rampage resulting in three deaths in November 2015 at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Charging documents filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra allege Daleiden and Merritt set up a fictitious medical research company, BioMax Procurement, and obtained phony drivers licenses to attend the National Abortion Federation 2014 conference in San Francisco.

At that conference and later restaurant meetings in Los Angeles and Pasadena with womens healthcare providers, the pair used secret recording devices to tape conversations with 14 individuals in violation of California law, the charges allege.

The right to privacy is a cornerstone of Californias Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society, Becerra said in a statement. We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations.

In January 2016, Daleiden and Merritt were charged in Texas by a grand jury initially empanelled to investigate whether a Planned Parenthood clinic had sold body parts of aborted fetuses. Instead, the jury panel indicted Merritt and Daleiden, but those charges later were dismissed for legal technicalities.

Merritt was represented in the Texas case by Liberty Counsel, an anti-abortion, anti-LGBT non-profit law firm headed by Mathew Mat Staver and his wife, Anita Staver.

Liberty Counsel also apparently also will defend her against the new criminal charges in California, although a notice of appearance hasnt yet been filed.

The California Attorney General has overstepped the law by bringing these baseless charges, Staver said today in a statement. Ideology should not trump the law, but I am afraid that is what happened in the states charges. Our client did not violate any law.

The federal appeals court ruling in the civil case affirms the issuance of a preliminary injunction obtained by the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Importantly, the ruling also says the video tapes show no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.

Given the district courts finding, which is supported by substantial evidence, that the tapes contain no evidence of criminal activity, and its recognition of several states ongoing formal efforts to secure the NAF recordings, the preliminary injunction carefully balances the interests of NAF and law enforcement, the 9th Circuit ruling said.

The injunction prohibits Biomax Procurement Services LLC, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Daleiden, and Troy Newman from releasing recordings and materials they illegally obtained at NAFs educational meetings.

Newman is a CMP board member and president of Operation Rescue, a hard-line anti-abortion group that claimed it aided the CMP in its investigation of the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.

Vicki Saporta, NAF president and chief executive officer, said Daleiden and Merritt have engaged in a long-running conspiracy and a smear campaign that has put abortion providers at risk.

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Weekend Readings: American (Industry) Carnage – Southern Poverty Law Center

For Regina Elsea, it arrived too late. In February of last year, she was working the day shift at an auto parts factory in Cusseta, Alabama, when the machinery malfunctioned. When Elseas team called maintenance, no one showed up. But her team had a quota to meet. We were always trying to make our numbers, says Elseas coworker, Amber Meadows. Eventually, under pressure, Elsea grabbed a screwdriver and tried to clear the problem herself.

The machine roared to life, and she was impaled with a pair of welding tips. Elsea was unable to move or speak, trapped until an emergency crew finally freed her. She died the next day.

Elseas family, and other workers who suffered serious workplace injuries in factories in the Deep South, told their stories to Peter Waldman, who wrote about the heavy price of Alabamas auto boom for Bloomberg Businessweek. This factory growth, he writes, is just the kind of manufacturing renaissance President Donald Trump and his supporters are looking for except that it epitomizes the global economys race to the bottom.

He describes low pay, high turnover, and scant training as part of Southern parts suppliers scramble to compete against suppliers in Mexico and Asia. The pressure is wreaking a different American carnage than the one Trump conjured at his inauguration: OSHA records document burning flesh, dismembered body parts, a fall into a vat of acid. They read like Upton Sinclair.

Thats not too different than what we found in 2013 when the SPLC investigated poultry processing plants in Alabama. Its a house of pain in there, said Kendrick, a deboning worker who was warned he would lose his job if he notified his boss of his injuries.

His injury wasnt an exception: Almost three-quarters of the poultry workers we interviewed described suffering a significant work-related injury. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported an injury rate more than 50 percent higher for poultry processing workers than all workers in the U.S.

Unfettered by serious regulation and blessed with a vulnerable workforce, we wrote in 2013, flawed policy, lack of oversight and weak enforcement has allowed exploitation to thrive.

It is confounding that against this backdrop of widespread, significant injuries, less than two weeks after Trump promised justice for the American worker, Republicans voted to revoke one of the few federal regulations that punish companies which fail to protect their workers.

Specifically, they voted to revoke the Obama administrations Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which prevented the federal government from awarding contracts to companies that underpay or discriminate against their workers, or endanger them by violating workplace safety standards.

This week, the Trump administration signed the measure revoking Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces into law. Now, if a company doesn’t protect its employees, its eligibility to receive millions of dollars directly from the U.S. government will be untouched, and vulnerable workers have even fewer protections against discrimination, mistreatment, and the kind of perilous, potentially fatal situations in which companies put Elsea and other workers in the Deep South.

They treat people like interchangeable parts, a former Huntsville, Alabama, factory manager told Waldman.

Without the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, companies are free to do so while getting rewarded by the federal government.

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Texas Chapter of Anti-LGBT Hate Group Mass Resistance Launches, Helmed by Robert Oscar Lpez – Southern Poverty Law Center

According to the Mass Resistance website, the Texas chapter was started and is headed by Robert Oscar Lpez, a well-known anti-LGBT activist who claims to be bisexual. Hes best known because of his claims that he grew up with a bisexual mother and her female partner, and that such a household made him strange and set him back in terms of learning social norms. He thus opposes same-sex marriage and parenting, and these views have earned him a spot on the anti-LGBT speaking circuit.

Mass Resistance Texas (MRT), which appears to have launched in February, has already been lobbying the state legislature against trans access to bathrooms, and is holding an event Saturday, April 1 at Oak Meadow Baptist Church in Austin called Stand for the Sanctity and Health of the Family: Action and Education Meeting. According to the groups website, the event includes a panel of experts and activists who will arm citizens with tools to fight back against several topics, including transgender bathroom access, school curriculum and efforts to make Texans believe the gay marriage issue is lost for good.

MRT appears to be specifically targeting the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an organization that advocates for LGBT equality, at this event. A post on its website dated Feb. 28, notes that This April 1, the Austin community and the Texas public at large will hear about what the Human Rights Campaign is doing in the Independent Austin School District. According to the blog, HRCs normalization of homosexuality begins with its Welcoming Schools materials, which include lesson plans and resources for teachers and parents to develop more inclusive classrooms for all students.

Contrary to what Lpez and others opposed to it seem to claim, the Welcoming Schools materialsarenot mandatory, and instead provideguidelines and resources for teachers and schools wanting to provide a more welcoming learning environment for students.

Nevertheless, Lpez talked with Sandy Rios of the anti-LGBT hate group American Family Association on her radio program earlier in March about the Welcoming Schools program, and claims that its a terrible thing HRC is doing, and provided an outline of what will occur at the April 1 meeting.

According to Lpez, Mass Resistance Texas will walk participants through the open records law in Texas, distribute fact sheets and basic information on the Human Rights Campaign, provide guidelines on contacting elected officials and pressuring local groups as well as information on scripture that demonstrates specifically that Christian parents cannot go along with this kind of curriculum. They will also put together a 12-week program to learn to counter the arguments of supporters of Welcoming Schools.

Lpezs targeting of HRC isnt surprising, given his history in the anti-LGBT right and battles against same-sex marriage and LGBT equality. His activism includes other claims, including that the gay lobby (which he differentiates from LGBT individuals) is fascist, abuses women and children, is an engine of world-historical evil and that gay adoption means that children become objects, and adults become slave-owners again. He has also claimed that there is an LGBT international war against black people, and that same-sex couples purchase children, which is tantamount to slavery, that gay men sexually abuse their children and, in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2015 that gay marriage targets children of gay parents for discrimination because it will allow adults to acquire custody of other peoples children and deny those children connections to their original mother and father.

Lpez was formerly based in California, where he taught English and classics at California State University at Northridge. He resigned his position in June 2016 amidst allegations of retaliation against students who accused him of creating a hostile learning environment. Now he is teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Though hes been out of the public eye for a number of months, he has continued his writing, and just recently self-published a book with help from Mass Resistance titled Wackos Thugs and Perverts: Clintonian Decadence in Academia, in which he blames Bill and Hillary Clinton for corrupting academia since 1990, and that virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. According to Lpez, Hillary Clintons tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama. He has also written fiction, including the gay sex-heavy Johnson Park: Five Gay Boys, One Street, Too Much Shade (currently unavailable).

It remains to be seen what impact, if any, Lpez and his chapter of a virulently anti-LGBT hate group will have on state legislative and educational policy, but regardless, hes sure to garner attention.

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Ten Sovereign Citizens Face 320 Felonies in Tennessee – Southern Poverty Law Center

The suspectsall Tennessee residentsare charged with filing fraudulent liens and forgery, both felonies, which carry possible prison sentences upon conviction. A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case in Nashville.

It began, authorities say, after one of the sovereign citizen defendants, Lee Harold Cromwell, filed bogus liens for millions of dollars after he was arrested for recklessly driving his Dodge Ram pickup backward, striking several people and killing a man in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on July 4, 2015.

Cromwell filed the liens against the arresting police officer, the prosecutor and the judge who presided over his case. He was handed the new criminal charges in a Knoxville courtroom, just before a jury found him guilty last month of vehicular homicide, according to media reports.

The ensuing joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI revealed that over a period of recent years, Cromwell and other sovereign citizens living in Eastern Tennessee had filed $2 billion worth of bogus liens against assorted government officials.

Those targeted included police officers, sheriffs deputies and state troopers, mayors, judges and various other elected and appointed city and state government officials, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

The liens, filed with the Tennessee Secretary of States Office in Nashville, were lodged against the public employees, ranging in amounts from $4 million to $12 million, encumbering their personal property.

Anyone can file a lien in Tennessee by filling out an online form in a matter of minutes, the Knoxville News Sentinel said in story published last week. Removing the claims, which can haunt credit records for years, makes for a different story, the newspaper report said.

Sovereign citizens, who generally believe most laws and licensing requirements dont apply to them and frequently resort to paper terrorism, filed Uniform Commercial Code liens and financing statements with the Tennessee Secretary of States Office.

The investigation and prosecution are being supervised by a special prosecutor in the Davidson County where the state Secretary of States Office has its headquarters. Court appearances for the 10 defendants are set to begin next month.

The jam-up of needless, fraudulent paperwork prompted the Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, to push for new, pending legislation, making it easier to purge fraudulent liens and recover legal costs against sovereign citizens who file them.

The [fraudulent] liens were filed against dozens of different individuals across the state, encumbering their property, in amounts ranging from $4 million to $12 million, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

These arrests send a clear message, Hargett said in a statement. Public officials as well as state and local government employees shouldnt be harassed with fraudulent liens just for doing their jobs.

The victims who had these liens filed against them range from citizens employed by government entities, police officers and attorneys, to elected and appointed officials, including city and county mayors, sheriffs, and members of the judiciary, the TBI statement said.

Cromwell, 67, of Oak Ridge, was indicted on 14 counts of filing fraudulent liens and 14 counts of forgery.

Others indicted in the roundup are:

Michael Robert Birdsell, 45, of Andersonville, Tenn., charged with eight counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

Austin Gary Cooper, 68, of Clinton, Tenn., charged with 10 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

Victor Douglas Bunch, 72, of Powell, Tenn., charged with 17 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

Christopher Alan Hauser, 51, of Del Rio, Tenn., charged with 21 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

Ronald James Lyons, 52, of Newport, Tenn., charged with 30 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

James Michael Usinger, 64, of Greeneville, charged with 22 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien;

John Jeffrey Williams, 50, of Powell, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien;

George Edward Williams, 76, of Powell, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien;

Kenneth Ray Foust, 73, of Clinton, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Wellspring of Manufactured Hate By James Simpson, Organization Trends, October 2012 (PDF here) Summary: The Southern Poverty Law Center began with an admirable purpose but long ago transformed into a machine for raising money and launching left-wing political attacks. Lately its become more of a threat to free speech and civil debate than a defender of the weak or a foe of violent extremism. It has also taken in millions from the Picower Foundation, whose own funds came largely from founder Jeffry Picowers investing in his old friend Bernie Madoffs Ponzi scheme. On August 15, 2012, an angry gay rights activist named Floyd Corkins stormed the Family Research Councils Washington, D.C. headquarters and began shooting. Corkins shot a brave security guard in the arm, but the guard still managed to wrestle him to the ground before he could kill or injure others. Corkins was carrying 50 bullets and two loaded magazines for his 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol; 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches; and the address of another potential target, the Traditional Values Coalition. Before initiating his shooting spree, Corkins reportedly said, I dont like your politics. Reacting to the shooting, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins stated: Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations as hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy. Origins Attorneys Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971. It bills itself as a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. People familiar with the SPLC may describe it differently. (For a previous CRC profile of the Center, see The Southern Poverty Law Center: A Twisted Definition of Hate, Organization Trends, November 2006.) Early on it made a name for itself fighting genuinely extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and breaking down barriers of discrimination in the South. But today it is primarily a leftist attack machine. It devotes most of its sizeable resources to a systematic smear campaign against respected organizations and opinion leaders whose legitimate policy differences put them to the right of the SPLC. For example, prior to the shooting, the SPLC identified the Family Research Council as an anti-gay extremist group, lumped together with groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis, the Nation of Islam, and the New Black Panther Party. Even liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who describes the Family Research Council as a mainstream conservative think tank, thought the SPLC went too far: I disagree with the Family Research Councils views on gays and lesbians. But its absurd to put the group, as the law center does, in the same category as Aryan Nations, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Stormfront and the Westboro Baptist Church. Following a speech at a New York college in 2009, a student asked former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) about a quotation attributed to him in a textbook. It said, illegal immigrants were coming to kill you and kill me and our families. Taken aback, Tancredo subsequently called the publisher to learn where the fake quotation had come from. The Southern Poverty Law Center, was the reply. This is a familiar pattern. In 2007, SPLC labeled the Federation for American Immigration Reform a Hate Group as part of an effort to smear opponents of open borders and illegal immigration. In this effort, SPLC had no qualms associating itself with the National Council of La Raza (in Spanish, the Race), one of whose subordinate groups, the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, is notorious for the motto, For La Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada (For The Race everything. Outside The Race, nothing). In a 2010 report detailing SPLCs efforts, Jerry Kammer of the Center for Immigration Studies wrote: Rather than engage in a debate, La Raza and its allies have waged a campaign to have the other side shunned by the press, civil society, and elected officials. It is an effort to destroy the reputations of its targets. It also seeks to intimidate and coerce others into silence. It undermines basic principles of civil society and democratic discussion. SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok doesnt mince words about illegal-immigration opponents: Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them. (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnTz2ylJo_8&feature=relmfu.) The SPLC has an improbably named program titled Teaching Tolerance. Perhaps Mr. Potok should take the course. In the Hate and Extremism section of the SPLC website, the group lists 1,274 Patriot Groups. This category includes nonviolent conservative organizations like the Oath Keepers, the Constitution Party, Tea Party Patriots, the Tenth Amendment Center, and Joseph Farahs WorldNetDaily. In addition to fomenting hatred for groups with which it disagrees, the SPLC is the author of dangerous provocations. For example, in 1996 SPLC hyped a story that black churches were being torched at alarming rates in the South by white racists. As Michael Fumento wrote in the American Spectator at the time, this was soon proven to be false. SPLC wildly exaggerates the number of groups genuinely associated with hate and violence as well. Laird Wilcox, an independent, non-conservative researcher found that of 800-plus hate groups over half them were either non-existent, existed in name only, or were inactive. (See http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc_20_3/tsc_20_3_vinson.shtml.) Wilcox has his own extremist lists. One is called The Watchdogs organizations who monitor and combat the activities of their ideological opponents, including many organizations and individuals who have nothing to do with racism. SPLC tops the list. (See http://www.lairdwilcox.com/tool/order00-01.html#Left.) A Morally Bankrupt Organization Founded by a Morally Bankrupt Man SPLCs co-founder, Morris Dees, has been harshly criticized by former SPLC employees, a former business partner, and many liberal critics. They see him as little more than a rank opportunist and the SPLCs chief purpose as raising money for SPLC coffers. Though trained as a lawyer, Dees is best known for his fundraising ability. Raising $25 million for the George McGovern presidential campaign in 1972, his payment was the donor list, the gold mine that boosted SPLCs funding. A position with Jimmy Carters presidential campaign in 1976 added another sterling list. It paid off. With over $238 million in net assets, the SPLC is one of the wealthiest nonprofit organizations in the United States. Despite this massive endowment, the Center devotes almost 20 percent of its $34.5 million operating expenses $6.5 million in 2011 to fundraising. This includes $1 million for fundraising services and $5.5 million in fundraising staff salaries and administrative expenses. Meanwhile, the group spent only $11 million on its supposed primary mission: providing legal services to victims of civil rights injustices and hate crimes. The Center spent an astounding $12.5 million maintaining, publishing, and promoting its hate list propaganda, including a program to educate children, according to its 2010 tax return. SPLC received $36 million in contributions in 2011. Excess contributions and investment income allowed the Center to boost assets by $9.4 million. Its 2010 tax return shows the SPLC realized a net gain of $28.8 million, following a similar net gain in 2009 of almost $30 millionroughly equivalent to its entire operating budget! Why fundraise at all? Each year the SPLC is able to add tens of millions of dollars to its endowment. Despite being a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, supposedly with nothing to hide, some of SPLCs assets are squirreled away in untraceable Bermuda and Cayman Island accounts. Why? SPLCs leaders are among the highest paid in the nonprofit field. As Chief Trial Counsel, Morris Dees receives $343,676. Richard Cohen, the Centers president, is paid $339,764. SPLC boasts many high-dollar donors. The top 10 for recent years are: Picower Foundation ($3,813,112, 1999 2008); Cisco Systems Foundation ($1,620,000, 2001 2004); Grousbeck Family Foundation ($1,600,000, 2007 2011); Grove Foundation ( $875,000, 2001 2011); Rice Family Foundation ($535,000 , 1999 2010); Rockefeller Philanthropy ($510,000, 2008 2010); Unbound Philanthropy ($500,000, 2006 2010); Public Welfare Foundation ($500,000, 2008 2010); Vanguard Charitable Endowment ($469,120, 2006 2011); Rocking Moon Foundation ($350,000, 2006 2010); and the Jewish Community Fund ($347,274, 1999 2010). Space constraints prevent inclusion of the many more foundations and small family funds that regularly contribute $10,000 to $25,000 per year. Do these donors realize they are merely contributing to a quarter-billion-dollar investment fund? SPLCs biggest benefactor, the Picower Foundation, made the most of its money from the Bernie Madoff scam. Founder Jeffry Picower, who was friends with Madoff for 30 years, profited by $5 billion from his investments with his friend, an amount larger than Madoff personally earned. Picower died in 2009, but as ProPublica.org reported December 27, 2010, federal prosecutors and the trustee charged with recovering money for Madoffs victims took Picowers estate to court. The estate agreed to a settlement of $7.2 billion to compensate victims of Madoffs Ponzi scheme. Federal prosecutors apparently thought Picower, an accountant, should have questioned returns on investment that ranged up to 950 percent. The Picower Foundation has closed its doors, but will the SPLC refund any of its ill-gotten gains? Dees first business partner was Millard Fuller, who later went on to found Habitat for Humanity. In an article in The Progressive, he described their relationship: Morris and I, from the first day of our partnership, shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich. During the eight years we worked together, we never wavered in that resolve. (See http://www.secondclassjustice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Egerton-Poverty-Palace-July-1988.pdf.) Many of Deess most virulent critics are on the Left. Nation magazines Alexander Cockburn wrote a scathing article in 2009, King of the Hate Business. Recent Republican electoral losses, Cockburn wrote, were horrible news for people who raise money and make money selling the notion theres a right resurgence out there in the hinterland with massed legions of haters, ready to march down Main Street draped in Klan robes, a copy of Mein Kampf tucked under one arm and a Bible under the other. What is the arch-salesman of hate mongering, Mr. Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, going to do now? Ever since 1971, U.S. Postal Service mailbags have bulged with his fundraising letters, scaring dollars out of the pockets of trembling liberals aghast at his lurid depictions of hate-sodden America, in dire need of legal confrontation by the SPLC. (See http://www.creators.com/opinion/alexander-cockburn/king-of-the-hate-business.html.) Harpers published a similarly critical analysis of the SPLC titled, The Church of Morris Dees: Today, the SPLC spends most of its timeand moneyon a relentless fund-raising campaign, peddling memberships in the church of tolerance with all the zeal of a circuit rider passing the collection plate. Hes the Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the civil rights movement, renowned anti-death-penalty lawyer Millard Farmer (not Deess business partner, ed.) says of Dees, his former associate, though I dont mean to malign Jim and Tammy Faye. Harpers also published a letter from Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, to the University of Alabama, declining an invitation to a Morris Dees Justice Award presentation. Bright called Dees a con man and fraud, and added: The positive contributions Dees has made to justicemost undertaken based upon calculations as to their publicity and fundraising potentialare far overshadowed by what Harpers described as his flagrantly misleading solicitations for money. He has raised millions upon millions of dollars with various schemes, never mentioning that he does not need the money because he has $175 million and two poverty palace buildings in Montgomery. He has taken advantage of naive, well-meaning peoplesome of moderate or low incomeswho believe his pitches and give to his $175-million operation. He has spent most of what they have sent him to raise still more millions, pay high salaries, and promote himself. (See http://www.thesocialcontract.com/answering_our_critics/art2000nov.html.) The Fairfax (Virginia) Journal counseled federal employees to forego contributions to the SPLC in the Combined Federal Campaign: give your hard-earned dollars to a real charity, not a bunch of slick, parasitic hucksters who live high on the hog by raising money on behalf of needy people who never see a dime of it. (MDJonline.com, Sept. 30, 2011.) SPLCs first president was Julian Bond, a socialist who has supported and participated in socialist, communist, and other radical leftist organizations and activities his entire life. As a rising star in the Left he received the early endorsement and support of the Communist Party USA, and he assisted, endorsed, and campaigned for radical causes and politicians, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.org. In the 1960s Bond was elected to the Georgia legislature three times, but each time the legislature refused to seat him because of his agitation against the Vietnam War. Bond called on the communist lawyer Leonard Boudin to represent him. Boudins other clients included the government of Fidel Castro, Soviet agent of influence Paul Robeson, and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg. Boudins daughter, Kathie, was a Weather Underground terrorist, who served 25 years for her participation in the 1981 Brinks robbery that left two policemen and one Brinks guard dead. Along with radical activists such as Ella Baker, Bond co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. SNCC was later led by black separatists Stokeley Carmichael and H. Rap Brown, who openly advocated guerrilla warfare in U.S. cities. In 1967 Bond served as co-chair of the National Conference for New Politics (NCNP), described by the late Sen. James Eastland as a group working hand-in-glove with the Communist Party to foment revolution in the United States. Bonds most significant contact as co-chair of the NCNP was fellow NCNP member Herbert Marcuse. A Marxist who fled Nazi Germany in 1933, Marcuse ultimately took up residence in a number of American universities, including Columbia, Harvard, Brandeis, and the University of California, San Diego, where he mentored the black communist, Angela Davis. Bond and Marcuse helped found the radical journal In These Times. Bond visited Castros Cuba in 1959 and wasenchanted by the revolution. Following a repeat visit in 2006 he said that it simply reinforced my admiration for the Cuban people and the society they are building. (See http://www.medicc.org/cubahealthreports/chr-article.php?&a=1027.) Bond remains on SPLCs board to this day. SPLCs board of directors also includes James Rucker, who co-founded Color of Change in 2005 with self-described communist Van Jones. Before that, Rucker was grassroots organizing director at the Soros-funded activist group MoveOn. Another board member, Patricia Clark, spent time as National Criminal Justice Representative of the American Friends Service Committee. This nominally Quaker organization was created by socialist Quakers in 1917 and began colluding with Communists in the 1920s, when it worked with Soviet agents Jessica Smith, Harold Ware, and John Abt. (See http://keywiki.org/index.php/American_Friends_Service_Committee.) Gabrielle Lyon, an SPLC research fellow, has spoken glowingly of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Ayers is famous for his Weather Underground years and has yet to be tried, along with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, for the murder of San Francisco police Sgt. Brian McDonnell in 1970. Larry Grathwohl, the only FBI informant to ever successfully penetrate the Weathermen, has testified under oath that Ayers told him of their complicity in the bombing that killed McDonnell. This case is still open. (See http://www.usasurvival.org/docs/Grathwohl_names_Dohrn.pdf.) More recently, an editorial written by SPLCs Mark Potok was published in the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples World. Potok claimed the editorial was free for publication anywhere, and he didnt control where it appeared. When the Daily Caller news website asked Potok last year if he objected to the Communist Party newspaper printing his piece, he refused comment. Potok did say, however, that the SPLC uses an organization called OtherWords to place SPLCs op-eds in other journals. OtherWords is a nonprofit editorial service of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), one of the most influential far-left organizations in the United States. (IPS was profiled in the February 2011 Foundation Watch.) King of Sophistry Radical leftists are extremely adept at the use of language and propaganda. They have to be. An ideology that has brought more hardship, misery, and death over the last century than all the wars of history combined always needs image makeovers. The Soviet Unions first leader, Vladimir Lenin, explained, We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us. The entire leftist movement has adopted this technique. Thus, any person who opposes illegal immigration becomes a xenophobe. Any person who cites the devastating adverse impacts of anti-poverty programs is selfish or worse. Any person who opposes affirmative action is a racist. Anyone who opposes ever-increasing taxes must be greedy. Straw man arguments, misinformation, and other forms of sophistry, coupled with vitriolic smears of opponents can easily intimidate average citizens, who havent the time or inclination to look deeper and are naturally anxious about being tarred with the same brush. With sufficient media promotion, this fraudulent narrative becomes accepted as the truth, even chic. Most people want to be seen as siding with the good guys. Critics are isolated and polarized, and despite the Lefts phony characterization of a deep-pocketed Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the Lefts critics are usually independent voices of little or no means, not necessarily even conservative, with scant resources to defend themselves against defamation campaigns and frivolous lawsuits, which are favored tactics of the well-heeled SPLC and other leftist groups. Far-left agitator Neal Rauhauser even admitted as much when he advocated for a policy of lawfare against political opponents: Were dealing with people who have likely had no interaction with the court system beyond a traffic ticket; the potential for a pro se litigant to force them into expensive, long distance, lengthy, discovery laden litigation doesnt seem to cross their minds. The reality of travel, or frightful expenses, or summary judgments needs to be made real. We probably need to make a very visible example of at least one of them before the rest understand. (See http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/middle-class-guy/2012/jun/28/who-neal-rauhauser/.) Cultural Marxism and Hate Crimes This kind of sophistry also has roots in the teachings of Julian Bonds friend and leftist icon Herbert Marcuse. He was an influential member of the Marxist Institute for Social Research that was founded in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1923 and modeled after Moscows Marx-Engels Institute. It came to be known simply as the Frankfurt School. Marcuse and other scholars affiliated with the Institute reestablished it in the U.S. following their exodus from Germany, and developed philosophical studies specifically dedicated to subverting American culture. Marcuse was often called the Father of the New Left, and he helped pioneer the ideas of political correctness and hate crimes. In a 1965 tract called Repressive Tolerance, Marcuse declared: This essay examines the idea of tolerance in our advanced industrial society. The conclusion reached is that the realization of the objective of tolerance would call for intolerance toward prevailing policies, attitudes, opinions, and the extension of tolerance to policies, attitudes, and opinions which are outlawed or suppressed. As he explained, the way to fix the repressive tolerance that Americans suffer because of the First Amendment is to suppress all voices except those from the Left: Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left. Not equal but more representation of the Left would be equalization of the prevailing inequality. Today you can see this tactic in operation every day when left-wing professors, journalists, and politicians ridicule, misrepresent, ignore, or threaten anyone they disagree with. The Southern Poverty Law Center assists in this effort. Even more ominously, but in line with Marcuses call to arms, the SPLC is a consultant to both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, and the latter has labeled conservatives potential domestic terrorists. The SPLC has not been identifying enemies of America. It has been identifying enemies of the Left. Some of the people and groups on the SPLCs hate lists genuinely do express hatred and bigotry, like Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam, the New Black Panther Party, the KKK, Nazi parties, and the like. But mixed in are many well known, widely respected individuals and groups who have taken principled positions on matters of national importance. Their only sin is their outspoken opposition to the Lefts radical designs. By cataloging the statements and writings of individuals and groups with whom they disagree, the SPLC is also creating a paper trail to use if and when hate crimes laws are strengthened sufficiently to provide pretexts for lawsuits or other legal action. This is a not-so-subtle threat. That sort of attack has begun to happen in Canada, Britain, and Sweden. The SPLCs interaction with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI carries another threat. By deliberately mischaracterizing conservatives and tea partiers as extremists, the SPLC implies they have a potential for violence and thus offers a justification for the government to keep tabs on these potential domestic terrorists. The Left, on the other hand, has a firmly established record of militancy, violence, and treasonous, unscrupulous and disgusting anti-social behavior. Occupy Wall Street, for example, is an anti-social, violent movement of the extreme Left. The Black Bloc is a violent organization of the extreme Left, and the FBI recently conducted raids on suspected Black Bloc members. Why have we heard nothing about it from the SPLC? Are these genuine domestic terrorists on the groups Hate Map? No, nor is Adbusters, an anti-consumerist magazine that hatched Occupy Wall Street and that has expressed support for the Black Bloc. (For more on the organization behind the magazine, the Adbusters Media Foundation, see the profile in Foundation Watch, January 2012.) What about the blatantly terrorist Jumaat al-Fuqra and its 35 U.S.-based terrorist training camps? Crickets from the SPLC. (See http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/01/35-jamaat-al-fuqra-terror-training-camps-still-operating-in-the-us.html.) The same is true for the Muslim Brotherhood. Why are none of these groups listed in the SPLCs Intelligence files? What about the Communist Party? What about union thugs like AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, implicated in murder, or United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard, who exhorted Occupy Wall Street to more militancy? All prone to violence, and they proudly say so! Despite a mountainous record of violence from left-wing individuals and groups, there have never been any left-wing groups identified on the SPLCs hate groups list. Come to think of it, why isnt the SPLC listed? After a bombing attempt on May Day this year by five Occupy Cleveland activists was thwarted, a reporter for National Review asked the SPLC if it planned to put Occupy Wall Street on its hate group list? SPLCs stunning answer: Were not really set up to cover the extreme Left. Conclusion The Southern Poverty Law Center is a wealthy, well-connected, organized attack machine of the extreme political Left. It shares strategies, goals, and tactics with other similar organizations and colludes with them in campaigns of defamation, disinformation and legal threats to silence and/or criminalize political opponents. The SPLC has unjustifiably secured itself a position of influence within our government and society. Its very presence threatens our freedoms and First Amendment rights. It abuses our system of justice, while hiding behind a Constitution for which it has little respect. James Simpson is an economist, businessman, and freelance writer. His writings have been published in Accuracy in Media, American Thinker, Big Government, Washington Times, WorldNetDaily, FrontPage Magazine, and elsewhere. OT

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Nationwide Manhunt Underway for Antigovernment Fugitive – Southern Poverty Law Center

Joseph A. Jakubowski, 32, of Janesville, Wisconsin, currently is wanted for arson and burglary, but authorities make it clear that their biggest fear is that he may be planning an act of domestic terrorism. The events of the past six days suggest a scenario of a classic lone-wolf who singlehandedly carries out antigovernment actions to fulfill his perceived agenda. His rambling manifesto makes references to churches and religious organizations, schools and officials at all levels of government. Authorities say Jakubowski likely is armed with 16 high-end firearms, including assault-style rifles, that he is believed to have stolen on April 4 from Armageddon Supplies in his hometown. His torched station wagon was discovered a short distance awaythe last hint of the fugitive. That same day, with a friend operating a video camera, Jakubowski mailed his manifesto to Trump, listing a laundry list of rambling, antigovernment grievances directed at government officials at various levels. The person recording the video, identified by authorities but not arrested, is heard saying, Its D Day. Today is the day. So remember this face. A voice identified as that of Jakubowski then says, Revolution. Its time for change. While a team of 150 local, state and federal police hunted for the fugitive over the weekend, concentrating efforts in Wisconsin, the manhunt spread nationwide with the FBI posting a $10,000 reward. Police searched a dozen locations, including the suspects home in Janesville, but said they came up empty-handed. Information we received [suggests] Jakubowski has become highly agitated by national politics recently, Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden told a weekend press conference in Janesville. An associate told investigators that Jakubowski recently verbalized a plan to steal guns and use them to conduct and unspecified attack, the sheriff said. The associate said he had made unspecific threats toward schools.

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Alex Jones’ Defense of Trump Unleashes Obscene, Homophobic … – Southern Poverty Law Center

Alex Jones keeps saying he has nothing against gay people and thinks theyre wonderful. But then he keeps saying hateful and ultimately insane things about LGBT folk. The most recent outburst came Wednesday, when Jones posted a video featuring the latest of his wildly obscene and homophobic rants directed at Rep. Adam Schiffthis time with a bug-eyed outburst worthy of Dr. Strangelove, urging President Trump to hit China with nuclear weapons pre-emptively and claiming: The United States is preparing to nuke China! Continues homophobic rant against Rep. Schiff The video, posted to Jones YouTube channel, features an increasingly unhinged disquisition warning that China planned to engage the U.S. in a nuclear showdownand then blaming liberals in Congress, particularly Rep. Schiff, for causing the problems: JONES: This is what Communism delivers. This is what Venezuela delivers. This what all you people that want collectivism, and hate prosperity. Because youre socially envious, and hate the prosperity because it makes you feel bad. And now you nihilistically want to start World War III, you assholes. If I wasnt totally committed to stopping this, I would be getting out of the country with my family and getting to the Southern Hemisphere two years ago. The worlds in the greatest danger ever, and the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are lined up, showing weakness in the face of all this garbage. And thats why the Communist Chinese, the biggest mass murderers in history, dont respect us. Because the Democratic Party and snot-nosed people like the intel deputy head, Adam Schiff over there, are scumbags. You think having all those fairies and pansies up there, little chicken-necks, running around attacking our president all day, makes us strong? It makes us look weak. It doesnt matter weve got ten to one nuclear weapons against China. Those crazy people have proven theyll go to war. Theyre completely psycho, like Kim Jong Un on power trips. So if China keeps pushing, the only option is full commitment to hit China pre-emptively. Thats the only way to survive this nuclear and Trump knows it. And Russia has already been told they better stand down. The United States is preparing to nuke China! So get ready, assholes! You wanted it, youre gonna get it! Turn that off! Goddamn it! Jones is no stranger to hysterical vitriol; during the 2016 campaign, he worked himself up into a red-faced frenzy making the bizarre claim that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were literally possessed by demons. But if recent broadcasts are anything to judge by, nothing gets Jones quite as agitated as potential political threats to President Trump, the object of Jones furiously ardent admiration. Jones has been on a mission attacking Schiff, D-CA, recently, fueled primarily by the congressmans work as the Democrats leader on the House Intelligence Committees investigation of Donald Trumps campaign ties to Russia. In a March 29 interview with Trump adviser/operative Roger Stone, he unleashed a tide of vitriol unusual even by Jones standards, particularly for its unapologetic obscenity: Angry about Russia accusations STONE: What were hearing from the Democrats both in the House and Senate is red-baiting — ALEX JONES: Thats on Drudge. STONE: — fear-mongering — It is well beyond the point of recklessness, whether it is Adam Schiff who has maligned me or whether it is Senator Mark Warner or whether it is Senator John McCain. But let me tell you something, Alex, these guys are pussies. They talk a tough game. Were going to get Roger Stone in front of the committee. Gentlemen, ladies, I am ready, I am more than ready — JONES: In fact, let me say this right now. Let me tell — Im not against gay people. OK. I love them, theyre great folks. But Schiff looks like the archetypal cocksucker with those little deer-in-the-headlight eyes and all his stuff. And theres something about this fairy, hopping around, bossing everybody around, trying to intimidate people like me and you, I want to tell Congressman Schiff and all the rest of them, Hey listen asshole, quit saying Roger and I — and Ive never used cussing in 22 years but the gloves are off — listen you son of a bitch, what the fucks your problem? You want to sit here and say that Im a goddamn, fucking Russian. You get in my face with that Ill beat your goddamn ass, you son of a bitch. You piece of shit. You fucking goddamn fucker. Listen fuckhead, you have fucking crossed a line. Get that through your goddamn fucking head. Stop pushing your shit. Youre the people that have fucked this country over and gangraped the shit out of it and lost an election. So stop shooting your mouth off claiming Im the enemy. You got that you goddamn son of a bitch? Fill your hand. Im sorry, but Im done. You start calling me a foreign agent, those are fucking fighting words. Excuse me. STONE: Yeah, I dont think I have ever been in a campaign in which we disparage the patriotism of our opponents. Now, Im not going to go there. But I think Adam Schiff has acted irresponsibly and I think he needs to be confronted with his exact words. JONES: Hes sucking globalist dick. Newsweek noted that some legal experts viewed Jones threat against Schiff as a potential violation of federal law prohibiting direct threats to elected federal officials. Rep. Schiff is married and has two daughters. As with Joness declaimer at the outset of his rant saying he loves gay people, he has frequently claimed that, because he is a libertarian, he is ardently neutral on the issue of whether or not homosexuality is acceptable. Meanwhile, out the other side of his mouth, Jones has blamed the gay community for the Orlando Pulse massacre in which 49 people, most of them LGBT, were killed and 53 wounded. (He first claimed the murders were a false flag event.) He has claimed the United Nations is space cult plotting to make our children gay, or more precisely, an asexual humanoid. He claims that toxins introduced to Americans diets have been responsible for turning children gay. Jones, the nations most prolific conspiracy theorist, has been an ardent Trump supporter since the spring of 2016. One of his favorite theories before and after the election has revolved around his claims that liberals and the intelligence community are plotting to assassinate Trump.

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Complaint Alleges Southern Poverty Law Center Violated Non-Profit … – American Free Press

American Free Pressreaders will not be surprised to learn one ofAmericas leading hate-promoting groups, theSPLC, may be operating outside IRS rulesfor nonprofit organizations. This month, aformalcomplaint was filed with the IRS alleging flagrant electioneering by the SPLC in opposition to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz during the last election season. Will the SPLCfinally facethelong-overdue consequences itso deserves and be forced to rein in its hate-speech? ByMark Anderson The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a notoriously underhanded race-baiting organization that luridly labels anything counter to its extremist left-wing orthodoxy as far-right, hateful heresy. To the SPLC, theres a bigot under every bushel basket. So its not necessarily surprising to hear another group allege, with pretty solid evidence, that the SPLC openly and repeatedly violated its non-profit tax status nearly 50 times during the 2016 presidential election cycle, participating in communication activities prohibited by the IRS in a flagrant, continued and intentional campaign targeting then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and other Republican candidates. That strong allegation comes from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which on April 5 issued a news release announcing it has filed a formal legal complaint to the IRS based on allegations the SPLC has run afoul of the tax code. A copy of the complaint can be viewed online at FAIRs website,FAIRUS.org. The SPLC went way over the line in this last election. It publicly engaged in deep, deliberate, and unlawful participation during the 2016 presidential election cycle, flagrantly violating its non-profit tax status, FAIR President Dan Stein alleges. The IRS should investigate all of these instances, and take appropriate steps to either sanction [or] fine the SPLC, or remove its tax-exempt status as a public charity. We are allegingvia meticulously detailed documented evidencethat it repeatedly engaged in widespread, illegal electioneering in 2015 and 2016. The IRS grants several classifications that provide organizations with tax-exempt status, provided that the organizations stick to strict public-service guidelines under charitable, educational, and similar classifications required by the law. (The SPLC purports to be both charitable and educational.) Under the regulations, however, activities such as promoting or opposing certain political candidates for public office are absolutely not permissible communications for these types of privileged organizations. In other words, no electioneeringtaking positions in favor of, or against, any active candidate for public office, FAIRs news release added. According to Stein, the SPLC, via its website, including the sites homepage, overtly [tried] to directly discredit Donald Trumps presidential campaign, repeatedly alleging that Trump was unworthy of voter support. Stein added that the SPLC used its tried-and-true formula of opinion-based smears and innuendos . . . to engage in blatant political activity masquerading as teaching tolerance. FAIRs complaint to the IRS therefore reiterates that smearing by association is a primary SPLC technique. SPLC Electioneering Examples FAIR cited what it called flagrant examples of electioneering that appeared on two SPLC regular online reports, Hatewatch and The Intelligence Report, during the presidential primary and the general campaign: IRS rules say organizations are not deemed educational if their principal function is the mere presentation of unsupported opinion, if they fail to provide a factual foundation for the viewpoint or position being advocated, or if they lack a full and fair exposition of the pertinent facts that permit[s] an individual or the public to form an independent opinion or conclusion. Furthermore, organizations under the educational banner must be organized and continuously operated for instructing the public on subjects useful to the individual and beneficial to the public, FAIR explained, adding: The SPLC, however, made numerous sweeping, opinion-based statements about the current president during his 2016 campaign, accusing him of being embraced by right-wing extremists, helping drive mainstream interest to racist memes, and manufacturing a climate of fear which might ultimately lead to [hate-based] violence. Mark Anderson is a longtime newsman now working as the roving editor for AFP. Email him at truthhound2@yahoo.com.

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Anti-LGBT Activities – Southern Poverty Law Center

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an anti-LGBT hate group, filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania March 21 on behalf of a male student who claims his privacy was violated and he experienced sexual assault because a transgender student was in the boys locker room while he was, changing clothing. “Our laws and customs have long recognized that we shouldn’t have to undress in front of persons of the opposite sex. But now some schools are bullying our children into giving up their rights even though, in this case, Pennsylvania law requires schools to have separate facilities on the basis of sex, says ADF legal counsel Kelly Fiedorek. ADF, which has been working to further marginalize trans students in schools, filed the lawsuit with the Independence Law Center, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania which is affiliated with the right-wing Pennsylvania Family Institute. The Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBT hate group, is holding a Todd Starnes event called The Deplorables Guide to Making America Great Again in Washington, DC on April 5. FRC is also launching its first-ever cruise, slated for Alaska July 29 – Aug. 5 aboard Holland Americas ms Eurodam. Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at whats happening in Washington. Speakers include former congresswoman Michele Bachmann, FRC senior domestic policy advisor Ken Blackwell (and member of the Trump transition team), FRC executive vice-president and anti-Islam activist Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin and Fox News pundit Todd Starnes. John Stemberger, attorney and president of the anti-LGBT and anti-choice group Florida Family Policy Council (FFPC) was appointed to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) by Florida Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran. He will serve 18 months. Florida is the only state that has this system, and the state constitution stipulates that every 20 years a CRC is convened to review the state constitution and propose changes that are then placed on the next election, which is 2018. The FFPC is also hosting the two-day Flourish 2017 event in Ft. Lauderdale April 21 – 22. Stemberger also serves on the board of Trail Life USA, an anti-LGBT alternative to the Boy Scouts that launched in 2014. On its original FAQs (web archive), it stated that Jewish churches and organizations are precluded from chartering Trail Life troops and Jewish adults would not be allowed to serve as leaders because they would be unable to sign the statement of faith (Christian), though Jewish youth are allowed to participate. Furthermore, the original site said, any boy who is part of or advocating for the Gay Movement was also excluded from participation, though boys struggling with homosexuality and who confided such to a leader could participate and Trail Life would help counsel him about same-sex attraction. The website no longer includes that language, and instead now says that Christian men and women can serve as leaders as long as they sign the statement of faith and abide by membership standards. The site no longer mentions homosexuality. Mass Resistance, an anti-LGBT hate group, is holding a luncheon Sunday, Apr. 9 in Boxboro, Mass. It was originally scheduled as a banquet, but changed to a luncheon so that it was more convenient to attend and now has a lower price. The speaker is Paul Church, a medical doctor who lost his affiliation with Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Over the past decade, he had objected to Beth Israels LGBT Pride support; sent emails to hospital staff claiming that homosexuality is dangerous; and posted similar statements on the hospitals internal website. Church retains his affiliation with two other hospitals and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He also maintains a private practice. Brian Camenker, president of Mass Resistance, will also be speaking. Mass Resistance Texas appears to have just launched in February, headed by strident anti-LGBT (and self-proclaimed ex-gay) activist Robert Oscar Lopez, who is also teaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The group held an Action and Education meeting on Saturday, April 1 in Austin at Oak Meadow Baptist Church. The Minnesota Child Protection League (MNCPL), an anti-LGBT groups based in Anoka, Minnesota, testified at a school board meeting March 20 against a trans-inclusive school policy in the Anoka Hennepin school district. The policy would allow students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identities. MNCPL called the policy a dangerous invasion of students personal privacy and also claimed that the policy requires students to adopt a gender fluid interpretation of sex to accept the idea that people actually are whatever they think themselves to be. According to MNCPL, forcing children to affirm what is not true is the greatest violation. The testimony against the policy included letters from anti-LGBT hate groups Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom. MNCPL formed in 2013 with veteran Minnesota Tea Party and anti-LGBT activists, including long-time anti-LGBT activist Barb Anderson (formerly of the now-defunct anti-LGBT hate group Parents [sic] Action League), to oppose the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which, according to Anderson, will usher in another sexual revolution, sexual anarchy, unrestricted sexuality to love whoever you wantpolyamoryand its going to force its acceptance on all of us. National Organization for Marriage (NOM) launched a U.S. version of an anti-trans bus tour (theyre calling it the Free Speech Bus) along the East Coast the week of March 20, beginning at the UN in New York City to coincide with the annual Committee on the Status of Women meetings held every March. The bus was vandalized by unknown assailants and the driver was allegedly tackled but not hurt. Brian Brown, president of NOM, launched the bus tour with CitizenGO, a right-wing anti-LGBT and anti-choice advocacy group founded in Madrid, Spain by another anti-LGBT and anti-choice group, Hazte Or. CitizenGO works mostly through online petitions, and with anti-LGBT hate group the International Organization for the Family, of which Brown is president. He is also on the board of CitizenGO. The bus was originally launched in Spain by Hazte Or, but activists, trade unions and the Madrid City Council united against it, and removed it from the roads. Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), an anti-LGBT hate group based in Sacramento, sent a letter to a legislative committee opposing a California bill that would provide for LGBT anti-discrimination measures in long-term care and nursing facilities. Californias SB-219 attempts to establish an LGBT patients bill of rights in long-term care facilities, which includes such things as prohibiting staff of such facilities from denying admission to someone who is LGBT, restricting use of restrooms in accordance with a residents gender identity, and denying appropriate medical or nonmedical care. PJI claims the bill offers no religious exemptions and took exception to the stipulation that staff be required to refer to someone by preferred pronouns and names, calling it a crucial part of the bill (its actually listed as number six in section two), and claiming that some residents may require use of names such as Joseph Stalin. [I]f a poor soul suffers from delusions causing them to believe they are someone famous, PJI argues, as the Bill stands the staff would be required to call the individual Napoleon or whomever historical figure the resident is fixated on. PJI has long opposed LGBT rights, and has been battling trans rights in recent years. PJI manufactured a story in 2013 about a Colorado trans student, claiming the student was harassing other female students in a girls restroom. The claims of harassment were completely false, and were based on complaints from one angry parent. The trans student was placed on suicide watch because of the tremendous negative attention brought to her as a result of PJIs claims.

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New Criminal Charges Filed Against Anti-abortion Activists – Southern Poverty Law Center

David R. Daleiden, 28, and Sandra S. Merritt, 63, were charged Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court with 14 felony counts of eavesdropping and secretly recording conversations with Planned Parenthood representatives and other abortion providers. In a related development, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the secret video tapes show no evidence of criminal conduct, upholding a lower court, civil case ruling barring Daleiden and his fake company from further dissemination of the material. The video recordings, widely criticized for deceptive editing, were released in mid-2015 by the Center for Medical Progress, founded by Daleiden, with ties to some of the hardest-line anti-abortion extremists and groups associated with clinic and provider violence. The videos accused Planned Parenthood of illegally selling body parts from aborted fetuses, prompting death threats to some healthcare providers and calls to discontinue all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. The issue crept into the 2016 presidential campaign. The so-called fetus body parts videos also were believed responsible for an increase in violence and extremism, including arson fires that damaged or destroyed at least four Planned Parenthood clinics and a murderous rampage resulting in three deaths in November 2015 at an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. Charging documents filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra allege Daleiden and Merritt set up a fictitious medical research company, BioMax Procurement, and obtained phony drivers licenses to attend the National Abortion Federation 2014 conference in San Francisco. At that conference and later restaurant meetings in Los Angeles and Pasadena with womens healthcare providers, the pair used secret recording devices to tape conversations with 14 individuals in violation of California law, the charges allege. The right to privacy is a cornerstone of Californias Constitution, and a right that is foundational in a free democratic society, Becerra said in a statement. We will not tolerate the criminal recording of confidential conversations. In January 2016, Daleiden and Merritt were charged in Texas by a grand jury initially empanelled to investigate whether a Planned Parenthood clinic had sold body parts of aborted fetuses. Instead, the jury panel indicted Merritt and Daleiden, but those charges later were dismissed for legal technicalities. Merritt was represented in the Texas case by Liberty Counsel, an anti-abortion, anti-LGBT non-profit law firm headed by Mathew Mat Staver and his wife, Anita Staver. Liberty Counsel also apparently also will defend her against the new criminal charges in California, although a notice of appearance hasnt yet been filed. The California Attorney General has overstepped the law by bringing these baseless charges, Staver said today in a statement. Ideology should not trump the law, but I am afraid that is what happened in the states charges. Our client did not violate any law. The federal appeals court ruling in the civil case affirms the issuance of a preliminary injunction obtained by the National Abortion Federation (NAF). Importantly, the ruling also says the video tapes show no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Given the district courts finding, which is supported by substantial evidence, that the tapes contain no evidence of criminal activity, and its recognition of several states ongoing formal efforts to secure the NAF recordings, the preliminary injunction carefully balances the interests of NAF and law enforcement, the 9th Circuit ruling said. The injunction prohibits Biomax Procurement Services LLC, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Daleiden, and Troy Newman from releasing recordings and materials they illegally obtained at NAFs educational meetings. Newman is a CMP board member and president of Operation Rescue, a hard-line anti-abortion group that claimed it aided the CMP in its investigation of the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. Vicki Saporta, NAF president and chief executive officer, said Daleiden and Merritt have engaged in a long-running conspiracy and a smear campaign that has put abortion providers at risk.

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Weekend Readings: American (Industry) Carnage – Southern Poverty Law Center

For Regina Elsea, it arrived too late. In February of last year, she was working the day shift at an auto parts factory in Cusseta, Alabama, when the machinery malfunctioned. When Elseas team called maintenance, no one showed up. But her team had a quota to meet. We were always trying to make our numbers, says Elseas coworker, Amber Meadows. Eventually, under pressure, Elsea grabbed a screwdriver and tried to clear the problem herself. The machine roared to life, and she was impaled with a pair of welding tips. Elsea was unable to move or speak, trapped until an emergency crew finally freed her. She died the next day. Elseas family, and other workers who suffered serious workplace injuries in factories in the Deep South, told their stories to Peter Waldman, who wrote about the heavy price of Alabamas auto boom for Bloomberg Businessweek. This factory growth, he writes, is just the kind of manufacturing renaissance President Donald Trump and his supporters are looking for except that it epitomizes the global economys race to the bottom. He describes low pay, high turnover, and scant training as part of Southern parts suppliers scramble to compete against suppliers in Mexico and Asia. The pressure is wreaking a different American carnage than the one Trump conjured at his inauguration: OSHA records document burning flesh, dismembered body parts, a fall into a vat of acid. They read like Upton Sinclair. Thats not too different than what we found in 2013 when the SPLC investigated poultry processing plants in Alabama. Its a house of pain in there, said Kendrick, a deboning worker who was warned he would lose his job if he notified his boss of his injuries. His injury wasnt an exception: Almost three-quarters of the poultry workers we interviewed described suffering a significant work-related injury. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported an injury rate more than 50 percent higher for poultry processing workers than all workers in the U.S. Unfettered by serious regulation and blessed with a vulnerable workforce, we wrote in 2013, flawed policy, lack of oversight and weak enforcement has allowed exploitation to thrive. It is confounding that against this backdrop of widespread, significant injuries, less than two weeks after Trump promised justice for the American worker, Republicans voted to revoke one of the few federal regulations that punish companies which fail to protect their workers. Specifically, they voted to revoke the Obama administrations Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order, which prevented the federal government from awarding contracts to companies that underpay or discriminate against their workers, or endanger them by violating workplace safety standards. This week, the Trump administration signed the measure revoking Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces into law. Now, if a company doesn’t protect its employees, its eligibility to receive millions of dollars directly from the U.S. government will be untouched, and vulnerable workers have even fewer protections against discrimination, mistreatment, and the kind of perilous, potentially fatal situations in which companies put Elsea and other workers in the Deep South. They treat people like interchangeable parts, a former Huntsville, Alabama, factory manager told Waldman. Without the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, companies are free to do so while getting rewarded by the federal government. The Editors PS. Here are a few more reads worth your time. SPLCs Weekend Readings are a weekly summary of the most important news reporting and commentary from around the country on civil rights, economic and racial inequality, and hate andextremism. Sign up to receive Weekend Readings every Saturday morning.

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Texas Chapter of Anti-LGBT Hate Group Mass Resistance Launches, Helmed by Robert Oscar Lpez – Southern Poverty Law Center

According to the Mass Resistance website, the Texas chapter was started and is headed by Robert Oscar Lpez, a well-known anti-LGBT activist who claims to be bisexual. Hes best known because of his claims that he grew up with a bisexual mother and her female partner, and that such a household made him strange and set him back in terms of learning social norms. He thus opposes same-sex marriage and parenting, and these views have earned him a spot on the anti-LGBT speaking circuit. Mass Resistance Texas (MRT), which appears to have launched in February, has already been lobbying the state legislature against trans access to bathrooms, and is holding an event Saturday, April 1 at Oak Meadow Baptist Church in Austin called Stand for the Sanctity and Health of the Family: Action and Education Meeting. According to the groups website, the event includes a panel of experts and activists who will arm citizens with tools to fight back against several topics, including transgender bathroom access, school curriculum and efforts to make Texans believe the gay marriage issue is lost for good. MRT appears to be specifically targeting the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an organization that advocates for LGBT equality, at this event. A post on its website dated Feb. 28, notes that This April 1, the Austin community and the Texas public at large will hear about what the Human Rights Campaign is doing in the Independent Austin School District. According to the blog, HRCs normalization of homosexuality begins with its Welcoming Schools materials, which include lesson plans and resources for teachers and parents to develop more inclusive classrooms for all students. Contrary to what Lpez and others opposed to it seem to claim, the Welcoming Schools materialsarenot mandatory, and instead provideguidelines and resources for teachers and schools wanting to provide a more welcoming learning environment for students. Nevertheless, Lpez talked with Sandy Rios of the anti-LGBT hate group American Family Association on her radio program earlier in March about the Welcoming Schools program, and claims that its a terrible thing HRC is doing, and provided an outline of what will occur at the April 1 meeting. According to Lpez, Mass Resistance Texas will walk participants through the open records law in Texas, distribute fact sheets and basic information on the Human Rights Campaign, provide guidelines on contacting elected officials and pressuring local groups as well as information on scripture that demonstrates specifically that Christian parents cannot go along with this kind of curriculum. They will also put together a 12-week program to learn to counter the arguments of supporters of Welcoming Schools. Lpezs targeting of HRC isnt surprising, given his history in the anti-LGBT right and battles against same-sex marriage and LGBT equality. His activism includes other claims, including that the gay lobby (which he differentiates from LGBT individuals) is fascist, abuses women and children, is an engine of world-historical evil and that gay adoption means that children become objects, and adults become slave-owners again. He has also claimed that there is an LGBT international war against black people, and that same-sex couples purchase children, which is tantamount to slavery, that gay men sexually abuse their children and, in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in 2015 that gay marriage targets children of gay parents for discrimination because it will allow adults to acquire custody of other peoples children and deny those children connections to their original mother and father. Lpez was formerly based in California, where he taught English and classics at California State University at Northridge. He resigned his position in June 2016 amidst allegations of retaliation against students who accused him of creating a hostile learning environment. Now he is teaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Though hes been out of the public eye for a number of months, he has continued his writing, and just recently self-published a book with help from Mass Resistance titled Wackos Thugs and Perverts: Clintonian Decadence in Academia, in which he blames Bill and Hillary Clinton for corrupting academia since 1990, and that virtually all movements in the academy that claim to be about race are really about LGBT ideology. According to Lpez, Hillary Clintons tyrannical model of political warfare by emotional manipulation is safe and unflappable in academia, waiting to regroup and re-install the dictatorship their party enjoyed during the decadent late years of Obama. He has also written fiction, including the gay sex-heavy Johnson Park: Five Gay Boys, One Street, Too Much Shade (currently unavailable). It remains to be seen what impact, if any, Lpez and his chapter of a virulently anti-LGBT hate group will have on state legislative and educational policy, but regardless, hes sure to garner attention.

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Ten Sovereign Citizens Face 320 Felonies in Tennessee – Southern Poverty Law Center

The suspectsall Tennessee residentsare charged with filing fraudulent liens and forgery, both felonies, which carry possible prison sentences upon conviction. A special prosecutor has been appointed to handle the case in Nashville. It began, authorities say, after one of the sovereign citizen defendants, Lee Harold Cromwell, filed bogus liens for millions of dollars after he was arrested for recklessly driving his Dodge Ram pickup backward, striking several people and killing a man in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on July 4, 2015. Cromwell filed the liens against the arresting police officer, the prosecutor and the judge who presided over his case. He was handed the new criminal charges in a Knoxville courtroom, just before a jury found him guilty last month of vehicular homicide, according to media reports. The ensuing joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the FBI revealed that over a period of recent years, Cromwell and other sovereign citizens living in Eastern Tennessee had filed $2 billion worth of bogus liens against assorted government officials. Those targeted included police officers, sheriffs deputies and state troopers, mayors, judges and various other elected and appointed city and state government officials, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. The liens, filed with the Tennessee Secretary of States Office in Nashville, were lodged against the public employees, ranging in amounts from $4 million to $12 million, encumbering their personal property. Anyone can file a lien in Tennessee by filling out an online form in a matter of minutes, the Knoxville News Sentinel said in story published last week. Removing the claims, which can haunt credit records for years, makes for a different story, the newspaper report said. Sovereign citizens, who generally believe most laws and licensing requirements dont apply to them and frequently resort to paper terrorism, filed Uniform Commercial Code liens and financing statements with the Tennessee Secretary of States Office. The investigation and prosecution are being supervised by a special prosecutor in the Davidson County where the state Secretary of States Office has its headquarters. Court appearances for the 10 defendants are set to begin next month. The jam-up of needless, fraudulent paperwork prompted the Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, to push for new, pending legislation, making it easier to purge fraudulent liens and recover legal costs against sovereign citizens who file them. The [fraudulent] liens were filed against dozens of different individuals across the state, encumbering their property, in amounts ranging from $4 million to $12 million, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. These arrests send a clear message, Hargett said in a statement. Public officials as well as state and local government employees shouldnt be harassed with fraudulent liens just for doing their jobs. The victims who had these liens filed against them range from citizens employed by government entities, police officers and attorneys, to elected and appointed officials, including city and county mayors, sheriffs, and members of the judiciary, the TBI statement said. Cromwell, 67, of Oak Ridge, was indicted on 14 counts of filing fraudulent liens and 14 counts of forgery. Others indicted in the roundup are: Michael Robert Birdsell, 45, of Andersonville, Tenn., charged with eight counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien. Austin Gary Cooper, 68, of Clinton, Tenn., charged with 10 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien. Victor Douglas Bunch, 72, of Powell, Tenn., charged with 17 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien. Christopher Alan Hauser, 51, of Del Rio, Tenn., charged with 21 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien. Ronald James Lyons, 52, of Newport, Tenn., charged with 30 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien. James Michael Usinger, 64, of Greeneville, charged with 22 counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien; John Jeffrey Williams, 50, of Powell, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien; George Edward Williams, 76, of Powell, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien; Kenneth Ray Foust, 73, of Clinton, charged with three counts of forgery and of filing a fraudulent lien.

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