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Possible Black Separatist Kori Ali Muhammad Kills Three in Fresno – Southern Poverty Law Center

The shootings occurred over a two-day span beginning on Monday at a Motel 6 where security guard Carl Williams was gunned down outside. The following day, it is alleged that Muhammad randomly fired his weapon at two people standing outside of Catholic Charities, killing them both. He then shot at a passenger in a PG & E truck, killing him, and at another passerby who was unharmed.

Muhammad was on foot when he was arrested, and purportedly yelled allahu akbar before police took him into custody. Police found no weapons on him, but he was in possession of a speed loader for a revolver and .357 caliber bullets.

Muhammad is said to be homeless. He is also an aspiring rapper, who goes by the name B-God Mac Sun. He has music on his YouTube about white devils, annihilating enemies and watching them bleed. His Facebook has similar themes, with homemade memes calling various Caucasians grafted white devil skunks. Another meme depicts the Great Mahdi Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam is destroying the grafted white devil skunks.

Muhammad also posted a number of pictures of weather patterns on his social media and referenced weather events in his music, which is likely related to the mysterious nation he repeatedly referred to, called the LOST FOUND ASIAIATIC BLACK NATION IN America.

Muhammad posted demands for reparations and separations, alluding to natural disasters occurring if his requests were not met. Requests included 17 Million in immediate material wealth, to receive the US Virgin Islands, and 25 years of support, though what kind was not mentioned.

This information was posted on a page devoted to Alex Jones on Tuesday, the same day he attempted to murder four people.

Muhammad is facing two counts of attempted murder and four counts of murder according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

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Cop-Killer Suspect Has Aryan Brotherhood Ties – Southern Poverty Law Center

Logan County Deputy David Wade, a U.S. Army veteran and father of three, was fatally shot in Mulhall, Oklahoma, as he was attempting to serve an eviction notice about 9 a.m., authorities said.

After arriving at the residence, the 40-year-old deputy was shot by a suspect identified as Nathan Aaron Leforce, 45, of Perry, Oklahoma, whose violent criminal history includes eluding police. The wounded deputy was flown by helicopter to a medical facility in Oklahoma City where he died two hours later from wounds to the head and torso, authorities said.

Authorities said Leforce was not the subject of the eviction and it was unclear why he fired at the deputy. Leforce fled in Wades patrol car as the wounded deputy and other officers fired at the fleeing suspect, the Oklahoman reported.

The suspect drove the police vehicle a short distance to a convenience store near Langston, Oklahoma, where he stole another vehicle at gunpoint and drove southwest toward Guthrie, Oklahoma, authorities said.

About five hours later, a large team of officers using a helicopter located the suspect hiding in an outbuilding seven miles southwest of Langston. He was arrested without incident after officers fired gas canisters into the building, authorities said. He was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder.

In 2001, Leforce pleaded no contest to use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and eluding an officer. Those charges came after a police chase, with speeds up to 90 mph, which ended in a cemetery where Leforces father was buried, the Oklahoma newspaper reported.

Leforce pointed an AR-15 rifle at the officer who returned fire, blowing out a car tire before the suspect sped away. Police later found the abandoned car and arrested Leforce walking along a road.

In 2007 Leforce pleaded no contest to a charge of obstructing an officer and served a year in jail. Three years later he was charged with check fraud, but the charge was dismissed when he paid restitution, according to public records. He was convicted in 2012 of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen credit card.

In 2015, Leforce was charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and domestic abuse, but the charges were dismissed the following year. The victim told police Leforce had bragged about his associations with the Irish Mob and the Universal Aryan Brotherhood, two gangs active in the Oklahoma state prison system, the Oklahoman reported.

Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux praised the slain deputy for his bravery, pointing out that Wade returned fire at the fleeing suspect even after being shot.

Deputy Wade lived like a warrior and died like one, the sheriff said. He gave his life serving his community, and I don’t think you can have a bigger honor than that.

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White Nationalist Matthew Heimbach Claims Trump Directed Supporters to Remove Protesters – Southern Poverty Law Center

In the lawsuit filed on Monday, Heimbach denied that he was responsible for physically assaulting protesters, but claimed that he was acting in reasonable defense of others if he had. The lawsuit also claims that Heimbach relied on Trumps reputation and expertise in doing the things alleged.

Heimbach relied on Trumps authority to order disruptive persons removed and that Trump was legally within his rights to ask other attendees to assist in defending their constitutional rights against protestors who were disrupting, the lawsuit claimed.

The legal battle stems from a campaign rally in March 2016, when Trump supporters, including Heimbach, physically removed protesters after Trump said, from the stage, Get em out of here! Video of the encounter shows Heimbach wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap, visibly enraged and pushing Shiya Nwanguama, a University of Louisville student.

Four other protesters filed criminal complaints with police in Louisville after the rally, but prosecutors initially declined to press charges.

Then, last March, Nwanguama filed a lawsuit naming Heimbach and two othersAlvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident, and Joseph Pryor of Indianaalleging they had shoved and struck her after Trump stopped his speech to direct supporters. Four months later, in July, Louisville police charged Heimbach, Bamberger and Pryor with harassment with physical contact.

Heimbachs lawsuit mirrors one filed by Bamberger, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Politico reported. Bambergers lawsuits claimed in their filing that Bamberger admits only that he touched a woman, but that he denies that he assaulted that woman. His lawyers also stressed that to the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response toand inspired byTrump and/or the Trump Campaigns urging to remove the protesters.

Heimbach ishead of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), white nationalist organizations that advocate for racially segregated “ethno states” and push for race-conscious candidates in local and regional political races, while concealing their ideologyin claims of “traditionalism.”

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Far Right Descends On Berkeley For ‘Free Speech’ And Planned Violence – Southern Poverty Law Center

BERKELEY, Calif. The American far right alt-right figures, antigovernment movement leaders, and a conglomeration of conspiracists and extremists ranging from anti-feminists to nativists, all angrily voicing their support for Donald Trump came here Saturday itching for a fight. They found it.

On social media, the organizers and supporters called it the Next Battle of Berkeley, a chance to gain revenge for an earlier event on the University of California campus that they believed had infringed on conservatives free speech rights: In February, a scheduled appearance by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shut down by rock-throwing antifascist protesters.

So when several hundred of them gathered at a downtown park for a Free Speech event Saturday most from out of town, many from all around the country they came prepared to do battle with the same black-clad protesters, many of them wearing helmets, pads, and face masks of their own. The result was an inevitable free-for-all, with organized phalanxes on both sides lining up, occasionally erupting into fistfights, and then breaking down in a series of running melees that ran up Center Street into the heart of downtown.

By the days end, 11people were injured and six hospitalized. Police arrested 21 people on a variety of charges.

The rally had drawn wide attention among various right-wing factions leading up to the event. Perhaps the most noteworthy of them were the Oath Keepers, the antigovernment Patriot movement group closely associated with the Bundy standoff and various far-right conspiracist activities.

Stewart Rhodes addresses the crowd Saturday.

Were going [to Berkeley] because people are having their rights violated, Oath Keepers president Steward Rhodes told a North Carolina gathering the week before. So it could be argued that with the full support of the local politicians, thugs in the streets are beating people up and suppressing their rights to free speech and assembly. It could be argued that California is in a state of insurrection.

Various alt-right figures also became involved. Kyle Chapman, an Alameda County man who has gained recent notoriety as Based Stickman, the stick-and-shield-wielding defender of right-wing speech, came and was reportedly arrested. Canadian Lauren Southern, an alt-right pundit who came to notoriety by denying the existence of rape culture and by demonizing minorities, arrived wearing a helmet boasting a MAGA (Make America Great Again) sticker.

Nathan Damigo, a leader in the white-nationalist ‘Identity Evropa’ movement, taunts protesters.

Nathan Damigo, one of the key figures in the student-oriented white-nationalist Identity Evropa organization, was not only present, but acted as a provocateur throughout much of the day, egging on protesters and leading a group of young white men with fascy haircuts in confrontations on the street. Damigo was videotaped sucker-punching a young woman in black who was embroiled in the street brawls.

The rally was scheduled to begin at noon, but by 11 a.m. both sides were out in force, and the right-wing speakers, including Southern and Rhodes, began addressing the crowd from a tree-covered portion of the park. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered, separated from the Patriots by orange police cordons, enforced by some 250 officers. By around noon, the protesters began to march around the park.

Groups of right-wing activists formed lines to prevent black-clad antifascists from entering their space, even as the protest moved around the east end of the park and then congealed on Center Street, on its west side. It was there that the police cordons finally started breaking down, the two sides were milling as a mob, and fights began to break out. Objects ranging from plastic bottles to large rock to bagels were flying through the air. A trash bin was rolled down the street, and several bins of garbage were set afire.

The Pepe banners came out early and often.

Banners came out, including some featuring Pepe the Frog, the notorious alt-right mascot. One sign featured the anti-Semitic meme, Goyim Know.

Eventually, the mass of people moved a half-block to the intersection of Center and Milvia streets, where the two sides again faced off for the better part of an hour. Insults were shouted and chanted, threats were made, skirmishes erupted. Both sides appeared to be evenly matched.

That mob broke up when someone lit a large smoke bomb that obscured everyones vision for several minutes. In the fog, melees began breaking out, several of them running east up Center. Eventually the mob moved up the block to the intersection of Center with Shattuck, the main downtown boulevard.

The right-wing militants appeared to be attempting to head toward the Cal-Berkeley campus a few blocks further east, but the protesters stiffened their resistance and prevented them from getting much further beyond Shattuck. As participants began drifting away, the combatants remained mostly within a small half-block on Shattuck. Eventually, an organized phalanx of police moved in and broke up the crowd, and most participants went home.

Afterward, the alt-right was exultant, claiming victory: Chapman claimed that Berkeley got sacked, while the rallys original organizers, a far-right group called the Proud Boys, boasted: Today was an enormous victory! I could not be more proud or grateful for every one who attended the event! This was the turning point!

Post-election pro-Trump rallies in late February held around the country similarly provoked scenes of mob violence.

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Weekend Read: Criminalizing the Vote – Southern Poverty Law Center

“Texas passed the most restrictive voter ID law in the country a law legislators knew would hurt black and Hispanic voters without any evidence justifying it, and they broke all sorts of legislative rules and norms to do it,” said attorney Myrna Perez, representing the Texas NAACP.

Texas legislators are not alone. Since 2010, Republicans have passed an onslaught of voter restrictions across the country, fueled by spurious claims of voter fraud claims that are themselves fraudulent, as numerous studies have concluded. In Texas, for example, the pretext for the state’s voter ID law was just 38 illegal voting cases over the course of the last 12 years.

What’s more, many of those cases stem not from sinister conspiracies, but from confusion. That’s what happened to Rosa Ortega, who has a green card and has lived and voted in Dallas for over two decades. She was stunned when detectives confronted her in 2015 about checking the wrong box on a ballot, and even more stunned in February of this year when a jury sentenced her to eight years in prison for her mistake.

“Eight years for signing a piece of paper wrong,” said Ortega. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t have a criminal record. Why am I the example?”

Ortega’s defense attorney, Clark Birdsall, says he thinks he knows the answer. With his claims that as many as 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote, his calls for mass deportation, and his warning that his own election was rigged, President Trump has fostered “a sense of ill-will” toward minorities an ill-will that helped “warp the perspective of the jurors,” Birdsall toldThe Washington Post.

Birdsall’s assessment is borne out by the case of another woman facing felony voting charges in Georgia. Unlike Ortega, Olivia Pearson was not accused of voting illegally. Instead, she was charged with illegally helping another voter, Diewanna Robinson, who says she was overwhelmed as a first-time voter by the unfamiliar voting machine.

Without Pearson, Robinson testified, she would not have been able to cast her ballot. There have been no allegations that Pearson influenced Robinson’s vote, and nothing improper has been found in Pearson’s own voting record.

But the jury almost convicted Pearson of felony voting charges anyway, blocked by just one juror, a young black woman, who refused to agree that Pearson was guilty of a crime. Pearson’s case, eventually declared a mistrial, was an attempt by prosecutors “to take us backward,” said Pearson’s attorney, Nefertara Clark.

The same push to “move us backward” is happening in states around the country. All kinds of discriminatory measures have metastasized in the decades-long attack on voting rights that was given new life by the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2012. Outside of state legislatures, groups are movingto sue poor counties for out-of-date voter rolls, while inside them, lawmakers are decreasing polling places and hours, purging voter rolls, and gerrymandering districts.

This week’s federal ruling against Texas’ voter ID law is encouraging. But in a country becoming steadily less white, it is not enough to bat down just one method that one state employs to keep voters of color away from the ballot box.

“Illegal voting” is a red herring. Protecting the right to vote requires constant and unrelenting commitment.

The Editors.

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Antigovernment Fugitive Arrested on Wisconsin Farm – Southern Poverty Law Center

The arrest ended a 10-day nationwide manhunt for the 32-year-old fugitive wanted on arson and burglary charges in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, where he mailed a 161-pagemanifestoto President Trump, denouncing government and religion.

The FBI posted a $20,000 reward for the fugitive. During the manhunt, additional security was provided for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is from Janesville.

We would like to say that this is a Good Friday in more than one way, Vernon County Sheriff John Spears told Lacrosse television stationWXOW-TVin announcing Jakubowskis arrest early Friday.

Firearms believed stolen from a Janesville, Wisconsin, gun dealer when Jakubowski disappeared on April 4 were found at the scene, authorities said without immediately confirming all 18 weapons were recovered.

Jakubowskis mysterious disappearancebegun when he set his car afire and allowed a friend to video him mailing the manifestoended in the simplest of ways.

A farmer in Vernon County, about 125 miles northwest of Janesville, called the sheriffs department Thursday evening when spotted a stranger who had set up a makeshift tent on the rural private property and refused to leave.

The farmer said he initially didnt realize the stranger was the wanted fugitive, and described him as cordial, the Lacrosse station reported.

The farmer, a retired high school counselor identified as Jeffrey Gorn by The Associated Press, told authorities he talked to the man for about an hour and never felt threatened

The farmer said Jakubowski was angry with society in general, but never raised his voice, the station reported.

Later, the farmer called the sheriffs office telling dispatchers a man matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so, authorities said in a news release.

A team of 125 law enforcement officers from 14 agencies was dispatched to the scene and, under cover of darkness, established a perimeter around the 150-acre farm.

About 6 a.m. Friday, shortly beforesunrise, SWAT team officers approached the tent using a Bearcat tactical vehicle and arrested the fugitive without incident, the sheriffs department said.

He gave up withoutany resistance and was taken into custody, the Vernon County sheriff told the Lacrosse television reporters. There was an overwhelming force there [and]I think he understood what he was facing, so he gave up peacefully.

Investigators have said Jakubowski mailed a161-page manifestoto President Donald Trump that contains extensive, rambling screeds against the government and religion.

At one point in the manifesto, the author wrote, We need to spill their blood.

WTMJ-TVin Milwaukee reported Thursday it obtained a copy of a portion of the manifesto before Jakubowskis disappearance.

In the rambling screed, Jakubowski contends government and religion are brainwashing citizens, and he wants his death carried out by the hands of the president on live television, the station reported.

He said he was willing to carry out violent acts, but doesnt list specific targets.

Investigators say while Jakubowski apparently research survivalist sites and obtained a bullet proof vest and a helmet, he doesnt have any known affiliations with militia or Patriot groups.

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Anti-LGBT Activities Roundup – Southern Poverty Law Center

Alaska Family Action (AKFA) is supporting an Anchorage anti-trans initiative that would force Alaskans to use public locker rooms and bathrooms that match the sex specified on their birth certificates. The initiative was introduced March 28 as a pared-down version of the earlier Protect Our Privacy Initiative, that would have dismantled legal protections for LGBT people and allowed some businesses to refuse to serve same-sex ceremonies. It was deemed illegal by the Anchorage municipal attorney because it addressed too many different subjects.

Should this latest initative pass legal review, signatures will be gathered to place it on the April 2018 ballot. The language in the initiative is similar to the current debate over Texas anti-trans bathroom bill, SB 6.

One of the two sponsors for the Anchorage initiative is Kim Minnery, wife of AKFA president Jim Minnery, who has a long history of anti-LGBT activity and has helped spearhead two successful campaigns against anti-discrimination legislation that would have included LGBT people. His cousin, Tom Minnery, has a similar history. Retired now, Tom Minnery is president emeritus of Family Policy Alliance (formerly CitizenLink, which was affiliated with Focus on the Family). He was also a former senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family and a founding member of the board of directors and former president of the board of the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.

In 2012, Jim Minnery was a leader of the so-called Protect Your Rights Vote No on Prop 5 campaign in Alaska. Prop 5, which did not pass, would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. The campaign ran an anti-trans cartoon ad, including one in which a transvestite applies for a job at a daycare center. That ad was roundly denounced as stigmatizing and dehumanizing, including by former Alaska governor Tony Knowles. Minnery has also claimed that there is a homosexual agenda to persecute and prosecute anyone who doesnt endorse it. He also claimed that the 2015 LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance legally invited men into public restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms used by women and girls because the men will claim to identify as female.

AKFA also launched a campaign on April 11 against the nomination of Drew Phoenix, who is trans, to the Alaska State Human Rights Commission. In a Facebook post targeting Phoenixs nomination, AKFA noted Phoenixs work in support of the anti-discrimination Prop 5, which AKFA says, proposed that men should be able to use whatever showers, bathrooms, etc. they want, consistent with their self-declared gender identity. Conflating sexual predation with trans women is a harmful myth peddled by anti-LGBT groups.

The American Family Association* (AFA) is conducting spiritual heritage tours in June and September. The tours include a Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown visit and another to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon. AFA bills the excursions as tours that will help you capture the deep, rich Christian heritage of our country and the people who founded it.

AFA has a long history of anti-LGBT statements and activities. Last year it launched a boycott against Target stores for the latters trans-inclusive policies which, AFA claimed, would allow sexual predators into restrooms and changing rooms, a common and roundly debunked claim made by the anti-LGBT right. Earlier this month, AFA radio host Bryan Fisher claimed that LGBT people stole the rainbow from God, presumably as a response to the death of artist Gilbert Baker, who created the flag. Fischer has linked homosexuality to Nazism and pedophilia and claimed that Muslims dont have First Amendment rights. He has also supported the criminalization of homosexuality.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) is holding a 10-year anniversary celebration on April 28 in Bellevue, Washington. The keynote speaker is conservative author and radio host Dennis Prager, who has claimed that heterosexual AIDS and rape on campus are liberal hysteria and lies and that voting for Trump was a good thing because it was like dropping atom bombs on Japan. The context then morally demanded it, he claimed, and the moral demand in our time is the defeat of the Left.

FPIW is also holding a series of meet-ups in Washington state through April 21 under the title of Gender Revolution: We celebrate Womens Day, but no one can define what a womanor a manactually is anymore and [W]hy is my childs school working so hard to convince them there are 56 genders and you can be any gender you want?

In addition to the citizen meet-ups, the group is holding citizen lobbying trainings in Olympia on April 14 and 19. FPIW says the sessions are FPIWs signature citizen orientation training and prepare participants to have a meaningful impact on good public policy in Washington state. The trainings take place at the state capitol.

FPIW is extremely active in anti-choice and anti-LGBT state and local politics and conducts trainings on getting involved. It has battled domestic partnerships, access to birth control for poor women, and a telemedicine bill, claiming that it would allow webcam abortions. FPIW president Joseph Backholm has compared same-sex marriage to two siblings re-defining their bond and said that tolerance is not something to be pursued.

FPIW is also behind the anti-trans Just Want Privacy campaign, which was gathering signatures in 2016 for Initiative 1515, which would have repealed a state human rights commission law and made it legal for businesses to discriminate against trans people by allowing them to refuse to allow trans people to use the restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. The measure didnt make the November ballot.

The Family Research Council* (FRC) will be holding its Watchmen on the Wall (WOTW) national briefing in Washington, D.C. May 24 through 26. WOTW is FRCs ministry to pastors. Confirmed speakers include pseudohistorian David Barton, anti-LGBT pastor and activist Michael Brown, anti-Muslim Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin, and anti-LGBT speaker and activist Frank Turek.

On May 2, FRC is holding a lecture on the Free Speech Fairness Act, which is, according to FRC, a bill that restores free speech and religious liberty to churches and other nonprofits by allowing them to make political statements under certain conditions. Georgia congressman Jody Hice will be speaking about the bill. Hice, who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, served as a pastor and conservative talk radio host.

In 2012, Hice published his book Its Now or Never, in which he alleges the gay community has a plot to recruit and sodomize children and that homosexuality causes shorter life spans and that same-sex couples cannot raise healthy children. He also states in the book that abortion rights supporters are worse than Hitler and calls for Muslims to be stripped of their First Amendment rights.

The Minnesota Family Council (MFC) will be holding its annual dinner May 1, featuring conservative evangelical author, speaker and radio host Eric Metaxas as its keynote speaker.

MFC has long battled LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, claiming that the latter will result in a loss of political freedom. The group has promoted falsehoods about homosexuality and LGBT people as well. In 2011, for example, the group posted a legislative handbook on its website that claimed, among other things, that “the homosexual population includes a disproportionate number of pedophiles,” that “some homosexuals have become urolagniacs (ingesting urine and feces) and engage in bestiality as well as other deviant behaviors,” and that LGBT people are abnormal and disorderedall claims that have been roundly rejected by credible scholarly researchers. The manual also pushed for removing sexual orientation from the states Human Rights Act because there was no evidence that a significant number of homosexuals are discriminated against. After bloggers started publicizing the manual, it was removed from the site.

In 2014, MFC joined fellow anti-LGBT groups the Minnesota Child Protection League and the Minnesota Catholic Council in a full-page anti-trans ad in the Minnesota Star-Tribune. The ad targeted a school policy aimed at inclusion of trans students in sports, and painted trans students as dangerous.

The Liberty Counsel* is planning a tour of Israel in partnership with Christians in Defense of Israel from October 2 through 11. According to one of the Counsels Liberty Alerts, the VIP tour occurs over the holiday of Sukkot and the Feast of Tabernacles and the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War and the seventieth anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The tour will include the opportunity to meet with political and community leaders.

The Liberty Counsel is a hardline anti-LGBT group that bills itself as a non-profit litigation, education and policy organization providing legal counsel and pro bono assistance in cases that deal with religious liberty and issues around abortion and LGBT rights. The group has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and believes homosexuality is dangerous. It is currently defending anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively in a lawsuit that claims Lively engaged in human rights violations because of his work in Africa, in which he allegedly spread falsehoods about homosexuality that helped create a dangerous climate for LGBT people in Uganda.

In the wake of the mass shooting last June at Orlandos LGBT Pulse nightclub in which 49 people died, Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver criticized memorial gatherings, claiming they turned into homosexual love fests. Earlier this year, Staver insisted that the Pulse shootings had nothing to do with targeting LGBT people and that first responders were traumatized again because they had to get tested for AIDS-related conditions because of all the blood at the scene.

The Political Network for Values (PNV) is holding its second transatlantic summit of policymakers in Brussels April 27 through 28. PNV is an anti-choice and anti-LGBT network of groups and individuals whose board of directors includes Brian Brown, president of the anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families and Benjamin Bull, director of the international arm of Alliance Defending Freedom.*

According to its website, PNV formed as a result of efforts initiated by former Minister of Home Affairs in Spain and former European Parliament member, Jaime Mayor Oreja. He, along with legislators from Europe, the United States and Mexico, are working to create Trans-Atlantic cooperation among legislators on the issues of life, marriage, family and fundamental freedoms.

The second summit includes Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Study for the Family Research Council*; Sharon Slater, director of Family Watch International*; and Katalin Novk, Hungarys Secretary of State for Youth, Family and International Affairs. She is serving as a local organizer for the upcoming World Congress of Families* gathering in Budapest in May (see below).

According to the program, the summit will create a forum spotlighting topics regarding the institution of marriage, family, human life, human dignity, religious freedom and freedom of conscience in international organizations. A proposed agenda will be discussed by policy makers based on the risks and challenges identified by experts, and will set the ground for its implementation.

The ex-gay Restored Hope Network (RHN) is holding its annual conference in San Diego June 16 and 17. RHN claims to be a network of more than 55 Christian ministries, pastors and counselors in the US. It is dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin especially those impacted by homosexuality.

RHNs doctrinal statement includes the belief that sexual purity is a life and death matter and claims that Marriage between a man and a woman prefigures the union of God and his people or Christ and the church and has as its highest purpose the self-giving integration of the two sexes into a single sexual whole.

RHN launched in 2012 after splintering from ex-gay juggernaut Exodus, which shut down in 2013. RHN is helmed by veteran ex-gay activists like Stephen Black, who often worked with virulently anti-LGBT Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern (no longer in office) and Andrew Comiskey, who headed up the ex-gay Desert Stream Ministry, which in the past fell under suspicion of sexual abuse.

The pseudoscience of ex-gay therapy (also referred to as conversion and reparative therapy) has a long history of demonizing and attempting to cure homosexuality through a range of discredited and often dangerous practices. Ex-gay therapy has been rejected by virtually every mainstream and legitimate medical and mental health organization for years. In 2012, the Pan American Health Organizationthe North and South American representative of the World Health Organizationcondemned the practice and in 2016, the World Psychiatric Association announced its opposition to it, as well.

World Congress of Families* (WCF) is gearing up for its annual conference May 24 through 28 in Budapest. The local organizing committee is led by Katalin Novak, Hungarys Secretary of State for Youth, Family and International Affairs.

WCF conferences often include local government officials, and the gathering serves as an important nexus of networking for international anti-LGBT and anti-choice groups. They are often rife with anti-LGBT and anti-choice rhetoric and conspiracy theories, as demonstrated at last years gathering in Tbilisi.

WCF, under the umbrella of the International Organization for the Family (formerly the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society), often colludes with government and religious officials abroad with regard to policy and legislation and works to push its ideology of the natural family. The latter considers families that are made up of one cisgender man in a lifelong marriage with one cisgender woman and their children as the only valid type of family. According to WCFs Eventbrite page for the Tbilisi conference last year, this construction of the natural family precludes incompatible constructs of the family as well as incompatible behaviors among its members. There is no room in society for family structures other than that, according to this view.

WCFs work in Russia may have provided impetus for the anti-LGBT laws there that essentially criminalize homosexuality and have fostered an often brutal anti-LGBT climate. Both the IOF and WCF are currently headed by Brian Brown, who is also the president of the National Organization for Marriage.

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Southern Poverty Law Center’s National Outreach Director to Speak on Campus – The Gothic Times

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NJCUs campus community will welcome the national outreach director of the Southern Poverty Law Center this Tuesday (April 18th from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.) for an important discussion. Lecia Brooks will address Hate-fueled Crimes and Policies: Human Rights Threats Due to The Current Presidential Administration in Hepburn Halls Gothic Lounge, room 202.

The rise in hate crimes we are seeing today across the country may not be all precisely due to our president, Donald Trump, but the actions people believe they can take ever since he became president. Many people in our nation are now protesting for the rights of immigrants that have been living here for quite some time and are being deported or fear being deported. Others are concerned about actions against Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and excluding minorities from certain aspects that involve the country.

Brooks has taken the time out to help our community better understand the events going on by involving us in a discussion of the Southern Poverty Law Centers 2016 Hate Map. The map shows harassment and hate incidents that have happened since the presidential election. This discussion will also include information about hate groups in New Jersey.

This is an important event to experience because not only can you have a better understanding of what is going on in the world, but you may be able to share your own experiences whether you have been involved in a hate crime or harassment issue involving race, religion, or gender.

In our generation today, we are so focused on ourselves that we often forget that other people go through things that we as a whole can prevent. This event is a way to share experiences and get a better understanding of what the presidential election is doing to this country.

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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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Possible Black Separatist Kori Ali Muhammad Kills Three in Fresno – Southern Poverty Law Center

The shootings occurred over a two-day span beginning on Monday at a Motel 6 where security guard Carl Williams was gunned down outside. The following day, it is alleged that Muhammad randomly fired his weapon at two people standing outside of Catholic Charities, killing them both. He then shot at a passenger in a PG & E truck, killing him, and at another passerby who was unharmed. Muhammad was on foot when he was arrested, and purportedly yelled allahu akbar before police took him into custody. Police found no weapons on him, but he was in possession of a speed loader for a revolver and .357 caliber bullets. Muhammad is said to be homeless. He is also an aspiring rapper, who goes by the name B-God Mac Sun. He has music on his YouTube about white devils, annihilating enemies and watching them bleed. His Facebook has similar themes, with homemade memes calling various Caucasians grafted white devil skunks. Another meme depicts the Great Mahdi Fard Muhammad, the founder of the Nation of Islam is destroying the grafted white devil skunks. Muhammad also posted a number of pictures of weather patterns on his social media and referenced weather events in his music, which is likely related to the mysterious nation he repeatedly referred to, called the LOST FOUND ASIAIATIC BLACK NATION IN America. Muhammad posted demands for reparations and separations, alluding to natural disasters occurring if his requests were not met. Requests included 17 Million in immediate material wealth, to receive the US Virgin Islands, and 25 years of support, though what kind was not mentioned. This information was posted on a page devoted to Alex Jones on Tuesday, the same day he attempted to murder four people. Muhammad is facing two counts of attempted murder and four counts of murder according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.

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Cop-Killer Suspect Has Aryan Brotherhood Ties – Southern Poverty Law Center

Logan County Deputy David Wade, a U.S. Army veteran and father of three, was fatally shot in Mulhall, Oklahoma, as he was attempting to serve an eviction notice about 9 a.m., authorities said. After arriving at the residence, the 40-year-old deputy was shot by a suspect identified as Nathan Aaron Leforce, 45, of Perry, Oklahoma, whose violent criminal history includes eluding police. The wounded deputy was flown by helicopter to a medical facility in Oklahoma City where he died two hours later from wounds to the head and torso, authorities said. Authorities said Leforce was not the subject of the eviction and it was unclear why he fired at the deputy. Leforce fled in Wades patrol car as the wounded deputy and other officers fired at the fleeing suspect, the Oklahoman reported. The suspect drove the police vehicle a short distance to a convenience store near Langston, Oklahoma, where he stole another vehicle at gunpoint and drove southwest toward Guthrie, Oklahoma, authorities said. About five hours later, a large team of officers using a helicopter located the suspect hiding in an outbuilding seven miles southwest of Langston. He was arrested without incident after officers fired gas canisters into the building, authorities said. He was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder. In 2001, Leforce pleaded no contest to use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and eluding an officer. Those charges came after a police chase, with speeds up to 90 mph, which ended in a cemetery where Leforces father was buried, the Oklahoma newspaper reported. Leforce pointed an AR-15 rifle at the officer who returned fire, blowing out a car tire before the suspect sped away. Police later found the abandoned car and arrested Leforce walking along a road. In 2007 Leforce pleaded no contest to a charge of obstructing an officer and served a year in jail. Three years later he was charged with check fraud, but the charge was dismissed when he paid restitution, according to public records. He was convicted in 2012 of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen credit card. In 2015, Leforce was charged with kidnapping, child endangerment and domestic abuse, but the charges were dismissed the following year. The victim told police Leforce had bragged about his associations with the Irish Mob and the Universal Aryan Brotherhood, two gangs active in the Oklahoma state prison system, the Oklahoman reported. Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux praised the slain deputy for his bravery, pointing out that Wade returned fire at the fleeing suspect even after being shot. Deputy Wade lived like a warrior and died like one, the sheriff said. He gave his life serving his community, and I don’t think you can have a bigger honor than that.

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White Nationalist Matthew Heimbach Claims Trump Directed Supporters to Remove Protesters – Southern Poverty Law Center

In the lawsuit filed on Monday, Heimbach denied that he was responsible for physically assaulting protesters, but claimed that he was acting in reasonable defense of others if he had. The lawsuit also claims that Heimbach relied on Trumps reputation and expertise in doing the things alleged. Heimbach relied on Trumps authority to order disruptive persons removed and that Trump was legally within his rights to ask other attendees to assist in defending their constitutional rights against protestors who were disrupting, the lawsuit claimed. The legal battle stems from a campaign rally in March 2016, when Trump supporters, including Heimbach, physically removed protesters after Trump said, from the stage, Get em out of here! Video of the encounter shows Heimbach wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap, visibly enraged and pushing Shiya Nwanguama, a University of Louisville student. Four other protesters filed criminal complaints with police in Louisville after the rally, but prosecutors initially declined to press charges. Then, last March, Nwanguama filed a lawsuit naming Heimbach and two othersAlvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident, and Joseph Pryor of Indianaalleging they had shoved and struck her after Trump stopped his speech to direct supporters. Four months later, in July, Louisville police charged Heimbach, Bamberger and Pryor with harassment with physical contact. Heimbachs lawsuit mirrors one filed by Bamberger, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, Politico reported. Bambergers lawsuits claimed in their filing that Bamberger admits only that he touched a woman, but that he denies that he assaulted that woman. His lawyers also stressed that to the extent that Bamberger acted, he did so in response toand inspired byTrump and/or the Trump Campaigns urging to remove the protesters. Heimbach ishead of the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) and the Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP), white nationalist organizations that advocate for racially segregated “ethno states” and push for race-conscious candidates in local and regional political races, while concealing their ideologyin claims of “traditionalism.” Neither Heimbach nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Far Right Descends On Berkeley For ‘Free Speech’ And Planned Violence – Southern Poverty Law Center

BERKELEY, Calif. The American far right alt-right figures, antigovernment movement leaders, and a conglomeration of conspiracists and extremists ranging from anti-feminists to nativists, all angrily voicing their support for Donald Trump came here Saturday itching for a fight. They found it. On social media, the organizers and supporters called it the Next Battle of Berkeley, a chance to gain revenge for an earlier event on the University of California campus that they believed had infringed on conservatives free speech rights: In February, a scheduled appearance by alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shut down by rock-throwing antifascist protesters. So when several hundred of them gathered at a downtown park for a Free Speech event Saturday most from out of town, many from all around the country they came prepared to do battle with the same black-clad protesters, many of them wearing helmets, pads, and face masks of their own. The result was an inevitable free-for-all, with organized phalanxes on both sides lining up, occasionally erupting into fistfights, and then breaking down in a series of running melees that ran up Center Street into the heart of downtown. By the days end, 11people were injured and six hospitalized. Police arrested 21 people on a variety of charges. The rally had drawn wide attention among various right-wing factions leading up to the event. Perhaps the most noteworthy of them were the Oath Keepers, the antigovernment Patriot movement group closely associated with the Bundy standoff and various far-right conspiracist activities. Stewart Rhodes addresses the crowd Saturday. Were going [to Berkeley] because people are having their rights violated, Oath Keepers president Steward Rhodes told a North Carolina gathering the week before. So it could be argued that with the full support of the local politicians, thugs in the streets are beating people up and suppressing their rights to free speech and assembly. It could be argued that California is in a state of insurrection. Various alt-right figures also became involved. Kyle Chapman, an Alameda County man who has gained recent notoriety as Based Stickman, the stick-and-shield-wielding defender of right-wing speech, came and was reportedly arrested. Canadian Lauren Southern, an alt-right pundit who came to notoriety by denying the existence of rape culture and by demonizing minorities, arrived wearing a helmet boasting a MAGA (Make America Great Again) sticker. Nathan Damigo, a leader in the white-nationalist ‘Identity Evropa’ movement, taunts protesters. Nathan Damigo, one of the key figures in the student-oriented white-nationalist Identity Evropa organization, was not only present, but acted as a provocateur throughout much of the day, egging on protesters and leading a group of young white men with fascy haircuts in confrontations on the street. Damigo was videotaped sucker-punching a young woman in black who was embroiled in the street brawls. The rally was scheduled to begin at noon, but by 11 a.m. both sides were out in force, and the right-wing speakers, including Southern and Rhodes, began addressing the crowd from a tree-covered portion of the park. Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered, separated from the Patriots by orange police cordons, enforced by some 250 officers. By around noon, the protesters began to march around the park. Groups of right-wing activists formed lines to prevent black-clad antifascists from entering their space, even as the protest moved around the east end of the park and then congealed on Center Street, on its west side. It was there that the police cordons finally started breaking down, the two sides were milling as a mob, and fights began to break out. Objects ranging from plastic bottles to large rock to bagels were flying through the air. A trash bin was rolled down the street, and several bins of garbage were set afire. The Pepe banners came out early and often. Banners came out, including some featuring Pepe the Frog, the notorious alt-right mascot. One sign featured the anti-Semitic meme, Goyim Know. Eventually, the mass of people moved a half-block to the intersection of Center and Milvia streets, where the two sides again faced off for the better part of an hour. Insults were shouted and chanted, threats were made, skirmishes erupted. Both sides appeared to be evenly matched. That mob broke up when someone lit a large smoke bomb that obscured everyones vision for several minutes. In the fog, melees began breaking out, several of them running east up Center. Eventually the mob moved up the block to the intersection of Center with Shattuck, the main downtown boulevard. The right-wing militants appeared to be attempting to head toward the Cal-Berkeley campus a few blocks further east, but the protesters stiffened their resistance and prevented them from getting much further beyond Shattuck. As participants began drifting away, the combatants remained mostly within a small half-block on Shattuck. Eventually, an organized phalanx of police moved in and broke up the crowd, and most participants went home. Afterward, the alt-right was exultant, claiming victory: Chapman claimed that Berkeley got sacked, while the rallys original organizers, a far-right group called the Proud Boys, boasted: Today was an enormous victory! I could not be more proud or grateful for every one who attended the event! This was the turning point! Post-election pro-Trump rallies in late February held around the country similarly provoked scenes of mob violence.

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Weekend Read: Criminalizing the Vote – Southern Poverty Law Center

“Texas passed the most restrictive voter ID law in the country a law legislators knew would hurt black and Hispanic voters without any evidence justifying it, and they broke all sorts of legislative rules and norms to do it,” said attorney Myrna Perez, representing the Texas NAACP. Texas legislators are not alone. Since 2010, Republicans have passed an onslaught of voter restrictions across the country, fueled by spurious claims of voter fraud claims that are themselves fraudulent, as numerous studies have concluded. In Texas, for example, the pretext for the state’s voter ID law was just 38 illegal voting cases over the course of the last 12 years. What’s more, many of those cases stem not from sinister conspiracies, but from confusion. That’s what happened to Rosa Ortega, who has a green card and has lived and voted in Dallas for over two decades. She was stunned when detectives confronted her in 2015 about checking the wrong box on a ballot, and even more stunned in February of this year when a jury sentenced her to eight years in prison for her mistake. “Eight years for signing a piece of paper wrong,” said Ortega. “I didn’t know what I was doing. I don’t have a criminal record. Why am I the example?” Ortega’s defense attorney, Clark Birdsall, says he thinks he knows the answer. With his claims that as many as 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote, his calls for mass deportation, and his warning that his own election was rigged, President Trump has fostered “a sense of ill-will” toward minorities an ill-will that helped “warp the perspective of the jurors,” Birdsall toldThe Washington Post. Birdsall’s assessment is borne out by the case of another woman facing felony voting charges in Georgia. Unlike Ortega, Olivia Pearson was not accused of voting illegally. Instead, she was charged with illegally helping another voter, Diewanna Robinson, who says she was overwhelmed as a first-time voter by the unfamiliar voting machine. Without Pearson, Robinson testified, she would not have been able to cast her ballot. There have been no allegations that Pearson influenced Robinson’s vote, and nothing improper has been found in Pearson’s own voting record. But the jury almost convicted Pearson of felony voting charges anyway, blocked by just one juror, a young black woman, who refused to agree that Pearson was guilty of a crime. Pearson’s case, eventually declared a mistrial, was an attempt by prosecutors “to take us backward,” said Pearson’s attorney, Nefertara Clark. The same push to “move us backward” is happening in states around the country. All kinds of discriminatory measures have metastasized in the decades-long attack on voting rights that was given new life by the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act in 2012. Outside of state legislatures, groups are movingto sue poor counties for out-of-date voter rolls, while inside them, lawmakers are decreasing polling places and hours, purging voter rolls, and gerrymandering districts. This week’s federal ruling against Texas’ voter ID law is encouraging. But in a country becoming steadily less white, it is not enough to bat down just one method that one state employs to keep voters of color away from the ballot box. “Illegal voting” is a red herring. Protecting the right to vote requires constant and unrelenting commitment. The Editors. P.S. Here are a few more reads worth your time: SPLC’s Weekend Reads are a weekly summary of the most important reporting and commentary from around the country on civil rights, economic and racial inequity, and hate and extremism. Sign up to receive Weekend Reads every Saturday morning.

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Antigovernment Fugitive Arrested on Wisconsin Farm – Southern Poverty Law Center

The arrest ended a 10-day nationwide manhunt for the 32-year-old fugitive wanted on arson and burglary charges in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, where he mailed a 161-pagemanifestoto President Trump, denouncing government and religion. The FBI posted a $20,000 reward for the fugitive. During the manhunt, additional security was provided for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is from Janesville. We would like to say that this is a Good Friday in more than one way, Vernon County Sheriff John Spears told Lacrosse television stationWXOW-TVin announcing Jakubowskis arrest early Friday. Firearms believed stolen from a Janesville, Wisconsin, gun dealer when Jakubowski disappeared on April 4 were found at the scene, authorities said without immediately confirming all 18 weapons were recovered. Jakubowskis mysterious disappearancebegun when he set his car afire and allowed a friend to video him mailing the manifestoended in the simplest of ways. A farmer in Vernon County, about 125 miles northwest of Janesville, called the sheriffs department Thursday evening when spotted a stranger who had set up a makeshift tent on the rural private property and refused to leave. The farmer said he initially didnt realize the stranger was the wanted fugitive, and described him as cordial, the Lacrosse station reported. The farmer, a retired high school counselor identified as Jeffrey Gorn by The Associated Press, told authorities he talked to the man for about an hour and never felt threatened The farmer said Jakubowski was angry with society in general, but never raised his voice, the station reported. Later, the farmer called the sheriffs office telling dispatchers a man matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so, authorities said in a news release. A team of 125 law enforcement officers from 14 agencies was dispatched to the scene and, under cover of darkness, established a perimeter around the 150-acre farm. About 6 a.m. Friday, shortly beforesunrise, SWAT team officers approached the tent using a Bearcat tactical vehicle and arrested the fugitive without incident, the sheriffs department said. He gave up withoutany resistance and was taken into custody, the Vernon County sheriff told the Lacrosse television reporters. There was an overwhelming force there [and]I think he understood what he was facing, so he gave up peacefully. Investigators have said Jakubowski mailed a161-page manifestoto President Donald Trump that contains extensive, rambling screeds against the government and religion. At one point in the manifesto, the author wrote, We need to spill their blood. WTMJ-TVin Milwaukee reported Thursday it obtained a copy of a portion of the manifesto before Jakubowskis disappearance. In the rambling screed, Jakubowski contends government and religion are brainwashing citizens, and he wants his death carried out by the hands of the president on live television, the station reported. He said he was willing to carry out violent acts, but doesnt list specific targets. Investigators say while Jakubowski apparently research survivalist sites and obtained a bullet proof vest and a helmet, he doesnt have any known affiliations with militia or Patriot groups.

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Anti-LGBT Activities Roundup – Southern Poverty Law Center

Alaska Family Action (AKFA) is supporting an Anchorage anti-trans initiative that would force Alaskans to use public locker rooms and bathrooms that match the sex specified on their birth certificates. The initiative was introduced March 28 as a pared-down version of the earlier Protect Our Privacy Initiative, that would have dismantled legal protections for LGBT people and allowed some businesses to refuse to serve same-sex ceremonies. It was deemed illegal by the Anchorage municipal attorney because it addressed too many different subjects. Should this latest initative pass legal review, signatures will be gathered to place it on the April 2018 ballot. The language in the initiative is similar to the current debate over Texas anti-trans bathroom bill, SB 6. One of the two sponsors for the Anchorage initiative is Kim Minnery, wife of AKFA president Jim Minnery, who has a long history of anti-LGBT activity and has helped spearhead two successful campaigns against anti-discrimination legislation that would have included LGBT people. His cousin, Tom Minnery, has a similar history. Retired now, Tom Minnery is president emeritus of Family Policy Alliance (formerly CitizenLink, which was affiliated with Focus on the Family). He was also a former senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family and a founding member of the board of directors and former president of the board of the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. In 2012, Jim Minnery was a leader of the so-called Protect Your Rights Vote No on Prop 5 campaign in Alaska. Prop 5, which did not pass, would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. The campaign ran an anti-trans cartoon ad, including one in which a transvestite applies for a job at a daycare center. That ad was roundly denounced as stigmatizing and dehumanizing, including by former Alaska governor Tony Knowles. Minnery has also claimed that there is a homosexual agenda to persecute and prosecute anyone who doesnt endorse it. He also claimed that the 2015 LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance legally invited men into public restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms used by women and girls because the men will claim to identify as female. AKFA also launched a campaign on April 11 against the nomination of Drew Phoenix, who is trans, to the Alaska State Human Rights Commission. In a Facebook post targeting Phoenixs nomination, AKFA noted Phoenixs work in support of the anti-discrimination Prop 5, which AKFA says, proposed that men should be able to use whatever showers, bathrooms, etc. they want, consistent with their self-declared gender identity. Conflating sexual predation with trans women is a harmful myth peddled by anti-LGBT groups. The American Family Association* (AFA) is conducting spiritual heritage tours in June and September. The tours include a Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown visit and another to Washington, D.C. and Mount Vernon. AFA bills the excursions as tours that will help you capture the deep, rich Christian heritage of our country and the people who founded it. AFA has a long history of anti-LGBT statements and activities. Last year it launched a boycott against Target stores for the latters trans-inclusive policies which, AFA claimed, would allow sexual predators into restrooms and changing rooms, a common and roundly debunked claim made by the anti-LGBT right. Earlier this month, AFA radio host Bryan Fisher claimed that LGBT people stole the rainbow from God, presumably as a response to the death of artist Gilbert Baker, who created the flag. Fischer has linked homosexuality to Nazism and pedophilia and claimed that Muslims dont have First Amendment rights. He has also supported the criminalization of homosexuality. The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) is holding a 10-year anniversary celebration on April 28 in Bellevue, Washington. The keynote speaker is conservative author and radio host Dennis Prager, who has claimed that heterosexual AIDS and rape on campus are liberal hysteria and lies and that voting for Trump was a good thing because it was like dropping atom bombs on Japan. The context then morally demanded it, he claimed, and the moral demand in our time is the defeat of the Left. FPIW is also holding a series of meet-ups in Washington state through April 21 under the title of Gender Revolution: We celebrate Womens Day, but no one can define what a womanor a manactually is anymore and [W]hy is my childs school working so hard to convince them there are 56 genders and you can be any gender you want? In addition to the citizen meet-ups, the group is holding citizen lobbying trainings in Olympia on April 14 and 19. FPIW says the sessions are FPIWs signature citizen orientation training and prepare participants to have a meaningful impact on good public policy in Washington state. The trainings take place at the state capitol. FPIW is extremely active in anti-choice and anti-LGBT state and local politics and conducts trainings on getting involved. It has battled domestic partnerships, access to birth control for poor women, and a telemedicine bill, claiming that it would allow webcam abortions. FPIW president Joseph Backholm has compared same-sex marriage to two siblings re-defining their bond and said that tolerance is not something to be pursued. FPIW is also behind the anti-trans Just Want Privacy campaign, which was gathering signatures in 2016 for Initiative 1515, which would have repealed a state human rights commission law and made it legal for businesses to discriminate against trans people by allowing them to refuse to allow trans people to use the restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. The measure didnt make the November ballot. The Family Research Council* (FRC) will be holding its Watchmen on the Wall (WOTW) national briefing in Washington, D.C. May 24 through 26. WOTW is FRCs ministry to pastors. Confirmed speakers include pseudohistorian David Barton, anti-LGBT pastor and activist Michael Brown, anti-Muslim Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jerry Boykin, and anti-LGBT speaker and activist Frank Turek. On May 2, FRC is holding a lecture on the Free Speech Fairness Act, which is, according to FRC, a bill that restores free speech and religious liberty to churches and other nonprofits by allowing them to make political statements under certain conditions. Georgia congressman Jody Hice will be speaking about the bill. Hice, who serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee, served as a pastor and conservative talk radio host. In 2012, Hice published his book Its Now or Never, in which he alleges the gay community has a plot to recruit and sodomize children and that homosexuality causes shorter life spans and that same-sex couples cannot raise healthy children. He also states in the book that abortion rights supporters are worse than Hitler and calls for Muslims to be stripped of their First Amendment rights. The Minnesota Family Council (MFC) will be holding its annual dinner May 1, featuring conservative evangelical author, speaker and radio host Eric Metaxas as its keynote speaker. MFC has long battled LGBT rights and same-sex marriage, claiming that the latter will result in a loss of political freedom. The group has promoted falsehoods about homosexuality and LGBT people as well. In 2011, for example, the group posted a legislative handbook on its website that claimed, among other things, that “the homosexual population includes a disproportionate number of pedophiles,” that “some homosexuals have become urolagniacs (ingesting urine and feces) and engage in bestiality as well as other deviant behaviors,” and that LGBT people are abnormal and disorderedall claims that have been roundly rejected by credible scholarly researchers. The manual also pushed for removing sexual orientation from the states Human Rights Act because there was no evidence that a significant number of homosexuals are discriminated against. After bloggers started publicizing the manual, it was removed from the site. In 2014, MFC joined fellow anti-LGBT groups the Minnesota Child Protection League and the Minnesota Catholic Council in a full-page anti-trans ad in the Minnesota Star-Tribune. The ad targeted a school policy aimed at inclusion of trans students in sports, and painted trans students as dangerous. The Liberty Counsel* is planning a tour of Israel in partnership with Christians in Defense of Israel from October 2 through 11. According to one of the Counsels Liberty Alerts, the VIP tour occurs over the holiday of Sukkot and the Feast of Tabernacles and the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War and the seventieth anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The tour will include the opportunity to meet with political and community leaders. The Liberty Counsel is a hardline anti-LGBT group that bills itself as a non-profit litigation, education and policy organization providing legal counsel and pro bono assistance in cases that deal with religious liberty and issues around abortion and LGBT rights. The group has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and believes homosexuality is dangerous. It is currently defending anti-LGBT activist Scott Lively in a lawsuit that claims Lively engaged in human rights violations because of his work in Africa, in which he allegedly spread falsehoods about homosexuality that helped create a dangerous climate for LGBT people in Uganda. In the wake of the mass shooting last June at Orlandos LGBT Pulse nightclub in which 49 people died, Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver criticized memorial gatherings, claiming they turned into homosexual love fests. Earlier this year, Staver insisted that the Pulse shootings had nothing to do with targeting LGBT people and that first responders were traumatized again because they had to get tested for AIDS-related conditions because of all the blood at the scene. The Political Network for Values (PNV) is holding its second transatlantic summit of policymakers in Brussels April 27 through 28. PNV is an anti-choice and anti-LGBT network of groups and individuals whose board of directors includes Brian Brown, president of the anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families and Benjamin Bull, director of the international arm of Alliance Defending Freedom.* According to its website, PNV formed as a result of efforts initiated by former Minister of Home Affairs in Spain and former European Parliament member, Jaime Mayor Oreja. He, along with legislators from Europe, the United States and Mexico, are working to create Trans-Atlantic cooperation among legislators on the issues of life, marriage, family and fundamental freedoms. The second summit includes Travis Weber, director of the Center for Religious Study for the Family Research Council*; Sharon Slater, director of Family Watch International*; and Katalin Novk, Hungarys Secretary of State for Youth, Family and International Affairs. She is serving as a local organizer for the upcoming World Congress of Families* gathering in Budapest in May (see below). According to the program, the summit will create a forum spotlighting topics regarding the institution of marriage, family, human life, human dignity, religious freedom and freedom of conscience in international organizations. A proposed agenda will be discussed by policy makers based on the risks and challenges identified by experts, and will set the ground for its implementation. The ex-gay Restored Hope Network (RHN) is holding its annual conference in San Diego June 16 and 17. RHN claims to be a network of more than 55 Christian ministries, pastors and counselors in the US. It is dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin especially those impacted by homosexuality. RHNs doctrinal statement includes the belief that sexual purity is a life and death matter and claims that Marriage between a man and a woman prefigures the union of God and his people or Christ and the church and has as its highest purpose the self-giving integration of the two sexes into a single sexual whole. RHN launched in 2012 after splintering from ex-gay juggernaut Exodus, which shut down in 2013. RHN is helmed by veteran ex-gay activists like Stephen Black, who often worked with virulently anti-LGBT Oklahoma lawmaker Sally Kern (no longer in office) and Andrew Comiskey, who headed up the ex-gay Desert Stream Ministry, which in the past fell under suspicion of sexual abuse. The pseudoscience of ex-gay therapy (also referred to as conversion and reparative therapy) has a long history of demonizing and attempting to cure homosexuality through a range of discredited and often dangerous practices. Ex-gay therapy has been rejected by virtually every mainstream and legitimate medical and mental health organization for years. In 2012, the Pan American Health Organizationthe North and South American representative of the World Health Organizationcondemned the practice and in 2016, the World Psychiatric Association announced its opposition to it, as well. World Congress of Families* (WCF) is gearing up for its annual conference May 24 through 28 in Budapest. The local organizing committee is led by Katalin Novak, Hungarys Secretary of State for Youth, Family and International Affairs. WCF conferences often include local government officials, and the gathering serves as an important nexus of networking for international anti-LGBT and anti-choice groups. They are often rife with anti-LGBT and anti-choice rhetoric and conspiracy theories, as demonstrated at last years gathering in Tbilisi. WCF, under the umbrella of the International Organization for the Family (formerly the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society), often colludes with government and religious officials abroad with regard to policy and legislation and works to push its ideology of the natural family. The latter considers families that are made up of one cisgender man in a lifelong marriage with one cisgender woman and their children as the only valid type of family. According to WCFs Eventbrite page for the Tbilisi conference last year, this construction of the natural family precludes incompatible constructs of the family as well as incompatible behaviors among its members. There is no room in society for family structures other than that, according to this view. WCFs work in Russia may have provided impetus for the anti-LGBT laws there that essentially criminalize homosexuality and have fostered an often brutal anti-LGBT climate. Both the IOF and WCF are currently headed by Brian Brown, who is also the president of the National Organization for Marriage.

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Southern Poverty Law Center’s National Outreach Director to Speak on Campus – The Gothic Times

Share on Facebook Share via Email NJCUs campus community will welcome the national outreach director of the Southern Poverty Law Center this Tuesday (April 18th from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.) for an important discussion. Lecia Brooks will address Hate-fueled Crimes and Policies: Human Rights Threats Due to The Current Presidential Administration in Hepburn Halls Gothic Lounge, room 202. The rise in hate crimes we are seeing today across the country may not be all precisely due to our president, Donald Trump, but the actions people believe they can take ever since he became president. Many people in our nation are now protesting for the rights of immigrants that have been living here for quite some time and are being deported or fear being deported. Others are concerned about actions against Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community and excluding minorities from certain aspects that involve the country. Brooks has taken the time out to help our community better understand the events going on by involving us in a discussion of the Southern Poverty Law Centers 2016 Hate Map. The map shows harassment and hate incidents that have happened since the presidential election. This discussion will also include information about hate groups in New Jersey. This is an important event to experience because not only can you have a better understanding of what is going on in the world, but you may be able to share your own experiences whether you have been involved in a hate crime or harassment issue involving race, religion, or gender. In our generation today, we are so focused on ourselves that we often forget that other people go through things that we as a whole can prevent. This event is a way to share experiences and get a better understanding of what the presidential election is doing to this country.

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Southern Poverty Law Center – Capital Research Center

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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