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anti-gay hate groups – Southern Poverty Law Center

Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the facts they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will be listing 13 next year as hate groups, reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Generally, the SPLCs listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.

*Abiding Truth Ministries Springfield, Mass.

Abiding Truth Ministries serves mainly as a launching pad for an international anti-gay campaign. Its founder, Scott Lively, is also responsible for a book, widely cited by gay-bashers, accusing homosexuals of running the Nazi Party.

Lively first emerged as an anti-gay activist when he became communications director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which was backing that states notorious Measure 9 vote in 1992. The measure, which failed, would have added language to the state constitution listing homosexuality, along with pedophilia and masochism, as abnormal behavior. Lively later served as California director of the American Family Association, another particularly hard-line anti-gay group (see below).

Lively is best known for co-authoring, with Kevin Abrams, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party. The book makes a series of claims that virtually no serious historian agrees with: that Hitler was gay, that the Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic homosexuals, and that gays were especially selected for the SS because of their innate brutality. The claims are entirely false; in fact, the Nazis murdered significant numbers of gays and made homosexuality a death penalty offense in 1942. In the foreword, Abrams adds that homosexuality is primarily a predatory addiction striving to take the weak and unsuspecting down with it. They have no idea of how to act in the best interests of their country . Their intention is to serve none but themselves.

Lively has taken his message abroad to Eastern Europe (see Watchmen on the Walls, below), Africa and Russia. In a 2007 open letter to the Russian people, he asserted that homosexuality is a personality disorder that involves various, often dangerous sexual addictions and aggressive, anti-social impulses. In 2009, he went to Uganda to speak at a major conference on the evils of homosexuality, saying, among other things: The gay movement is an evil institution. The goal of the gay movement is to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity. He also met with Ugandan lawmakers. A month after Lively left the country, a bill was introduced that called for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts and prison for those who fail to disclose gays identities.

In 2008, Lively started the Redemption Gate Mission Society, a church that seeks to re-Christianize the city of Springfield, Mass., where he lives.

*American Family Association

Methodist minister Donald E. Wildmon formed the National Federation for Decency in 1977, changing its name to the American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, the group, which was taken over by Tim Wildmon after his fathers 2010 retirement, claims a remarkable 2 million online supporters and 180,000 subscribers to its AFA Journal. It also broadcasts over nearly 200 radio stations.

The AFA seeks to support traditional moral values, but in recent years it has seemed to specialize in combating the homosexual agenda. In 2009, it hired Bryan Fischer, the former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, as its director of analysis for government and policy. Taking a page from the anti-gay fabulist Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), Fischer claimed in a blog post last May 27 that [h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews. (Ironically, the elder Wildmon was widely denounced as an anti-Semite after suggesting that Jews control the media, which the AFA says shows a genuine hostility towards Christians.) Fischer has described Hitler as an active homosexual who sought out gays because he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough. He proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior in another 2010 blog post and has advocated forcing gays into reparative therapy. In a 2010 action alert, the AFA warned that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals.

Gays arent the AFAs only enemies. In late 2009, Fischer suggested that all Muslims should be banned from joining the U.S. military. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology, Fischer added in August 2010. It is as racist as the KKK. … Allowing a mosque to be built in town is fundamentally no different that granting a building permit to a KKK cultural center built in honor of some King Kleagle. A little later, according to the Huffington Post, Fischer said that whatever the government does to “to make it unthinkable for America’s youth to join a white supremacist group,” it should also do “to make it as unthinkable for a resident of America to embrace Islam.” Around the same time, the Huffington Post said, he blogged that Muslim values are “grossly incompatible with American values,” and therefore no place in America should allow a mosque to be built.

And then there are the promiscuous. On his May 26, 2010, radio show, Fischer recounted the biblical story of Phineas, who used a spear to kill a man and a woman who were having sex. Citing the nations rampant sexual immorality, Fischer said, God is obviously looking for more Phineases in our day.

*Americans for Truth About Homosexuality

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) was formed as a part-time venture in 1996 by long-time gay-basher Peter LaBarbera, who reorganized it in 2006 as a much more serious and influential, if often vicious, operation.

A one-time reporter for the conservative Washington Times, LaBarbera has been an energetic campaigner against the radical homosexual agenda since at least 1993, when he launched The Lambda Report, which claimed to do first-hand reporting to expose its gay enemies. Over the years, he has been an official with Accuracy in Media, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council and the Illinois Family Institute (see below for the last three). He left the Illinois Family Institute, where hed been executive director, in 2006.

AFTAH is notable for its posting of the utterly discredited work of Paul Cameron (of the Family Research Institute; see below), who has claimed that gays and lesbians live vastly shorter lives than heterosexuals. Among the Cameron propaganda published by AFTAH are 2007 claims that gays and lesbians in Norway and Denmark live 24 fewer years than heterosexuals. Reviewing that claim, Danish epidemiologist Morten Frisch found that it had no scientific basis. LaBarbera himself, in 2002, compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. Similarly, AFTAHs website carries essays describing homosexuality as a lethal behavior addiction, a dangerous practice that is neither normal nor benign.

In 2007, LaBarbera claimed there was a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia among gay men yet another false assertion. The same year, he posted an open letter to the Lithuanian people from long-time gay-basher Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), who has made a series of false claims about gays running the German Nazi Party. In the piece posted to the AFTAH website, Lively said homosexuals are trying to take away free speech from all opponents of gays and to silence all religious opinions on the matter.

The AFTAH site repeats bogus claims like the idea that a proposed bill in California would promote cross-dressing, sex-change operations, bisexuality and homosexuality to kindergartners and other children. And it ran an essay that falsely asserted that hate crime laws would restrict our speech.”

*American Vision

Led since 1986 by Gary DeMar, American Vision is one of the primary exponents of the doctrine of Christian Reconstruction the idea that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation and that its democracy should be replaced with a theocratic government based on Old Testament law. As a practical matter, that means American Vision, which describes its goal as restor[ing] Americas Biblical foundation, backs the death penalty for practicing homosexuals.

DeMar has modified that dictum slightly in the past, saying that homosexuals wouldnt all be executed under a reconstructed government, but that he did believe that the occasional execution of sodomites would serve society well because the law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectively drives the perversion of homosexuality underground, back into the closet. More recently, while hosting American Visions The Gary DeMar Show in December 2009, Joel McDurmon, the groups research director, agreed that the Bible does call for killing homosexuals. And, he said, when most of a society is Christian, is biblical, then it [execution of gays] is perfectly normal; it should definitely be in place.

In April 2009, DeMar said: Homosexuals arent content with only having the bedroom. They have taken their perversion into the classrooms, teaching that such practices are normal. There is nothing normal about what homosexuals do.

DeMar, who was closely allied with the late D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries (see below), is a central figure in Reconstruction theology, which was founded by R.J. Rushdoony (see Chalcedon Foundation, below). He is co-author of Christian Reconstruction: What It Is, What It Isnt with Gary North.

DeMar has also said that a long-term goal should be the execution of abortionists and their parents. Islam is another enemy, he said in August 2010: The long-term goal of Islam is the abolition of our constitutional freedoms.

*Chalcedon Foundation Vallecito, Calif.

The Chalcedon Foundation, named after a 451 A.D. council that proclaimed the states subservience to God, was started in 1965 by Rousas John Rushdoony, who is known as father of Christian Reconstruction theology. Led by Rushdoonys son, Mark, since the elder Rushdoonys death in 2001, the foundation continues to push for the imposition of Old Testament law on America and the world.

Reconstruction, as described in R.J. Rushdoonys foundational 1973 book The Institutes of Biblical Law, is opposed to modern notions of equality, democracy or tolerance instead, it embraces the most draconian of religious views. Rushdoony supported the death penalty for homosexuals, among other abominators. He also opposed what he called unequal yoking interracial marriage and enforced integration, insisting that [a]ll men are NOT created equal before God (the Bible, he explained, recognizes that some people are by nature slaves). Rushdoony also denied the Holocaust, saying the murder of 6 million Jews was false witness.

Rushdoonys Reconstruction is indeed radical, even including incorrigible children among those deserving death. And virtually all of his works remain for sale on the Chalcedon Foundation website.

Today, most fundamentalist leaders deny holding such views. But a Whos Who of the religious right including Tim and Beverly LaHaye (see Concerned Women for America, below), Donald Wildmon (American Family Association, above), and the late D. James Kennedy (Coral Ridge Ministries, below) once served alongside the elder Rushdoony on the Coalition for Revival, a group formed in 1984 to reclaim America. Rushdoony reportedly was also a member of the secretive Council of National Policy, a group of archconservative leaders.

Christian Anti-Defamation Commission Vista, Calif.

Originally incorporated in 1999 by retired Army Gen. William Hollis, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) says its goal is to serve as a first line of response to anti-Christian defamation, bigotry and discrimination. It was largely inactive until 2007, when it brought in as its new leader the Rev. Gary Cass, who claims that Christian-bashing, the last acceptable form of bigotry in America, is alive and well and growing more intense and hysterical by the day.

The CADC is heavily focused on the alleged evils of homosexuality. It has called the idea of allowing gays to serve openly in the military evil; opposed hate crimes legislation (which many religious-right groups falsely assert would make it easy to send pastors to prison for condemning homosexuality); and raged against a judges overturning of Californias Proposition 8, which had invalidated same-sex marriages. With regard to that last, it said: Homosexuals have turned away from humbly worshipping the true and living God and his transcendent moral order in order to make an idol out of their sexual perversion and chaos.

The group also has protested a lawsuit seeking to end public use of the motto, In God We Trust; encouraged the IRS to investigate the anti-theocratic Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and opposed a proposed Islamic center in New York City, saying Muslims are exploiting the liberty we afford them to honor a murderous ideology that denies religious liberty every where [sic] it can.

Although it is somewhat benign by comparison, the CADC has an advisory board that includes some of the countrys most hard-line anti-gay activists: Lou Sheldon, head of the Traditional Values Coalition (see below); Donald Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association (above); and ONeal Dozier, a pastor who wrote in his 2008 book that [h]omosexuality not only spreads disease and neutralizes Gods command, but also destroys families. The board also includes Carmen Mercer, a former top official of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a now-defunct nativist group that once ran its own armed civilian border patrols.

Concerned Women for America Washington, D.C.

San Diego, Calif., activist Beverly LaHaye, whose husband Tim would go on to become famous as co-author of the Left Behind novels depicting the end times, started Concerned Women for America (CWA) in 1979 to create an anti-feminist group that matched the power of the National Organization for Women. Today, CWA claims more than 500,000 members organized into state chapters, a radio program that reaches more than 1 million listeners, and a cadre of attorneys and researchers devoted to the groups mission of promoting biblical values.

LaHaye has blamed gay people for a radical leftist crusade in America and, over the years, has occasionally equated homosexuality with pedophilia. In 2001, she hired prominent anti-gay propagandists Robert Knight (now with Coral Ridge Ministries; see below) and Peter LaBarbera (now with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, above) to launch CWAs Culture and Family Institute. Matt Barber was CWAs policy director for cultural issues in 2007 and 2008 before moving on to similar work with the Liberty Counsel (below).

While at CWA, on April 12, 2007, Barber suggested against all the evidence that there were only a miniscule number of anti-gay hate crimes and most of those may very well be rooted in fraudulent reports. In comments that have since disappeared from CWAs website, Barber demanded a federal probe of homosexual activists for their alleged fabrications of hate crime reports.

CWA long relied on and displayed Knights articles and talking points, including claims that homosexuality carries enormous physical and mental health risks and gay marriage entices children to experiment with homosexuality. Most remarkably, Knight cited the utterly discredited work of Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, below) to bolster claims that homosexuality is harmful.

Today, CWA continues to make arguments against homosexuality on the basis of dubious claims. President Wendy Wright said this August that gay activists were using same-sex marriage to indoctrinate children in schools to reject their parents values and to harass, sue and punish people who disagree. Last year, CWA accused the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that works to stop anti-gay bullying in schools, of using that mission as a cover to promote homosexuality in schools, adding that teaching students from a young age that the homosexual lifestyle is perfectly natural will [cause them to] develop into adults who are desensitized to the harmful, immoral reality of sexual deviance.

Coral Ridge Ministries Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The late Rev. D. James Kennedy started turning fundamentalist Coral Ridge Presbyterian into a mega-church in the 1960s, adding Coral Ridge Ministries (CRM) as its action arm in 1974 and claiming some 10,000 members by the 1990s. During the fiscal year ending in June 2009, CRM raised almost $18 million and spent more than $6 million of that on television and radio outreach efforts.

Over the years, Kennedy emphasized anti-gay rhetoric, particularly in his TV ministry. He recommended as essential the virulent work of R.J. Rushdoony (see Chalcedon Foundation, above), who believed practicing gays should be executed. In an especially nasty 1989 edition of a CRM newsletter, Kennedy ran photographs of children along with the tagline, Sex With Children? Homosexuals Say Yes!

After Kennedy died in 2007, Coral Ridge Presbyterian seemed to change course, merging in 2009 with New City Presbyterian Church under its pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham. Tchividjian began to move the church away from divisive social issues; some 500 members of Coral Ridge, including Kennedys daughter, left as a result. Today, Tchividjian says that the church, with 2,400 congregants, is entirely separate from CRM.

CRM, however, has continued its hard-line course. In 2009, it hired anti-gay activist Robert Knight as a senior writer and Washington, D.C., correspondent. Knight has used the work of discredited researcher Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, below). In one recent essay on the CRM website, he argued against allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military, saying that Bible-believing Christians would quickly find themselves unwelcome in Barney Franks new pansexual, cross-dressing military. (Hector Padron, CRMs executive vice president, wrote last May that such a change would post a grave threat to the military.)

In 2002, before joining CRM, Knight wrote that gay marriage entices children to experiment with homosexuality and that accepting homosexuality leads to a loss of stability in communities, with a rise in crime, sexually transmitted diseases and other social pathologies. Still another is a shortage of employable, stable people.

*Dove World Outreach Center Gainesville, Fla.

The Dove World Outreach Center was founded in 1986 by Don Northrup and described itself as a total concept church in which all would be served. But Northrup died in 1996, and his successor brought in long-time Northrup associate Terry Jones as Doves leader in 2001. Since then, Jones has spouted increasingly vicious attacks on gays and Muslims, culminating in a plan that drew worldwide condemnation this September to hold an International Burn a Koran Day.

Jones and his family had spent some 20 years in Cologne, Germany, running a church that was allied with Dove. When he was asked to take over the Gainesville church, he apparently divided his time between the two until 2008, when the Cologne church was closed amid criticism of Jones by its congregants.

Jones pushed himself into the headlines last March, when he surrounded Dove with signs aimed at Craig Lowe, a Gainesville city commissioner who was running for mayor, that said No Homo Mayor. After an electioneering complaint was filed with the IRS (nonprofit churches cannot intervene in political campaigns), Jones had the signs shortened to the more generic No Homo. At one point, Jones and 30 of his congregants joined an anti-gay rally by the Westboro Baptist Church, which runs the Godhatesfags.com website and regularly pickets the funerals of U.S. soldiers, saying God is killing soldiers because America is a fag-enabling nation.

Jones is also the author of a book entitled Islam is of the Devil, and he has used that phrase on another set of signs posted around his church and sent his followers children to school in T-shirts bearing that slogan. (The school refused to let the children wear the shirts, and the ACLU filed suit against it as a result.) He regularly repeats the phrase on his Braveheart Show, an Internet video program where he asserted last April that [h]omosexuality makes God throw up.

Jones and his tiny congregation became momentarily famous this September, when he said he would burn Korans to protest Islam, which he describes as an evil religion. The threat drew public condemnation from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and several leading members of the Obama Administration, and sparked anti-U.S. rallies in Muslim countries. In the end, Jones withdrew his threat and rapidly sank back into political obscurity.

*Faithful Word Baptist Church Tempe, Ariz.

Steven Anderson, formerly affiliated with Sacramento, Calif.-based Regency Baptist Church, started Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona on Christmas Day 2005 as a totally independent organization. With well over a hundred chapters of the Bible memorized word-for-word, Anderson quickly led his congregation into a series of extremely radical stands.

Much of his venom was aimed at homosexuals, who he suggests should be killed (The biggest hypocrite in the world is the person who believes in the death penalty for murderers but not for homosexuals). In an August 2009 sermon, he attacked the United Methodist Church, saying 10% of their preachers are queers and adding, they got a dyke and a faggot behind the pulpit. He has described gays as sodomites who recruit through rape and recruit through molestation.

Anderson is also a virulent government hater. As operator of the True Sons of Liberty website, the pastor calls for abolishing the IRS, the Federal Reserve, Social Security and Child Protective Services state agencies. In April 2009, he refused to get out of his car or answer questions from Border Patrol agents at the California-Arizona border. Agents broke his window and tased him as a result.

Anderson brought his church national notoriety in August 2009, when a member of his congregation, Christopher Broughton, went to an Obama appearance in Phoenix legally carrying an assault rifle and a pistol. It turned out that Anderson had preached a day earlier to Broughton and others that he hates Obama and would pray that he dies and goes to hell. Two weeks later, he told openly gay columnist Michelangelo Signorile that he would not judge or condemn anyone who killed the president. Then, for good measure, he told Signorile at the end of the interview, If youre a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer and die like Ted Kennedy.

*Family Research Council Washington, D.C.

Started as a small think tank in 1983, the Family Research Council (FRC) merged in 1988 with the much larger religious-right group Focus on the Family in 1988, and brought on Gary Bauer, former U.S. undersecretary of education under Ronald Reagan, as president. In 1992, the two groups legally separated to protect Focus on the Familys tax-exempt status, although Focus founder James Dobson and two other Focus officials were placed on the FRCs newly independent board. By that time, FRC had become a powerful group on its own.

Headed since 2003 by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history. It relies on the work of Robert Knight, who also worked at Concerned Women for America but now is at Coral Ridge Ministries (see above for both), along with that of FRC senior research fellows Tim Dailey (hired in 1999) and Peter Sprigg (2001). Both Dailey and Sprigg have pushed false accusations linking gay men to pedophilia: Sprigg has written that most men who engage in same-sex child molestation identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual, and Dailey and Sprigg devoted an entire chapter of their 2004 book Getting It Straight to similar material. The men claimed that homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses and similarly asserted that homosexuals are attracted in inordinate numbers to boys.

Thats the least of it. In a 1999 publication (Homosexual Behavior and Pedophilia) that has since disappeared from its website, the FRC claimed that one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the prophets of a new sexual order, according to unrefuted research by AMERICAblog. The same publication argued that homosexual activists publicly disassociate themselves from pedophiles as part of a public relations strategy. FRC offered no evidence for these remarkable assertions, and has never publicly retracted the allegations. (The American Psychological Association, among others, has concluded that homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.)

In fact, in a Nov. 30, 2010, debate on MSNBCs Hardball with Chris Matthews between Perkins and the Southern Poverty Law Centers Mark Potok, Perkins defended FRCs association of gay men with pedophilia, saying: If you look at the American College of Pediatricians, they say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children. So Mark is wrong. He needs to go back and do his own research. In fact, the college, despite its hifalutin name, is a tiny, explicitly religious-right breakaway group from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 60,000-member association of the profession. Publications of the American College of Pediatricians, which has some 200 members, have been roundly attacked by leading scientific authorities who say they are baseless and accuse the college of distorting and misrepresenting their work.

Elsewhere, according to AMERICAblog, Knight, while working at the FRC, claimed that [t]here is a strong current of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture. [T]hey want to promote a promiscuous society. AMERICAblog also reported that then-FRC official Yvette Cantu, in an interview published on Americans for Truth About Homosexualitys website, said, If they [gays and lesbians] had children, what would happen when they were too busy having their sex parties?

More recently, in March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them. He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior. So we should outlaw gay behavior? Matthews asked. Yes, Sprigg replied. At around the same time, Sprigg claimed that allowing gay people to serve openly in the military would lead to an increase in gay-on-straight sexual assaults.

Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis Woody Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a retrograde species of humanity. Perkins claimed not to know the groups ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation. In 1999, after Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the CCC because of its racist views. That statement and the nationally publicized Lott controversy came two years before Perkins 2001 speech.

*Family Research Institute Colorado Springs, Colo.

Started in 1987 by psychologist Paul Cameron, the Family Research Institute (FRI) has become the anti-gay movements main source for what Cameron claims is cutting-edge research but is, in fact, completely discredited junk science pushed out by a man who has been condemned by three professional organizations.

Over nearly three decades, Cameron has published research studies (though almost never in peer-reviewed journals) that suggest that homosexuals are predatory and diseased perverts who victimize children. Among his more recent defamations was an FRI pamphlet asserting the primary activity of the gay rights movement is seeking to legitimize child-adult homosexual sex. In another, he claimed that with the rise of the gay rights movement, homosexual rape of men appears to have increased. In yet another, he wrote, Homosexuals were three times more likely to admit to having made an obscene phone call and a third more apt to report a traffic ticket or traffic accident in the past 5 years.

Some of Camerons more infamous claims include the idea that homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals and that homosexuals have extremely short lives. Last February, he wrote on FRIs website that [i]f homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military, they will be recruiting in showers, having sex in the barracks . Before long, the U.S. may be defended by the sex-obsessed and those who can tolerate kowtowing to them. After all, writes Cameron a man who proposes that parents promote teen heterosexual activity to keep kids straight homosexual sex overwhelms rationality [and] overwhelms the desire to serve.

Camerons colleagues have condemned him repeatedly. In 1983, he was thrown out of the American Psychological Association for ethical violations. In 1984, the Nebraska Psychological Association disassociated itself from Camerons statements about sexuality. In 1985, the American Sociological Association adopted a resolution saying Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality and repeatedly campaigned for the abrogation of the civil rights of lesbians and gay men; the following year, the same group formally condemned Cameron for that misrepresentation of research.

In late 2010, reacting to reports that his group had once again been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, Cameron told The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette that he believed homosexuality should be criminalized in America and that he was fine with a proposed bill in Uganda that would punish some gay sexual acts with death (Whatever they decide, Im OK with). He also proposed heavily taxing gays and single adults because of their failure to produce children. And he suggested that gays and lesbians undergo a public shaming of some kind.

Despite all this and the fact that Camerons propaganda is widely known to be false or misleading many groups have continued to use his claims, though often without citing their source. They include the American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Family Research Council (see above for all five) and, until recently, the Illinois Family Institute (see below).

*Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment Downers Grove, Ill.

Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (HOME) was founded by 62-year-old Wayne Lela, a former Catholic who now describes himself as an agnostic. Until recently, the 20-year-old group has had a fairly low profile.

The group, which is entirely focused on the alleged evils of homosexuality, attacks gay people on a wide variety of levels. But it keeps coming back to the idea that gay sexual activity should be illegal. [P]enalizing people for engaging in homosexual behavior is clearly not discrimination, just like penalizing people for exhibitionism or incest is not discrimination, HOMEs website says. In a second website comment, it adds, [H]eterosexual activity is not illegalizeable while homosexual activity is definitely illegalizeable. And in a third, it insists that legalizing homosexual deviations leads to a confused and sick society.

HOME doesnt stop there. It says that gays should apologize for all the STDs [sexually transmitted diseases] theyve spread, and all the money those STDs have cost, and especially for setting bad moral examples for our children. It accuses homosexuals of having a pathological attitude toward the opposite sex. It says homosexuality shouldnt have been removed from the American Psychiatric Associations list of mental disorders. It says gays threaten free speech because they seek hate crime law protections. It argues that gay film directors are working to condition men to bond with other men at the expense of women. And it claims that pedophilia and necrophilia are a sexual orientations like homosexuality, going on to suggest that they could therefore be legalized.

And then theres this: Freemasonry may be connected to the homosexual movement, with members evidently engaging in sodomy and homosexual orgies. Thus, HOME says, there is a very real possibility that this group is using its influence to try to impose pro-homosexual values on the public.

*Illinois Family Institute Carol Stream, Ill.

The Illinois Family Institute (IFI), which says it dedicates itself to issues surrounding marriage, family, life and liberty, is heavily focused on attacking gay people and homosexuality in general. It maintains working partnerships with other hard-line groups including the Family Research Council (see above) and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal center based in Phoenix. In early 2010, it launched Illinois Family Action as a political-action sister organization.

In 2006, then-Executive Director Peter LaBarbera (see Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, above), told a religious-right gathering hosted by Vision America that homosexuality was “disgusting” and demanded the closing down of all “homosexual establishments.” He called for the repeal of all “sexual orientation laws” laws that ban discrimination against gays and spoke of the “need to find ways to bring back shame to those practicing homosexual behavior.”

Over the years, the group also has occasionally embraced the groundless propaganda of Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, above). Until 2009, it carried an article on Cameron New Study Shows that Homosexuals Live 20 Fewer Years preceded by a full-throated endorsement LaBarbera. Paul Camerons work has been targeted for ridicule by homosexual activists, and hes been demonized by the left, LaBarbera wrote in his introduction, but that should not discount his findings. IFI also posted a video attacking school anti-bullying programs that claimed, based on Cameron, that gay mens median age of death is 42. Both were removed in response to the Southern Poverty Law Centers 2009 listing of IFI as a hate group, which was largely based on its use of Cameron.

That response, however, hardly indicated that the IFI was backing down on its hard-line position. This year, Focus on the Family for years, the powerhouse of anti-gay religious organizations in America moderated its position markedly after founder James Dobson retired and pastor Jim Daly took over. In April, Daly told an interviewer: I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but Im not going to demean human beings in the process. Its not about being highly confrontational. The response of Laurie Higgins, IFIs belligerent director of school advocacy, was that Daly was showing surprising navet, using the same language as pro-gay homosexualists, and failing to confront the pro-homosexual juggernaut.

In 2009, Higgins compared homosexuality to Nazism, likening the German Evangelical Churchs weak response to fascism to the American churchs failure to respond appropriately to the spread of radical, heretical, destructive views of homosexuality. Elsewhere, Higgins has pined for the days when gays were in the closet. There was something profoundly good for society about the prior stigmatization of homosexual practice . [W]hen homosexuals were in the closet, (along with fornicators, polyamorists, cross-dressers, and transexuals), they werent acquiring and raising children. Shes also said that McDonalds, because it ran a gay-friendly TV ad, is hell bent on using its resources to promote subversive moral, social, and political views about homosexuality to our children.

Liberty Counsel Orlando, Fla.

Created in 1989, Liberty Counsel is affiliated with Liberty University Law School in Lynchburg, Va., a legacy of the late conservative icon Jerry Falwell. It was founded and is still chaired by Mathew (Mat) Staver, who also serves as director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy at Liberty University, and provides legal assistance with regard to religious liberty, abortion and the family.

The organization may be best known for its campaigns to ensure that public displays of religion are maintained during the Christmas holiday, and it has adopted broad right-wing views, including the allegation that the Obama Administration has a socialist liberal agenda. But it also has focused heavily on anti-gay activism.

In 2009, J. Matt Barber, formerly with Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (see above for both), joined Liberty Counsel as director of cultural affairs (also becoming Liberty Universitys associate dean for career and professional development). A year earlier, Barber had argued that given medical evidence about the dangers of homosexuality, it should be considered criminally reckless for educators to teach children that homosexual conduct is a normal, safe and perfectly acceptable alternative.

The Counsel also has been active in battling same-sex marriage, saying it would destroy the bedrock of society. In 2005, the groups blog said: People who support the radical homosexual agenda will not rest until marriage has become completely devalued. Children will suffer most from this debauchery. A 2007 blog posting said same-sex marriage would severely impact future generations.

Like other anti-gay groups, Liberty Counsel argues that hate crime laws are actually thought crimes laws that violate the right to freedom and of conscience an opinion rejected by the Supreme Court. In fact, the laws raise penalties for crimes already on the books assault, murder and so on that were motivated by hatred of people based on their sexual orientation. They do not, and could not under the Constitution, punish people for voicing opinions.

Since 2006, Liberty Counsel has also run its Change is Possible campaign with Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays to protect people who say theyve changed from gay to straight from discrimination by intolerant homosexuals.

*MassResistance

MassResistance, the leading pro-family grassroots activist group in Massachusetts, began life in 1995 as the Parents Rights Coalition, became the Article 8 Alliance in 2003, and took on its current name in 2006. Its leader, Brian Camenker, is a programmer who was an official of the Article 8 Alliance and also headed the Newton, Mass., chapter of the National Taxpayers Association.

As president of yet another group, the Interfaith Coalition of Massachusetts, Camenker spearheaded the drafting of a bill that passed in 1996 and required that parents be notified of any sex education in their childrens schools. That same year, Camenker claimed that suicide prevention programs aimed at gay youth actually were put together by homosexual activists to normalize homosexuality. Later, MassResistance charged that groups like the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which support school anti-bullying programs, actually want to lure children into homosexuality and, very possibly, sadomasochism.

At a 2006 religious right gathering in Washington, D.C., Camenker insisted that gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals. “One bill in Massachusetts takes away all the penalties for bestiality,” he claimed. “This is where this [homosexual] agenda is going.” A little later, he added, “They [gays and lesbians] are pushing perversion on our kids.”

In 2006-2007, Mass-Resistance pushed for an amendment of the 1996 statute that would have required that parents be notified of any discussion of gay or lesbian issues in the schools. The group proposed language that lumped sexual orientation (which includes heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality) in with criminal behaviors like bestiality and polygamy. During legislative testimony supporting the amendment, Camenker falsely claimed that no homosexuals died in the Holocaust and that the pink triangle the Nazis forced imprisoned gays to wear actually signified Catholic priests. The amendment did not pass.

Camenker, who has long focused on the purported homosexual agenda in the schools and frequently claimed gays are dangerous to kids, has repeatedly cited discredited claims from organizations like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality that link homosexuality and pedophilia.

In 2008, Camenker made another accusation for which there was no supporting evidence at all the claim that the state of Massachusetts had had to spend more money every year since same-sex marriage became legal in that state. That, he said, was because of skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence and because of the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships.

This year, MassResistance called Boston Gay Pride events a depraved display that featured a great deal of obviously disturbed, dysfunctional, and extremely self-centered people whose aim was to push their agenda.

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The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is dedicated to fighting same-sex marriage in state legislatures, was organized in 2007 by conservative syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher and Princeton University politics professor Robert George. George is an influential Christian thinker who co-authored the 2009 Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto developed after a New York meeting of conservative church leaders that promises resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same sex marriage.

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SPLC Forgets to Include Incidents of Anti-White Hate in Widely Cited Report

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reluctantly admitted that that its widely cited report titledThe Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nations Schoolsis missing some key data, Paul Sperry of the New York Post reported Monday. The SPLC sent a questionnaire toits 1.6 million mostly Democratic members and found that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation.

Among the “hate rhetoric” reportedly being hurled at minority students isthe phrase “build the wall,” which the center counted people usingin 467 “incidents of hate.” That gives you a pretty good idea of what these K-12 teachers and administrators (who subscribe to the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance newsletter) consider pro-Trump “hate.”

But what the SPLC neglectedto include in its report was the finding that “at least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president.” That information would have interfered with the narrative that Trump-supporting white kids areharassing minorities at the nations schools.

The reports also triggered a statement Friday from the US Commission on Civil Rights, which expressed deep concern that prejudice has reared its ugly head in public elementary and secondary schools. The panel called for more federal funding to prosecute hate crimes.

But the SPLC didnt present the whole story. The Montgomery, Ala.-based nonprofit self-censored results from a key question it asked educators whether they agree or disagree with the following statement: I have heard derogatory language or slurs about white students.

Asked last week to provide the data, SPLC initially said it was having a hard time getting the information from the researchers. Pressed, SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp finally revealed that about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question.

Bokenkamp did not provide an explanation for the absence of such a substantial metric at least 2,000 bias-related incidents against white students from the report, which focuses instead on anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-Muslim sentiment and slurs about students of color related to the election.

They left that result out because it would not fit their ideological narrative, former Education Department civil rights attorney Hans Bader said. It was deemed an inconvenient truth.

Founded in 1971, SPLC claims to be a nonpartisan civil rights law firm. But it receives funding from leftist groups, including ones controlled by billionaire George Soros. And a review of Federal Election Commission records reveals that its board members have contributed more than $13,400 to Hillary Clintons presidential campaigns.

Bader says SPLC has an agenda to derail the Trump administration before it starts.

These flawed SPLC reports will be cited by left-wing special interests to try to block the confirmation of moderate and conservative people to posts such as attorney general by falsely making it look like Americas schools and streets are pervaded by bigotry, Bader said.

Last week, SPLC held a press conference in Washington to demand Trump reconsider his picks for White House advisers and attorney general, and disavow his immigration policies.

SPLC President Richard Cohen has been trying to tie Trump to a number of “hate crimes” which he claims will spike once hes inaugurated. The SPLC has recorded a 867 reports ofalleged anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-black hate crimes since Trumps Nov. 8 win.

The group wont use its $315 million in assets to investigate the hate crimes, or at least help alleged victims file police reports or provide them counseling or other assistance, but it has offered sympathy.

We wrote back to every submission that provided an email address to express sympathy and encourage them to report the incident to local authorities, Bokenkamp said.

Bader pointed out that most of the anti-minority hate crimes and hate incidents cited by SPLC do not legally constitute hate crimes, and many involve constitutionally protected speech.

It is simply ridiculous that SPLC treats build the wall as hate rhetoric, he said. The center counted people mentioning build the wall as 467 incidents of hate.

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SPLC moves to kill debate on ‘refugee’ resettlement

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It doesnt take much to get ones self branded a racist in Michigan these days.

Donald Trump pulled off an upset win in the state that has gone Democrat in the previous two presidential elections, but that hasnt stopped the entrenched establishment from demonizing those who hold Trump-like views on immigration.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is teaming up with local Detroit media to paint a Maryland-based journalist as an anti-Muslim extremist and Islamophobe simply because he has produced fact-based research on the U.S. governments refugee resettlement program.

James Simpson has been invited to speak at the annual Business Roundtable Breakfast in Oakland County, one of several counties in Michigan that have been pummeled with refugees from the Middle East over the last eight years of the Obama administration.

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who won re-election in a landslide on Nov. 8, has been a vocal critic of the refugee program, threatening to sue the administration for violating the Refugee Act of 1980. Under Obama, the feds have distributed thousands of refugees into Oakland County without advance notice to Patterson and other local government officials. Once the federal month that follows the refugees runs out, Oakland County taxpayers are left holding the bag for the education and welfare of the refugees.

But the SPLCs attack stance has now frightened away one of the Roundtable events main sponsors, the Fifth Third Bank.

SPLC is the same organization that tried to label former GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson an extremist only to remove the post from its website and apologize after an intense nationwide backlash in 2015. The SPLC website still includes a negative file on Carson maintaining he has said things that most people would conclude are extreme, citing as the main example Dr. Carsons belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

But the newest source of the media-made controversy in Michigan is Simpson, author of the 2015 book The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America.

Simpson has been invited by Patterson to speak at the annual economic forum on Dec. 1. Simpson is a research fellow at Frank Gaffneys Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The SPLC was used as the source of the negative stories about Simpson that appeared in the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Metro Times.

Simpsons book, published by Center for Security Policy, exposes both secular and church groups working as paid government resettlement contractors and provides data on the costs of the resettlement program. Oakland County, along with Wayne and Macomb counties, has been on the receiving end more than 7,000 Muslim refugees from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Bosnia and elsewhere over the past 20 years. The Islamization has been so intense that many local opponents have started referring to Dearborn as Dearbornistan and Hamtramck as Shariahville.

Patterson issued the following statement to WND:

Mr. Simpson was invited to speak at the Oakland County Business Roundtable precisely because he is provocative. Its not about whether one agrees with him, but its about stimulating meaningful conversation on a timely and important topic in our country. It would be rather Orwellian to exclude him. After all, this is still the United States of America where the First Amendment protects even the most contentious speech.

Pamela Geller, author of Stop the Islamization of America and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said that if Simpson had authored a leftist propaganda book the Fifth Third Bank would have had no problem with it.

James Simpson is author of The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. Thats why the bank withdrew its sponsorship, Geller told WND. If a hard-left speaker had been invited, the bank would have had no problem. But those who speak the truth on the right are increasingly ostracized, demonized, and marginalized. The bank is justifiably afraid that leftist thugs will target it for protests, boycotts, etc. But it should stand up to these fascists instead of caving in to them.

Doubling down against free speech

And its not just in Michigan where this is happening. Anyone armed with facts that refute the talking points of the government and its resettlement contractors is immediately branded a racist, said Ann Corcoran, who blogs for the website Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Theyre going after the only county executive whos willing to take a stand, and hes right next door to the other county executive in Macomb County whos all in for more refugees, Corcoran said. Even with the new president-elect they are bearing down, doubling down, in their effort to crack down on free speech.

Simpson said he will appear on Detroit radio host Frank Beckmans show Monday at 9:45 a.m. to discuss the attacks against him in the local media. Beckmann typically hosts listener call-in comments after his interviews.

Simpson has often called the refugee resettlement program a scam that hides under the guise of humanitarian goodness when in actuality its about making money and changing political demographics in favor of Democrats and socialists. When someone dares challenge their talking points, the resettlement advocates often respond with Saul Alinsky tactics of dehumanizing their opponent, rather than engage them in a civil debate, he said.

Author/speaker James Simpson

What were dealing with are faux, self-righteous indignation and really they [at Fifth Third Bank] dont have the guts to stand up to these people who use vicious tactics, and we need to be stronger than that now, Simpson told WND.

He said the lefts guerrilla warfare against Trump, the election and anyone associated with this nations rejection of their agenda, continues unabated.

Of course, Ann Corcoran, the Center for Security Policy and I are all irredeemable deplorables for our stance against open borders and the Islamization of America, he said.

Psychological terror tactics

Simpson said the time for political correctness has passed.

The election was a referendum on these sanctimonious, dishonest, fraudulent attacks. Its a form of psychological terror not only to intimidate us, but to make it radioactive and intimidate others who might be following in our example and wish to speak out, he said. They want to destroy anybody they dont agree with.

Simpson said a virtual cottage industry has grown up in America that feeds off of destroying peoples reputations.

Its a franchise, thats all it is, he said. Its a franchise of people who dont know how to do anything productive or that is of any value to anyone so instead they use political manipulation and psychological terrorism against those of us who they dont agree with.

Simpson said the Detroit Metro Times article, which called him an extremist Islamophobe, was particularly vicious.

The election was a referendum on that kind of baseless ad hominem attack, and they were essentially proving the point for me, he said.

Obama DOJ threatens communities that oppose mosques

Sterling Heights is one of the cities in the sights of the federal governments effort to transform Southeastern Michigan into a model of multicultural diversity, where all cultures are seen as equal, and some perhaps more equal than others.

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Muslim expansion is spilling over into Sterling Heights from nearby Detroit, Troy and Hamtramck, which last year became the first U.S. city to elect a Muslim-majority city council. Seeing what happened in Hamtramck, with calls to prayer blasted over loudspeakers and storefronts changed from Polish markets to a mixture of halal and spirit-less restaurants, the people of Sterling Heights pressured their planning commission to deny a major mosque project in the middle of a residential area. The commission voted 9-0 in September 2015 to deny the project citing traffic, parking and other zoning issues but the Obama Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation and the Council on American-Islamic Relations has sued the city claiming the Islamic groups rights were violated.

Another mosque and Islamic school proposed in Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor, Michigan, faced the same legal onslaught a lawsuit by CAIR and the Obama DOJ and settled out of court last month for $1.7 million. The imam of the Ann Arbor mosque is a known radical who was investigated for ties to the 9/11 terrorists but that didnt stop Obama from rushing to defend his civil rights.

As Geller has often stated, civil rights to the Obama administration include the right to preach hate and violence against Jews and Christians, even as the administration seeks to crack down on speech critical of Islam.

Its against this backdrop that Oakland Countys Patterson is fighting back.

Dick Manasseri, spokesman for Secure Michigan, said his group has submitted a letter to the Free Presss op-ed page based on the First Amendment rights of all Michiganders to speak out.

Its just as a statement in support of freedom of speech, even though we do have Shariahvilles in Michigan we dont live under the Shariah in Michigan, we have a right to express ourselves, and James Simpson is just presenting information, Manasseri told WND.

This is standard protocol for them, they do it all the time, and theyre given credence by the mainstream media, which is pretty low, said Manasseri. Weve experienced this before.

In January after the jihadist attacks on Paris, one Michigan state senator, Morris Hood II, said Manasseri and anyone who supported Gov. Rich Snyders call for a halt on Syrian refugees were racist.

We went to Lansing and presented six minutes of data on refugees, no commentary, just data, and the refugee industry was represented by CAIR, the Catholic Church, the Jewish and Lutheran Church. And the Democratic leader called the senator proposing the resolution and by reference anyone who supported it a racist because we questioned the fact that they couldnt be vetted, he said. This is the way it works in Michigan. This goes on all the time, this type of intimidation by the refugee industry in cahoots with the left.

Manasseri said Oakland County has been getting about 500 refugees a month, with about 200 of those coming from Syria.

And we at Secure Michigan would love to see an injunction from the courts, given that we are likely to see a policy change from the Trump administration, and we have the refugee industry bearing down on people who present information. Simpson has done his homework, he has researched the costs, the national security issues, and the secrecy of the program.

He said the Oakland County health director has never been notified ahead of time of how many refugees are coming into the county.

Thats major, so people are not following the law, he said. So the position of the county is clear, legal immigration, legal refuges, no problem. Its in the Refugee Act of 1980 that the federal government must consult the local county and ORR has placed hundreds in this county without that consultation having taken place.

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He said Secure Michigan would be happy if the law was followed and the county would get advance notice of who is coming, how theyve been vetted, and the state of their health conditions.

There have been no meetings to this effect. Going from June to now there have been two quarterly meetings and the county still does not have any knowledge of refugees being placed in the county, he said. And what an outrage, they invited a national expert on the issue, I would say thats leadership rather than the slurs being used.

The meeting is Dec. 1, in a major hotel, and as far as we know the only official group to drop out is the Fifth Third Bank, said Manasseri.

He said the Detroit Free Press, one of the newspapers running a negative piece against Simpson citing the opinion of the SPLC that he is an extremist, has refused to publish his letter to the editor presenting an opposing perspective.

Were just trying to get people focused on the issues he said. Why would the Free Press print an article and then not publish op-eds on the issue? It would seem on an issue as hot as this when we have a new president who has voiced concerns about this, that it would be something that would sit in an inbox for three or four days.

Bill Mullan, spokesperson for Patterson, said Oakland County is a global community that welcomes international business and is home to more than 1,050 foreign-owned companies from 39 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.

We celebrate legal immigrants. We even open our doors to refugees from anywhere in the world as long as they have been properly vetted and screened for homeland security and public health concerns, Mullan said.

He added that Patterson understand the scope of the Syrian refugee crisis.

We support refugee resettlement that complies with the Refugee Act of 1980.

But Federal law mandates that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement must consult and coordinate refugee resettlement with state and local governments, he added. The ORR has already placed hundreds of refugees in Oakland County without that consultation and coordination taking place. Why is that a concern? The Islamic State has said it is seeding these waves of refugees with its own agents and terrorists. Plus, there have been a number of cases of refugees arriving with communicable diseases, with at least one in Oakland County.

The Oakland County Executive bears the responsibility of protecting the safety, security, and health of all residents. Please join us in supporting refugee resettlement that complies with the Refugee Act of 1980.

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What do the SPLC’s post-election hate-incident reports mean?

After documenting more than 860 reports of hate-related incidents across the United States in the 10 days following the elections, civil rights groups have called upon President-elect Donald Trump totake responsibility for the apparent flood of hatred and publicly denounce racism and bigotry as un-American.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) culled media reports and collected complaints directly from victims to assemble two documents released this week that summarize incidents of hatred toward black Americans, immigrants, Muslims, LGBT people, women, Jews, and others.SPLC President Richard Cohen said the list ofsuch accounts which shows a peak of more than 200 hate incidents on Nov. 9, the day after the electionis”the predictable result” of Mr. Trump’s inflammatory campaign.

“Rather than feign surprise, Mr. Trump should take responsibility for whats occurring, forcefully reject hate and bigotry, reach out to the communities hes injured, and follow his words with actions to heal the wounds his words have opened,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement.

The SPLC’s database is limited to “real-world events,” meaning researchers excluded instances of online harassment. And although they omitted reports that were deemed to be hoaxes, researchers noted it would be impossible to “confirm the veracity of all reports.”This means the database, though it provides a great deal of anecdotal evidence to support the SPLC’s position,is of limited utility to statisticians.

“Without data from the ten days prior to the election it is hard to know what sense to make of post-election data,” John Laub, professor of criminology at University of Maryland, College Park, tells The Christian Science Monitor in an email.

An increase in hate-incident reports, furthermore, does not necessarily mean there was an increase in hate incidents, even if every report in the database is valid, Dr. Laub adds.

Phyllis Gerstenfeld, author of two books about hate crimes and a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Stanislaus, says a estimates suggest more than two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported under normal circumstances. In light of that fact, the SPLC data is meaningful, despite its statistical limitations, she says.

“What I see is that there is a perceived increase in hate incidents, but whether that reflects reality is almost impossible to tell,” Dr. Gerstenfeld tells the Monitor. “Theres certainly cause for concern, but trying to track hate crimes or hate incidents is just notoriously difficult.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps tally of hate crimes across the United States, but the organization’s data are based on voluntary reporting from other agencies, which are distributed across 50 states with varying legal definitions for what constitutes a hate crime. And it takes a long time to process and publish the information gathered.

Not until Nov. 14 did the FBI release last year’s hate crime statistics, and those numbers exclude incidents of hate speech that were not crimes.Katayoun Kishi, writing for Pew Research Center, noted that these data show the number of physical assaults against Muslims in the US reported in 2015 rose nearly to the levels seen in 2001.

Trump’s campaign has clearly reinvigorated radical right-wing movements, at least indirectly, in recent months as they have grown more active and vocal,Gerstenfeld says, even if researchers lack sufficient quantitative data to prove that fact conclusively.

Richard Arnold, political science professor at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, says it seems likely that Trump’s campaign rhetoric had a widespread impact, as SPLC says.

“Obviously, causation is very hard to prove, very hard to demonstrate,” Dr. Arnold tells the Monitor.

Arnold, an American citizen who was raised in Britain, says the recent flood of post-election hate-incident reports resembles widespread reports of racist leaflets, graffiti, and limited violence that immediately followed the Brexit referendum, in which a narrow majority of UK voters decided to cut ties with the European Union, amid a rise in xenophobic and nationalist sentiments across the continent.

In the 38 days following the Brexit vote, there were more than 2,300 recorded race-related hate crimes in London, up from 1,400 in the 38 days prior to the referendum, as The Guardian reported.

Jack Levin,co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston, says these surges in hate reflect a pattern. The pattern reared its ugly head, he says, in 2001, against those perceived as Muslim or Middle Eastern following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; in 2004, against gays and lesbians with the passage of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts; in 2009, against black people as President Obama began his first term; and in 2010, when Hispanic and Latino groups were victimized as unemployment peaked amid concerns over illegal immigration swelled.

“Whenever there is a threat to the survival, the employment, the culture, the religion of the dominant group, we see an increase in hate crimes against the group thats threatening. And that has been true for hundreds of years, nothing new about that,” Dr. Levin tells the Monitor. “But there is something new about these recent statistics.”

The an increase in the perceived threat didn’t did not immediately precede the most recent slew of hate-incident reports, but Trump’s election did, and some Americans saw his rhetoric as supportive of such hate offenses, Levin says.

“I think it was that sympathy from a powerful political figure that may have inspired ordinary Americans who were fearful of immigrants and blacks and Latinos and Muslims to seek revenge, to get even by perpetrating hate crimes on their own,” Levin adds.

In an interview on “60 Minutes,” Trump told his supporters to “stop it” with the hate, and in an interview with The New York Times, he denounced white supremacists. But the SPLC, joined by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Council of La Raza, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), says Trump should do more.

“A president-elect has to create a climate that keeps all Americans safe,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said.

Schools and universities were the most common location for hate incidents to occur, most often through graffiti and verbal harassment, according to the SPLC reports. A mother in Colorado, for instance, said her 12-year-old daughter was approached by a boy who said he would “shoot you and all the blacks I can find” now that Trump is president. A teacher in Washington State reportedly heard the slogan “Build a wall” chanted in their lunchroom on Nov. 9.

“This polarized and divisive election has left its mark on all of us, but most tragically on our children,” Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, said. “We have heard countless stories of harassment, intimidation and bullying of Latino and other students in schools around this country. This cannot stand.”

The number of reported incidents slowed in the days following the election, but Americans should not expect them to vanish.

“It’s not just going to go away,” said Cohen, the SPLC president.

Brenda Abdelall, charities program director of Muslim Advocates, said the groups expect to encounter even more hate-related incidents as Inauguration Day approaches. And that’s something the president-elect should seriously consider as he sorts through his campaign promises to determine which should be codified into actual policy positions.

“To bring us together as a nation,” Ms. Abdellal said, Trump “will need to disavow dangerous proposals and ideas that single out and demonize Muslims and other communities.”

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) In the first 10 days after Donald Trump won the presidency, there were 34 reports of harassment and intimidation in Minnesota, according to a new report from a civil rights advocacy group.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based legal advocacy nonprofit, released an election aftermath report Tuesday highlighting hate incidents across the country. The group says there were 867 hate incidents reported in the U.S. in the 10 days after the Nov. 8 election.

The group says the incidents documented in its report were either from media accounts or submissions to its #ReportHate page. All reports were of real-world harassment, not online harassment. Incidents were not counted if they were proved to be fake by authorities.

According to SPLC data, most of the hate incidents were reported in the days immediately after the election. For instance, there were 202 incidents reported Nov. 9, but within a week, the number of reports dropped to around 30 a day.

Most of the incidents happened in schools or universities and appear to have involved intimidating or racist language, either written or spoken. The SPLC says a small number of reports involved physical violence, and many of the incidents would not rise to the level of a hate crime.

Related: Maple Grove School Investigating Racist, Pro-Trump Graffiti

Of states in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota had the second-highest number of hate incidents, with 34. Michigan had the most, with 40. Illinois had 25, Iowa had 14, Wisconsin had 13, and the Dakotas had none.

Minnesota was specifically mentioned in the SPLC report in three instances. In one, a cashier was called a racial epithet. In another, a middle school-aged boy yelled Grab her by the p**** a reference to Trump to a man walking with a female colleague. In the third incident, a girl at a Coon Rapids school reportedly had her hijab pulled off, although school administrators told WCCO the incident was not bias-motivated.

According to SPLC data, most of the hate incidents reported after the election appeared to be motivated by anti-immigrant sentiment. The other groups most targeted were blacks, members of the LGBT community and Jews.

Donald Trump supporters also reported harassment and intimidation in the wake of the election. The SPLC data shows 23 reports of anti-Trump hate incidents, some involving physical violence.

The SPLC says that incidents documented in its report are likely a small fraction of the actual number of election-related hate incidents that have happened since the election.

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Hate crimes against Muslims spiked in 2015, according to the FBI. And Donald Trump, who has proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., seems to be making Islamophobiaeven worse. Immediately after the election, many Americans encountered hate speech, some of which was caught on camera, and on Tuesday,the Southern Poverty Law Center released two new reports that confirm what many have already experienced:There’s been a wave of hate incidents nationwide since Trumpwonthe presidential election.

One of the reports, titled “Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election,” covers 867 bias-related incidents that happened in the ten days after the election.The other report, “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools,” surveyed over 10,000 educators (including K-12 as well as college) about how the election has affected their school’s climate.

According to the “Ten Days After” report, the 867 incidents happened in a variety of places to a wide variety of people:

Some of the incidents include reports of black children being told to sit in the back of school buses and a church with many immigrants in the congregation being tagged with “Trump Nation” and “Whites Only” graffiti.

According to “The Trump Effect” report,90 percent of educators said their schools were negatively affected by the election and 80 percent reported that minority students were especially anxious and concerned about how their families might be impacted by Trump’s victory.

With that said, the new survey isn’t scientific and doesn’t represent a random sampling of teachers nationwide,according to CNN. Since educators who are seeing problems are more likely to respond to the survey, the survey might over-represent the levels of anxiety. But there are clearly issues in many of America’s schools and classrooms because of the election.

That report also found that 2,500 educators reported specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that were directly traced to election rhetoric:

And both reports suggested Trump is responsible for a significant portion of the incidents:

SPLCPresident Richard Cohensaid in a statement:”Mr. Trump claims hes surprised his election has unleashed a barrage of hate across the country.But he shouldnt be. Its the predictable result of the campaign he waged. Rather than feign surprise, Mr. Trump should take responsibility for whats occurring, forcefully reject hate and bigotry, reach out to the communities hes injured, and follow his words with actions to heal the wounds his words have opened.”

Trump previously told his supporters to “stop it” when he heard of the hate crimes associated with him. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be listening.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center is celebrating Twitters new free speech purge after numerous accounts belonging to members of the Alt-Right were banned.

After Trumps election victory, Twitter initiated an unprecedented mass culling of Alt-Right accounts, with even verified users being swiftly removed for holding unauthorized opinions.

The mass bans arrived in tandem with a new Twitter policy that prevents hate against a race, religion, gender, or orientation. In the world of permanently offended social justice warriors, hate is having a different opinion to them, while harassment is replying to their idiocy on Twitter.

The SPLC, which is currently embroiled in an effort to force Trump to ditch Breitbarts Stephen Bannon as his White House strategist, celebrated the news, tweeting good riddance in response to a user who tweeted, Alt-right Twitter says Twitter has mounted a coordinated effort to wipe it out.

The SPLC responded to another Twitter user who complained about Twitter censoring Alt-Right accounts by tweeting tick tock.

The SPLCs claim of being an impartial operation that merely exists to monitor and counter hate speech has been debunked time and time again.

Last month, Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformist who opposes Islamic extremism and Islamophobia, was labeled an anti-Muslim extremist by the SPLC, a designation that Nawaz says put a jihadi target on his head.

The non-Muslim led Southern Poverty Law Center placing a jihadi target on my head by listing me (a reforming liberal Muslim) as an anti-Muslim extremist on their hit list published today, wrote Nawaz.

The list of anti-Muslim extremists also included Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim feminist who escaped a forced marriage and whose colleague was assassinated on the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamic terrorist.

While the SPLC claims to be stopping hate, its own supporters are incredibly hateful. Back in 2009, we revealed how an SPLC supporter called for Alex Jones to be executed for his political beliefs.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is under fire for including Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz on its new list of anti-Muslim extremists.

On Oct. 25, the SPLC and three other liberal civil rights groups Media Matters for America, the Center for New Community and ReThink Media released a Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists, which profiles 15 propagandists who allegedly exploit terrorist attacks to demonize the Islamic faith.

Many on the list were expected, like anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller, who hosted a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest and led the campaign against the wrongly labeled Ground Zero Mosque. But Nawazs placement came as a shock to his supporters.

Nawaz, a liberal Muslim reformer, rose to prominence in part because of his fascinating biography. In his youth, he was arrested in Egypt for his membership in a banned Islamist group. Amnesty International labeled him a prisoner of conscience. This led to his gradual embrace of democratic values and disavowal of extremism.

Nawazs history places him in a unique position for encouraging reform within Islam. He is the founding chairman and executive board member of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank that fights for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy.

As evidence of his alleged anti-Muslim extremism, the SPLC report cites an op-ed he wrote for the Daily Mail arguing that the veil should be barred in schools, a cartoon he tweeted of the Prophet Muhammad (which some Muslims consider blasphemous) and his trip to a strip club during a bachelor party (which seems irrelevant to the topic at hand). The SPLC also cited a report from the Guardian alleging that the Quilliam Foundation sent a secret list to a top British security official that accused peaceful Muslims of sharing the ideology of terrorists. Quilliam disputes this.

Nawaz responded to the report with an article on the Daily Beast Saturday. He accused the SPLC of a naively dangerous form of neo-Orientalism that he dubbed Islamsplaining. He said the the largely white American non-Muslim progressive leadership of the SPLC had just arrogated to itself the decision about which debates Muslims may and may not have in reforming their own religion.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks at the Women in the World Summit earlier this year in New York City. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

In a monumental failure of comprehension, the SPLC has conflated my challenge to Islamist theocracy among my fellow Muslims with somehow being anti-Muslim. The regressive left is now in the business of issuing fatwas against Muslim reformers, Nawaz wrote.

If reforming liberal Muslims are to liberate fellow Muslims from the oppressive yoke of theocrats, he said, its crucial that they not be smeared as anti-Muslim.

When contacted for comment, Heidi Beirich, a director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC, told Yahoo News that Nawaz spread conspiracy theories about Muslims infiltrating places like Scotland Yard and television networks.

That kind of talk is not what we want people to discuss when discussing Muslims. These are conspiracy theories and its dangerous to portray every Muslim essentially as an infiltrator, she said in a Monday phone interview.

Beirich said Nawazs rhetoric foments anti-Muslim hatred that encourages people to see Muslims not as individuals but as part of some secretive, dangerous cabal.

But Nawazs supporters see things quite differently. Ahnaf Kalam, a college student from Aurora, Colo., launched a Change.org petition calling for Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, to be removed from the list. Ali is an ex-Muslim who calls for reform within Islam, opposes female genital mutilation and fights for womens rights.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, like the actual radical Islamists themselves, has shown the world that they too do not want people like Nawaz and Hirsi Ali to be allowed a platform, Kalam wrote. While on the surface, it may seem like a well-intentioned and sympathetic gesture as to shield Muslim communities from uncomfortable truths to which they may take offense, but in actuality, is doing exactly what the Islamists want to happen.

As of Monday afternoon, the petition gathered 7,333 supporters. Several high-profile figures, such as Skeptic magazine editor in chief Michael Shermer and neuroscientist Sam Harris (who has collaborated with Nawaz), have publicly endorsed the petition.

Nawaz also promoted the petition.

Nawaz has been praised elsewhere for challenging Islamophobia. In August, a U.K. Independence Party voter called Nawazs radio show accusing the British-born activist of being part of an Islamic takeover of the country.

If this is representative of your members views, Nawaz replied, then I suggest to you that they are quite xenophobic, and in your case, because youre suggesting by your analogy that I should compare the fact that Im hosting you on my radio show here with how you would be treated in Pakistan, Id say slightly racist too, only because Im British.

But the SPLC isnt backing down. Yahoo News asked Beirich if she is sympathetic to the view of Nawaz as a liberal reformer who is trying to amplify moderate voices within the Muslim world.

My problem with that is hes muddying that image with these conspiracy theories, so its hard for me to believe that that is his goal when hes doing these other things, Beirich said. He doesnt sound much different from Pamela Geller or David Horowitz or some of these other people about how Muslims are infiltrating everywhere. So my suggestion would be, if thats what hes trying to do, then he should ditch the conspiracy theories.

Update: After this article first appeared, Kalam, who launched the Change.org petition, wrote in an email to Yahoo News the following response to Beirichs allegations about Nawaz.

The claims of Nawaz spreading conspiracy theories are largely unfounded, and hold no significance in his (or Hirsi Alis) inclusion on the SPLCs list of anti-Muslim extremists.

Lets not forget that Maajid himself is a practicing Muslim working to [move] Islam from illiberalism and violence an anti-Extremist, not an anti-Muslim extremist and by grouping together the collective experiences and beliefs of all Muslims by excluding his ideas from the public discourse surrounding the topic, the SPLC does nothing but perpetuate the bigoted narrative that all Muslims must think and behave in the same way, or else theyre somehow not Muslims anymore.

If the SPLC refuses to remove Nawaz and Hirsi Ali from their list of anti-Muslim extremists, then I would suggest that they make an amended version of their list which includes every[one] who has been critical of the illiberalism and human rights abuses that are rampant in the Muslim world including myself as well as the 8,000 people who have signed my petition.

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Quality of the content, and the people in attendance was unparalleled.

I like the wide variety of organizations that were in attendance. It exposed me to opinions and theories that I dont typically encounter.

I found the summit to be extremely valuable and resourceful.

The shared knowledge between various members is unbelievable, overwhelming, and enlightening.

The focus of many sessions on the social/ethical aspects of sustainability were exactly what I was looking for. That was very refreshing. The environment didnt get short shrift, either.

Thank you for bringing public and private institutions together as well as purchaser, supplier and public interest groups to have these crucial conversations in advancing sustainable purchasing. This work will only advance through these invaluable connections.

Really pleased to have participated. Great work being done and wonderful to be with so many committed people.

I liked connecting with peers, vendors, working on useful tools/offerings, getting big picture storiesand info from NGOs being around the collective expertise of the SPLC members is useful in and of itself.

Lots of peer-to-peer engagement. SPLC did a great job of structuring the event to get input from participants, which builds the community.

I was skeptical if the SPLC Conference would be of value for me as a buyer for a financial services firm; thought the conference might be geared more to government and manufacturing. A colleague who attend last year told me it would be a fit for me and I would not be disappointed. I am really glad I took that advice. SPLC was a fantastic event with valuable content for anyone involved in any type of purchasing.

Great to get the NGO perspective on stage!

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anti-gay hate groups – Southern Poverty Law Center

Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the facts they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations. Of the 18 groups profiled below, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will be listing 13 next year as hate groups, reflecting further research into their views; those are each marked with an asterisk. Generally, the SPLCs listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups. *Abiding Truth Ministries Springfield, Mass. Abiding Truth Ministries serves mainly as a launching pad for an international anti-gay campaign. Its founder, Scott Lively, is also responsible for a book, widely cited by gay-bashers, accusing homosexuals of running the Nazi Party. Lively first emerged as an anti-gay activist when he became communications director for the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which was backing that states notorious Measure 9 vote in 1992. The measure, which failed, would have added language to the state constitution listing homosexuality, along with pedophilia and masochism, as abnormal behavior. Lively later served as California director of the American Family Association, another particularly hard-line anti-gay group (see below). Lively is best known for co-authoring, with Kevin Abrams, The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party. The book makes a series of claims that virtually no serious historian agrees with: that Hitler was gay, that the Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic homosexuals, and that gays were especially selected for the SS because of their innate brutality. The claims are entirely false; in fact, the Nazis murdered significant numbers of gays and made homosexuality a death penalty offense in 1942. In the foreword, Abrams adds that homosexuality is primarily a predatory addiction striving to take the weak and unsuspecting down with it. They have no idea of how to act in the best interests of their country . Their intention is to serve none but themselves. Lively has taken his message abroad to Eastern Europe (see Watchmen on the Walls, below), Africa and Russia. In a 2007 open letter to the Russian people, he asserted that homosexuality is a personality disorder that involves various, often dangerous sexual addictions and aggressive, anti-social impulses. In 2009, he went to Uganda to speak at a major conference on the evils of homosexuality, saying, among other things: The gay movement is an evil institution. The goal of the gay movement is to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity. He also met with Ugandan lawmakers. A month after Lively left the country, a bill was introduced that called for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts and prison for those who fail to disclose gays identities. In 2008, Lively started the Redemption Gate Mission Society, a church that seeks to re-Christianize the city of Springfield, Mass., where he lives. *American Family Association Methodist minister Donald E. Wildmon formed the National Federation for Decency in 1977, changing its name to the American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. Today, the group, which was taken over by Tim Wildmon after his fathers 2010 retirement, claims a remarkable 2 million online supporters and 180,000 subscribers to its AFA Journal. It also broadcasts over nearly 200 radio stations. The AFA seeks to support traditional moral values, but in recent years it has seemed to specialize in combating the homosexual agenda. In 2009, it hired Bryan Fischer, the former executive director of the Idaho Values Alliance, as its director of analysis for government and policy. Taking a page from the anti-gay fabulist Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), Fischer claimed in a blog post last May 27 that [h]omosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and 6 million dead Jews. (Ironically, the elder Wildmon was widely denounced as an anti-Semite after suggesting that Jews control the media, which the AFA says shows a genuine hostility towards Christians.) Fischer has described Hitler as an active homosexual who sought out gays because he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough. He proposed criminalizing homosexual behavior in another 2010 blog post and has advocated forcing gays into reparative therapy. In a 2010 action alert, the AFA warned that if homosexuals are allowed to openly serve in the military, your son or daughter may be forced to share military showers and barracks with active and open homosexuals. Gays arent the AFAs only enemies. In late 2009, Fischer suggested that all Muslims should be banned from joining the U.S. military. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology, Fischer added in August 2010. It is as racist as the KKK. … Allowing a mosque to be built in town is fundamentally no different that granting a building permit to a KKK cultural center built in honor of some King Kleagle. A little later, according to the Huffington Post, Fischer said that whatever the government does to “to make it unthinkable for America’s youth to join a white supremacist group,” it should also do “to make it as unthinkable for a resident of America to embrace Islam.” Around the same time, the Huffington Post said, he blogged that Muslim values are “grossly incompatible with American values,” and therefore no place in America should allow a mosque to be built. And then there are the promiscuous. On his May 26, 2010, radio show, Fischer recounted the biblical story of Phineas, who used a spear to kill a man and a woman who were having sex. Citing the nations rampant sexual immorality, Fischer said, God is obviously looking for more Phineases in our day. *Americans for Truth About Homosexuality Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) was formed as a part-time venture in 1996 by long-time gay-basher Peter LaBarbera, who reorganized it in 2006 as a much more serious and influential, if often vicious, operation. A one-time reporter for the conservative Washington Times, LaBarbera has been an energetic campaigner against the radical homosexual agenda since at least 1993, when he launched The Lambda Report, which claimed to do first-hand reporting to expose its gay enemies. Over the years, he has been an official with Accuracy in Media, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council and the Illinois Family Institute (see below for the last three). He left the Illinois Family Institute, where hed been executive director, in 2006. AFTAH is notable for its posting of the utterly discredited work of Paul Cameron (of the Family Research Institute; see below), who has claimed that gays and lesbians live vastly shorter lives than heterosexuals. Among the Cameron propaganda published by AFTAH are 2007 claims that gays and lesbians in Norway and Denmark live 24 fewer years than heterosexuals. Reviewing that claim, Danish epidemiologist Morten Frisch found that it had no scientific basis. LaBarbera himself, in 2002, compared the alleged dangers of homosexuality to those of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. Similarly, AFTAHs website carries essays describing homosexuality as a lethal behavior addiction, a dangerous practice that is neither normal nor benign. In 2007, LaBarbera claimed there was a disproportionate incidence of pedophilia among gay men yet another false assertion. The same year, he posted an open letter to the Lithuanian people from long-time gay-basher Scott Lively (see Abiding Truth Ministries, above), who has made a series of false claims about gays running the German Nazi Party. In the piece posted to the AFTAH website, Lively said homosexuals are trying to take away free speech from all opponents of gays and to silence all religious opinions on the matter. The AFTAH site repeats bogus claims like the idea that a proposed bill in California would promote cross-dressing, sex-change operations, bisexuality and homosexuality to kindergartners and other children. And it ran an essay that falsely asserted that hate crime laws would restrict our speech.” *American Vision Led since 1986 by Gary DeMar, American Vision is one of the primary exponents of the doctrine of Christian Reconstruction the idea that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation and that its democracy should be replaced with a theocratic government based on Old Testament law. As a practical matter, that means American Vision, which describes its goal as restor[ing] Americas Biblical foundation, backs the death penalty for practicing homosexuals. DeMar has modified that dictum slightly in the past, saying that homosexuals wouldnt all be executed under a reconstructed government, but that he did believe that the occasional execution of sodomites would serve society well because the law that requires the death penalty for homosexual acts effectively drives the perversion of homosexuality underground, back into the closet. More recently, while hosting American Visions The Gary DeMar Show in December 2009, Joel McDurmon, the groups research director, agreed that the Bible does call for killing homosexuals. And, he said, when most of a society is Christian, is biblical, then it [execution of gays] is perfectly normal; it should definitely be in place. In April 2009, DeMar said: Homosexuals arent content with only having the bedroom. They have taken their perversion into the classrooms, teaching that such practices are normal. There is nothing normal about what homosexuals do. DeMar, who was closely allied with the late D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries (see below), is a central figure in Reconstruction theology, which was founded by R.J. Rushdoony (see Chalcedon Foundation, below). He is co-author of Christian Reconstruction: What It Is, What It Isnt with Gary North. DeMar has also said that a long-term goal should be the execution of abortionists and their parents. Islam is another enemy, he said in August 2010: The long-term goal of Islam is the abolition of our constitutional freedoms. *Chalcedon Foundation Vallecito, Calif. The Chalcedon Foundation, named after a 451 A.D. council that proclaimed the states subservience to God, was started in 1965 by Rousas John Rushdoony, who is known as father of Christian Reconstruction theology. Led by Rushdoonys son, Mark, since the elder Rushdoonys death in 2001, the foundation continues to push for the imposition of Old Testament law on America and the world. Reconstruction, as described in R.J. Rushdoonys foundational 1973 book The Institutes of Biblical Law, is opposed to modern notions of equality, democracy or tolerance instead, it embraces the most draconian of religious views. Rushdoony supported the death penalty for homosexuals, among other abominators. He also opposed what he called unequal yoking interracial marriage and enforced integration, insisting that [a]ll men are NOT created equal before God (the Bible, he explained, recognizes that some people are by nature slaves). Rushdoony also denied the Holocaust, saying the murder of 6 million Jews was false witness. Rushdoonys Reconstruction is indeed radical, even including incorrigible children among those deserving death. And virtually all of his works remain for sale on the Chalcedon Foundation website. Today, most fundamentalist leaders deny holding such views. But a Whos Who of the religious right including Tim and Beverly LaHaye (see Concerned Women for America, below), Donald Wildmon (American Family Association, above), and the late D. James Kennedy (Coral Ridge Ministries, below) once served alongside the elder Rushdoony on the Coalition for Revival, a group formed in 1984 to reclaim America. Rushdoony reportedly was also a member of the secretive Council of National Policy, a group of archconservative leaders. Christian Anti-Defamation Commission Vista, Calif. Originally incorporated in 1999 by retired Army Gen. William Hollis, the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission (CADC) says its goal is to serve as a first line of response to anti-Christian defamation, bigotry and discrimination. It was largely inactive until 2007, when it brought in as its new leader the Rev. Gary Cass, who claims that Christian-bashing, the last acceptable form of bigotry in America, is alive and well and growing more intense and hysterical by the day. The CADC is heavily focused on the alleged evils of homosexuality. It has called the idea of allowing gays to serve openly in the military evil; opposed hate crimes legislation (which many religious-right groups falsely assert would make it easy to send pastors to prison for condemning homosexuality); and raged against a judges overturning of Californias Proposition 8, which had invalidated same-sex marriages. With regard to that last, it said: Homosexuals have turned away from humbly worshipping the true and living God and his transcendent moral order in order to make an idol out of their sexual perversion and chaos. The group also has protested a lawsuit seeking to end public use of the motto, In God We Trust; encouraged the IRS to investigate the anti-theocratic Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and opposed a proposed Islamic center in New York City, saying Muslims are exploiting the liberty we afford them to honor a murderous ideology that denies religious liberty every where [sic] it can. Although it is somewhat benign by comparison, the CADC has an advisory board that includes some of the countrys most hard-line anti-gay activists: Lou Sheldon, head of the Traditional Values Coalition (see below); Donald Wildmon, the founder of the American Family Association (above); and ONeal Dozier, a pastor who wrote in his 2008 book that [h]omosexuality not only spreads disease and neutralizes Gods command, but also destroys families. The board also includes Carmen Mercer, a former top official of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a now-defunct nativist group that once ran its own armed civilian border patrols. Concerned Women for America Washington, D.C. San Diego, Calif., activist Beverly LaHaye, whose husband Tim would go on to become famous as co-author of the Left Behind novels depicting the end times, started Concerned Women for America (CWA) in 1979 to create an anti-feminist group that matched the power of the National Organization for Women. Today, CWA claims more than 500,000 members organized into state chapters, a radio program that reaches more than 1 million listeners, and a cadre of attorneys and researchers devoted to the groups mission of promoting biblical values. LaHaye has blamed gay people for a radical leftist crusade in America and, over the years, has occasionally equated homosexuality with pedophilia. In 2001, she hired prominent anti-gay propagandists Robert Knight (now with Coral Ridge Ministries; see below) and Peter LaBarbera (now with Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, above) to launch CWAs Culture and Family Institute. Matt Barber was CWAs policy director for cultural issues in 2007 and 2008 before moving on to similar work with the Liberty Counsel (below). While at CWA, on April 12, 2007, Barber suggested against all the evidence that there were only a miniscule number of anti-gay hate crimes and most of those may very well be rooted in fraudulent reports. In comments that have since disappeared from CWAs website, Barber demanded a federal probe of homosexual activists for their alleged fabrications of hate crime reports. CWA long relied on and displayed Knights articles and talking points, including claims that homosexuality carries enormous physical and mental health risks and gay marriage entices children to experiment with homosexuality. Most remarkably, Knight cited the utterly discredited work of Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, below) to bolster claims that homosexuality is harmful. Today, CWA continues to make arguments against homosexuality on the basis of dubious claims. President Wendy Wright said this August that gay activists were using same-sex marriage to indoctrinate children in schools to reject their parents values and to harass, sue and punish people who disagree. Last year, CWA accused the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a group that works to stop anti-gay bullying in schools, of using that mission as a cover to promote homosexuality in schools, adding that teaching students from a young age that the homosexual lifestyle is perfectly natural will [cause them to] develop into adults who are desensitized to the harmful, immoral reality of sexual deviance. Coral Ridge Ministries Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The late Rev. D. James Kennedy started turning fundamentalist Coral Ridge Presbyterian into a mega-church in the 1960s, adding Coral Ridge Ministries (CRM) as its action arm in 1974 and claiming some 10,000 members by the 1990s. During the fiscal year ending in June 2009, CRM raised almost $18 million and spent more than $6 million of that on television and radio outreach efforts. Over the years, Kennedy emphasized anti-gay rhetoric, particularly in his TV ministry. He recommended as essential the virulent work of R.J. Rushdoony (see Chalcedon Foundation, above), who believed practicing gays should be executed. In an especially nasty 1989 edition of a CRM newsletter, Kennedy ran photographs of children along with the tagline, Sex With Children? Homosexuals Say Yes! After Kennedy died in 2007, Coral Ridge Presbyterian seemed to change course, merging in 2009 with New City Presbyterian Church under its pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham. Tchividjian began to move the church away from divisive social issues; some 500 members of Coral Ridge, including Kennedys daughter, left as a result. Today, Tchividjian says that the church, with 2,400 congregants, is entirely separate from CRM. CRM, however, has continued its hard-line course. In 2009, it hired anti-gay activist Robert Knight as a senior writer and Washington, D.C., correspondent. Knight has used the work of discredited researcher Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, below). In one recent essay on the CRM website, he argued against allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the military, saying that Bible-believing Christians would quickly find themselves unwelcome in Barney Franks new pansexual, cross-dressing military. (Hector Padron, CRMs executive vice president, wrote last May that such a change would post a grave threat to the military.) In 2002, before joining CRM, Knight wrote that gay marriage entices children to experiment with homosexuality and that accepting homosexuality leads to a loss of stability in communities, with a rise in crime, sexually transmitted diseases and other social pathologies. Still another is a shortage of employable, stable people. *Dove World Outreach Center Gainesville, Fla. The Dove World Outreach Center was founded in 1986 by Don Northrup and described itself as a total concept church in which all would be served. But Northrup died in 1996, and his successor brought in long-time Northrup associate Terry Jones as Doves leader in 2001. Since then, Jones has spouted increasingly vicious attacks on gays and Muslims, culminating in a plan that drew worldwide condemnation this September to hold an International Burn a Koran Day. Jones and his family had spent some 20 years in Cologne, Germany, running a church that was allied with Dove. When he was asked to take over the Gainesville church, he apparently divided his time between the two until 2008, when the Cologne church was closed amid criticism of Jones by its congregants. Jones pushed himself into the headlines last March, when he surrounded Dove with signs aimed at Craig Lowe, a Gainesville city commissioner who was running for mayor, that said No Homo Mayor. After an electioneering complaint was filed with the IRS (nonprofit churches cannot intervene in political campaigns), Jones had the signs shortened to the more generic No Homo. At one point, Jones and 30 of his congregants joined an anti-gay rally by the Westboro Baptist Church, which runs the Godhatesfags.com website and regularly pickets the funerals of U.S. soldiers, saying God is killing soldiers because America is a fag-enabling nation. Jones is also the author of a book entitled Islam is of the Devil, and he has used that phrase on another set of signs posted around his church and sent his followers children to school in T-shirts bearing that slogan. (The school refused to let the children wear the shirts, and the ACLU filed suit against it as a result.) He regularly repeats the phrase on his Braveheart Show, an Internet video program where he asserted last April that [h]omosexuality makes God throw up. Jones and his tiny congregation became momentarily famous this September, when he said he would burn Korans to protest Islam, which he describes as an evil religion. The threat drew public condemnation from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and several leading members of the Obama Administration, and sparked anti-U.S. rallies in Muslim countries. In the end, Jones withdrew his threat and rapidly sank back into political obscurity. *Faithful Word Baptist Church Tempe, Ariz. Steven Anderson, formerly affiliated with Sacramento, Calif.-based Regency Baptist Church, started Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona on Christmas Day 2005 as a totally independent organization. With well over a hundred chapters of the Bible memorized word-for-word, Anderson quickly led his congregation into a series of extremely radical stands. Much of his venom was aimed at homosexuals, who he suggests should be killed (The biggest hypocrite in the world is the person who believes in the death penalty for murderers but not for homosexuals). In an August 2009 sermon, he attacked the United Methodist Church, saying 10% of their preachers are queers and adding, they got a dyke and a faggot behind the pulpit. He has described gays as sodomites who recruit through rape and recruit through molestation. Anderson is also a virulent government hater. As operator of the True Sons of Liberty website, the pastor calls for abolishing the IRS, the Federal Reserve, Social Security and Child Protective Services state agencies. In April 2009, he refused to get out of his car or answer questions from Border Patrol agents at the California-Arizona border. Agents broke his window and tased him as a result. Anderson brought his church national notoriety in August 2009, when a member of his congregation, Christopher Broughton, went to an Obama appearance in Phoenix legally carrying an assault rifle and a pistol. It turned out that Anderson had preached a day earlier to Broughton and others that he hates Obama and would pray that he dies and goes to hell. Two weeks later, he told openly gay columnist Michelangelo Signorile that he would not judge or condemn anyone who killed the president. Then, for good measure, he told Signorile at the end of the interview, If youre a homosexual, I hope you get brain cancer and die like Ted Kennedy. *Family Research Council Washington, D.C. Started as a small think tank in 1983, the Family Research Council (FRC) merged in 1988 with the much larger religious-right group Focus on the Family in 1988, and brought on Gary Bauer, former U.S. undersecretary of education under Ronald Reagan, as president. In 1992, the two groups legally separated to protect Focus on the Familys tax-exempt status, although Focus founder James Dobson and two other Focus officials were placed on the FRCs newly independent board. By that time, FRC had become a powerful group on its own. Headed since 2003 by former Louisiana State Rep. Tony Perkins, the FRC has been a font of anti-gay propaganda throughout its history. It relies on the work of Robert Knight, who also worked at Concerned Women for America but now is at Coral Ridge Ministries (see above for both), along with that of FRC senior research fellows Tim Dailey (hired in 1999) and Peter Sprigg (2001). Both Dailey and Sprigg have pushed false accusations linking gay men to pedophilia: Sprigg has written that most men who engage in same-sex child molestation identify themselves as homosexual or bisexual, and Dailey and Sprigg devoted an entire chapter of their 2004 book Getting It Straight to similar material. The men claimed that homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses and similarly asserted that homosexuals are attracted in inordinate numbers to boys. Thats the least of it. In a 1999 publication (Homosexual Behavior and Pedophilia) that has since disappeared from its website, the FRC claimed that one of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the prophets of a new sexual order, according to unrefuted research by AMERICAblog. The same publication argued that homosexual activists publicly disassociate themselves from pedophiles as part of a public relations strategy. FRC offered no evidence for these remarkable assertions, and has never publicly retracted the allegations. (The American Psychological Association, among others, has concluded that homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.) In fact, in a Nov. 30, 2010, debate on MSNBCs Hardball with Chris Matthews between Perkins and the Southern Poverty Law Centers Mark Potok, Perkins defended FRCs association of gay men with pedophilia, saying: If you look at the American College of Pediatricians, they say the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children. So Mark is wrong. He needs to go back and do his own research. In fact, the college, despite its hifalutin name, is a tiny, explicitly religious-right breakaway group from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the 60,000-member association of the profession. Publications of the American College of Pediatricians, which has some 200 members, have been roundly attacked by leading scientific authorities who say they are baseless and accuse the college of distorting and misrepresenting their work. Elsewhere, according to AMERICAblog, Knight, while working at the FRC, claimed that [t]here is a strong current of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture. [T]hey want to promote a promiscuous society. AMERICAblog also reported that then-FRC official Yvette Cantu, in an interview published on Americans for Truth About Homosexualitys website, said, If they [gays and lesbians] had children, what would happen when they were too busy having their sex parties? More recently, in March 2008, Sprigg, responding to a question about uniting gay partners during the immigration process, said: I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them. He later apologized, but then went on, last February, to tell MSNBC host Chris Matthews, I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions on homosexual behavior. So we should outlaw gay behavior? Matthews asked. Yes, Sprigg replied. At around the same time, Sprigg claimed that allowing gay people to serve openly in the military would lead to an increase in gay-on-straight sexual assaults. Perkins has his own unusual history. In 1996, while managing the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican State Rep. Louis Woody Jenkins of Louisiana, Perkins paid $82,500 to use the mailing list of former Klan chieftain David Duke. The campaign was fined $3,000 (reduced from $82,500) after Perkins and Jenkins filed false disclosure forms in a bid to hide the link to Duke. Five years later, on May 17, 2001, Perkins gave a speech to the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a white supremacist group that has described black people as a retrograde species of humanity. Perkins claimed not to know the groups ideology at the time, but it had been widely publicized in Louisiana and the nation. In 1999, after Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was embroiled in a national scandal over his ties to the group, GOP chairman Jim Nicholson urged Republicans to quit the CCC because of its racist views. That statement and the nationally publicized Lott controversy came two years before Perkins 2001 speech. *Family Research Institute Colorado Springs, Colo. Started in 1987 by psychologist Paul Cameron, the Family Research Institute (FRI) has become the anti-gay movements main source for what Cameron claims is cutting-edge research but is, in fact, completely discredited junk science pushed out by a man who has been condemned by three professional organizations. Over nearly three decades, Cameron has published research studies (though almost never in peer-reviewed journals) that suggest that homosexuals are predatory and diseased perverts who victimize children. Among his more recent defamations was an FRI pamphlet asserting the primary activity of the gay rights movement is seeking to legitimize child-adult homosexual sex. In another, he claimed that with the rise of the gay rights movement, homosexual rape of men appears to have increased. In yet another, he wrote, Homosexuals were three times more likely to admit to having made an obscene phone call and a third more apt to report a traffic ticket or traffic accident in the past 5 years. Some of Camerons more infamous claims include the idea that homosexuals molest children at far higher rates than heterosexuals and that homosexuals have extremely short lives. Last February, he wrote on FRIs website that [i]f homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military, they will be recruiting in showers, having sex in the barracks . Before long, the U.S. may be defended by the sex-obsessed and those who can tolerate kowtowing to them. After all, writes Cameron a man who proposes that parents promote teen heterosexual activity to keep kids straight homosexual sex overwhelms rationality [and] overwhelms the desire to serve. Camerons colleagues have condemned him repeatedly. In 1983, he was thrown out of the American Psychological Association for ethical violations. In 1984, the Nebraska Psychological Association disassociated itself from Camerons statements about sexuality. In 1985, the American Sociological Association adopted a resolution saying Cameron has consistently misinterpreted and misrepresented sociological research on sexuality and repeatedly campaigned for the abrogation of the civil rights of lesbians and gay men; the following year, the same group formally condemned Cameron for that misrepresentation of research. In late 2010, reacting to reports that his group had once again been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, Cameron told The (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Gazette that he believed homosexuality should be criminalized in America and that he was fine with a proposed bill in Uganda that would punish some gay sexual acts with death (Whatever they decide, Im OK with). He also proposed heavily taxing gays and single adults because of their failure to produce children. And he suggested that gays and lesbians undergo a public shaming of some kind. Despite all this and the fact that Camerons propaganda is widely known to be false or misleading many groups have continued to use his claims, though often without citing their source. They include the American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, the Family Research Council (see above for all five) and, until recently, the Illinois Family Institute (see below). *Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment Downers Grove, Ill. Heterosexuals Organized for a Moral Environment (HOME) was founded by 62-year-old Wayne Lela, a former Catholic who now describes himself as an agnostic. Until recently, the 20-year-old group has had a fairly low profile. The group, which is entirely focused on the alleged evils of homosexuality, attacks gay people on a wide variety of levels. But it keeps coming back to the idea that gay sexual activity should be illegal. [P]enalizing people for engaging in homosexual behavior is clearly not discrimination, just like penalizing people for exhibitionism or incest is not discrimination, HOMEs website says. In a second website comment, it adds, [H]eterosexual activity is not illegalizeable while homosexual activity is definitely illegalizeable. And in a third, it insists that legalizing homosexual deviations leads to a confused and sick society. HOME doesnt stop there. It says that gays should apologize for all the STDs [sexually transmitted diseases] theyve spread, and all the money those STDs have cost, and especially for setting bad moral examples for our children. It accuses homosexuals of having a pathological attitude toward the opposite sex. It says homosexuality shouldnt have been removed from the American Psychiatric Associations list of mental disorders. It says gays threaten free speech because they seek hate crime law protections. It argues that gay film directors are working to condition men to bond with other men at the expense of women. And it claims that pedophilia and necrophilia are a sexual orientations like homosexuality, going on to suggest that they could therefore be legalized. And then theres this: Freemasonry may be connected to the homosexual movement, with members evidently engaging in sodomy and homosexual orgies. Thus, HOME says, there is a very real possibility that this group is using its influence to try to impose pro-homosexual values on the public. *Illinois Family Institute Carol Stream, Ill. The Illinois Family Institute (IFI), which says it dedicates itself to issues surrounding marriage, family, life and liberty, is heavily focused on attacking gay people and homosexuality in general. It maintains working partnerships with other hard-line groups including the Family Research Council (see above) and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal center based in Phoenix. In early 2010, it launched Illinois Family Action as a political-action sister organization. In 2006, then-Executive Director Peter LaBarbera (see Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, above), told a religious-right gathering hosted by Vision America that homosexuality was “disgusting” and demanded the closing down of all “homosexual establishments.” He called for the repeal of all “sexual orientation laws” laws that ban discrimination against gays and spoke of the “need to find ways to bring back shame to those practicing homosexual behavior.” Over the years, the group also has occasionally embraced the groundless propaganda of Paul Cameron (see Family Research Institute, above). Until 2009, it carried an article on Cameron New Study Shows that Homosexuals Live 20 Fewer Years preceded by a full-throated endorsement LaBarbera. Paul Camerons work has been targeted for ridicule by homosexual activists, and hes been demonized by the left, LaBarbera wrote in his introduction, but that should not discount his findings. IFI also posted a video attacking school anti-bullying programs that claimed, based on Cameron, that gay mens median age of death is 42. Both were removed in response to the Southern Poverty Law Centers 2009 listing of IFI as a hate group, which was largely based on its use of Cameron. That response, however, hardly indicated that the IFI was backing down on its hard-line position. This year, Focus on the Family for years, the powerhouse of anti-gay religious organizations in America moderated its position markedly after founder James Dobson retired and pastor Jim Daly took over. In April, Daly told an interviewer: I will continue to defend traditional marriage, but Im not going to demean human beings in the process. Its not about being highly confrontational. The response of Laurie Higgins, IFIs belligerent director of school advocacy, was that Daly was showing surprising navet, using the same language as pro-gay homosexualists, and failing to confront the pro-homosexual juggernaut. In 2009, Higgins compared homosexuality to Nazism, likening the German Evangelical Churchs weak response to fascism to the American churchs failure to respond appropriately to the spread of radical, heretical, destructive views of homosexuality. Elsewhere, Higgins has pined for the days when gays were in the closet. There was something profoundly good for society about the prior stigmatization of homosexual practice . [W]hen homosexuals were in the closet, (along with fornicators, polyamorists, cross-dressers, and transexuals), they werent acquiring and raising children. Shes also said that McDonalds, because it ran a gay-friendly TV ad, is hell bent on using its resources to promote subversive moral, social, and political views about homosexuality to our children. Liberty Counsel Orlando, Fla. Created in 1989, Liberty Counsel is affiliated with Liberty University Law School in Lynchburg, Va., a legacy of the late conservative icon Jerry Falwell. It was founded and is still chaired by Mathew (Mat) Staver, who also serves as director of the Liberty Center for Law and Policy at Liberty University, and provides legal assistance with regard to religious liberty, abortion and the family. The organization may be best known for its campaigns to ensure that public displays of religion are maintained during the Christmas holiday, and it has adopted broad right-wing views, including the allegation that the Obama Administration has a socialist liberal agenda. But it also has focused heavily on anti-gay activism. In 2009, J. Matt Barber, formerly with Concerned Women for America and Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (see above for both), joined Liberty Counsel as director of cultural affairs (also becoming Liberty Universitys associate dean for career and professional development). A year earlier, Barber had argued that given medical evidence about the dangers of homosexuality, it should be considered criminally reckless for educators to teach children that homosexual conduct is a normal, safe and perfectly acceptable alternative. The Counsel also has been active in battling same-sex marriage, saying it would destroy the bedrock of society. In 2005, the groups blog said: People who support the radical homosexual agenda will not rest until marriage has become completely devalued. Children will suffer most from this debauchery. A 2007 blog posting said same-sex marriage would severely impact future generations. Like other anti-gay groups, Liberty Counsel argues that hate crime laws are actually thought crimes laws that violate the right to freedom and of conscience an opinion rejected by the Supreme Court. In fact, the laws raise penalties for crimes already on the books assault, murder and so on that were motivated by hatred of people based on their sexual orientation. They do not, and could not under the Constitution, punish people for voicing opinions. Since 2006, Liberty Counsel has also run its Change is Possible campaign with Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays to protect people who say theyve changed from gay to straight from discrimination by intolerant homosexuals. *MassResistance MassResistance, the leading pro-family grassroots activist group in Massachusetts, began life in 1995 as the Parents Rights Coalition, became the Article 8 Alliance in 2003, and took on its current name in 2006. Its leader, Brian Camenker, is a programmer who was an official of the Article 8 Alliance and also headed the Newton, Mass., chapter of the National Taxpayers Association. As president of yet another group, the Interfaith Coalition of Massachusetts, Camenker spearheaded the drafting of a bill that passed in 1996 and required that parents be notified of any sex education in their childrens schools. That same year, Camenker claimed that suicide prevention programs aimed at gay youth actually were put together by homosexual activists to normalize homosexuality. Later, MassResistance charged that groups like the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which support school anti-bullying programs, actually want to lure children into homosexuality and, very possibly, sadomasochism. At a 2006 religious right gathering in Washington, D.C., Camenker insisted that gays were trying to get legislation passed to allow sex with animals. “One bill in Massachusetts takes away all the penalties for bestiality,” he claimed. “This is where this [homosexual] agenda is going.” A little later, he added, “They [gays and lesbians] are pushing perversion on our kids.” In 2006-2007, Mass-Resistance pushed for an amendment of the 1996 statute that would have required that parents be notified of any discussion of gay or lesbian issues in the schools. The group proposed language that lumped sexual orientation (which includes heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality) in with criminal behaviors like bestiality and polygamy. During legislative testimony supporting the amendment, Camenker falsely claimed that no homosexuals died in the Holocaust and that the pink triangle the Nazis forced imprisoned gays to wear actually signified Catholic priests. The amendment did not pass. Camenker, who has long focused on the purported homosexual agenda in the schools and frequently claimed gays are dangerous to kids, has repeatedly cited discredited claims from organizations like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality that link homosexuality and pedophilia. In 2008, Camenker made another accusation for which there was no supporting evidence at all the claim that the state of Massachusetts had had to spend more money every year since same-sex marriage became legal in that state. That, he said, was because of skyrocketing homosexual domestic violence and because of the extreme dysfunctional nature of homosexual relationships. This year, MassResistance called Boston Gay Pride events a depraved display that featured a great deal of obviously disturbed, dysfunctional, and extremely self-centered people whose aim was to push their agenda. National Organization for Marriage Princeton, N.J. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which is dedicated to fighting same-sex marriage in state legislatures, was organized in 2007 by conservative syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher and Princeton University politics professor Robert George. George is an influential Christian thinker who co-authored the 2009 Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto developed after a New York meeting of conservative church leaders that promises resistance to the point of civil disobedience against any legislation that might implicate their churches or charities in abortion, embryo-destructive research or same sex marriage.

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SPLC Forgets to Include Incidents of Anti-White Hate in …

SPLC Forgets to Include Incidents of Anti-White Hate in Widely Cited ‘Trump Effect’ Report SPLC Forgets to Include Incidents of Anti-White Hate in Widely Cited Report The Southern Poverty Law Center has reluctantly admitted that that its widely cited report titledThe Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nations Schoolsis missing some key data, Paul Sperry of the New York Post reported Monday. The SPLC sent a questionnaire toits 1.6 million mostly Democratic members and found that 40 percent of the more than 10,000 educators who responded to the survey have heard derogatory language directed at students of color, Muslims, immigrants and people based on gender or sexual orientation. Among the “hate rhetoric” reportedly being hurled at minority students isthe phrase “build the wall,” which the center counted people usingin 467 “incidents of hate.” That gives you a pretty good idea of what these K-12 teachers and administrators (who subscribe to the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance newsletter) consider pro-Trump “hate.” But what the SPLC neglectedto include in its report was the finding that “at least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president.” That information would have interfered with the narrative that Trump-supporting white kids areharassing minorities at the nations schools. The reports also triggered a statement Friday from the US Commission on Civil Rights, which expressed deep concern that prejudice has reared its ugly head in public elementary and secondary schools. The panel called for more federal funding to prosecute hate crimes. But the SPLC didnt present the whole story. The Montgomery, Ala.-based nonprofit self-censored results from a key question it asked educators whether they agree or disagree with the following statement: I have heard derogatory language or slurs about white students. Asked last week to provide the data, SPLC initially said it was having a hard time getting the information from the researchers. Pressed, SPLC spokeswoman Kirsten Bokenkamp finally revealed that about 20 percent answered affirmatively to that question. Bokenkamp did not provide an explanation for the absence of such a substantial metric at least 2,000 bias-related incidents against white students from the report, which focuses instead on anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-Muslim sentiment and slurs about students of color related to the election. They left that result out because it would not fit their ideological narrative, former Education Department civil rights attorney Hans Bader said. It was deemed an inconvenient truth. Founded in 1971, SPLC claims to be a nonpartisan civil rights law firm. But it receives funding from leftist groups, including ones controlled by billionaire George Soros. And a review of Federal Election Commission records reveals that its board members have contributed more than $13,400 to Hillary Clintons presidential campaigns. Bader says SPLC has an agenda to derail the Trump administration before it starts. These flawed SPLC reports will be cited by left-wing special interests to try to block the confirmation of moderate and conservative people to posts such as attorney general by falsely making it look like Americas schools and streets are pervaded by bigotry, Bader said. Last week, SPLC held a press conference in Washington to demand Trump reconsider his picks for White House advisers and attorney general, and disavow his immigration policies. SPLC President Richard Cohen has been trying to tie Trump to a number of “hate crimes” which he claims will spike once hes inaugurated. The SPLC has recorded a 867 reports ofalleged anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-black hate crimes since Trumps Nov. 8 win. The group wont use its $315 million in assets to investigate the hate crimes, or at least help alleged victims file police reports or provide them counseling or other assistance, but it has offered sympathy. We wrote back to every submission that provided an email address to express sympathy and encourage them to report the incident to local authorities, Bokenkamp said. Bader pointed out that most of the anti-minority hate crimes and hate incidents cited by SPLC do not legally constitute hate crimes, and many involve constitutionally protected speech. It is simply ridiculous that SPLC treats build the wall as hate rhetoric, he said. The center counted people mentioning build the wall as 467 incidents of hate. https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/12/06/splc-forgets-to-include-incidents-of-anti-white-hate-in-widely-cited-trump-effect-report/

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SPLC moves to kill debate on ‘refugee’ resettlement

Syrian refugees (Photo: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) It doesnt take much to get ones self branded a racist in Michigan these days. Donald Trump pulled off an upset win in the state that has gone Democrat in the previous two presidential elections, but that hasnt stopped the entrenched establishment from demonizing those who hold Trump-like views on immigration. The Southern Poverty Law Center is teaming up with local Detroit media to paint a Maryland-based journalist as an anti-Muslim extremist and Islamophobe simply because he has produced fact-based research on the U.S. governments refugee resettlement program. James Simpson has been invited to speak at the annual Business Roundtable Breakfast in Oakland County, one of several counties in Michigan that have been pummeled with refugees from the Middle East over the last eight years of the Obama administration. Civilization jihad is underway. Get Leo Hohmanns brand new book, Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad, for an in-depth look at the plan of radical Muslims to fundamentally transform the population of the United States. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who won re-election in a landslide on Nov. 8, has been a vocal critic of the refugee program, threatening to sue the administration for violating the Refugee Act of 1980. Under Obama, the feds have distributed thousands of refugees into Oakland County without advance notice to Patterson and other local government officials. Once the federal month that follows the refugees runs out, Oakland County taxpayers are left holding the bag for the education and welfare of the refugees. But the SPLCs attack stance has now frightened away one of the Roundtable events main sponsors, the Fifth Third Bank. SPLC is the same organization that tried to label former GOP presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson an extremist only to remove the post from its website and apologize after an intense nationwide backlash in 2015. The SPLC website still includes a negative file on Carson maintaining he has said things that most people would conclude are extreme, citing as the main example Dr. Carsons belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. But the newest source of the media-made controversy in Michigan is Simpson, author of the 2015 book The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. Simpson has been invited by Patterson to speak at the annual economic forum on Dec. 1. Simpson is a research fellow at Frank Gaffneys Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. The SPLC was used as the source of the negative stories about Simpson that appeared in the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Metro Times. Simpsons book, published by Center for Security Policy, exposes both secular and church groups working as paid government resettlement contractors and provides data on the costs of the resettlement program. Oakland County, along with Wayne and Macomb counties, has been on the receiving end more than 7,000 Muslim refugees from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Bosnia and elsewhere over the past 20 years. The Islamization has been so intense that many local opponents have started referring to Dearborn as Dearbornistan and Hamtramck as Shariahville. Patterson issued the following statement to WND: Mr. Simpson was invited to speak at the Oakland County Business Roundtable precisely because he is provocative. Its not about whether one agrees with him, but its about stimulating meaningful conversation on a timely and important topic in our country. It would be rather Orwellian to exclude him. After all, this is still the United States of America where the First Amendment protects even the most contentious speech. Pamela Geller, author of Stop the Islamization of America and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, said that if Simpson had authored a leftist propaganda book the Fifth Third Bank would have had no problem with it. James Simpson is author of The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. Thats why the bank withdrew its sponsorship, Geller told WND. If a hard-left speaker had been invited, the bank would have had no problem. But those who speak the truth on the right are increasingly ostracized, demonized, and marginalized. The bank is justifiably afraid that leftist thugs will target it for protests, boycotts, etc. But it should stand up to these fascists instead of caving in to them. Doubling down against free speech And its not just in Michigan where this is happening. Anyone armed with facts that refute the talking points of the government and its resettlement contractors is immediately branded a racist, said Ann Corcoran, who blogs for the website Refugee Resettlement Watch. Theyre going after the only county executive whos willing to take a stand, and hes right next door to the other county executive in Macomb County whos all in for more refugees, Corcoran said. Even with the new president-elect they are bearing down, doubling down, in their effort to crack down on free speech. Simpson said he will appear on Detroit radio host Frank Beckmans show Monday at 9:45 a.m. to discuss the attacks against him in the local media. Beckmann typically hosts listener call-in comments after his interviews. Simpson has often called the refugee resettlement program a scam that hides under the guise of humanitarian goodness when in actuality its about making money and changing political demographics in favor of Democrats and socialists. When someone dares challenge their talking points, the resettlement advocates often respond with Saul Alinsky tactics of dehumanizing their opponent, rather than engage them in a civil debate, he said. Author/speaker James Simpson What were dealing with are faux, self-righteous indignation and really they [at Fifth Third Bank] dont have the guts to stand up to these people who use vicious tactics, and we need to be stronger than that now, Simpson told WND. He said the lefts guerrilla warfare against Trump, the election and anyone associated with this nations rejection of their agenda, continues unabated. Of course, Ann Corcoran, the Center for Security Policy and I are all irredeemable deplorables for our stance against open borders and the Islamization of America, he said. Psychological terror tactics Simpson said the time for political correctness has passed. The election was a referendum on these sanctimonious, dishonest, fraudulent attacks. Its a form of psychological terror not only to intimidate us, but to make it radioactive and intimidate others who might be following in our example and wish to speak out, he said. They want to destroy anybody they dont agree with. Simpson said a virtual cottage industry has grown up in America that feeds off of destroying peoples reputations. Its a franchise, thats all it is, he said. Its a franchise of people who dont know how to do anything productive or that is of any value to anyone so instead they use political manipulation and psychological terrorism against those of us who they dont agree with. Simpson said the Detroit Metro Times article, which called him an extremist Islamophobe, was particularly vicious. The election was a referendum on that kind of baseless ad hominem attack, and they were essentially proving the point for me, he said. Obama DOJ threatens communities that oppose mosques Sterling Heights is one of the cities in the sights of the federal governments effort to transform Southeastern Michigan into a model of multicultural diversity, where all cultures are seen as equal, and some perhaps more equal than others. Like the reporting you see here? Sign up for free news alerts from WND.com, Americas independent news network. Muslim expansion is spilling over into Sterling Heights from nearby Detroit, Troy and Hamtramck, which last year became the first U.S. city to elect a Muslim-majority city council. Seeing what happened in Hamtramck, with calls to prayer blasted over loudspeakers and storefronts changed from Polish markets to a mixture of halal and spirit-less restaurants, the people of Sterling Heights pressured their planning commission to deny a major mosque project in the middle of a residential area. The commission voted 9-0 in September 2015 to deny the project citing traffic, parking and other zoning issues but the Obama Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation and the Council on American-Islamic Relations has sued the city claiming the Islamic groups rights were violated. Another mosque and Islamic school proposed in Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor, Michigan, faced the same legal onslaught a lawsuit by CAIR and the Obama DOJ and settled out of court last month for $1.7 million. The imam of the Ann Arbor mosque is a known radical who was investigated for ties to the 9/11 terrorists but that didnt stop Obama from rushing to defend his civil rights. As Geller has often stated, civil rights to the Obama administration include the right to preach hate and violence against Jews and Christians, even as the administration seeks to crack down on speech critical of Islam. Its against this backdrop that Oakland Countys Patterson is fighting back. Dick Manasseri, spokesman for Secure Michigan, said his group has submitted a letter to the Free Presss op-ed page based on the First Amendment rights of all Michiganders to speak out. Its just as a statement in support of freedom of speech, even though we do have Shariahvilles in Michigan we dont live under the Shariah in Michigan, we have a right to express ourselves, and James Simpson is just presenting information, Manasseri told WND. This is standard protocol for them, they do it all the time, and theyre given credence by the mainstream media, which is pretty low, said Manasseri. Weve experienced this before. In January after the jihadist attacks on Paris, one Michigan state senator, Morris Hood II, said Manasseri and anyone who supported Gov. Rich Snyders call for a halt on Syrian refugees were racist. We went to Lansing and presented six minutes of data on refugees, no commentary, just data, and the refugee industry was represented by CAIR, the Catholic Church, the Jewish and Lutheran Church. And the Democratic leader called the senator proposing the resolution and by reference anyone who supported it a racist because we questioned the fact that they couldnt be vetted, he said. This is the way it works in Michigan. This goes on all the time, this type of intimidation by the refugee industry in cahoots with the left. Manasseri said Oakland County has been getting about 500 refugees a month, with about 200 of those coming from Syria. And we at Secure Michigan would love to see an injunction from the courts, given that we are likely to see a policy change from the Trump administration, and we have the refugee industry bearing down on people who present information. Simpson has done his homework, he has researched the costs, the national security issues, and the secrecy of the program. He said the Oakland County health director has never been notified ahead of time of how many refugees are coming into the county. Thats major, so people are not following the law, he said. So the position of the county is clear, legal immigration, legal refuges, no problem. Its in the Refugee Act of 1980 that the federal government must consult the local county and ORR has placed hundreds in this county without that consultation having taken place. Civilization jihad is underway. Get Leo Hohmanns brand new book, Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad, for an in-depth look at the plan of radical Muslims to fundamentally transform the population of the United States. He said Secure Michigan would be happy if the law was followed and the county would get advance notice of who is coming, how theyve been vetted, and the state of their health conditions. There have been no meetings to this effect. Going from June to now there have been two quarterly meetings and the county still does not have any knowledge of refugees being placed in the county, he said. And what an outrage, they invited a national expert on the issue, I would say thats leadership rather than the slurs being used. The meeting is Dec. 1, in a major hotel, and as far as we know the only official group to drop out is the Fifth Third Bank, said Manasseri. He said the Detroit Free Press, one of the newspapers running a negative piece against Simpson citing the opinion of the SPLC that he is an extremist, has refused to publish his letter to the editor presenting an opposing perspective. Were just trying to get people focused on the issues he said. Why would the Free Press print an article and then not publish op-eds on the issue? It would seem on an issue as hot as this when we have a new president who has voiced concerns about this, that it would be something that would sit in an inbox for three or four days. Bill Mullan, spokesperson for Patterson, said Oakland County is a global community that welcomes international business and is home to more than 1,050 foreign-owned companies from 39 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. We celebrate legal immigrants. We even open our doors to refugees from anywhere in the world as long as they have been properly vetted and screened for homeland security and public health concerns, Mullan said. He added that Patterson understand the scope of the Syrian refugee crisis. We support refugee resettlement that complies with the Refugee Act of 1980. But Federal law mandates that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement must consult and coordinate refugee resettlement with state and local governments, he added. The ORR has already placed hundreds of refugees in Oakland County without that consultation and coordination taking place. Why is that a concern? The Islamic State has said it is seeding these waves of refugees with its own agents and terrorists. Plus, there have been a number of cases of refugees arriving with communicable diseases, with at least one in Oakland County. The Oakland County Executive bears the responsibility of protecting the safety, security, and health of all residents. Please join us in supporting refugee resettlement that complies with the Refugee Act of 1980.

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What do the SPLC’s post-election hate-incident reports mean?

After documenting more than 860 reports of hate-related incidents across the United States in the 10 days following the elections, civil rights groups have called upon President-elect Donald Trump totake responsibility for the apparent flood of hatred and publicly denounce racism and bigotry as un-American. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) culled media reports and collected complaints directly from victims to assemble two documents released this week that summarize incidents of hatred toward black Americans, immigrants, Muslims, LGBT people, women, Jews, and others.SPLC President Richard Cohen said the list ofsuch accounts which shows a peak of more than 200 hate incidents on Nov. 9, the day after the electionis”the predictable result” of Mr. Trump’s inflammatory campaign. “Rather than feign surprise, Mr. Trump should take responsibility for whats occurring, forcefully reject hate and bigotry, reach out to the communities hes injured, and follow his words with actions to heal the wounds his words have opened,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement. The SPLC’s database is limited to “real-world events,” meaning researchers excluded instances of online harassment. And although they omitted reports that were deemed to be hoaxes, researchers noted it would be impossible to “confirm the veracity of all reports.”This means the database, though it provides a great deal of anecdotal evidence to support the SPLC’s position,is of limited utility to statisticians. “Without data from the ten days prior to the election it is hard to know what sense to make of post-election data,” John Laub, professor of criminology at University of Maryland, College Park, tells The Christian Science Monitor in an email. An increase in hate-incident reports, furthermore, does not necessarily mean there was an increase in hate incidents, even if every report in the database is valid, Dr. Laub adds. Phyllis Gerstenfeld, author of two books about hate crimes and a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Stanislaus, says a estimates suggest more than two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported under normal circumstances. In light of that fact, the SPLC data is meaningful, despite its statistical limitations, she says. “What I see is that there is a perceived increase in hate incidents, but whether that reflects reality is almost impossible to tell,” Dr. Gerstenfeld tells the Monitor. “Theres certainly cause for concern, but trying to track hate crimes or hate incidents is just notoriously difficult.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation keeps tally of hate crimes across the United States, but the organization’s data are based on voluntary reporting from other agencies, which are distributed across 50 states with varying legal definitions for what constitutes a hate crime. And it takes a long time to process and publish the information gathered. Not until Nov. 14 did the FBI release last year’s hate crime statistics, and those numbers exclude incidents of hate speech that were not crimes.Katayoun Kishi, writing for Pew Research Center, noted that these data show the number of physical assaults against Muslims in the US reported in 2015 rose nearly to the levels seen in 2001. Trump’s campaign has clearly reinvigorated radical right-wing movements, at least indirectly, in recent months as they have grown more active and vocal,Gerstenfeld says, even if researchers lack sufficient quantitative data to prove that fact conclusively. Richard Arnold, political science professor at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, says it seems likely that Trump’s campaign rhetoric had a widespread impact, as SPLC says. “Obviously, causation is very hard to prove, very hard to demonstrate,” Dr. Arnold tells the Monitor. Arnold, an American citizen who was raised in Britain, says the recent flood of post-election hate-incident reports resembles widespread reports of racist leaflets, graffiti, and limited violence that immediately followed the Brexit referendum, in which a narrow majority of UK voters decided to cut ties with the European Union, amid a rise in xenophobic and nationalist sentiments across the continent. In the 38 days following the Brexit vote, there were more than 2,300 recorded race-related hate crimes in London, up from 1,400 in the 38 days prior to the referendum, as The Guardian reported. Jack Levin,co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston, says these surges in hate reflect a pattern. The pattern reared its ugly head, he says, in 2001, against those perceived as Muslim or Middle Eastern following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; in 2004, against gays and lesbians with the passage of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts; in 2009, against black people as President Obama began his first term; and in 2010, when Hispanic and Latino groups were victimized as unemployment peaked amid concerns over illegal immigration swelled. “Whenever there is a threat to the survival, the employment, the culture, the religion of the dominant group, we see an increase in hate crimes against the group thats threatening. And that has been true for hundreds of years, nothing new about that,” Dr. Levin tells the Monitor. “But there is something new about these recent statistics.” The an increase in the perceived threat didn’t did not immediately precede the most recent slew of hate-incident reports, but Trump’s election did, and some Americans saw his rhetoric as supportive of such hate offenses, Levin says. “I think it was that sympathy from a powerful political figure that may have inspired ordinary Americans who were fearful of immigrants and blacks and Latinos and Muslims to seek revenge, to get even by perpetrating hate crimes on their own,” Levin adds. In an interview on “60 Minutes,” Trump told his supporters to “stop it” with the hate, and in an interview with The New York Times, he denounced white supremacists. But the SPLC, joined by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Council of La Raza, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), says Trump should do more. “A president-elect has to create a climate that keeps all Americans safe,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said. Schools and universities were the most common location for hate incidents to occur, most often through graffiti and verbal harassment, according to the SPLC reports. A mother in Colorado, for instance, said her 12-year-old daughter was approached by a boy who said he would “shoot you and all the blacks I can find” now that Trump is president. A teacher in Washington State reportedly heard the slogan “Build a wall” chanted in their lunchroom on Nov. 9. “This polarized and divisive election has left its mark on all of us, but most tragically on our children,” Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, said. “We have heard countless stories of harassment, intimidation and bullying of Latino and other students in schools around this country. This cannot stand.” The number of reported incidents slowed in the days following the election, but Americans should not expect them to vanish. “It’s not just going to go away,” said Cohen, the SPLC president. Brenda Abdelall, charities program director of Muslim Advocates, said the groups expect to encounter even more hate-related incidents as Inauguration Day approaches. And that’s something the president-elect should seriously consider as he sorts through his campaign promises to determine which should be codified into actual policy positions. “To bring us together as a nation,” Ms. Abdellal said, Trump “will need to disavow dangerous proposals and ideas that single out and demonize Muslims and other communities.” Material from The Associated Press was included in this report.

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SPLC: 34 Hate Incidents Reported In Minnesota After The …

November 29, 2016 11:14 AM MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) In the first 10 days after Donald Trump won the presidency, there were 34 reports of harassment and intimidation in Minnesota, according to a new report from a civil rights advocacy group. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an Alabama-based legal advocacy nonprofit, released an election aftermath report Tuesday highlighting hate incidents across the country. The group says there were 867 hate incidents reported in the U.S. in the 10 days after the Nov. 8 election. The group says the incidents documented in its report were either from media accounts or submissions to its #ReportHate page. All reports were of real-world harassment, not online harassment. Incidents were not counted if they were proved to be fake by authorities. According to SPLC data, most of the hate incidents were reported in the days immediately after the election. For instance, there were 202 incidents reported Nov. 9, but within a week, the number of reports dropped to around 30 a day. Most of the incidents happened in schools or universities and appear to have involved intimidating or racist language, either written or spoken. The SPLC says a small number of reports involved physical violence, and many of the incidents would not rise to the level of a hate crime. Related: Maple Grove School Investigating Racist, Pro-Trump Graffiti Of states in the Upper Midwest, Minnesota had the second-highest number of hate incidents, with 34. Michigan had the most, with 40. Illinois had 25, Iowa had 14, Wisconsin had 13, and the Dakotas had none. Minnesota was specifically mentioned in the SPLC report in three instances. In one, a cashier was called a racial epithet. In another, a middle school-aged boy yelled Grab her by the p**** a reference to Trump to a man walking with a female colleague. In the third incident, a girl at a Coon Rapids school reportedly had her hijab pulled off, although school administrators told WCCO the incident was not bias-motivated. According to SPLC data, most of the hate incidents reported after the election appeared to be motivated by anti-immigrant sentiment. The other groups most targeted were blacks, members of the LGBT community and Jews. Donald Trump supporters also reported harassment and intimidation in the wake of the election. The SPLC data shows 23 reports of anti-Trump hate incidents, some involving physical violence. The SPLC says that incidents documented in its report are likely a small fraction of the actual number of election-related hate incidents that have happened since the election.

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2 New SPLC Reports Find ‘Alarming Pattern of Hate Incidents …

Hate crimes against Muslims spiked in 2015, according to the FBI. And Donald Trump, who has proposed a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., seems to be making Islamophobiaeven worse. Immediately after the election, many Americans encountered hate speech, some of which was caught on camera, and on Tuesday,the Southern Poverty Law Center released two new reports that confirm what many have already experienced:There’s been a wave of hate incidents nationwide since Trumpwonthe presidential election. One of the reports, titled “Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election,” covers 867 bias-related incidents that happened in the ten days after the election.The other report, “The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools,” surveyed over 10,000 educators (including K-12 as well as college) about how the election has affected their school’s climate. According to the “Ten Days After” report, the 867 incidents happened in a variety of places to a wide variety of people: Some of the incidents include reports of black children being told to sit in the back of school buses and a church with many immigrants in the congregation being tagged with “Trump Nation” and “Whites Only” graffiti. According to “The Trump Effect” report,90 percent of educators said their schools were negatively affected by the election and 80 percent reported that minority students were especially anxious and concerned about how their families might be impacted by Trump’s victory. With that said, the new survey isn’t scientific and doesn’t represent a random sampling of teachers nationwide,according to CNN. Since educators who are seeing problems are more likely to respond to the survey, the survey might over-represent the levels of anxiety. But there are clearly issues in many of America’s schools and classrooms because of the election. That report also found that 2,500 educators reported specific incidents of bigotry and harassment that were directly traced to election rhetoric: And both reports suggested Trump is responsible for a significant portion of the incidents: SPLCPresident Richard Cohensaid in a statement:”Mr. Trump claims hes surprised his election has unleashed a barrage of hate across the country.But he shouldnt be. Its the predictable result of the campaign he waged. Rather than feign surprise, Mr. Trump should take responsibility for whats occurring, forcefully reject hate and bigotry, reach out to the communities hes injured, and follow his words with actions to heal the wounds his words have opened.” Trump previously told his supporters to “stop it” when he heard of the hate crimes associated with him. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be listening.

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SPLC Celebrates Twitter’s Free Speech Purge After ‘Alt-Right …

The Southern Poverty Law Center is celebrating Twitters new free speech purge after numerous accounts belonging to members of the Alt-Right were banned. After Trumps election victory, Twitter initiated an unprecedented mass culling of Alt-Right accounts, with even verified users being swiftly removed for holding unauthorized opinions. The mass bans arrived in tandem with a new Twitter policy that prevents hate against a race, religion, gender, or orientation. In the world of permanently offended social justice warriors, hate is having a different opinion to them, while harassment is replying to their idiocy on Twitter. The SPLC, which is currently embroiled in an effort to force Trump to ditch Breitbarts Stephen Bannon as his White House strategist, celebrated the news, tweeting good riddance in response to a user who tweeted, Alt-right Twitter says Twitter has mounted a coordinated effort to wipe it out. The SPLC responded to another Twitter user who complained about Twitter censoring Alt-Right accounts by tweeting tick tock. The SPLCs claim of being an impartial operation that merely exists to monitor and counter hate speech has been debunked time and time again. Last month, Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformist who opposes Islamic extremism and Islamophobia, was labeled an anti-Muslim extremist by the SPLC, a designation that Nawaz says put a jihadi target on his head. The non-Muslim led Southern Poverty Law Center placing a jihadi target on my head by listing me (a reforming liberal Muslim) as an anti-Muslim extremist on their hit list published today, wrote Nawaz. The list of anti-Muslim extremists also included Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim feminist who escaped a forced marriage and whose colleague was assassinated on the streets of Amsterdam by an Islamic terrorist. While the SPLC claims to be stopping hate, its own supporters are incredibly hateful. Back in 2009, we revealed how an SPLC supporter called for Alex Jones to be executed for his political beliefs. For a discussion on the SPLCs racist roots, watch the video below. SUBSCRIBE on YouTube: Follow on Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paul.j.watson.71 ********************* Paul Joseph Watson is the editor at large of Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com.

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SPLC receives backlash after placing activist Maajid Nawaz on …

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is under fire for including Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz on its new list of anti-Muslim extremists. On Oct. 25, the SPLC and three other liberal civil rights groups Media Matters for America, the Center for New Community and ReThink Media released a Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists, which profiles 15 propagandists who allegedly exploit terrorist attacks to demonize the Islamic faith. Many on the list were expected, like anti-Islamic activist Pamela Geller, who hosted a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest and led the campaign against the wrongly labeled Ground Zero Mosque. But Nawazs placement came as a shock to his supporters. Nawaz, a liberal Muslim reformer, rose to prominence in part because of his fascinating biography. In his youth, he was arrested in Egypt for his membership in a banned Islamist group. Amnesty International labeled him a prisoner of conscience. This led to his gradual embrace of democratic values and disavowal of extremism. Nawazs history places him in a unique position for encouraging reform within Islam. He is the founding chairman and executive board member of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank that fights for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy. As evidence of his alleged anti-Muslim extremism, the SPLC report cites an op-ed he wrote for the Daily Mail arguing that the veil should be barred in schools, a cartoon he tweeted of the Prophet Muhammad (which some Muslims consider blasphemous) and his trip to a strip club during a bachelor party (which seems irrelevant to the topic at hand). The SPLC also cited a report from the Guardian alleging that the Quilliam Foundation sent a secret list to a top British security official that accused peaceful Muslims of sharing the ideology of terrorists. Quilliam disputes this. Nawaz responded to the report with an article on the Daily Beast Saturday. He accused the SPLC of a naively dangerous form of neo-Orientalism that he dubbed Islamsplaining. He said the the largely white American non-Muslim progressive leadership of the SPLC had just arrogated to itself the decision about which debates Muslims may and may not have in reforming their own religion. Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks at the Women in the World Summit earlier this year in New York City. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images) In a monumental failure of comprehension, the SPLC has conflated my challenge to Islamist theocracy among my fellow Muslims with somehow being anti-Muslim. The regressive left is now in the business of issuing fatwas against Muslim reformers, Nawaz wrote. If reforming liberal Muslims are to liberate fellow Muslims from the oppressive yoke of theocrats, he said, its crucial that they not be smeared as anti-Muslim. When contacted for comment, Heidi Beirich, a director of the Intelligence Project at the SPLC, told Yahoo News that Nawaz spread conspiracy theories about Muslims infiltrating places like Scotland Yard and television networks. That kind of talk is not what we want people to discuss when discussing Muslims. These are conspiracy theories and its dangerous to portray every Muslim essentially as an infiltrator, she said in a Monday phone interview. Beirich said Nawazs rhetoric foments anti-Muslim hatred that encourages people to see Muslims not as individuals but as part of some secretive, dangerous cabal. But Nawazs supporters see things quite differently. Ahnaf Kalam, a college student from Aurora, Colo., launched a Change.org petition calling for Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, to be removed from the list. Ali is an ex-Muslim who calls for reform within Islam, opposes female genital mutilation and fights for womens rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center, like the actual radical Islamists themselves, has shown the world that they too do not want people like Nawaz and Hirsi Ali to be allowed a platform, Kalam wrote. While on the surface, it may seem like a well-intentioned and sympathetic gesture as to shield Muslim communities from uncomfortable truths to which they may take offense, but in actuality, is doing exactly what the Islamists want to happen. As of Monday afternoon, the petition gathered 7,333 supporters. Several high-profile figures, such as Skeptic magazine editor in chief Michael Shermer and neuroscientist Sam Harris (who has collaborated with Nawaz), have publicly endorsed the petition. Nawaz also promoted the petition. Nawaz has been praised elsewhere for challenging Islamophobia. In August, a U.K. Independence Party voter called Nawazs radio show accusing the British-born activist of being part of an Islamic takeover of the country. If this is representative of your members views, Nawaz replied, then I suggest to you that they are quite xenophobic, and in your case, because youre suggesting by your analogy that I should compare the fact that Im hosting you on my radio show here with how you would be treated in Pakistan, Id say slightly racist too, only because Im British. But the SPLC isnt backing down. Yahoo News asked Beirich if she is sympathetic to the view of Nawaz as a liberal reformer who is trying to amplify moderate voices within the Muslim world. My problem with that is hes muddying that image with these conspiracy theories, so its hard for me to believe that that is his goal when hes doing these other things, Beirich said. He doesnt sound much different from Pamela Geller or David Horowitz or some of these other people about how Muslims are infiltrating everywhere. So my suggestion would be, if thats what hes trying to do, then he should ditch the conspiracy theories. Update: After this article first appeared, Kalam, who launched the Change.org petition, wrote in an email to Yahoo News the following response to Beirichs allegations about Nawaz. The claims of Nawaz spreading conspiracy theories are largely unfounded, and hold no significance in his (or Hirsi Alis) inclusion on the SPLCs list of anti-Muslim extremists. Lets not forget that Maajid himself is a practicing Muslim working to [move] Islam from illiberalism and violence an anti-Extremist, not an anti-Muslim extremist and by grouping together the collective experiences and beliefs of all Muslims by excluding his ideas from the public discourse surrounding the topic, the SPLC does nothing but perpetuate the bigoted narrative that all Muslims must think and behave in the same way, or else theyre somehow not Muslims anymore. If the SPLC refuses to remove Nawaz and Hirsi Ali from their list of anti-Muslim extremists, then I would suggest that they make an amended version of their list which includes every[one] who has been critical of the illiberalism and human rights abuses that are rampant in the Muslim world including myself as well as the 8,000 people who have signed my petition.

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