The spokesman and a Member of Parliament for the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, Ilias Kasidiaris, whipped up controversy while addressing the body after he suggested that he - like his party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos - is a Holocaust denier.
During a debate about the parliamentary committee which is probing the political handling of the so-called Lagarde List of possible tax cheats, Kasidiaris said that Sabby Mionis, a Greek-born businessman who lives in Tel Aviv, refused to appear before the panel protesting over the fact that it includes Holocaust deniers.
“Members of the committee are, of course, Holocaust deniers,” Kasidiaris, a member of the panel, said, Greek media reported. That set off angry retorts from other parliament members, particularly Vasilis Economou of the Democratic Left (DIMAR) which, along with the PASOK Socialists, is a partner in the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader.
From 2003 to 2006, Ian Jobling worked for prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor in Taylor’s home office in Oakton, Va. Jobling was an unlikely racist; his parents were liberal academics and Jobling had attended the best schools in Louisville, Ky. He was pursuing a Ph.D. at State University of New York, Buffalo, in the late 1990s, when he was first attracted to racial theories about IQ. While working for Taylor, Jobling turned Taylor’s website, amren.com, into a powerhouse of white nationalism, in particular by creating a popular daily news roundup that brought thousands of viewers to the site. Jobling also served as an editor and a writer for Taylor’s race and IQ journal, American Renaissance. Jobling’s concerns about Taylor’s politics came to a head in 2006, when several prominent neo-Nazis attended one of Taylor’s biannual conferences. Jewish white nationalists who were there objected to the anti-Semites also attending the event and a full-throttle debate over anti-Semitism in the white nationalist scene erupted. Jobling, who had never countenanced anti-Semitism, pushed for the expulsion of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers from Taylor’s conferences, helping draft an open letter to Taylor to that effect. His views became problematic for Taylor, who, while not personally anti-Semitic, was willing to accept anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers in an attempt to build a larger movement. Troubling as the anti-Semites were, Jobling came to see even more danger from white nationalist ideology, eventually concluding that it had more in common with Hitler’s genocidal views than what had seemed like a mild-mannered, scientific discussion about race and IQ.
It’s long been something of a mystery how conservative Republicans can expect to keep winning elections when so many of them spend their time dissing Latinos, a critical and rapidly growing portion of the electorate. Indeed, many Latino rights organizations argue persuasively that it was Latino voters who took Barack Obama over the top in the 2008 presidential election.
But that hasn’t stopped large numbers of conservative leaders, perhaps even the majority, from embracing anti-Latino rhetoric, activists and organizations. A case in point is how many of these politicians have gotten into bed with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and its legal arm, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI). IRLI, its chief legal counsel Michael Hethmon and another lawyer, Kris Kobach, have been behind the vast majority of recent, draconian anti-immigrant laws, including those in Arizona and, worst of all, Alabama.
Yesterday, one Republican seemed to break with the pack.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, even as he defended his state’s somewhat less harsh law in court, derisively dismissed a friend-of-the-court brief filed by IRLI. Shurtleff said the 34-page brief could actually be “harmful” to the state’s defense, and he told the paper that he called IRLI and left a “terse” message for Hethmon. “The attorneys I assigned to handle the case are highly qualified experts,” he said. “We do not need the support of IRLI.”
No kidding. There’s a reason the Southern Poverty Law Center has listed FAIR as a hate group. In fact, there are quite a lot of reasons.
FAIR’s president, Dan Stein, has said that the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 — which overturned a racist 1924 act that President Lyndon Johnson correctly described as “un-American in the highest sense” — was a form of “revengism” by those who wanted to “retaliate against Anglo-Saxon dominance.” He has warned that immigrants are engaged in “competitive breeding.” He led the group’s efforts to land $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund, a hate group started by Nazi sympathizers in 1937 to study race and intelligence. FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, has said that if the borders aren’t closed, the United States will be overrun by people “defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs.” He’s warned of a “Latin onslaught” and complained of Latinos’ “low educability.” He has said America needs “a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” He has corresponded with Holocaust deniers, hard-line white nationalists and even a Ku Klux Klan lawyer.
And that’s only the beginning.
The band, from Lehigh Valley, Penn- sylvania, already had a reputation for anti-Semitism. Lead singer Paul Topete was on the public record calling the Holocaust a hoax, and writing and performing for American Free Press—a periodical published by Willis Carto, the godfather of Holocaust denial in the United States. According to Topete, “The Rothschilds set up the Illuminati in 1776 to subvert the Christian basis of civilization.” Because of their bigotry, the band had been kicked off venues at Rutgers University in 2006 and a Ron Paul campaign event in 2007. But they made it to the stage of the Tea Party without any questions asked.