Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told USA Today that the Westboro Baptist Church today appears to have fewer than “a few dozen” members.
The group is believed to have descended into infighting prior to Phelps’s death. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Phelps’s estranged son Nathan said that the church’s founder had in fact been excommunicated from the group on his deathbed for having become too moderate.
In his view, the group is unlikely to survive its founder’s death. He said: “More members have left - three in recent weeks. There will be a tipping point where they cannot lose any more of their children.”
“It won’t be my father’s death that ends (the church). Ultimately it will fail with the death of his idea”, Nathan Phelps said.
Florida School Named After Klan Leader to Change Name ( Added Link to The Hate Watch Article I forgot to Include )
Not only am I glad they did this, I think it was a really positive sign, how a local Klan group’s attempt to get the school board to keep the name backfired.
Forty-three years after it was integrated by court order, Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Fla., will drop the name of the Confederate general who ran an infamous antebellum slaveyard, presided over the massacre of surrendering black Yankee troops, and was the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
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It was a long time coming.
Initial efforts to change the name of the school, whose student body is now 61% black, were made in the early 1990s but failed. A second attempt, led by local sociology professor Lance Stoll and a few of his students, also failed in 2007, even though Stoll surveyed the local community and jumped through a series of hoops imposed by the school board. The board defied its own policies then, with members voting 5-2 along racial lines to keep the name of the infamous Confederate.
Mark’s article is highly instructive, please click out since there are several sublinked reports and articles to explore.
Over at Newsbusters the other day they got upset that Mark Potok pointed out that it wasn’t likely that the bombers were radical right extremists because the Marathon bombers didn’t target blacks, Jews, or gays. They are upset even though Mark got it exactly right. Indeed, the last failed attempt to bomb a large public gathering in the US targeted blacks at a Martin Luther King March in Spokane.
The wingnuts on the right continually try to portray the left as soft on terror because the leaders on the left are adult and don’t make sweeping claims about terror and terrorists. Instead they point to specific hate leaders, individuals, and groups, rather than whole segments of population, ethnicities, or religions - a policy that’s good to follow if you want to combat hate and terrorists effectively instead of strutting and blustering about it.
With the news that the Boston Marathon bombers may have Chechnyan roots, attention is turning to the threat of “self-radicalized” Muslims in the United States. In the fall of 2011, the Intelligence Report ran a cover story and several sidebars on that phenomenon that may be useful to readers.
Our lead story explored the changing nature of the jihadist threat as extremists living in the country have become at least as dangerous as operatives from abroad. We also published a timeline of 30 attacks by homegrown jihadists since 9/11 and profiles of 10 extremists. I also wrote an accompanying editorial.
The same Bill White has also made threats against Charles.
Bill White, the wildly obnoxious neo-Nazi who has made a profession of lobbing criminal threats at his enemies, has apparently been at it again.
On Thursday, according to today’s edition of the Roanoke (Va.) Times, White was indicted for threatening to have his ex-wife beaten and “hospitalized” for declining to send him some $400 a month while he was a fugitive in Mexico last year. White was already being held in Chicago, where he is serving time for violating his parole by fleeing to Mexico and also awaiting sentencing for threatening a juror.
White, a one-time anarchist who later became the founder and leader of now-defunct American National Socialist Workers Party, is known for making threats over the phone and via E-mail. His targets have included black tenants of a Virginia apartment complex who sued their landlord for discrimination, a federal jury chairman who helped convict another neo-Nazi leader, a black Miami Herald columnist, and a woman at a credit card company. He once threatened to come to the home of the author of this post some time after midnight, in a car that he said was loaded with guns.
Hayes filed a federal lawsuit in Knoxville in 2006 when officials at Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex barred him from having the materials. He wanted prison officials to recognize his membership in the religious group Christian Israel Identity. He also wanted to receive mailings from the New Christian Crusade Church of Metairie, La., court documents say.
Based on his requested religious affiliation and materials, Hayes is aligning himself with the racist Christian Identity movement, said Mark Potok, head of the department that monitors hate groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“This is fundamentally a neo-Nazi reading of the Bible,” Potok said. “Christian identity says the Bible is the reading of the white race.”
He says the movement has caused violence.
The religious material that warden rejected contained messages of white supremacy, claiming the Bible is for the white race only and that “Jews are mongrelized descendants of Satan through Cain,” court documents say.