While there was predictable outrage from many right-wing quarters this week over Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of S.B. 1062 — a bill that would have legalized discrimination against LGBT people on the basis of protecting the “religious freedom” of people who did not wish to do business with them — the overwhelming reaction by most Arizonans, particularly its business people, was one of relief.
After all, the state is still recovering from the economic blowback wrought by another piece of far-right legislation - the infamous anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 legislation that put local law officers in the business of enforcing federal immigration law. The damage inflicted by the law itself, worsened by boycotts and other economic retaliation provoked by that legislation, remain fresh in the minds of the state’s business leaders, who pleaded with Brewer to boycott the law, as did the state’s entire congressional delegation and even a few of the legislators who had originally voted for the bill.
For now, the legislation appears to be dead in Arizona. But it is only one of several states in which the “religious freedom” legislation has made its presence felt, and in several states it may yet be approved.
The fact that any major news outlet would still treat Frank Taaffe as an “expert” after being exposed for what he is, in this day and age ought to be seen as very troubling. Its even worse given the fact that this is CNN, we’re talking about, not “Fox News.” David Neiwert has more.
Frank Taaffe, a self-styled “expert” who appeared on a number of talk programs on CNN and its Headline News subsidiary to offer his views on racially charged criminal trials, has recently emerged as an entrenched figure in the far-right white supremacist movement. While one of his frequent hosts, Nancy Grace, recently grilled him about his views, the network has neither backed away from using Frank Taaffe nor explained why it has done so at all, particularly without making his background clear to viewers.
Taaffe’s white supremacist background was first exposed last August by Mariah Blake in a thorough piece for Mother Jones, after Taaffe had appeared on a number of CNN programs defending his friend George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. At the time, CNN made no explanation for using Taaffe as an “expert”, but after Zimmerman’s trial ended in acquittal, Taaffe stopped appearing.
When another racially charged Florida case came along, this time involving a white man, Michael Dunn, who gunned down a young black man after a verbal confrontation at a gas station over “thug music,” Taaffe returned to CNN to discuss the cases, particularly Headline News’ Dr. Drew and Nancy Grace programs.
Photographs published this week by an anti-racist website show the late Andrew Breitbart, a leading figurehead among mainstream conservatives, and his onetime protégé James O’Keefe - whose undercover videos are credited with causing the demise of the community organizing group ACORN - rubbing elbows with young white nationalists at two different right-wing conferences.
The pictures are noteworthy because Breitbart, who died of a heart attack in March 2012, and O’Keefe had been adamant that they had nothing to do with the conference attendees - and vocally attacked anyone who suggested otherwise.
Instead, the photos published by the anti-racist organization One People’s Project showed O’Keefe posing with numerous members of the white-nationalist group Youth for Western Civilization at a forum organized by the Robert Taft Club. Another shot shows Breitbart hobnobbing with YWC leader Matthew Heimbach, who has recently came out as a full-fledged Nazi, at an Americans for Prosperity gathering.
The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia is planning to host a three-day training by John Guandolo, a notorious Muslim-basher and conspiracy theorist who resigned from the FBI before he could be investigated for misconduct, according to promotional materials.
It’s hard to believe that the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office would knowingly associate itself with such a disreputable character, who regularly attacks the U.S. government, claims that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency is a secret Muslim agent for the Saudi government and says that American Muslims “do not have a First Amendment right to do anything.”
Guandolo joined the bureau’s Counterterrorism Division in the wake of 9/11, but by 2005 he was posing as a driver for a “star witness” in the corruption case of former Congressman William Jefferson (D-LA). He made “inappropriate sexual advances” to that witness and soon was having an “intimate relationship…that he thought could damage an investigation.” He also unsuccessfully solicited the witness for a $75,000 donation to an organization he supported and carried on extramarital affairs with female FBI agents.
Guandolo’s actions risked tanking the government’s prosecution of Jefferson, and he faced an investigation by the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Though he later expressed “deep remorse” for his actions, he resigned from the bureau in December, 2008, ahead of an investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility. Later that month, he became a full-time anti-Muslim activist and conspiracy theorist — all under the guise of being a counterterrorism expert.
Ryan Lenz posted this on Hate Watch about four days ago,
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is spearheading a campaign to build support for immigration reform among mainstream conservatives by pointing out what his advocacy group calls the “shocking extremism” of the anti-immigrant movement.
After nearly seven months, federal prosecutors have decided to move forward with charges against one of two men charged with conspiring to build a portable, remote-controlled device designed to deliver fatal doses of radiation to Muslims - or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was charged in an indictment last week with attempting to produce a radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information related to weapons of mass destruction. Another suspect, Eric Feight, 54, was named in the original complaint but was not indicted. Both were arraigned last June.
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.
Read More At Hate Watch
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.
Looks like the misogynists want to get them while they’re young. I won’t be surprised if they try to come up with a way to target high schools next. No surprised, that “A Voice For Male Students” appears to be connected to the infamous “A Voice For Men” anti feminist hate group. Arthur Goldwag reports on a new “MRA” propaganda tactic, or at least one I hadn’t heard about before.
Do American colleges demonize men?
On the political right in recent years, most institutions of higher learning have come to be widely seen as militant proponents of “political correctness” that flies in the face of truth and morality. Rick Santorum, for example, told conspiracist Glenn Beck during the 2012 presidential campaign that U.S. colleges are “indoctrination mills” where students are taught to discard their religions.
Now, that accusation is spreading to encompass colleges’ increasing efforts to protect women from sexual assault and harassment. Last summer Harold Pease, a political scientist and Tea Party supporter, said as much at his Liberty Under Fire blog. The indoctrination begins with freshman orientation, he wrote, when students are taught about the evils of the “rape culture,” among other things.
“At Hamilton College in New York, fall 2010,” Pease continued, citing an article in the conspiracy-minded John Birch Society publication The New American, “male students were required to attend a ‘She Fears You’ presentation to make them aware of the ‘rape culture’ of which they were allegedly a part and of the need to change their ‘rape supportive’ beliefs and attitudes.”
The alleged spread of this anti-male “rape culture” on college campuses is getting new attention from the political right. The most dramatic example of that may be the website A Voice for Male Students, founded by “men’s rights activist” (MRA) Jonathan Taylor. To Taylor, American colleges are key battlegrounds in the all-out war that feminism has allegedly been waging against boys and men since the mid-1970s — a war that Taylor says they appear to be winning.
This guy is an African wingnut, bigoted, hate monger trifecta! He’s also loved by many in the American religious right, despite the fact that most of them are “white” and he doesn’t seem to like “white” people.
Martin Ssempa, the virulently anti-gay Ugandan pastor praised by American Religious Right leaders, is an active Twitter user. Among his recent gems, he has denounced the phrase “gay people” as an “intellectual fraud.” (He prefers, “people who ‘do’ sodom vice acts.”) He tweeted at Rev. Jesse Jackson that “Equality was hijacked by Gays.” He griped about marriage equality in Hawaii and praised anti-equality protesters in Taiwan.
Ssempa also promotes the work of other professional haters. He recently put in a plug for anti-gay extremist Scott Lively’s book “Redeeming the Rainbow.” And on December 6 he repeatedly tweeted a link to a video “lecture” by Ayo Kimathi, promoter of a militant black supremacist website called “War on the Horizon.”
I was recently alerted to this by David Futrelle via twitter, who wrote about it on his Manboobz blog.
A Voice for Men writer comes out in favor of marital rape http://t.co/JWXHuQOxEQ
— David Futrelle (@DavidFutrelle) December 11, 2013
At his blog David pointed out that someone writing over at a Voice for Men who goes by the name, Clint Carpentier actually wrote this.
“sex was a wifely duty she was obligated to provide as per the terms of marriage.” But “since the advent of ‘marital rape,’ sex [in marriage] is no longer a loving duty, so it has become whim and weapon … .”
As well as this,
If women are demanding that their husbands do their “fair share” of the chores, then why do men need wives at all? In man’s attempt to make their wives lives easier, they have reduced the wifely duties to next to non-existent. Why, women? Why oh why would you drive those final coffin nails of obsolescence in? Aside from children, there’s no benefit left to having a wife.
In addition check out some of the sick comments written over at Carpentier’s disgusting commentary. Entitled Wives demand what??? The farce of household equality
Here’s the first one which was posted by someone going by the username of Stu, who instead of condemning what is clearly and endorsement of marital rape, wrote,
Like I’ve said, make women happy by doing 100% of household chores yourself, in your own home, that no woman lives in. As long as any woman lives in your home, you will be seen as a sloth that a woman toils in service of, no matter how much housework you do, and how much work outside the house you do.
So, live on your own. Be an independent man who lives without women performing any household services for at all. That is the only way not to be seen as a man child with mummy looking after you.
Another person, Shrek6 couldn’t agree more with Carpentier’s misogynist pro rape rant.
Thanks for the article Clint. We should put this up somewhere to educate Blue Pill men or the newly converted Red Pill men, so that they are fully apprised of the situation they currently live in. It is a form of slavery to be avoided at all costs.
I’ve said it before. Outside of children and family, there is an absolute ZERO need of women for men.
After all the crap I stupidly put myself through, kinda think I’m not going there again. Why the hell would you bring a whining woman into a home that is already running like clockwork!
These people do not deserve to call their movement, a “rights movement.” Such movements fight for equality, but not this one. This one looks more and more like one that just calls itself that, but actually is nothing more than a group of sexist pigs out to promote male dominance. The few female MRA’s do themselves a great disservice by supporting it, no matter how much money they maybe making off of it.
If “A Voice for Men” was really about equality for men, and not subjugating women, they wouldn’t let someone like Carpentier write for them, or if they did, they’d kick him out of their organization after he wrote something like this. Not to mention that you’d see a lot more people over there offended by what he wrote, rather than supporting him.
The Southern Poverty Law Center was correct to label A Voice For Men along with many other MRA websites as “woman-hating sites” and treat them as such. The response they got from A Voice for Men’s Paul Elam, to this story they wrote about a prominent MRA’s suicide when they first started exposing them, does nothing to debunk the SPLC’s conclusion.
Updated 12/11/13 at 12:10 PM
I added one more disgusting quote from Carpentier that I forgot to include earlier. I should have done so because it makes it much clearer that yes he really does think marital rape is okay.