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August 29, 2013

Traditionalist Youth Network Plans “Koran Barbeque” On September 11

 

Update: The Traditionalist Youth Network will not burn the Qur’an on September 11.  Instead, the group plans to hold an  event supporting Syria’s President Assad.

The Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN), a small youth group  founded by white supremacists Matt Parrott and Matthew Heimbach, announced plans to hold a “Koran Barbecue” event on September 11 in Central Michigan. Participants reportedly plan to burn Qur’ans and eat pork to demonstrate their anti-Muslim hatred. traditionalist-youth-network

The serving of pork at the barbecue is an example of the TYN copying the tactics of the French far-right political party Bloc Identitaire (BI). BI focuses on taking direct action to intimidate the Muslim community; for example BI hosts barbeques in predominately Muslim areas of French cities where the group serves pork and wine, both forbidden in the Islamic faith.  TYN is modeled after BI’s youth movement, Generation Identitaire (GI). Heimbach and Parrott’s aim is to attract white youth to their movement and to convince them to take part in direct action events.

Heimbach also used Stormfront, the largest white supremacist Internet forum, to advertise the “Koran Barbeque” event. He encouraged people to join in the event, stating, “this can go along with protesting a mosque or any activity to let the Islamic invaders know that they are not welcome.”

TYN is not the only extremist groups planning to burn Qur’ans on September 11.  Terry Jones, the pas­tor of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter, a vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay apos­tolic church formerly based in Gainesville, Florida, has said that his group would burn copies of the Qur’an that day.

Aside from the “Koran Barbecue,” Heimbach and Parrott recently passed out flyers in the town of Perry, Michigan, advertising TYN. Perry is just 12 miles south of Owosso, where TYN has a P.O. Box. The flyers handed out by Heimbach and Parrott attack “conservatives” for being surprised when “feminism, globalism, open borders, radical Islam, and anti-White racism always end up winning.” The flyers also allege that the left “hates us because we represent a genuine threat to Culutral Marxists, to Organized Jewry, and to Global Capitalism.”

On August 26, Parrott, Heimbach and Thomas Buhls, the white supremacist founder of the Indiana University chapter of TYN, protested outside a left-leaning bookstore in Bloomington, Indiana, claiming it was a “Marxist organization.”

Heimbach and Parrott recently attended and addressed the third annual “Practical Politics Seminar” hosted by white supremacist Don Black, founder of Stormfront, in Tennessee. Other attendees included white supremacists David Duke, Paul Fromm and Sam Dickson. In the past, TYN’s few members limited their activities to networking on the Internet and attending white supremacist events, but are trying to use the flyer campaign and planned Qur’an burning event to draw more attention and followers to their cause.  

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August 29, 2013

Georgia Police Chief Accepts Award From Racists At Anti-Immigrant Rally

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Michael Hill hands award to Police Chief Lewis Smith in Uvalda

A Georgia police chief accepted an award from racists and anti-immigrant extremists at an anti-immigrant protest.

Michael Hill, the president of the League of the South (LOS), an implicitly racist neo-Confederate group, gave Police Chief Lewis Smith, chief of police of Uvalda, a small town in Georgia, the LOS’s “Robert E. Lee Award.” Hill reportedly gave Smith the award because of the chief’s support of the rally and as “a small token of [their] appreciation.”

Hill, who has become increasingly radical, was one of a number of racist speakers at the rally. Other speakers at the event included leaders in LOS and Michael Cushman, who heads the Southern Nationalist Network (SNN). Attendees, who included white supremacists Brad Griffin (also known as Hunter Wallace) and Kyle Rogers of the Council of Conservative Citizens, were also protesting Uvalda Mayor Paul Bridges’ support of a lawsuit against Georgia’s harsh immigration laws. 

Despite the fact that the Southern Poverty Law Center informed Chief Smith of the protesters’ extremism, Smith not only participated in the event, he brought refreshments for the protesters.

In an effort to play down their extremism, participants at the protest did not openly display white supremacist symbols or even the Confederate flag. They held up a flag from the SNN, a Georgia secession flag, as well as an LOS banner. Most of the participants also followed a dress code of slacks and shirts, as requested in the event’s announcement on the LOS Facebook page.

Speakers at the event, however, expressed racist, anti-immigrant views. Cushman claimed that immigration was “an invasion of our country” and argued that it was “immoral” to replace “a unique people,” meaning Southern whites, with immigrants. Hill asserted that “demographics is destiny” and argued, “This is our land. We settled it. We built it. And we own it. It’s ours.”

In addition, participants held handmade signs that read, “Mayor Bridges wants to replace us,” and “It’s wrong to replace us.” After the rally in Uvalda, the participants continued their protest in nearby Vidalia.

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August 27, 2013

Kinism: A White Supremacist Religious Movement Makes Gains

A racist and anti-Semitic religious movement called “Kinism” is attracting young white supremacists in their 20s and 30s.  The adherents of Kinism promote their own extreme version of Christianity, insisting that the Bible condones the separation of the races. Kinists believe that whites should live with their own ethnic kind or kin.kinism-anti-semitic-racist

Although Kinists insist that they are not racist, their primary goal is to preserve the white race. Kinism originated around 2001 with a group of people associated with the neo-Confederate League of the South.  The religion gained more followers a few years later as adherents began publicizing Kinism on websites and blogs.

Today, young Kinists are using websites, blogs and podcasts to try to attract more people to the religion by promoting it as a normative part of Christianity that simply focuses on loving one’s own kind. Kinism may appeal to a growing number of white supremacists who are looking for a religious foundation to justify their racism and anti-Semitism.

For more information, see: Kinism: A Racist and Anti-Semitic Religious Movement.

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