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October 30, 2015

American Anti-Semite and Holocaust Denier Willis Carto Dies

Willis Carto, one of the most virulent anti-Semitic propagandists in the United States, died this week at age 89, according to Counter-Currents, an online white supremacist journal. Carto had been active on the extreme right for over 60 years and was associated with various movements from neo-Nazism to Holocaust denial. He spread hatred against Jews through anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented publications and by holding conferences that featured other well-known anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.

Willis Carto

Willis Carto

Carto established an intricate network of bigotry and was most well-known for two outlets that had a lasting impact on the extreme right. He founded the Liberty Lobby, based in Washington, DC, in the 1950s, which became an important source of anti-Semitic propaganda. Liberty Lobby united various right-wing constituencies, from hard-right libertarians to conspiratorial anticommunists to racists, by using populist rhetoric to inflame their anti-government and nativist fears, while incorporating implicit anti-Semitic notions in many of its publications.

Liberty Lobby published The Spotlight, a weekly newspaper which promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. The Spotlight became the premiere publication of the extreme right from its inception in 1975 until it ceased publication in 2001.

In 1979, Carto took the lead in a growing area of anti-Semitism when he founded the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), to create and market Holocaust-denial propaganda. Based in California, IHR operated under a guise of scholarship and published “revisionist” studies laced with anti-Semitic themes in the Journal of Historical Review. It soon became the leading Holocaust denial organization in the U.S.

In the 1990s, Carto lost control of IHR in a legal dispute but went on to found another Holocaust denial publication, The Barnes Review, which is still in circulation. Carto filed for bankruptcy following his legal problems with IHR, which led to the end of Liberty Lobby and The Spotlight in 2001. However, Carto and the former staff of The Spotlight went on to found a new weekly publication, American Free Press, which continued Carto’s run of anti-Semitic propaganda.

American Free Press and  The Barnes Review, attract the most vitriolic anti-Semites. While it is unclear what will happen to Carto’s anti-Semitic propaganda empire, his death may disrupt or shut down the publications.

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June 1, 2015

Anti-Semitic Pastor Steve Anderson Promotes Holocaust Denial

Steve Anderson, the anti-Semitic pastor of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, denies the Holocaust in a video he posted to YouTube last week, claiming that the millions of Jews who were gassed and burned in ovens simply died of hunger and disease due to forced labor and war.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

In addition to arguing that it would be impossible for the Nazis to have cremated a million Jews at Auschwitz, Anderson claims that the slave laborers there got compensated for their work and could buy items at a commissary. He further asserts that Jews were able to play on a soccer team and act in musicals and plays at Auschwitz.

Anderson also promotes other anti-Semitic claims. He asserts that Hitler and Zionists had the same goal of getting Jews to leave Germany and then accuses the Zionists of working with the Nazis so that Jews would go to Palestine. He alleges that the Jews lied about the Holocaust so that the state of Israel could be created and asserts that Jews stole the land from Arabs and then put them in “a giant concentration camp known as Gaza.”

This video is also a promotion piece for Anderson’s anti-Semitic film “Marching to Zion.” The film, released in March 2015, refers to Judaism as the “synagogue of Satan” and claims that Jews are followers of the Antichrist. He also asserts that Jews who deny that Jesus is the Messiah would lie about the Holocaust. He argues, “Why would it surprise you that the people who deny the Christ, who deny that Jesus is the messiah, would lie to you about something else?”

Anderson warns that the “real Holocaust” for the Jews will occur if they don’t accept Jesus as the Messiah. He says, “The real burnt offering is going to be when all of these Jews that don’t believe in Jesus Christ go to hell for eternity. That’s the oven that they ought to be worried about.”

At the end of the video, Anderson recommends that his viewers read a Holocaust denial book written by Victor Thorn, a writer for American Free Press, an anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper. With this Holocaust denial video, Anderson demonstrates that he is increasingly embracing anti-Semitic ideologies.

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March 17, 2015

CAPS Provides Platform for Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant organization, claims that its mission is to stabilize the population of California and preserve the environment but it actually provides a platform for a number of anti-immigrant extremists. CAPS senior writing fellows Joe Guzzardi and John Vinson have ties to racist groups. In addition, CAPS features columns from anti-immigrant extremist Frosty Wooldridge, also a CAPS senior writing fellow, as well as anti-immigrant activist D. A. King.

John Vinson

John Vinson

Joe Guzzardi, who is also CAPS’s national media director, was an editor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant website VDARE until 2010. In 2012, he presented at The Social Contract Press (TSCP) Writers Workshop, which often features racist speakers. White supremacist Wayne Lutton runs the Writer’s Workshop and also edits TSCP’s journal, The Social Contract. Racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, is the founder of TSCP.

John Vinson is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). He is also a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a white Southern nationalist group.. Vinson has been credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism,” which promotes the idea that whites should live separately from other races. In addition, in 1999, Vinson spoke at a meeting of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, along with other anti-immigrant extremists.

Frosty Wooldridge, is well-known for his extreme statements about immigrants. His current focus is on Muslim immigration. He has written a multi-part series called “Impregnating America with Muslims,” in the right-wing online publication NewsWithViews from December 2014 through this month. In the series, Wooldridge demonizes Muslims and equates all Muslims with terrorists. In December 2014, he wrote, “In order to be faithful to the Islamic religion, Muslims ultimately must degrade and kill all other people who follow any other religions.” Wooldridge has also given interviews over the last year to anti-Semitic venues, including the American Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented newspaper and “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show.

D.A King, the founder of the Georgia-based anti-immigrant group Dustan Inman Society, has a history of making bigoted statements about immigrants and of working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. For a number of years, King wrote articles for VDARE. In 2007, he reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn—they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you and me.” This past summer, in response to the children seeking refuge in the U.S after fleeing from violence in Central America, he asserted that the children were “swarming the border and bringing disease.” In addition, King has been a contributor to The Social Contract.

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