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March 20, 2013 0

Ultra-Conservative Event to Feature Quran-Burning Pastor

Quran-burning Pas­tor Terry Jones of the Dove World Out­reach Cen­ter is sched­uled to join a lineup of ultra-conservatives, Tea Party and anti-Muslim activists at the “Con­ser­v­a­tive Call to Action” con­fer­ence. The event is planned for March 23 in Col­orado Springs, Colorado.

The con­fer­ence is intended to pro­mote and dis­cuss issues of impor­tance to ultra-conservatives. Top­ics include “oppos­ing abor­tion, fight­ing Islam, and defend­ing the First and Sec­ond Amend­ments.” Sched­uled speak­ers include polit­i­cal pun­dit Dinesh D’Souza, a once well-respected con­ser­v­a­tive author and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor who has been increas­ingly wel­comed by ultra-conservative cir­cles and anti-Muslim con­spir­acy theorists.

D’Souza is the for­mer pres­i­dent of The King’s Col­lege in New York and, in 2012, he co-directed the conspiracy-laden doc­u­men­tary, “2016: Obama’s Amer­ica,” in the run-up to the U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. In the film, D’Souza con­spir­a­to­ri­ally alleges that Pres­i­dent Obama plans to imple­ment social­ist poli­cies that will result in the dimin­ish­ment of America’s global power, and sug­gests that Obama will more fully adopt harm­ful poli­cies in a sec­ond term.

Giv­ing the con­fer­ence a dis­tinctly anti-Muslim tone will be Pas­tor Terry Jones, the vir­u­lently anti-Muslim, anti-gay leader of an apos­tolic church in Gainesville, Florida. Jones sparked inter­na­tional out­rage in July 2010, when he announced his inten­tion to hold an “Inter­na­tional Burn a Koran Day” [sic] on the anniver­sary of the 9/11 attacks. Through his web­site Stand Up Amer­ica, Jones con­tin­ues to gal­va­nize Amer­i­cans with his anti-Muslim, anti-abortion and anti-homosexuality agenda.

In addi­tion to Jones and D’Souza, oth­ers sched­uled to speak at the event include Tea Party video blog­ger and Islam “expert” known as “Wild Bill for Amer­ica,” anti-abortion activist Melissa Ohden, for­mer Con­ser­v­a­tive Party USA mem­ber Seth Rig­gio, and local con­ser­v­a­tive activist Michelle Morin.

On his per­sonal web­site, Wild Bill claims to have had a career as a Duty Sher­iff and a Deputy U.S. Mar­shal, and is “one of the first Tea Party mem­bers.” Cit­ing his back­ground in law enforce­ment, Wild Bill claims that he has “seen how [Islam] oper­ates first hand,” and, “is well qual­i­fied to speak out about the dan­gers this reli­gion presents.

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March 4, 2013 0

Anti-Immigrant Activist Writes Vicious Anti-Muslim Screed

Frosty Wooldridge, a Colorado-based anti-immigrant activist and radio show host, wrote an arti­cle for the right-wing news site, News With Views,  that con­tained a num­ber of vehe­mently anti-Muslim com­ments. The arti­cle, “Islamic Butch­ery Man­i­fests in Amer­ica with Mus­lim Immi­grants,” which appeared on the site on Feb­ru­ary 22, 2013, attacked and dis­torted mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, pro­moted anti-Muslim stereo­types and fea­tured other big­oted remarks.

Wooldridge began the arti­cle by crit­i­ciz­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and focus­ing on a num­ber of stereo­types of Mus­lims by assert­ing, “Amer­i­cans must ask them­selves if Muslim-style ‘mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism’ fits into the United States of Amer­ica. Can our coun­try tol­er­ate behead­ings, be-handings, female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion, arranged mar­riages of 12 year old girls and mur­ders of gays?” Wooldridge went on to claim that Mus­lim immi­grants “advo­cate for Sharia Law within Amer­ica” and “as their num­bers grow, they will imple­ment it with the power of the vote.”

Wooldridge con­tin­ued his dia­tribe by focus­ing on the city of Detroit, declar­ing, “Detroit, Michi­gan har­bors mas­sive Islamic cover-up of Mus­lim rit­u­als. It’s become so iso­lated that no Amer­i­can law can be adju­di­cated. Detroit has become an Islamic coun­try within our coun­try.” Wooldridge fol­lowed this by voic­ing a con­spir­acy the­ory often reserved for Jews but in this case directed towards Mus­lims, claim­ing, “Wher­ever their num­bers grow, Mus­lims slowly and method­i­cally over­whelm the host nation.”

Wooldridge also voiced his fears about increases in pop­u­la­tion, some­thing that attracted him to the anti-immigrant move­ment.  Wooldridge, like John Tan­ton, the founder of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, and oth­ers see immi­gra­tion as the biggest cause of pop­u­la­tion growth. Wooldridge asserted that “smaller coun­tries like Bel­gium and Hol­land suf­fer com­plete dis­place­ment of their cul­tures, lan­guages and peo­ple because Mus­lims out-breed them at an astound­ing rate of speed.”

In 2011, the Fed­er­a­tion for Amer­i­can Immi­gra­tion Reform (FAIR), one of the largest and most estab­lished anti-immigrant groups in the coun­try, appointed Wooldridge to its advi­sory board. Today he sits on that board along with John Tan­ton, FAIR’s founder. Another group Tan­ton helped found, the Cen­ter for Immi­gra­tion Stud­ies (CIS), cir­cu­lated Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rant in its weekly roundup of immi­gra­tion opin­ion pieces.

Wooldridge’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is just the lat­est exam­ple of groups and indi­vid­u­als within the anti-immigrant move­ment tar­get­ing Mus­lims. Wooldridge’s posi­tion on FAIR’s advi­sory board and CIS’s pro­mo­tion of his racist dia­tribe fur­ther demon­strate that the anti-immigrant move­ment rou­tinely accepts big­ots into its ranks.

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December 26, 2012 0

Former YWC Leader Taylor Rose Joins World Net Daily

Tay­lor Rose

Tay­lor Rose, the for­mer vice-president of the far-right stu­dent group, Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) recently landed a job at World Net Daily (WND), a conspiracy-oriented right-wing news­pa­per. Rose’s first arti­cle for WND, where he is listed as a “staff reporter,” appeared about a month ago, on Novem­ber 26, 2012.

Rose’s arti­cles cover a range of right-wing issues from oppo­si­tion to immi­gra­tion to anti-Muslim con­spir­acy the­o­ries to seces­sion­ist move­ments in Europe and the United States. Rose is not the first for­mer YWC activist to make the move over to WND. YWC’s founder, Kevin DeAnna, joined WND in early 2012 and also works as a “staff reporter” though his last arti­cle for the site was pub­lished over two months ago, on Octo­ber 14, 2012.

In recent years, Rose spent most of his time in Europe, meet­ing and orga­niz­ing with far-right orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal par­ties.  He par­tic­i­pated in a May 2011 rally “against the Islaminiza­tion of Europe” in Cologne, Ger­many. At the rally, Rose spoke along­side lead­ers of far-right xeno­pho­bic Euro­pean par­ties, includ­ing the Vlaams Belang of Bel­gium, the Free­dom Party of Aus­tria, as well as smaller par­ties from France and Ger­many. More recently, in 2012, Rose pub­lished a book titled, Return of the Right: How the Polit­i­cal Right is Tak­ing Back West­ern Civilization.

 Rose’s move also casts more doubt over YWC’s per­se­ver­ance. It appears that Rose, DeAnna and other YWC lead­ers did not have suc­ces­sors lined up to main­tain the orga­ni­za­tion when the orig­i­nal core group grad­u­ated. YWC’s Web site is down and it appears the chap­ters are inac­tive. Although Rose seems to no longer be involved with YWC, his move to WND shows that he is still an active player on the right.

The one for­mer YWC activist still mak­ing head­way on cam­pus is Matthew Heim­bach at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land. Heim­bach was forced to dis­band YWC at the school in early 2012 when its fac­ulty advi­sor quit after the group was involved in con­tro­ver­sial activ­ity. Heim­bach is still attempt­ing, how­ever, to cre­ate a “white stu­dent union” at Tow­son. He invited white suprema­cists Jared Tay­lor and Mer­lin Miller, from the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion party, to speak at the school dur­ing the fall 2012 semester.

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