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May 7, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott, the founders of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have decided to take a sab­bat­i­cal from their activ­i­ties. The two took this step after the priest of the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian church they belong to pub­licly released a state­ment on April 29 say­ing that Heim­bach must “cease and desist all activ­i­ties, both online, in print, and in per­son, pro­mot­ing racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ideologies….”

The same priest ear­lier that month had over­seen Heimbach’s com­mu­nion in the Ortho­dox Church.  Although it is unclear where Par­rott stands in terms of his own com­mu­nion, he and Heim­bach have both appar­ently cho­sen to take time off from their activ­i­ties at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Par­rott writes that he and Heim­bach do not know if their leave of absence will be tem­po­rary or permanent.

Par­rott and espe­cially Heim­bach have openly talked about their reli­gious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the com­mu­nion a pub­lic issue because Heim­bach “makes inflam­ma­tory pub­lic state­ments in the name of the Ortho­dox Faith.”  Both Heim­bach and Par­rott osten­si­bly see their white suprema­cist beliefs as com­pat­i­ble with their vision of Chris­tian­ity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Par­rott has tried to jus­tify their views by claim­ing they have no ill will towards other reli­gious and eth­nic groups.

It is unclear how Par­rott and Heim­bach plan to spend their sab­bat­i­cal. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activ­i­ties and do penance to be received back into the Ortho­dox com­mu­nion, Heim­bach par­tic­i­pated in a demon­stra­tion led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heim­bach back into the group after kick­ing him out in Octo­ber 2013 for tak­ing part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heim­bach attended the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence in Ten­nessee. In addi­tion, TYN con­tin­ues to func­tion as a group, despite Heim­bach and Parrot’s leave.

The reac­tion from the white suprema­cist com­mu­nity has been some­what mixed, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing Heim­bach and Parrott’s sab­bat­i­cal while the two fig­ure out their next moves. One well-known white suprema­cist, Greg John­son, who runs the online white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, has attacked Heim­bach and Par­rott for aban­don­ing the white suprema­cist cause for the sake of Chris­tian­ity. Oth­ers, like Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, who runs the racist Occi­den­tal Dis­sent blog, believe that Heim­bach and Par­rott will be able to rec­on­cile their racist views with Chris­tian­ity and make a full return to the white suprema­cist movement.

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December 6, 2013 4

Racists to Rally in South Carolina Against Immigration Reform

On Decem­ber 7, 2013, the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion, will hold a rally in Greenville, South Car­olina, tar­get­ing Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-SC) for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform. Gra­ham along with seven other Sen­a­tors formed the “Gang of Eight” and drafted S.744, the Bor­der Secu­rity, Eco­nomic Oppor­tu­nity, and Immi­gra­tion Mod­ern­iza­tion Act which even­tu­ally passed the Sen­ate in June 2013.league-of-the-south-logo

Brad Grif­fin aka “Hunter Wal­lace,” the founder of the white suprema­cist web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, is one of the key pro­mot­ers of the Greenville event. Numer­ous blogs pro­mot­ing the LOS rally and attack­ing Lind­sey Gra­ham appear on the Occi­den­tal Dis­sent web­site. Some of the attacks on Gra­ham on Occi­den­tal Dis­sent are anti-Semitic. In one blog, Grif­fin wrote, “If Lind­sey Gra­ham isn’t ‘con­trolled by the Jews,’ he sure gives off that impres­sion.”  Another claimed Gra­ham vis­ited Florida recently to “shake­down the elderly Jew­ish Zion­ists in Palm Beach County in the hope of get­ting a hand­some kick­back for his tire­less war­mon­ger­ing against Iran and Syria.”

The LOS rally in Greenville is the third immi­gra­tion rally the orga­ni­za­tion staged since the sum­mer. While the ral­lies in Geor­gia and Ten­nessee tar­geted a local politi­cian and the state’s immi­gra­tion poli­cies respec­tively, the South Car­olina rally is the first time in this cam­paign that the LOS is tar­get­ing a fed­eral politi­cian. On the Face­book event page for the Greenville rally, LOS claims Gra­ham “is one of the most out­spo­ken ene­mies of the South­ern peo­ple who has long sup­ported Third World immi­gra­tion and amnesty for ille­gal immigrants.”

Graham’s stance on immi­gra­tion also prompted a num­ber of anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions to tar­get him ear­lier in the year. Num­ber­sUSA, the anti-immigrant movement’s grass­roots orga­nizer, launched a $150,000 TV and radio ad cam­paign against Gra­ham in his home state in Feb­ru­ary. In April the anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Soci­ety (DIS) funded a bill­board seen on an Atlanta high­way attack­ing Gra­ham for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform.

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August 29, 2013 6

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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