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June 24, 2016 Off

Extremist Candidates* Exploit Election Season to Spread Hate

A bill­board in Ten­nessee has got­ten a lot of atten­tion due to its con­tro­ver­sial slo­gan, “Make Amer­ica White Again.” The bill­board belongs to Rick Tyler, an inde­pen­dent can­di­date run­ning for a seat in Tennessee’s 3rd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. Tyler, who has ties to both anti-government extrem­ism and white supremacy, is one of a num­ber of extrem­ists in recent years who has had no chance of win­ning but has used a polit­i­cal cam­paign to pro­mote racist and anti-Semitic views.

Tyler has run for office a num­ber of times—for Con­gres­sional seats in South Car­olina in 1983 and in Geor­gia in 1996, and for a U.S. Sen­ate seat in Florida in 2010. On his cur­rent cam­paign web­site, he openly pro­motes white supremacy:

What lib­er­al­ized, effem­i­nized utopi­anists sim­ply can­not com­pre­hend is the prob­lem pre­sented by the harsh real­ity of abject refusal on the part of non-whites to con­form to his­tor­i­cal under­stand­ing that casts them in the light of sub­servience and inequal­ity. In the real world, some­one inevitably emerges as a dom­i­nant force…and much to the cha­grin and dis­plea­sure of non-whites, it has always tended to be the Cau­casians who rise to the most influ­en­tial and pow­er­ful position.

On the web­site, he posted a poem called “The Sad­dest Story Ever Told,” about “when a white girl mar­ries a negro,” and com­mits “racial sui­cide.” He also asserts that the “brown­ing of Amer­ica has been under­way for half a cen­tury and we are now over­whelmed with alien hordes who share lit­tle in com­mon with the orig­i­nal Euro­pean stock who carved this once great nation from the rugged wilderness.”

Rick Tyler

Rick Tyler

His cam­paign web­site includes anti-Semitic state­ments as well as racist ones. In 2010, Tyler posted a let­ter on his sen­ate cam­paign web­site in which he argued that Jews were a prod­uct of Satan, writ­ing, “It is quite log­i­cal that Satan would have a coun­ter­feit ‘cho­sen peo­ple.’” He repeated this asser­tion on his cur­rent cam­paign site, mak­ing ref­er­ence to “a coun­ter­feit cho­sen people…who are in truth the syn­a­gogue of Satan.” These state­ments are in line with Chris­t­ian Iden­tity beliefs, which assert that Jews are Satanic in nature.

Tyler is not the only extrem­ist can­di­date to run for office this year. Jim Con­dit, Jr., a vir­u­lent anti-Semite, ran in a June 7th spe­cial elec­tion for the Con­gres­sional seat in Ohio vacated by John Boehner. Con­dit may also run for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio in November.

Con­dit ran at least one anti-Semitic ad on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Feb­ru­ary, which adver­tised his radio show. The ad focused on Jews, say­ing, “Who’s behind the all-out war to make white peo­ple a minor­ity in the U.S.A and Europe? You won’t be able to believe in the 6 mil­lion fig­ure used for the World War II Holo­caust anymore.”

On his cam­paign web­site, Con­dit pro­motes anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, assert­ing that “Tal­mu­dic Jews run the Inter­na­tional banks.” He alleges that “inter­na­tional Jew­ish Banksters basi­cally hired Hitler and the Nazis to first incen­tivize Jews to go from Europe to Pales­tine, and then later to round up pri­mar­ily Jews and put them in con­cen­tra­tion camps with a goal of get­ting as many Jews as pos­si­ble to Pales­tine for the Rothschild-Bankster directed takeover of Pales­tine by ‘Israel’.”

Jim Condit, Jr.

Jim Con­dit, Jr.

Condit’s real pur­pose is likely to to run these ads to pro­mote anti-Semitism and he has done so repeat­edly. In the year after the Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 attacks, Con­dit ran 13 dif­fer­ent radio ads, many of them blam­ing Jews for the attacks, when run­ning for the U.S. Con­gress in Ohio. He was able run the ads by argu­ing that fed­eral law guar­an­teed fed­eral can­di­dates the right to run any ads they wanted on FCC-licensed tele­vi­sion or radio stations.

Other can­di­dates have also exploited elec­tions to show­case their big­oted views. In Sep­tem­ber 2014, neo-Nazi Robert Rans­dell pro­moted his write-in cam­paign for U.S. Sen­ate in Ken­tucky with the slo­gan, “With Jews We Lose.” He report­edly had plans to pur­chase air time on a main­stream radio sta­tion in Cincin­nati for seven hour-long radio programs/political ads to pub­li­cize his views. Accord­ing to a white suprema­cist source, the sta­tion refused to run the ads.

Fra­zier Glenn Miller, a white suprema­cist who received a death sen­tence for killing three peo­ple at Jew­ish sites in Over­land Park, Kansas, in April 2014, also ran for office a num­ber of times. In 2010, he was a write-in can­di­date for U.S. Sen­a­tor in Missouri.

After fil­ing his can­di­dacy, Miller bought air time on a Kansas City radio sta­tion and ran adver­tise­ments attack­ing Jews and minori­ties, while call­ing on white peo­ple to “take their coun­try back.”  He later expanded this cam­paign to other sta­tions across Mis­souri.  How­ever, Mis­souri broad­cast­ers protested this tac­tic and reached out to the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion with their con­cerns.  In June 2010, the FCC ruled that Miller was not a “bona fide” can­di­date and thus not enti­tled to manda­tory access.  This rul­ing allowed radio sta­tions to reject Miller’s racist and anti-Semitic ads, thus ruin­ing Miller’s attempt to spread white suprema­cist pro­pa­ganda on the airwaves.

 

* As a 501(c )(3) non-profit orga­ni­za­tion, the Anti-Defamation League does not sup­port or oppose can­di­dates for polit­i­cal office.

 

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August 12, 2013 Off

Fringe Catholic Conference Features Anti-Semitic And Conspiracy-Oriented Speakers

The Catholic Restora­tion Con­fer­ence VII, spon­sored by “In the Spirit of Chartres” Com­mit­tee (ISOC), a fringe Catholic group, will offer a plat­form to a num­ber of anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented speak­ers in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on Sep­tem­ber 13–15, 2013.  This year’s con­fer­ence includes a right-wing extrem­ist who has run for Con­gress and the pres­i­dent of the far-right John Birch Society.catholic-restoration-conference-washington

ISOC is made up of rad­i­cal tra­di­tional Catholics who reject many of the changes insti­tuted by the Catholic Church dur­ing the Sec­ond Vat­i­can Coun­cil and openly espouse anti-Semitic views. For exam­ple, on its web­site, ISOC pro­motes the idea that the forged anti-Semitic work, The Pro­to­cols of Zion, is actu­ally “a no-forgery dec­la­ra­tion of war against Chris­t­ian civilization.”

In addi­tion to anti-Semites and con­spir­acy the­o­rists, the con­fer­ence will include Catholic cre­ation­ists, who use pseudo-science to assert that the Bible gives an accu­rate account of the cre­ation of the uni­verse.  The fol­low­ing speak­ers are sched­uled to appear at the conference.

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E. Michael Jones

E. Michael Jones is an anti-Semitic Catholic writer and pub­lisher of the mag­a­zine Cul­ture Wars.  Jones pro­motes the view that Jews are ded­i­cated to prop­a­gat­ing and per­pe­trat­ing attacks on the Catholic Church and moral stan­dards, social sta­bil­ity, and polit­i­cal order through­out the world.  He por­trays the Jew­ish reli­gion as inher­ently treach­er­ous and bel­liger­ent towards Chris­tian­ity.  Jones also blames Jews for Bol­she­vism, Freema­sonry, and an alleged con­tem­po­rary “Jew­ish takeover of Amer­i­can culture.”

Jim Con­dit Jr. is an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist. In 2010, Con­dit ran for U.S. Con­gress in Ohio’s 8th dis­trict as a can­di­date from the Con­sti­tu­tion Party, a right-wing extrem­ist fringe polit­i­cal party.  He has attempted Con­gres­sional runs many times before, includ­ing in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.  In 2005, Con­dit broad­cast ads that linked the 9/11 attacks to Israel. He also alleges that Jews manip­u­late major Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions and his­tor­i­cal events.

John Sharpe is a for­mer naval offi­cer and an anti-Semite. Sharpe attended a 2006 con­fer­ence orga­nized by Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion, and was tem­porar­ily placed on admin­is­tra­tive leave from the Navy in 2007 when infor­ma­tion sur­faced about his role in the Legion of St. Louis and the IHS Press, two anti-Semitic orga­ni­za­tions. The Legion of St. Louis appears to be inac­tive but Sharpe still heads IHS.

John F. McManus is pres­i­dent of the conspiracy-oriented John Birch Soci­ety (JBS).  JBS pro­motes numer­ous the­o­ries that accuse the U.S. of try­ing to cre­ate a one-world gov­ern­ment and attempt­ing to con­trol cit­i­zens through var­i­ous plots. Most recently, JBS has focused on Agenda 21, a United Nations action plan for achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment world­wide. JBS cir­cu­lates con­spir­acy the­o­ries alleg­ing that Agenda 21 is a plan by the U.N. to cre­ate a total­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment with con­trol over every aspect of people’s lives.

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June 19, 2013 30

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White suprema­cists, anti-Semites, anti-government extrem­ists and con­spir­acy the­o­rists are among speak­ers sched­uled to appear at “Free­dom­palooza 2013,” orga­nized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pok­er­face and an anti-Semite and anti-government extrem­ist.   It is the third time Topete has orga­nized such an event in Penn­syl­va­nia, but he allegedly has plans to orga­nize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Free­dom­palooza will take place from July 4–6, 2013, in Bucks County in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.  Although a local restau­rant is pro­vid­ing the prop­erty and sell­ing food at the event, the pri­mary spon­sor (and  pro­moter) of the event is the Amer­i­can Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time white suprema­cist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speak­ers, many of the lat­ter com­ing from extrem­ist and fringe move­ments and causes.  One theme that unites many speak­ers is vir­u­lent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sen­ti­ment.  Two of the more promi­nent speak­ers, for exam­ple, are for­mer mem­bers of Con­gress:  Cyn­thia McK­in­ney and James Traf­i­cant.  McK­in­ney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has sup­ported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Pan­ther Party, while Traf­i­cant, since his release from prison on fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing and bribery con­vic­tions, has joined the Amer­i­can Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another sched­uled speaker is Jim Con­dit, Jr., who sev­eral times ran for Con­gress in Ohio, tak­ing advan­tage of his can­di­date sta­tus to obtain a plat­form for express­ing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speak­ers report­edly sched­uled to attend include Mer­lin Miller, the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party,  sev­eral Amer­i­can Free Press writ­ers, and Cyn­thia Steele, the wife of white suprema­cist attor­ney Edgar Steele (cur­rently serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence for con­spir­acy to mur­der Cyn­thia, a charge she claims is false).

Free­dom­palooza will also host a vari­ety of anti-government extrem­ist speak­ers, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral mili­tia groups, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Oath Keep­ers, and the Apple­seed Project, a marks­man­ship pro­gram that warns atten­dees that they may have to (lit­er­ally) fight the gov­ern­ment to main­tain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Own­ers of Amer­ica, a rad­i­cal gun rights group, and Jeff Christo­pher, a sher­iff from Delaware with ties to Michael Per­outka, for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the right-wing extrem­ist Con­sti­tu­tion Party.  Christopher’s bat­tle with the state of Delaware over that state’s deci­sion to elim­i­nate the arrest pow­ers of its three county sher­iffs has been much pro­moted by the Amer­i­can Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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