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August 25, 2016

Event in L.A. Features Who’s Who of Anti-Muslim Movement in U.S.

The American Freedom Alliance (AFA) held a conference on  “Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Co-exist?”  in Los Angeles on August 21.   The AFA claims to be “a non-political, non-partisan movement which promotes, defends and upholds Western values and ideals,” and specializes in  promulgating an Islamophobic world view.  The conference included the who’s who of the anti-Muslim movement in the United States, with recycled conspiracy theories and offensive claims about immigrants, Muslims, law enforcement officers, various US government agencies and the Pope.

Featured speakers included anti-Muslim extremists Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer (the heads of the conspiracy-minded Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), in addition to other “experts” who  peddled baseless theories about a Muslim infiltration of the United States government,  and advanced offensive anti-Muslim rhetoric such as branding Muslims, and their religious law [Sharia], as affronts to American freedom.

 

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American Freedom Alliance Anti-Muslim Event

Geller widened her usual net of conspiracy theories about Muslims, Islam and Sharia law, to include  allegations against a long list of U.S. cities, social media companies and other opponents, who she claims have censored her by refusing to allow her  anti-Muslim advertising campaigns;  attacks on the FBI for the agency’s handling of the terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, when two armed men targeted the community center hosting a SIOA event– and even  insinuated that the FBI wants her dead; and she also  alleged that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is involved in an intimate relationship with her Muslim female assistant, stating they are “literally and not figuratively in bed” with each other.

In addition to Geller and Spencer, other speakers included: Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy; Stephen Coughlin, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy; Morton Klein, Executive Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA); James Lyons, who promotes conspiracies about the infiltration of the US government by Islamists; Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian anti-Muslim activist;  and  Wafa Sultan, a Syrian-born anti-Muslim activist who exhorted,  “There is no such thing as Islam and radical Islam; all Islam is radical.”

The event also highlighted attacks on Khizr Khan, the father of Captain Humayan Khan, who died in Iraq while serving in the US Army. The attacks on Khan were based on allegations made by anti-Muslim extremist Walid Shoebat, who is known for promoting militant Christianity.

 

 

 

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August 3, 2016

Anti-Muslim Extremists’ Disgraceful Attack On The Family Of An American Hero

Khizr Khan has been in the public eye since he spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.  In reacting to Khan’s prominence, some long-time anti-Muslim activists are seeking to discredit him.

Walid Shoebat

Walid Shoebat

Anti-Muslim extremist, Walid Shoebat, who is known for promoting Christian militancy, published an article on his website claiming that Khizr Khan, the father of Cpt. Humayan Khan is “a Muslim Brotherhood Agent Who Wants To Advance Sharia Law And Bring Muslims Into The United States.” Cpt. Khan was killed in combat in Iraq in 2004 and posthumously was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.

The article bases this claim on a scholarly paper published in the Houston Journal of International Law in 1983 titled Juristic Classification of Islamic Law, which Shoebat claims was written by Khizr Khan. However, it is not clear that this is the same Khizr Khan who is the father of the slain Cpt. Khan.

Based on this scholarly paper, Shoebat claims that Khan’s fascination with Islamic Sharia stems from his life in Saudi Arabia, and that the paper cites Islamic Law, a book written by a Muslim Brotherhood ideologue, Said Ramadan.  For Shoebat and others like him, fabricating absurd claims to attack opponents is nothing new. However, what is unusual here is that anti-Muslim extremists are using this vile tactic to defame grieving families of fallen American soldiers.

Publicly exposed after a 2011 investigative CNN report revealed his fabrication of several stories about his background, Shoebat promotes a form of anti-LGBT/anti-Muslim Christian militancy. He also posts articles on his website that express hostility towards Jews. One article written by his son Theodore published on Shoebat’s website on June 18, 2015 claims, “There are many Jews (the majority in America are far-left) who harbor anti-Christian sentiments, and express vitriol when you try to talk about Christ with them.”

In February 2016, Shoebat, who claims to have converted to Christianity, attacked evangelical leaders who condemned his son’s remarks that in “a biblical society…every f-g would be rounded up and killed.” Shoebat responded to their criticism of this comment by asking, “So how far will the Evangelical movement in the United States go to please the LGBT agenda?”

Other anti-Muslim extremists echoed Shoebat’s attack on the Khan family. Some of them are planning to attend an upcoming anti-Muslim event in Los Angeles about Islam and Western Civilization on August 21st.

The event will feature speakers known for their anti-Islamic bigotry including Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Frank Gaffney, and Pamela Geller. The event will also feature Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) as a speaker.

By attacking the Khan family, who made the biggest sacrifice a human can endure, the hateful agenda of anti-Muslim extremists has reached a new low.

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July 6, 2016

Extremists Make Plans For GOP Convention

Updated July 21, 2016

The GOP convention in Cleveland (July 18-21) is a key opportunity for a range of extremists and bigots who seek publicity to voice their support or opposition to Donald Trump – and their hatred for anyone who disagrees with them.

As the Anti-Defamation League has noted, the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign – and one candidate in particular – has elicited unprecedented levels of engagement and enthusiasm among anti-government and white supremacist extremist groups.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has been monitoring extremists’ plans to attend the Republican convention in Cleveland and has shared this information with federal law enforcement agents managing security for the event. We will share new information with those agents as it becomes available.

The following list of expected attendees is varied, ranging from individuals to organized groups. This reflects the support (and sometimes opposition) Donald Trump receives from a wide range of extremists. It should be noted, there is no indication that Trump  supports these groups.

  • Richard Spencer, who heads the National Policy, a small white supremacist think tank, traveled to Cleveland to promote his racist views. Spencer held up a sign saying “Wanna Talk to a ‘Racist’? and reportedly said he “wanted to demystify white separatism” for the people he encountered in the public square near the convention. Spencer also reportedly attended the “Wake Up!” party hosted by conservative activists, which included controversial speakers such as Milos Yiannopoulos and anti-Muslim activists Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician.
  • Members of the anti-refugee vigilante group Soldiers of Odin USA, spotted outside the convention hall in Cleveland, told a reporter they were there as a “community watch” organization and had no plans to confront anyone unless they sensed “imminent danger.” While they claim not to be racist, the Soldiers of Odin USA are in fact virulently anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant. The group originated in Finland, but has attracted thousands of members and admirers here in the United States, many of whom are either white supremacists or anti-government extremists.
  • Anti-government conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spoke at a rally for Trump near the convention hall hosting the RNC, where he accused “globalists” of trying to implement a “world government.” Jones runs the Infowars website where he promotes  conspiracy theories such as the idea that the government is behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks and  is trying to strip Americans of their rights, especially their rights to free speech and to own firearms.

  • The Traditionalist Worker Party is an anti-Semitic, white supremacist group run by Matthew Heimbach and Matt Parrott.  They report­edly filed per­mits to march in Cleve­land but later announced alternative plans. Heimbach showed up outside the convention anyway, voicing his disapproval for Trump, whose policies “don’t go far enough” in advancing white nationalism, and urging followers to write in George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party.

  • Westboro Baptist Church: Five members of the venomously anti-gayand anti-Semitic Kansas church plan to be in Cleveland to protest the Republican Party and to warn attendees of the “imminent judgment”
    Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest

    Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest

    facing the United States. WBC members are best known for picketing the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers, carrying signs celebrating their deaths (because God hates America’s evil ways). Members of the church are equal opportunity bigots: They also plan to protest at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Expect to see them carrying their usual signs – expressing their boundless, unmoored hatred for everything from gay rights to Israel.

  • Blood and Honour USA: This racist skinhead group is the American chapter of a loose international confederation of hardcore racist skinheads.  Some members of Blood and Honour USA have in the past committed violent acts.  One of the group’s lead­ers announced on social media that he and a num­ber of other mem­bers would be in Cleve­land sup­port­ing Trump and wear­ing t-shirts bear­ing the Totenkopf (death’s head) – a sym­bol used by the SS in World War II.

    William Johnson of American Freedom Party

    William Johnson of American Freedom Party

  • American Freedom Party: This white supremacist group is headed by attorney William Johnson. Johnson made headlines in the spring of 2016 with his “robocalls” to voters in crucial primary states, entreating people to “defend the white race” by voting for Trump, and again in May when it was revealed that he was on the list of Trump delegates for California. Blaming a “database error,” the Trump campaign removed Johnson from its list, but AFP responded with this gleeful Facebook message:  “…here’s what they don’t know: we have more delegates!”
  • David Riden (Trump delegate from Tennessee): Member of the anti-government Patriot Movement. Riden has said he believes members of the current U.S. government deserve to be killed for “abusing the Constitution.”
  • Jim Stachowiak:  Member of the anti-government Patriot Movement. This right-wing, rabidly anti-Muslim extremist from Georgia will be in Cleveland to support Donald Trump, and has called upon “all military veterans, law enforcement veterans, followed by three-percenters, patriots,” to “come lawfully armed with lethal and non-lethal weaponry,” has advocated for Mecca to be bombed, and has made not particularly veiled threats against Black Lives Matter activists, whom he refers to as “terrorists.”  Stachowiak, a former university public safety officer turned militia fan boy and online radio host, has been arrested several times.

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    The New Black Panther Party at a protest in Charleston, South Carolina

  • The New Black Pan­ther Party: The NBPP will be in Cleve­land to protest against Don­ald Trump. In the days lead­ing up to the con­ven­tion, the pro­foundly anti-Semitic, black supremacy group will hold a series of protests and work­shops in part­ner­ship with Black Lawyers for Jus­tice, which is headed by for­mer NBPP leader (and cur­rent “spir­i­tual advi­sor”) Malik Zulu Shabazz. The NBPP, which is known for its calls for vio­lence against law enforce­ment, has announced plans to carry guns dur­ing its protests in Cleve­land. The New Black Pan­ther Party is not affil­i­ated with the orig­i­nal Black Pan­ther Party, whose mem­bers have harshly crit­i­cized the NBPP for “hijack­ing” the orig­i­nal group’s message.
  • Anti-Muslim activsts: Pro-LGBT conservative activists are hosting a party called “Wake Up“ at the Republican Convention in Cleveland on July 19. The event will feature anti-Muslim extremist Pamela Geller and Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial figure who reportedly made anti-Semitic comments in the past about Jewish control of banks and the media. Other featured speakers include Geert Wilders, a well-known anti-Muslim Dutch politician, and Ann Coulter, a political commentator known for her extreme anti-immigrant position. According to a post on the personal blog of Pamela Geller, “The party is the outcome of discussions among a group of gay Republicans following the tragic massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.” This appears to be an attempt to promote an anti-Muslim agenda among this group of pro-LGBT conservatives.
  • The Oath Keepers will be on the ground in Cleveland, ostensibly to “help” patrol the area, as they did with long guns during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown. The anti-government extremist group’s website has denounced “radicals’” plans to protest at the convention, and calls for volunteers to participate in “Operation North Coast,” an “intelligence gathering” effort. This hyper-militarized language is typical of the Oath Keepers, who recruit from the military and law enforcement in their efforts to build a force capable of resisting “government overreach.”

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