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Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 14:55
An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.

3 Members of a Kansas Militia Once Plotted To Bomb a Mosque, Now Are Going to Prison

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 14:19
Three members of a militia group known as “the Crusaders” were sentenced Friday to a total of 81 years in prison for plotting to bomb Somali and Muslim communities in Kansas.

An Alt-Right Enforcer's Rallying Cry: 'No More Safe Spaces'

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:15
As he was laid up in a hospital room in 2017, oxygen tube up his nose, gown wrapped around his torso, recovering from being stabbed nine times, Antonio Foreman found it in himself to recite the neo-Nazi mantra known as the 14 words.

How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:40
Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

SPLC: Florida Legislature should reject proposals in Parkland commission report that would threaten school safety and undermine student privacy

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:49
The Florida Legislature should reject the harmful recommendations in a report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that would threaten, not improve, school safety.

Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 15:37
When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.

Well-Known Ex-Gay Therapist Comes Out as Gay, Seeks To Date Men

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:42
David Matheson has quit the “ex-gay” movement and is seeking to date men, according to the organization Truth Wins Out (TWO), which revealed Matheson’s plans in a Jan. 20 press release at its website.

SPLC sues Trump administration for violating due process rights of immigrant children and their sponsors

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:09
J.E.C.M., a 14-year-old boy, fled from Honduras with a friend to escape persecution, including threats to his life.

SPLC statement on Supreme Court’s decision to lift injunctions against Trump’s transgender military ban

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:48
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to temporarily lift injunctions against the Trump administration’s ban on open service by transgender Americans is just that: temporary.

III% Militia: Purveyors of Conspiracies and Mired in Paranoia

Since many of us who are watching developments on the far-right in this country have been focused on the reactionary Yellow Vest protests I thought I would take a look at how other extremists are viewing the movement. There is a great deal of overlap of course as groups and individuals covered on this blog, in some cases for over a decade, gravitate towards the movement. Among those groups are the III% militia, the most active of which are in Quebec and Alberta. Looking at the Alberta page, one sees posts such as this:

Right. Not a hate group.

Such claims are sort of undermined when the Alberta leader posts comments such as this:

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the III% militia would use language like this to describe those whom they disagree with ideologically, nor should anyone be surprised when members who are attracted to the militia also perpetuate ridiculous conspiracy theories without a shred of self-reflection:

I've posted a number of screen shots in the past in which members of the III% militia in Alberta attribute all sort events to dark, nefarious, forces (Muslims, "antifa", George Soros, "Zionists", liberals, "communists", etc). They have continued to claim that forest and grass fires are the result of Jihadists who have training camps throughout northern Canada for example.... though they also deny climate change which may do just a bit more to explain the intensity of said fires. They also frequently claim that any statement by any Muslim at any time and anywhere under any circumstances is a lie:

I somehow have suspicions about the provenience of this screen shot
More recently though they have latched onto the QAnon conspiracy theory to make sense of the world of darkness they have created in their own minds:

The III% militia isn't alone in perpetuating these baseless conspiracies. They are found on the pages of the Canadian Combat Coalition, Northern Guard, Yellow Vest Canada, the Nouns of Odin (Soldiers, Sons, and Wolves), among others.

What makes the III% perhaps more of a concern is that they seem to be rather heavily armed and itching to use those weapons:

In 1995, Carl Sagan published "Demon Haunted World." That look into the future has proved to be sadly prophetic:

Hate groups like the III% militia claim they are angry at politicians lying to them. This isn't true.

They want politicians to lie to them so long as the lies they are told are those that they already believe (despite the evidence) and in which they take comfort.

Robert Jones Embraces Fascism

During the years I've been working on the blog there have been a few characters that have stuck out not only for their racist, antisemitic, homophobic, and/or Islamophobic views, but also for being bloody odd.

One such figure is Robert Jones:

Jones has been a frequent participant in a number of far-right protests in Ontario as well as at least one in Quebec. An American from Virginia living in Canada (I'm not sure if he's a permanent resident or a naturalized citizen), he appears to be married and may have adult children living in the United States, but other than that I admit that I haven't done a great deal of research into his personal biography. One thing that seems evident though is that he has an overarching need to belong to a group, but always seems to eventually alienate himself from the other members and gets himself kicked out.

He has been a member of the Soldiers of Odin.... before getting kicked out:

A Proud Boy from which he was also turfed:

He is a long time supporter of the JDL, though a now deleted post that I didn't think to save suggests tension with that group now:

A member of Ukip AND the French National Front:

He's currently a member of the far-right white nationalist group the Northern Guard:

And finally, he has grasped onto the Yellow Vests:

In short, he seems to view far-right white nationalist groups as a game of Pokemon and is trying to collect them all.

Finally, he quite literally worships Donald Trump:

You may think his over the top expression of love for Trump is at least a bit of a joke. It isn't.

Given his attraction to both authoritarianism....

.... and cults of personality, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Robert Jones would embrace fascism:

Jones has embraced fascism, specifically Italian fascism, as a "solution" to what he considers the problem of liberalism. He in part justifies this by suggesting that fascism is distinct an anathema to National Socialism despite, you know, actual history:

At the same time he attempts to rehabilitate and defend the actions of some of the great monsters of history and suggests that they are models that the current occupant of the White House might emulate:

Note Travis Patron "liked" this particular postAlmost all of these posts have been deleted from Robert Jones' Facebook profile, but I figure that collecting them might prove to be useful at a later date.

Spectre Unmasked: Racist 'Alt-Right' Podcaster Used To Be Local Reporter

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:24
A notorious white nationalist podcaster with a history of instigating harassment campaigns and threats of violence against reporters is in fact a journalist himself, Hatewatch has learned.

Weekend Read: We need King’s radical message as badly as we did in 1968.

Southern Poverty Law Center - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 09:38
On Monday we’ll celebrate Martin Luther King Day, the 33rd time our nation has officially honored this giant of American history.

SPLC criticizes judge’s denial of bond for journalist whose work challenged ICE

Southern Poverty Law Center - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 13:47
The SPLC criticized an immigration judge’s decision today to deny bond for Spanish-language journalist Manuel Duran.

Imprisoned Neo-Nazi Leader Says His Hate Group Is a Religion, Court Says No

Southern Poverty Law Center - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 09:57
A federal appeals court has ruled that Matthew Hale’s hate philosophy, Creativity, isn’t a religion because it focuses almost exclusively on preserving the white race and lacks a coherent set of “ultimate ideas.”

SPLC statement on U.S. Rep. Steve King

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 15:18
If Republicans think they deserve applause for condemning Congressman Steve King’s racism, they’re sorely mistaken.

SPLC statement on judge’s ruling against Alabama law that forced cities to preserve Confederate monuments

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 13:23
Striking a blow to the defenders of the “Lost Cause,” a judge has struck down an Alabama law that prevented the removal of Confederate symbols from public land.  

SPLC sues Trump administration again over second approval of Kentucky Medicaid waiver scheme

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 12:40
The SPLC this week sued the Trump administration again for approving Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver plan a second time.

Crusader without Violence: A Q&A on the Martin Luther King Jr. biography ahead of its time

Southern Poverty Law Center - Tue, 01/15/2019 - 09:19
In 1960, Alabama’s state board of education ordered the firing of Dr. Lawrence D. Reddick from his post as chair of the history department at Alabama State University (then Alabama State College).

Ronny Cameron and Richard Spencer: The Thrill Is Gone

ARC hasn't published much about Ronny Cameron in some time, mainly because there hasn't been much to write about. Oh, he's still the same jackass he's always been, but he hasn't exactly been doing much. He's still putting out the occasional videos which rehash the same tired racist tropes he's been talking about for the better part of a year as well continuing to claim the title of the most important alt-right figure in Canada which, even if true, has about as much distinction as me claiming to be the mayor of the cardboard box town I created when I was six; the two other citizens of Awesomeville eventually voted me out of office due to a scandal involving an ice cream sunday bar at a sleepover.

In short Ronny, always profoundly derivative already, is really boring.

The one "big" announcement he made occurred last month when he was proud to post that he was co-hosting a podcast with the spiritual founder of the alt-right, Richard Spencer:

I made sure to include a post featuring your buddy Robert, Meir. ;)
That Spencer would deign to co-host a podcast with someone as insignificant as Cameron says far more about the decline of Spencer's fortunes than it does Cameron's significance, but it was obvious that Ronny thought this was his big break.... or something. He was so pleased to be Renfield to Spencer's Dracula that he willingly allowed himself to be completely emasculated and humiliated in his defence of Spencer:

It.... went down hill from there.

Still, later in the video Ronny said that the name calling didn't bother him because he had thick skin. On the eve of the new year crowed about the joy of being Ronny Cameron, super influencer for the alt-right!

Well that is just lovely! He is just so darn optimistic about 2019 it is almost adorable!

Yeah. If you're a long time reader, you already know where this is going:

Now Ronny wasn't entirely clear about what resulted in what is his most recent public meltdown, but at least one person commenting had an idea:

Well no, Cameron isn't Jewish, but it did soon become clear who his anger was directed towards.

It probably didn't help his mood that the person who humiliated him on the podcast chimed in as well:

I offer the remainder of the posts without commentary:

Yep. Thick skin indeed.



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