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'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Hate Groups and Prison Profiteers Wrote Arizona's Juan Crow Law

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Roughly 70 percent of America's prisoners are black and brown because the laws target communities of color. For-profit prison owners know this more than anyone.

The Paranoid Style: Conspiracy Theories Gain Traction

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

Most experts agree that conspiracy culture has been spreading rapidly in this country. And while the vast majority of those people will certainly never lash out with criminal violence, a small and desperate minority will.

Up To 300,000 'Sovereign Citizens' Declare Themselves Above The Law

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — They call themselves sovereign citizens, U.S. residents who declare themselves above state and federal laws. Many don't registe...

Church Confronts, Expels Member For Racist Views

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By ADELLE M. BANKS Religion News Service (RNS) It started with an e-mail message the Rev. Craig Bulkeley decided he simply couldn't let pass. To the...

Greenwash: Nativists Cynically Working to Co-Opt Environmental Movement

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Potok

Environmentalists need to be aware of so-called "progressives for immigration reform" and their true motives. These individuals and organizations do not see protecting the environment as their primary goal.

The Story Behind the 1965 Killing of Sherrod's Dad

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Bunch

Forty-five years ago, Hosie Miller was shot to death -- in the back, no less -- by a white farmer in what his daughter now describes as ostensibly a dispute over a few cows.

Sarah Palin's Christian Nation and the Road to Providence

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Sarah Palin's recent claim that she is a "real American" suggests that she may have spent too much time on her porch in Alaska. I have outlined an itinerary for the former half-term Governor.

Razing Arizona: Given Its Authors, New Law Is No Surprise

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

Given the author of Arizona's new law to legalize racial profiling, no one should be surprised about its draconian nature - or its intended targets.

Arizona Worsens Issue of Immigration for Playing Enforcer of Federal Matters

Eduardo Barraza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eduardo Barraza

With the new 1070 law, Arizona is clearly determined to continue on the path of failure not only as an enforcer of immigration law, but also of economic collapse.

A Kinder, Gentler Militia?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

It is possible to help the local sheriff find missing people, collect coats for needy kids, and adopt a local highway, without engaging in military training in the woods with assault weapons.

Hate Crimes Against Immigrants in a Post-Racial Society

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

Earlier this week jurors returned a guilty verdict in a trial on Long Island. The teenage defendant was convicted of manslaughter as a hate crime in ...

Tea Party Is No Way to Commemorate April 19

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Today is the 15 year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. As we reflect back upon the horror of that day, we should simultaneously reflect upon the current threats of domestic terrorism facing our nation.

The Hutaree Michigan Militia, Lone Wolves, and Alex Jones' New World Order

Harmon Leon | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics
Harmon Leon

What makes the Hutaree unique? They are a Christian-based militia group driven by biblical teachings to take up arms. Apparently their Jesus is also heavily armed.

Will We Once Again Reject the Politics of Hate?

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

45 years ago today, civil rights advocates were beaten and tear-gassed by baton-wielding state troopers as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., on a march in support of voting rights.

Arkansas Cop Killer Linked to 'Patriot' Movement

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

Jerry Ralph Kane Jr., the man who was killed with his son Thursday after apparently gunning down two West Memphis, Ark., police officers, traveled the...

The "I Hate Everything" Crowd

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Papantonio

When "anti-everything" oddballs fly their suicide planes into tax offices, that emboldens the next "anti" nut to grab his rifle and grasp onto the philosophies of groups like "Sovereign Citizens."

Hate Groups On the Rise -- It's Only the Economy, Stupids

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Chalupa

The worsening recession, soaring public debt, bailouts for bankers, and misinformation over President Obama's attempts at health care reform are fueling radicalism and hate groups.

Sam Stein

Report: An 'Astonishing' Rise In Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Government Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security released a report this past August raising concern about the rise of "right-wing extre...

Senator Scott Brown On Austin Terror Attack: "People Are Frustrated"

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

In what Fox News is calling his first national TV interview since being elected, Scott Brown pointed to the public's frustration with Washington when he was asked about Joe Stack.

Mr. President, Protect the Rights of Children

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

I'd like to remind the president of one area that often gets overlooked - the responsibility to protect the rights of our most vulnerable children.

Secret Service Spread Thin By Threats Facing U.S. Leaders

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An internal Congressional Research Service report says that the Secret Service does not that have the resources to deal with the unprecedented number ...

Earth to Lou: It Could Have Been Different

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Potok

It didn't have to end this way for Lou Dobbs. He could have been a contender. But Dobbs, a supremely self-confident man who often mentions his Harvard education in private conversation, just wouldn't listen.

Ted Turner Would Fire Lou Dobbs

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Linda Milazzo

If Jonathan Klein were as responsible an executive as Ted Turner, and as conscientious a citizen as Ted Turner, he would be as concerned as Ted Turner about the danger of Lou Dobbs.

Speaking for God and for America's Top Cops - the Center for Immigration Studies

Adam Luna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Luna

America's top religious and law enforcement leaders are taking a strong stance in favor of sensible immigration reform and it's made the anti-immigrant crowd very nervous.