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Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report reveals explosion in 'Patriot Movement' groups; slight increase in hate groups

Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report reveals explosion in 'Patriot Movement' groups; slight increase in hate groups

biblical violenceThe Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published the spring issue of its Intelligence Report, revealing a 755% growth in "Patriot Movement" groups over the past three years ending last Dec. 31.  Conspiracy theories are popular with the "Patriot Movement" groups, which are apparently increasing due to racist anger over Obama's presidency and the bad economy.

SPLC also reports that there has been a slight increase in hate groups last year, rising from 1,002 groups to 1,018, adding:

2011 also saw many politicians and other public figures attacking Muslims, LGBT people and other minorities, effectively taking on some of the issues dear to the radical right. But there was enough of a far-right wind to fill the sails of politicians, hate and Patriot groups, and Tea Parties alike, very likely the result, in large part, of a view of Obama as a dire threat to the country.

Briefly quoting portions of the in-depth report , the different types of hate and/or extremist groups described in SPLC's Intelligence Report include:

  • Anti-gay hate groups – The number of anti-gay hate groups in the United States rose markedly, going from 17 in 2010 to 27 last year.
  • Anti-Muslim groups – The number of anti-Muslim groups tripled in 2011, jumping from 10 groups in 2010 to 30 last year.
  • Black separatist groups – The so-called “sovereign citizen” ideology, a set of ideas that originated in white supremacist groups of the 1970s and 1980s, has taken off among African Americans.
  • Christian Identity groups – Christian Identity is a radical theology that describes Jews as biologically descended from Satan and people of color as soulless “mud people.” It has been declining in recent years, largely because its arcane, Bible-based doctrines seem to hold little interest for young racists. But last year that trend reversed itself, as a new Identity group, Crusaders for Yahweh, appeared with 30 chapters.
  • Ku Klux Klan groups – The year brought major changes in the Klan formations, with some large groups disappearing while others popped up or added large numbers of new chapters.
  • Nativist Extremist groups – These groups, which harass people suspected to be undocumented immigrants, have declined, in part due to state legislation meant to punish undocumented immigrants, effectively stealing the issue away from the nativist groups.

These and other groups are more fully documented in SPLC's report.

 

 

About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • Ken

    SPLC may be the biggest hate group of them all.And shame on God Discussion and its pro-homosexual bias in giving them such positive press.

    • Deborah_B

      I personally do not believe that SPLC is a hate group and if you read the rational as to why certain groups are hate groups, perhaps you would understand why, Ken.  I don't see how on earth you think they are worse than the Klan and the others.

      However, I will be delighted to hang my head in shame for reporting on this story and in particular,mentioning the increase in anti-gay hate groups, if you can explain to us:

      (1) why you are personally superior to homosexual people and thus entitled to judge them to such an extent that you believe that hate groups that target them are justifiable;

      (2) why a site with the word "god" in it is automatically supposed to treat gay people with scorn and contempt, rather than acknowledging that they are subjected to hate;

      (3) when you made a conscious decision to be either straight or gay, and what that was like; and

      (4) how gays harm society — i.e., you are presumably saying that homosexuality is a crime that involves victims since you do not feel that anti-gay hate groups are worthy of review.  We would like to understand who the victims are, how you are personally harmed, and why you feel it is right and proper for gays/lesbians to get beat up, bullied, hated on, discriminated against and even killed in the name of the morals of an invisible deity and ancient text.

      BTW, the SPLC does not characterize Christian churches that preach that
      homosexuality is a sin as "hate groups," they only characterize the
      organizations that twist expert reports and lie to promote their own
      biased propaganda as hate groups. 

      Looking forward to your response.

      • Sheldon

        BTW Deborah, excellent response!

      • Ken

         Your pro-homosexual bias,your misinterpretations and your caricatures of my response to your report,and your ridiculously lengthy response to it,speaks for itself.Maybe you'll report this to your friends at SPLC-a radical activist group that while it calls itself "Southern," is heavily staffed,to my knowledge,with Jews from New York City.Why don't you look into SPLC instead of uncritically accepting Intelligence Report? Ken Silverstein wrote an expose' on their activities and fund-raising operations,as has Laird Wilcox.

        • Deborah_B

          Thank you for making assumptions.  I am familiar with the SPLC. 

          The reason for all the "ridiculously long" questions directed toward you is that you make sweeping statements such as "shame on you" for a news item without giving any backup or reason, simply saying that SPLC and/or homosexuals should not receive positive press. Why?  I'm trying to feret that out. When I am told that I must be ashamed for reporting on hate groups focused on homosexuals and several others, I would like to know why anti-gay groups must be excluded from the report. Hate is hate, as far as I know.

          You did not answer one question as to why you characterize the SPLC to be a "hate group," nor did you answer why you think that gay people should be demonized. 

          The "SPLC is a hate group" characterization was popularized by religious right organizations who were miffed that some of them were called out for their propaganda and hate last year.  Yet, the explanations as to why they are listed have always been there.

          Also, what's the deal with "Jews from New York?"  Who cares if they're Jews?

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          What is wrong with being staffed by Jews, esp if you are an organization that caters to minorities?  The NAACP is heavily staffed by African-Americans, so what.  How an organization is staffed is not something that bothers me personally.  I'm not sure why it bothers you.

    • Sheldon

      Yeah… I think you got the bias wrong. It's pro-human-being. Perhaps, as well as the explanation Deborah is waiting for, you can explain your stance as an anti-human-being supporter.

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      I never knew we had a bias or the that SPLC was a hate group.  I'm interested as to why you think that as well as the answers to Deborah's questions too.

  • rkeefe

    First of all, there is no legal definition of "hate group," which is why even the FBI does not, cannot, designate "hate groups," but somehow a private fundrasing group like the SPLC can?

    If you actually look at their "hate group" numbers you find that they cannot locate 247 of the 1,018 groups on the map. They merely sit out there in limbo, padding the numbers.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-ce

    When you toss out the homeless "hate groups" it turns out that, according to the SPLC, the largest category of "hate group" consists of Black Separatists, who outnumber Klan, Neo-Nazi and Skinhead groups, respectively.

    Do you actually believe this is true?

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-cK

    And most ironically, NOT ONE of the "nation's leading civil rights organization's" top executives is a minority.

    In fact, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King's home church in Montgomery, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of authority in its entire 41 year history.

    http://wp.me/pCLYZ-c6

    These are your "experts"?

    • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

      In a way they do.  The FBI does rely on sources such as the SPLC to weed out hate crimes by these various groups.

      Not one of the Civil Right's groups top executives is a minority?

      http://www.naacp.org/pages/benjamin-todd-jealous   He's a minority.  He's possibly bi-racial, but he's definitely a minority.

      http://www.naacp.org/pages/brenda-watkins-noel  She's also a minority.

      I could continue, but it would seem you have some misconceptions about leading Civil Rights groups.

      Given that the name "Cohen" is generally Jewish, I would say Richard Cohen of the SPLC is probably a minority.  Lecia Brooks is a Black woman.

      Again, I could continue, but the fact is, you just stated something that is not true.

      • rkeefe

        Okay, first of all, I'm talking about the SPLC and you're citing folks from the NAACP?

        Second of all, I'm not even going to dignify the comment that Jewish people are "not white" or somehow are a minority in either the fields of civil rights or law. You're really grasping at straws here.

        Lecia Brooks is indeed the highest paid minority at the SPLC, but she is a mid-level manager with no authority to affect SPLC policy and she is paid less than half of what the lowest paid white executive at the SPLC makes.

        Seriously, the SPLC has been open for 41 years and has never had a black president or other executive and the few black lawyers they hired in the 1970s all quit because of what they called "a plantation mentality."

        Even the SPLC's "Teaching Tolerance" program, which was designed to promote diversity in the K-12 classroom has been run by "whites only" for 20 of its 21 years.

        http://wp.me/pCLYZ-bD

        Believe what you will, but the SPLC's IRS forms and other sources paint a very different picture.

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          First of all, I cited both the NAACP and SPLC.  Secondly, why is your only source for this info your website?  Seems to me, since you write all this stuff, with little to no other sources…  I question this heavily and see little evidence of what you are saying.  I need more evidence than just your word and website.

      • rkeefe

        "Given that the name "Cohen" is generally Jewish"

        "So you can't judge a person's ancestry based on looks alone."

        But you can based on their name? Interesting…

        • http://www.houseofbetazed.com Mriana

          I'm not solely basing on that, but for men, their name says a lot about their ancestry, as long as you trace through the male side, you can learn a lot about a family's origins, esp if you have an idea about family origins and origins of names.  Sounds like you don't know a lot about this.  It's called Genealogy.

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