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January 9, 2003 | Eric Slater, Times Staff Writer
Matt Hale, the publicity hungry leader of the small but virulently racist World Church of the Creator, was arrested as he arrived at federal court Wednesday for a hearing on a copyright lawsuit and charged with soliciting the murder of the judge in the case. The 31-year-old white supremacist pleaded not guilty during a short hearing Wednesday afternoon. Hale faces 30 years in prison if convicted of trying to hire someone to kill U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow.
December 7, 2002 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
On the shabby fringes of this city, a police officer guards a yellow house. A charred, firebombed car sits in the yard and, as the front door opens, buzzers moan and metal gates click. Security is tight. This makes the husky man inside feel safe as he ponders the future of Germany's far-right political voice for skinheads, old Nazis and angry working-class men.
November 19, 2002 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Orange County authorities arrested two white supremacist leaders Monday, charging them with having had materials to make a bomb in 1999, including 50 gallons of gasoline they kept in their Anaheim apartment, enough to blow up the building. A third white supremacist leader was arrested on perjury and weapons charges.
October 20, 2002 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
HAMBURG, Germany -- Through alleys scented with oranges and peppered lamb, Afghan spice sellers sip morning tea with Pakistani vegetable vendors. Mothers wearing head scarves hurry children to school, past trickling sounds of water as men in mosques wash their hands in deep porcelain sinks before prayers. Just beyond the German train station, past prostitutes and methadone addicts, the Muslim neighborhood unfolds, moving, as it has for decades, to its own sequestered rhythms.
Bill Wassmuth, a former priest who created one of the country's leading anti-hate organizations after members of the Aryan Nations firebombed his Idaho home, died Tuesday in Ellensburg, Wash. He was 61. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the debilitating disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
December 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of neo-Nazis marched through central Berlin to protest an exhibition on Nazi-era crimes by the German army, staging one of the largest far-right rallies in the city since World War II. Police kept them well away from the capital's former Jewish quarter after the proposed route drew outraged objections from the German government and Jewish groups at home and abroad. Police estimated that 3,300 people participated in the protest, with 4,000 officers in place to prevent violence.
November 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a report that the FBI severely underestimates the number of crimes of bigotry and racism. The FBI counts about 8,000 bias-motivated crimes in America annually, but the group said the actual number may total 50,000. The report blames police who don't label offenses as hate crimes, since federal law that governs compiling of the data makes compliance voluntary.
September 11, 2001
Chapman University on Monday presented its Albert Schweitzer Award of Excellence to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based organization that monitors hate groups. Jim Carnes, director of the Center's Teaching Tolerance Project and editor of Teaching Tolerance magazine, accepted the award in a ceremony on campus. The award is the highest service honor Chapman gives.
September 5, 2001
Re "A Separation of Church and Hate," Sept. 1: As I read this article about the Church of the National Knights in Osceola, Ind., and the damage this church is doing to its neighbors' peace of mind and property values, I couldn't help wondering if this faith-based organization would be eligible for federal tax dollars to provide social services under President Bush's proposal. I would be very much opposed to my tax dollar going to the Church of the National Knights, but if the federal government uses tax dollars to fund faith-based organizations and state and federal prohibitions against discrimination are waived for sectarian groups, what would prevent these hatemongers and followers of Hitler from receiving federal funds?
Railton Loy leans across the table and proposes a deal: You ignore me and I'll ignore you. But he is not an easy man to ignore. He has the bifocals and wispy gray hair of a grandpa. He calls the waitress "hon." Yet he is dressed in all-black military garb. And his most sacred ritual is donning a pointed hood and setting huge wooden crosses ablaze. Loy is the international imperial wizard of a Ku Klux Klan faction he calls the Church of the National Knights.
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