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PRA's Thomas Cincotta's Platform for Prejudice featured on Middle East Online
This initiative aims to "mobilize 800,000 American police officers as intelligence gatherers," writes Thomas Cincotta, the author of Platform for Prejudice. That would be a troubling and dangerous development since, as Cincotta points out, not many of these officers are trained in intelligence gathering.
Turning the Police Into Intelligence Agents
Increasingly, local police forces are engaging in intelligence activity. And this new and troubling role may greatly expand very soon, according to a new report by Political Research Associates entitled Platform for Prejudice.
'Christian Warriors': Who Are The Hutaree Militia And Where Did They Come From?
On Monday, the nine members of the Hutaree Militia were charged with, among other things, 'seditious conspiracy,' which carries a maximum of a life imprisonment if convicted. The incident has raised concerns over domestic terrorism and left many confused about Christian apocalyptic belief.
Taking Tea Partiers Seriously
Read PRA senior analyst Chip Berlet's cover story in February Progressive.
We are in the midst of one of the most significant right-wing populist rebellions in US history as illustrated by the Tea Party and Patriot movements. Will religious and progressive activists provide a voice and outlet for populist fear and anger or will these dispossessed voices find a home among the potentially violent elements of the far right?
Militia Charged With Plotting to Murder Officers
Chip Berlet, a senior analyst at Political Research Associates, a liberal-leaning nonprofit group that tracks far-right networks, said the Hutaree's philosophy was drawn from a populist strand that fuses fear of a conspiracy to create a one-world government with a belief that a war is imminent between Christians and the Antichrist, as described in the Bible's Book of Revelation.
Hutaree: Why is the Midwest a hotbed of militia activity?
"There are a number of regional factors that, over time and at various moments, helped the militia movement take hold in different parts of the country," says Chip Berlet, an analyst at Political Research Associates, a think tank in Somerville, Mass. "It certainly has emerged strongly in the upper Midwest."
The Rise of Militias and Hate Groups in the U.S.
Senior analyst Chip Berlet with The Diane Rehm Show
Feds: Christian militia needed to be 'taken down'
Chip Berlet, a senior analyst with Political Research Associates, a think tank based in Somerville, Mass., said Hutaree's online writings suggest the group fits into a Christian apocalyptic ideology that believes the U.S. government is "in league with Satan" and "the chief agent of Satan is the Antichrist."
Senior analyst Chip Berlet on The Rachel Maddow Show
Senior analyst Chip Berlet on The Rachel Maddow Show
Chip Berlet, a senior analyst with Political Research Associates who studies such militia groups, believes the possibility of violence is heightened in times like these, when fear of joblessness is high, the nation's racial demographics are changing, and America and its values are widely perceived to be under attack. All you need to push some people over the edge is an enemy seen as irredeemably evil. For many on the right, Obama has become that enemy. And there is clearly no point, Berlet says, in "having a conversation about policy if your opponent is evil." So rational discourse is shut down, and working in a truly bipartisan way becomes a bad joke.
I must admit, when I first heard about the recently-released Jemmott study on the success of an abstinence-only program for young adolescents, I was tempted to pour over the published evaluation in hopes of finding a way to discredit the results.
Uganda’s anti-gay bill finally starting to get attention
Weeks after the Ugandan government proposed an anti-homosexuality bill that would sentence homosexuals to life imprisonment and, in some cases, to death, clergy and US government officials are finally starting to respond. Anglican priest from Zambia, Rev. Kapya Kaoma, wrote about a meeting last March when the Family Life Network held a seminar that revealed: “LGBT people and activists are engaged in a well thought-out plan to take over the world.”
US Right-Wing Charities Silent On Uganda Bill
While revelations concerning the role that American conservatives played in spawning Uganda’s “anti-homosexuality bill” have focused largely on Rick Warren, the pastor at California’s Saddleback Church, and groups that offer a purported cures for homosexuality, many US right-wing organizations are promoting their ideology in Uganda and across Africa.
Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill means death for gays and those with HIV
When I woke up this morning I was able to watch President Obama accept his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. In his acceptance speech, he spoke to critics who think he should not receive the award, and he spoke of ways to build a lasting peace. Today marked the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, at the United Nations, discussions were being held to celebrate the progress that has been made and also to highlight problems that still exist. One panel focused on rights violations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Two panelists, Rev. Kapya Kaoma, an Anglican priest, and Victor Mukasa, co-founder of Sexual Minorities Uganda or SMUG, spoke out against the Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda.
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