This is our archive of news items tagged white supremacy.

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Super rich ‘apostle’ Valdemiro Santiago sets his sights on America

Brazilian evangelist Valdemiro Santiago, who refers to himself as an ‘apostle,’ is the founder of Igreja Mundial do Poder de Deus — Worldwide Church of God’s Power.

Religion News Service (RNS) says

Fourteen years after he started out in the countryside outside Sao Paulo, Santiago sits at the helm of a booming Pentecostal church in Brazil, the world’s fastest-growing evangelical country. He now leads 4,000 churches, including 10 in the United States, where fiery worship and exorcisms form part of the appeal.

If that sounds a lot like another Brazilian church, Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God), that’s because, as RNS notes, it is

the only successful breakaway from the larger Universal Church of the Kingdom of God — headed by Santiago’s former mentor, Bishop Edir Macedo, who has since accused Santiago of working for the devil.

Many Christians would say the same thing about Macedo, whose church is a cult of Christianity that promotes the prosperity gospel scam and is known for pressuring people into giving more and more money in exchange for God’s attention in the form of blessings, exorcism, and physical healing.

Santiago targets, among others, America’s growing population of Hispanics and non-immigrant whites.

He has vast personal wealth. According to Forbes several Brazilian business magazines estimate his net worth at $220 million.

But RNS says that

Despite reports in the Brazilian press of the apostle’s $3 million mansion, his private jet and helicopter, and his recent fine for illegally endorsing a political candidate, the crowds still come.

What you should know about the Prosperity Gospel

A primer on the Aryan Brotherhood gang

Authorities in the U.S. are not sure whether the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a white supremacist group, is behind the murders of two Texas prosecutors.

But, says, CNN, “a series of events leading up to the killings have raised questions about the group’s possible involvement.”

The hate group is said to have committed 100 homicides and at least 10 kidnappings since the early 1980s.

CNN quotes Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate groups watchdog, as saying he thinks “the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas today is arguably the most violent white supremacist prison gang out there.”

In a 1998 report titled, “Bigotry Behind Bars: Racist Groups In U.S. Prisons,” the ADL said

Research resources on the Aryan Brotherhood

The station has posted a primer on the group.

Russia’s parachuting priests

The Russian Airborne Force now includes an army of parachuting priest, ready to serve in mobile Orthodox chapels that can be airlifted in to wherever soldiers may be stationed, writes Oliver Wainwright at The Guardian

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New church to open at historic ‘Jim Jones’ Guyana site

Before cult leader Jim Jones moved his followers into the jungle of Guyana, where he eventually presided over the group’s mass murder/suicide, he temporarily used a church building in that country’s capital, Georgetown.

An electrical fire destroyed that building in 2004, but AP reports a new Catholic church will re-open on the site in December.

Corruption case in FLDS cult dominated city ends in probation

A public-fund corruption case in Colorado City, Arizona — a town dominated by the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) cult — has ended in plea deals.

The Standard-Times says

It’s another example of limited success in various prosecutions in the predominantly polygamous community heavily influenced by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. […]

Defense attorneys involved in the cases argued that the prosecution was unwarranted and reflected bias against elected officials of a community heavily scrutinized for widespread practice of a multiple-wife lifestyle. Prosecutor James Schoppmann insisted that the case had nothing to do with the FLDS and targeted public officials who violated their fiduciary duty and abused public trust by misuse of the treasury.

The original charges included misappropriation of tax district dollars for gifts, travel and meals.

Racist David Duke arrested in Germany; faces deportation

David Duke, a notorious American white supremacist, has been arrested in Germany and is facing deportation, according to his website and German media.

The Local writes

Duke, 61, is one of the United State’s most prominent racists, who has served in the Louisiana state legislature and is a former leader in the Ku Klux Klan. He has gained a huge following on the internet, where he promotes “white nationalism” and anti-Semitism.

He is said to have been living off and on for the last two years in Austria, which he has used as a base for his regular speaking appearances before extremist gatherings in Europe, including in Germany.

But according to the daily Die Welt newspaper, Duke was picked up by German police last Friday while trying to speak at a neo-Nazi gathering just outside Cologne. He was later released and has remained in Germany while authorities here institute deportation proceedings.

According to Die Welt, Duke was trying to talk to a gathering of about 60 extremists. But police had advance knowledge of the event and conducted extensive identity checks on attendees in order to disrupt it.

According to the Associated Press

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said Wednesday the move “sends an important signal that firm action against those who advocate hate must remain central to Germany’s moral and legal agenda.”

MSNBC points out that

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that tracks hate groups and fights discrimination cases, describes Duke as the “most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial.” […]

In Germany and several other European countries, laws prohibit hate speech that may incite violence against any racial or religious group and speech that denies or minimizes the Holocaust perpetrated under the Nazis. He was arrested in Prague in 2009 on suspicion of denying the Holocaust and promoting the neo-Nazi movement, and expelled from the country hours later. Duke denied the charges, saying he was there to lecture about Israeli control of U.S. foreign policy.

Duke served as grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. He gave the organization a make-over — shedding the white robes for business suits and arguing that the organization was “not anti-black” but “pro-white” and pro-Christian.” Duke was elected to the Louisiana Legislature, where he served from 1990-1992 before making an unsuccessful run for U.S. president in 1992.

In 2002, he served 15 months in prison term and paid a fine of $10,000 after being convicted of federal tax fraud.

He now travels regularly to Europe touting his books espousing white separatism and opposition to what he views as Jewish control of media, government and financial institutions.

Lawyer who represented Aryan Nations group sentenced to 50 years in wife’s murder plot

Edgar J. Steele An Idaho attorney who once represented the white supremacist Aryan Nations group was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in federal prison in the failed plot to kill his wife and mother-in-law.

Edgar J. Steele wanted the women dead so he could collect on an uninsured motorist insurance policy and be free to pursue a relationship with a woman from Ukraine. [Read more...]

Five Accused White Supremacists Indicted On Weapons Charges

hate groups Five members or associates of an alleged neo-Nazi, white supremacist group known as the Connecticut White Wolves have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of conspiring to sell guns and homemade hand grenades to what they thought was a similar group out of state.

The Anti-Defamation League says that in recent years, the White Wolves have become a potentially dangerous group. [Read more...]

US Neo-Nazi Lure Youth with Free Music Downloads

Hate groups American neo-Nazis are using deceptive free music downloads to lure youth and college students into anti-Semitism, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of the B’Nai Brith organization. It said the new tactics specifically target high school and college students through advertisements in school newspapers.

Israel’s Arutz Sheva reports that a man who operates a racist web site tricked school papers “by changing his site when he placed ads offering music by independent artists, but after the ads were published, he returned the site to its usual white supremacist format.” [Read more...]