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SPLC Reports Over 800 Hate Incidents Since Trump Election


December 2016


Two new reports were released by the Southern Poverty Law Center on December 1, 2016, during a press conference in Washington, DC, that document how President-elect Donald Trump’s own words have sparked hate incidents across the country and are having a profoundly negative effect on the nation’s schools.


In the report, Ten Days After, SPLC documented 867 bias-related incidents in the 10 days following the presidential election. Among them: multiple reports of black children being told to ride in the back of school buses; the words "Trump Nation" and "Whites Only" being painted on a church with a large immigrant population; and an elderly gay man being pulled from his car and beaten by an assailant who said the "president says we can kill all you faggots now."

In the report, After the Election: The Trump Effect, SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project details the findings of an online survey of more than 10,000 educators since the election. Ninety percent reported that their school's climate has been negatively affected, and 80 percent described heightened anxiety and concern among minority students worried about the impact of the election on their families.

At the press conference, SPLC President Richard Cohen was joined by other human rights and education leaders in calling on Trump to take responsibility for his actions and to repair the damage he has caused.



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NBC News: Southern Poverty Law Center Reports 'Outbreak of Hate' After Election

New York Times: Groups Document More Than 860 Hate Incidents Since Elections

NY Daily News: Nearly 900 hate attacks reported in 10 days after Donald Trump’s election

Reuters: Data Dive: U.S. hate incidents rise sharply after Trump win: civil rights group

CNN: Harassment in schools skyrockets after election, teachers report

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Anti-Gay Hate Groups


The Southern Poverty Law Center (Intelligence Project) monitors the activities of hate groups throughout the United States.  Listed here is a sampling of anti-gay hate groups and links to their websites.  Be advised, most people will find the content of the websites hyperlinked on this list to be offensive.


Abiding Truth Ministries www.abidingtruth.com

American Vision www.americanvision.org

Chalcedon Foundation www.chalcedon.edu

Family Research Institute www.familyresearchinst.org (not to be confused with the Family Research Council)

Mass Resistance www.massresistance.org

Traditional Values Coalition www.traditionalvalues.org

Watchmen on the Walls www.watchmenonthewalls.com

Westboro Baptist Church www.godhatesfags.com


A dozen or so major groups, labeled by the SPLC as "A Mighty Army," help drive the religious right's anti-gay crusade. Inspired by the organizing successes of early anti-gay crusaders like Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, fundamentalist political activists have turned the anti-gay movement into a virtual industry over the last three decades.



Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Map
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Psychology Today: Persuaders of Hate & Anti-Gay Rhetoric

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Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math

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North Carolina Pastor Spews Anti-Gay Speech


June 2012


The recent barrage of anti-gay sermons delivered by North Carolina-based pastors to hit the blogosphere continues with yet another disturbing rant.


Pastor Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, NC, condemned President Obama's much publicized endorsement of same-sex marriage while calling for gays and lesbians to be put in an electrified pen and ultimately killed off.


"Build a great, big, large fence -- 150 or 100 mile long -- put all the lesbians in there," Worley suggests.



He continues: "Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can't get out...and you know what, in a few years, they'll die out...do you know why? They can't reproduce!"


He also said that if he's asked who he'll vote for, he'll reply, "I'm not going to vote for a baby killer and a homosexual lover!" Many of the congregants cheer and reply, "Amen."

Worley added, “It makes me pukin’ sick to think about -- I don’t even know whether or not to say this in the pulpit -- can you imagine kissing some man?”



The pastor's comments seem in line with statements made by Ron Baity, founding pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, who told his own congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted as they were historically, and Pastor Sean Harris of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville who advocated parents “punch” their male child if he is effeminate and "crack that wrist" if he is limp-wristed.



Similarly, Tim Rabon, pastor of Raleigh's Beacon Baptist Church, condemned states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland which have already "re-defined" marriage to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples before asking his congregants, "What is stopping them from refining marriage from a person and a beast? We're not far from that."




YouTube: Pastor Worley Calls for Death to Queers & Homosexuals

Video: Charles Worley's Hateful Comments About Gays & Lesbians

Huffington Post: Charles Worley Shows Us What Jesus Wouldn't Do
Video: Ron Baity's Hateful Comments About Gays & Lesbians

MS NBC: Standing Ovation for Pastor Worley
Video: Sean Harris' Hateful Comments About Gays & Lesbians
Huffington Post: Thousands Protest Pastor Worley
YouTube: Church Member Defends Pastor Worley
Huffington Post: How to Tell Love From Hate
Dr Mark Ross Responds
CNN: Protest & Support of Pastor Worley
GLAAD: Faithful Voices Oppose & Discredit Worley's Harmful Words

Think Progress LGBT
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Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church Members


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Update on SPLC Hate Group List


December 2010


Family Research Council is Added to the List


The Southern Poverty Law Center regularly updates their Hate Group List and adds anti-gay groups to it as their activities are monitored and investigated.  Most recently, they have added the Family Research Council to their list.

Even as some well-known anti-gay groups moderate their views, smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at LGBT people.


SPLC's listing of Family Research Council and other groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods (claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities) and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups.


These groups' influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the "facts" they disseminate about gay and lesbian people are often amplified by certain politicians and even news organizations.

Los Angeles Times' Tim Rutten has praised SPLC's decision to designate the Family Research Council and other like-minded organizations as hate groups, noting that "such rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of that with which religiously affiliated opponents of African American equality once defended segregation. Exhortations against 'race mixing' were commonplace pulpit messages short decades ago, though we now recognize them as hate speech. It's past time to do the same with rhetoric that denigrates gays and lesbians."


Also, an SPLC analysis of 14 years of FBI hate crime data reveals that gays are targeted for violent hate crimes more than any other minority in America.




18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda
10 Anti-Gay Myths Bebunked
Anti-Gay Hate Crimes: Doing the Math

SPLC Essay: The Anti-Gay Movement


Fred Phelps: Minister of Hate


The Westboro Baptist Church is a fundamentalist religious organization headed by Fred Phelps and based in Topeka, Kansas. The church runs numerous websites such as GodHatesFags.com, GodHatesAmerica.com and others expressing condemnation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Roman Catholics, Muslims and Jews, as well as populations it believes are supporting the aforementioned groups, including Swedes, Canadians, Irish, British, and Americans.


The organization is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League, and is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Although well-known in LGBT communities for picketing gay pride events and funerals, the group achieved national notoriety for picketing funeral processions for soldiers killed in action during the Iraq War.



While its members identify themselves as Baptists, the church is an independent church not affiliated with any known Baptist conventions or associations, nor does any Baptist institution recognize the church as a Bible-believing fellowship. The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, though mainstream Primitive Baptists condemn Westboro Baptist Church and Phelps. Its first public service was held on the afternoon of Sunday, 27 November 1955.


The church bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary website, “God hates fags”, and expresses the idea, based on its Biblical eisegesis, that nearly every tragedy in the world is linked to homosexuality – specifically society’s increasing tolerance and acceptance of the so-called “Homosexual Agenda.” The group maintains that God hates homosexuals above all other kinds of “sinners” and that homosexuality should be a capital crime.


There is estimated to be no more than 150 members of Westboro Baptist Church, the majority of whom are Fred Phelps' family members (spouses, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren).


Video: Michael Moore vs Fred Phelps
Fred Phelps Website: God Hates Fags
Westboro Baptist Church Picket Schedule
Anti-Defamation League: Report on Westboro Baptist Church
Wikipedia: Westboro Baptist Church
Video: Westboro Baptist Church and Protest Demonstrations
Video: God Hates Fags Demonstrations
God Hates Fred Phelps
Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church Members


Hate Crimes Resources


The Trevor Project
Advocates for Youth
Youth Resource: Amplify Your Voice
National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Youth
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
Alabama Safe Schools Coalition
Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network (GLSEN)  
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays
Resources for LGBT Youth

SPLC: LGBT Related Legal Rights for Students

I Am Equal
Matthew's Story
PBS Frontline: Billy Jack Gaither

Remembering Lawrence King
Lawrence King: NY Times Report
Lawrence King Murder: Wikipedia Report
Hate Crimes
GLAAD: Violence And Bullies
Stop Hate Crimes
Sexual Orientation Hate Crimes & Discrimination
HRC Report: Chronology of Hate Crimes 1998-2002
HRC Report: Decade of Violence
Hate Crimes Archive
News Desk: Beating Not Considered a Hate Crime
All Things Queer: Youth Statistics
Understanding Anti-Gay Violence and Harassment in Schools



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