The group's branched out since to tackle anyone who supports Christian-Zionism. That is, those Christians who believe Israel was biblically awarded to the Jews. For Carlson, Hagee is the perfect example of what he sees as the "racism" of Christian-Zionism.

"Basically, he takes a racist view of the Palestinians in Israel," Carlson chirped, wearing a tan fedora over a white mane. "He says the Israelis have their rights on account of their race. And then [he and his supporters] find a way to sort out bits and pieces from Old Testament Biblical verses that they think supports that. And they weave that into a religion."

Carlson seems genuinely enraged by the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza and genuinely outraged by the actions of Israel. However, he paled when I asked him about his remarks before neo-Nazi and other anti-Semitic institutions. Specifically, on March 21, he spoke before a local spaghetti night of the white-supremacist group Nationalist Coalition. I know because there are videos online of Carlson addressing the organization.

And Carlson also spoke before a 2004 conference of the Institute for Historical Review in Sacramento. Founded in 1978 by anti-Semitic godfather Willis Carto, the IHR is described by the Anti-Defamation League as "the world's single most important outlet for Holocaust-denial propaganda."

Carlson didn't deny speaking in front of such groups but insisted the Sacramento conference wasn't sponsored by IHR. (IHR has a page on its Web site claiming the conference as its own, with a photo of Carlson as one of the lecturers.) He also stated that his speaking before some questionable organizations doesn't mean he agrees with them.

"I didn't deny any Holocaust," said Carlson. "I was there speaking about my issue, Christian-Zionism."

But what about the neo-Nazi groups? Doesn't Carlson think people are bothered by that?

"I don't know anybody it bothers but you," he chuckled. "You're the only one it's ever bothered."

When I stated that might be because people don't know about it, he said, "What am I supposed to do, wear a badge?"

Of course, I'm not suggesting Carlson is a neo-Nazi, but his message sure does seem to appeal to them. Particularly with passages like this in his handouts:

"We believe the worldly riches offered by World Zionism are false and do not come from God because the teaching of Zionism is anathema to the words of Jesus Christ."

Nor would I insinuate that Pastor John Hagee is all sweetness and light. Hagee has voiced his support for a preemptive Israeli nuclear strike against Iran. The preacher also believes Arab and Russian forces will invade Israel and be struck down by Yahweh — and it all will precipitate the Second Coming.

In other words, he's a crackpot. A crackpot with a lot of followers.

Carlson was one of only about 25 people from his faction present at Phoenix Symphony Hall, where attendees were forced to pass through a gantlet of photos of dead children. One of the sign-holders told me he came from Texas to protest the Hagee event.

I should note that the Messianic Jews were there to support the event and were not part of Carlson's group. Rabbi Harlan Picker of Phoenix's Beth Yachad House of Unity told me they were about understanding between gentiles and Jews, and that his congregation was mixed with members of both faiths.

As for the trio demonstrating in favor of John Demjanjuk with signs such as "Free John" and "Free Demjanjuk Now," they were led by a tall cat in a bush hat named John Lyon and they said they were not members of We Hold These Truths or any organization, for that matter.

According to a March report in the New York Times, Demjanjuk is now in Germany, "where he is accused of being an accessory in the murder of 29,000 Jews while working as a guard at the Sobibór death camp in eastern Poland."

"Most people don't know who he is," Lyon kvetched. "It's a tough cause to try to promote."

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Danny Gilchrest
Danny Gilchrest

I always had a feeling this would happen if DHS didn't pull all of Arpaio's 287(g) authority. Plus we still have the blood hungry Nativists like Pearce pushing his agenda. I'm beginning to think we are just fucked here. The Nativists are blood hungry. They wont stop until they are able to knock down the doors of brown people at will, arrest those that associate with suspected mexicans, and make Arizona the only 3rd world country with the strictest immigration enforcement next to N. Korea.

Don Willaims
Don Willaims

This is excellent coverage of what is going on in Maricopa County. I'm not sure if I agree with Mr. Lemons on his analysis of our President. I think its still too soon to judge. Still it is refreshing to read well researched article of events. I learn more from the Bird and FB than I do reading the Republic or watching the news about what is going on.

Since Arpaio's sweep of Chandler in July, bussinesses still haven't recovered.

Joe Sanchez
Joe Sanchez

Obama's been disappointing us on this and other issues. I am Hispanic and face racial profiling daily in Arizona, I'm hurt and angerred the Obama White House is giving Arpaio 287G in jails and ICE is picking up the immigrants from the sweeps. I'm beginning to believe I voted for the wrong candidate. Maybe if Hillary had won the primary, things would be different.

If the Republicans were smart, they'd back an amnesty like Reagan did in then 80s. That would win all Hispanics into their ranks.

Mark
Mark

If they are to stay true to their word, when MCSO calls FROM THE FIELD, they need to say have a nice day and hang up. So now he is doing it without even the few guidelines that the 287(g) had. They (ICE) should say, "Call when they are booked into your jail. Otherwise, let them go if they have done nothing else."

Jl Dryden
Jl Dryden

So they take away Arpaio's 287g and he basically says Fuck you. They say-hey do what you want, please don't yell. He does what he wants and they kiss his nasty old ass.

Whats wrong with this picture?

David
David

60 people arrested, 38 turned over to ICE. The rest were here legally. Why were they arrested in the first place. If they show papers and can be verified, no arrest should happen.

Stacy
Stacy

One has to ask themselves this: If Arpaio's monkeys arrested 60 individuals and half were undocumented, this are we to believe that 50% of the county's population is undocumented?

Also, of the 60 arrested.. how many were Latino?

This proves selective enforcement of state laws - it's a pretext to continue to harass Latinos in the county.

Chem Trail Karen
Chem Trail Karen

I wish to complain. Steve Lemons (Jew Lover and 911 Truth Denier) should not be allowed to write anything religiuos. All he is doing is trying to encourage more of his pathetic followers to burn in hell with him. STAY AWAY FROM THE GOD TOPIC BIRD! I'M WARNING YOU!

Mark Riley
Mark Riley

The Bird's right. Obama doesn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize when he allows the abuse's to continue in Maricopa County. Time for Obama to clean up his own back yard.

Undocumented Blogger
Undocumented Blogger

When it comes to Arpaio, The Federal Government is riddled with contradictions. First HLS Napolitano states they will be ending work site raids, then they have ICE support Arpaio's Car Wash raid. Whats wrong with this picture? A friend told me that they arrested the manager because he admitted to driving to work that day and had a suspended license. After over a year of these raids, still not one employer is arrested to convicted? Wasn't that what the employer sanctions law was intended for? To go after employers? I guess not.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

Regarding Mr. Carlson, anyone who would knowingly make a speech before neo-Nazis, regardless of his views of "Zionism" or the plight of the Palestinians (including moral and legal abuses by the state of Israel) is no friend of Jews and no friend of humanity.

Regarding so-called "Christian Zionism", the following website seems to give a fairly sophisticated and nuanced overview, though I caution that I have not taken the time to investigate it systematically:

http://www.zionism-israel.com/...

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

"During the entire two-day operation, in which 66 people reportedly were arrested, 19 "non-criminal aliens" � people who have committed no crimes other than (allegedly) the civil violation of being present sans papers � were turned over to ICE.

"In the past, ICE had refused such low-hanging fruit from Arpaio. See, ICE's PR machine would have us believe that ICE no longer targets all aliens, but instead targets "the worst offenders first," as Morton suggested in the Sanchez interview."

This is the crux of the matter. The Obama administration (of which ICE and more broadly DHS is an Executive Branch agency) cannot enforce a particular interpretation of immigration law and agency rules which says, on the one hand, that Sheriff Arpaio and the MCSO may no longer use the federal government as an accessory in enforcing its racial profiling "sweeps" to round up otherwise law abiding individuals suspected of being undocumented, and on the other hand, to provide exactly the same service, only this time under the aegis of LEAR instead of the 287(g) program.

Mr. Lemons is absolutely correct to hold the Obama administration in general, and ICE in particular, to the fire, until they take meaningful and consistent action against local racial profiling. The latest actions by ICE suggest that local ICE administrators are only too pleased to act as accomplices to acts of racial profiling being actively investigated by other elements of the U.S. Justice Department, so long as this can be accomplished under color of law.

 
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