Arizona's Hate Groups, Mapped
The Southern Poverty Law Center has updated its register of hate groups, and also provided maps of the locations for said hate groups.
This year, Arizona clocked in with 20 such groups; not much has changed since 19 were identified back in 2009.
No surprise here: Most of these groups are based in or around Phoenix. A handful of hate groups aren't pinned down to any one city.
On the northern edge of the state, SLPC is counting the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Warren Jeffs-controlled polygamist community, as a "general hate" group.
On the southern border, Glenn Spencer's "American Border Patrol" group is listed, as an anti-immigrant group, naturally.
Of note, the SPLC identified 21 of what is calls "nativist extremist" groups in Arizona back in 2009. Its most recent count is down to three. SPLC put murderer/Neo-Nazi J.T. Ready on the cover of one of its quarterly "Intelligence Report" issues a couple years ago, identifying his killing spree as something of a bookend to the immigrant-hunting efforts around Arizona.
There aren't many surprises on the list, like the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, whose pastor prays for President Obama's death and believes gays should be executed.
If you check out SPLC's map, you'll see that most hate groups operate in the east. Texas and California are the only two states west of Missouri with more hate groups than Arizona, and only one other state in the west (Colorado) has more than 10.
Find Arizona's index of hate groups below:
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