Salon: John Freshwater was fired from his job as a science teacher in an Ohio school for numerous offences: teaching creationism, pushing a hardline Christian view against homosexuality, and using a Tesla coil to burn the image of a cross onto students. Freshwater has appealed the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Huffington Post: Charlie Fuqua, the Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives who called for expelling Muslims from the United States in his book, also wrote in support for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children“. In ‘God’s Law’, Fuqua’s 2012 book, the candidate wrote that while parents love their children, a process could be set up to allow for the institution of the death penalty for ‘rebellious children’.”
New Statesman: “Republican Representative Paul Broun, of Georgia’s 10th congressional district, was caught on camera by the American Bridge organization, revealing some pretty intense creationist views in front of an impressive array of dead deer.” Broun, a medical doctor, declared that “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. There is actually a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is a really young Earth.”
CNN: Pamela Geller’s anti-jihad adverts, that have previously incited controversy on the New York subway, have made their way to Washington DC.
ABC News: A New York court will determine whether or not gang members who seek to intimidate entire populations are homegrown terrorists. “’Violent crime committed by a street gang constitutes a crime of terrorism … when it is motivated solely by the intent to establish a gang’s ‘street credentials’ as the toughest Mexican gang in the Bronx”, because those crimes are intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, prosecutors argue in a court filing”.
Chatham House: “David S Cohen, US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, argues that kidnapping for ransom is the most significant terrorist financing threat today. He explores the kidnapping for ransom cycle and discusses ways in which states and companies can strengthen prevention and work together to deny terrorists the benefits of their crimes”.
Idaho Statesman: The “Hammerskin Nation” rock festival, the planning of which caused disconcertion among local residents and law enforcement officials who feared violent activity, has taken place without incident. A Facebook message by Antipathy Records, described as “the official label of Hammerskin Nation”, thanked “several hundred” people for attending.
The Times-Picayune: An interactive graphic details 11 of the most significant violent incidents involving “sovereign citizens“, who “have been blamed for at least nine law enforcement officer deaths”.
Comment: Bloomberg: Jeffrey Goldberg notes the potential for “Nazi propaganda” to be diffused via social media such as twitter, and details an anti-Semitic tweet made by a co-founder of the Free Gaza movement.