Originally posted by kiwifoot
report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says. Conspiracy theories about a secret Mexican plan to reclaim the Southwest are also growing amid the
public debate about illegal immigration.
This Southern Poverty Law Centre seems to be liberal mouthpiece against anyone who doesn't hang with the flock of sheeple.
Another biased report by this organization, about people who question authority.
FRINGE CLAIM OBAMA NOT A US CITIZEN
A SMALL group of fringe conservatives, many fundamentally opposed to the notion of an African-American as president, are challenging President Barack
Obama's eligibility for the US presidency.
On blogs and even before US courts, the so-called "Birthers" are using the Constitution, with its stipulation that presidents be US natural born
citizens, to argue Obama should not be in the White House.
Despite proof that Obama was born in the US state of Hawaii, including a birth certificate affirming that fact, rumours continue to spread, fuelled by
a group that critics say includes right-wing militants, racists and Holocaust deniers.
"These are people who are fundamentally either racist or extreme right-wingers. That's where the whole movement is coming from," said Mark Potok of
the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which studies extremist groups.
The movement is composed of "people who very much do not want Barack Obama to be president, largely because he is black, certainly because he is
liberal," he added.
On sites like WorldNetDaily.com, where a petition questioning Obama's place of birth has attracted more than 400,000 electronic "signatories," the
so-called Birthers are daily raising "new doubts about the story of Obama's birth."
One of them has already tried in vain three times to sell on EBay a birth certificate purporting to show that Obama was born in Kenya.
They are also taking their cause before US courts, where several lawsuits claiming that Obama was not born on US soil have been dismissed, including
by the Supreme Court, which refused to hear argument on the issue.
At the beginning of the week, authorities in the state of Hawaii were forced for the second time since the senator from Illinois became president to
certify that Barack Hussein Obama was in fact born in the Kapiolani maternity ward in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 at 7.24pm local time.
The US House of Representatives on Monday passed a non-legally-binding text on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's entry in the United
States, affirming that "the 44th president of the United States was born in Hawaii."
"In America there is a history of conspiracy thinking that... is part of a tradition of dissent," said Chip Berlet of Political Research Associates,
which studies right-wing movements.
Berlet said a small percentage of the population believes the government has been taken over by a "secret elite" that includes "freemasons, the
Catholics, Jewish bankers" and others.
He noted that former president Bill Clinton was also the subject of conspiracy theories that claimed he was seeking the help of the United Nations to
confiscate all weapons on American soil.
While the movement has an audience of several hundreds of thousands of sympathisers, their theories are also being broadcast by media figures such as
CNN's Lou Dobbs and radio host Rush Limbaugh.
"So you have this right-wing social movement, relatively small but angry, and then you have these major public figures, inflaming them with rhetoric
and conspiracy allegations on national television," Berlet told AFP.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, there were 926 racist groups in the United States in 2008, compared to 602 in 2000 - a rise of 54 per
"I think that's very significant, and the numbers continue to rise," said Potok. "Very likely the white supremacist world has been energised by