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Theology of HateA History of the World Church of the Creator$
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George Michael

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033501

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033501.001.0001

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Opposition

Opposition

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(p.161) 12 Opposition
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Theology of Hate
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George Michael

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033501.003.0012

In light of many incidents, it is not surprising that the World Church of the Creator (WCOTC) occasioned considerable opposition. This chapter discusses the opposition from both the government and private monitoring groups. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been in the forefront in confronting right-wing extremism in the United States. The WCOTC came under particular scrutiny by the federal government. In May 2004, the FBI released a critical report on Matt Hale titled, “A Different Breed of Terrorist.” In the aftermath of 9/11, law enforcement authorities are increasingly prosecuting any known illegal activity by extremists while at the same time infiltrating the potentially more dangerous groups to guard against future attacks. Still other legal problems continued to mount for Hale. In particular, he and his organization became embroiled in a trademark suit with another entity over the Church of the Creator name.

Keywords:   World Church of the Creator, right-wing extremism, extremists, illegal activity, Anti-Defamation League, Matt Hale

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