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      Southern Poverty Law Center: 24 hate groups in Arkansas

      LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - UPDATE: Channel 7 spoke with the Southern Poverty Law Center regarding their general criteria when classifying groups as "hate groups." Below is the statement we received:

      "All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."

      In the case of anti-LGBT hate groups, our reference to "immutable characteristics" immediately gets you into an argument, still unresolved, as to whether or not homosexuality is an immutable characteristic. We are not experts in that, so we have refined the definition of hate groups in the case of anti-LGBT groups. Here's the language we use on the website in introducing a list of religious right anti-LGBT hate groups:

      "Generally, the SPLCs listings of these groups is based on their propagation of known falsehoods claims about LGBT people that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities and repeated, groundless name-calling. Viewing homosexuality as unbiblical does not qualify organizations for listing as hate groups."

      {}And here, from our site, is what we say in the introduction to the list of antigovernment "Patriot" groups:

      "Generally, Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the 'New World Order,' engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines. Listing here does not imply that the groups themselves advocate or engage in violence or other criminal activities, or are racist."

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      Southern Poverty Law Center updated its yearly map of hate groups by state Tuesday with 24 hate groups located in Arkansas. Of those 24 hate groups, seven are listed in Harrison.

      Take a look at the group list below:

      Aryan Terror Brigade

      Racist Skinhead

      Christian Books and Things

      General Hate

      Harrison

      Heritage Connection

      Racist Music

      Harrison

      International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      Ku Klux Klan

      Vanndale

      Kingdom Identity Ministries

      Christian Identity

      Harrison

      Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      Ku Klux Klan

      Little Rock

      Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      Ku Klux Klan

      Concord

      Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      Ku Klux Klan

      Harrison

      Knights Party Veterans League

      Ku Klux Klan

      Harrison

      Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

      Ku Klux Klan

      Nation of Islam

      Black Separatist

      Pine Bluff

      Nation of Islam

      Black Separatist

      Little Rock

      National Socialist Movement

      Neo-Nazi

      New Black Panther Party

      Black Separatist

      Ozark Craft LC

      General Hate

      Harrison

      Soldiers Of the Cross Training Institute

      Ku Klux Klan

      Harrison

      The Creativity Alliance

      Neo-Nazi

      The Creativity Movement

      Neo-Nazi

      The Forssaken Motorcycle Club

      Neo-Nazi

      Center Ridge

      Thomas Robb Ministries

      Christian Identity

      Bergman

      Tightrope

      Racist Music

      Calico Rock

      Tony Alamo Christian Ministries

      General Hate

      Fouke

      Tony Alamo Christian Ministries

      General Hate

      Fort Smith

      White Pride Home School Resource Center

      General Hate

      Bergman

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      Visit http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/hate-map for more information.

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