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August 28, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (info@americansagainsthate.org)

REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS ISSUES APOLOGY FOLLOWING AAH COMPLAINT

RLC NORTHEAST FLORIDA CHAPTER STILL PEDDLING HATE ON WEBSITE

(Jacksonville, FL) Following an August 23rd press release issued by Americans Against Hate (AAH), where the anti-bigotry group called on the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC)** to remove anti-Semitic content off of the website of its Northeast Florida chapter and to take action against those responsible for posting the hatred, the RLC has issued an apology for the hateful matter.

The apology, as stated on the RLC Florida website homepage, reads in part: “It has come to the attention of the executive committee of the RLC of Florida that offensive messages were recently posted on one of the local RLC Meetup websites. We are embarrassed and apologize without qualification for this lapse.”

RLC Florida further states, “The RLC-FL thanks the several individuals who brought this matter to our attention and the prompt efforts of the RLC of North Florida in correcting it.”

However, while the RLC of Northeast Florida removed some of the anti-Semitic material from its site, including derogatory usages of the term “Zionist,” the group still has much anti-Jewish content that was not removed.

The group, which unabashedly obsesses over conspiracy theories, liberally uses the term “Neo-Con” to suggest the existence of Jewish bogeymen, whose loyalty is not to America, but to Israel. The group refers to these individuals as “Israel-Firsters.” Much of the material found on the site could easily be mistaken for that found on white supremacy sites, such as Stormfront.

In place of the deleted content, the RLC of Northeast Florida has chosen to attack Americans Against Hate on its site. This appears to be an intimidation tactic used against anyone that speaks out against the group’s bigoted posts.

Phone calls from AAH to the RLC have not been returned.

AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman stated, “We appreciate the forthright apology issued by the RLC for its chapter’s numerous anti-Semitic postings, but the RLC has obviously not gone far enough. We believe that, if the actions of its Northeast Florida chapter persist, the RLC should look to disband the chapter. This type of hatred has no place in politics.”

Those concerned are asked to respectfully contact the RLC National headquarters, at (866) 752-5423 and/or RLC Florida, at (800) 789-1908.

**According to its national site, the RLC is not officially affiliated with the Republican National Committee.

Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: info@americansagainsthate.org.



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