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Mississippi KKK leader defends giving out anti-gay pamphlets after Orlando massacre

Mississippi KKK leader defends giving out anti-gay pamphlets after Orlando massacre

Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi

Following the mass shooting at gay nightclub ‘Pulse’ in Orlando, Florida, the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi gave out anti-gay pamphlets to the homes in Gautier and Ocean Springs along the Gulf Coast.

According to the Sun Herald, residents woke up Sunday to a pamphlet with anti-gay propaganda in a clear, plastic Ziploc bag, held down on the driveway with a rock.

One of the people who picked up the pamphlet of hate was gay couple Doug Myatt and Brandon Hall who live near Front Beach.

Myatt told the Sun Herald that he didn’t see the flier as a direct personal threat. ‘But I find it very upsetting that kind of thing was left on our property,’ he said. ‘I can’t believe it’s 2016, and this is happening.’

In response to news reports of the incident, Brent Waller, who identifies as the Imperial Wizard of the United Dixie White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Realm of Mississippi, said it’s his right to distribute whatever material even if locals do not welcome them.

‘I got the same right under the First Amendment to pass out pamphlets and literature just the same as the newspaper does,’ Waller told the Hattiesburg American.

Waller defended his group’s anti-gay sentiments by saying that black people and Muslims are also their list.

‘[The pamphlets were] put out in a legal fashion, nobody’s being targeted,’ he said. ‘There’s some things about gays, but there’s also some things about blacks and we’re coming out with one on Muslims next week.’

Titled ‘Boycott 101,’ the pamphlet wrote: ‘Don’t let the outside immoral crowds and their news media get your butt in a bind. We will never bow to homosexuality and bestiality or other unnatural sexual perversions that go against the laws of nature and GOD.’

Other messages include condemning other states for their boycott of Mississippi over its new anti-gay law, HB 1523.

‘They can keep their money and their liberal views,’ Waller said.

Waller added he and his group don’t want outsiders coming into his state ‘spreading their liberal agenda.’

‘Our state is being bombarded by outside views,’ he remarked. ‘They get on the news about the flag and gay rights agenda.’

Waller continued to explain his groups’ legacy in the state to justify their conservative, backward stance:

‘We’re the Klan that’s been here since the Civil War. We have long been the voice for the white right wing. People may not like our views, but we are entitled to them.

‘We’re not out here hanging people no more, but we certainly have some viewpoints that some people don’t agree with, but we certainly have some who do. I don’t sugarcoat it. I’m not politically correct. We are the main group for the white man. We have been for 150 years.’

The gay couple who received the pamphlet told the Sun Herald that they have filed a police report and also planned to contact the FBI and Southern Poverty Law Center:

‘It’s time for this to stop and if taking a stand and encouraging others to stand, if that helps, we’re happy to do it. I don’t think that it’s urgent in that someone is in imminent danger. It’s urgent to address this because people think things are so much better.

‘We have HB 1523 and people with very aggressive, threatening attitudes toward homosexuality. It’s a dangerous time, if we don’t address it. And if we don’t, we’re doing the next generation a disservice.’