These Are the 38 “Hate Groups” in Pa., Says Southern Poverty Law Center

State ranks fifth in the country — right behind New Jersey.

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Pennsylvania has 38 hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center says in a new report, spanning the spectrum of white supremacy groups to black separatists and a few “radical” religious groups. That ranks the state fifth nationally, right behind New Jersey and its 40 designated hate groups.

The list includes obvious suspects such as the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Harrisburg, to more innocuous-sounding organizations like the the Council of Conservative Citizens — which describes itself, euphemistically, as a group of “race realists” in its picnic announcements. 

There is some duplication in the list. For example: Nation of Islam — designated a hate group by SPLC because of  “its bizarre theology of innate black superiority over whites” and “deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders” — appears four different times in the list, because it has individual chapters in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Chester.

The full list, as determined by the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Advanced White Society
White Nationalist
Statewide

Alliance for Catholic Tradition
Radical Traditional Catholicism
Pleasant Unity

American Family Association
Anti-LGBT
Franklin

Aryan Nations OH
Neo-Nazi

Aryan Strikeforce
Racist Skinhead

Aryan Terror Brigade
Racist Skinhead

As-Sabiqun
General Hate
Philadelphia

Blood and Honour U.S.A.
Racist Skinhead
Altoona

Casa D’Ice Signs
Anti-Muslim
North Versailles

Catholic Counterpoint
Radical Traditional Catholicism
Broomall

Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust
Holocaust Denial
Drums

Council of Conservative Citizens
White Nationalist
Revere

Creativity Alliance
Neo-Nazi

Die Auserwahlten
Racist Skinhead

Eastern Hammerskins
Racist Skinhead
Allentown

European American Action Coalition
White Nationalist
Pittston

H.L. Mencken Club
White Nationalist
Elizabethtown

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Coatesville

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Norristown

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Philadelphia

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Philadelphia

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Allentown

Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ
Black Separatist
Pittsburgh

Keystone State Skinheads
Racist Skinhead
Harrisburg

Keystone State Skinheads
Racist Skinhead
Philadelphia

Ku Klos Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Oil City

Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Harrisburg

Nation of Islam
Black Separatist
Chester

Nation of Islam
Black Separatist
Harrisburg

Nation of Islam
Black Separatist
Philadelphia

Nation of Islam
Black Separatist
Pittsburgh

National Socialist Movement
Neo-Nazi

Original Knight Riders Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Harrisburg

Poker Face
Racist Music
Allentown

Reformation-Bible Puritan-Baptist Church
General Hate
Newmanstown

Robert Sungenis
Radical Traditional Catholicism
State Line

Sadistic Souls Motorcycle Club
Neo-Nazi
Friedens

True Invisible Empire Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
Harrisburg

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