Website logo for hateAccording to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 36 hate-related groups in Pennsylvania, and 41 more in West Virginia and Ohio. They are a quantifiable presence in our Synod. But beyond the groups, hate behavior is growing across the country as it finds its way into public commentary and actions. It shows itself through these organized groups as well as through individuals – and even some in our pews.

How can we shine a light on these behaviors and raise awareness in our congregations that leads to engagement? Too often, we act as if not participating in “hate” is our best option for addressing the behavior. It is not.

Below are links to websites, articles, videos and other resources that will assist you and your congregation in taking a stand against hate groups and hate-related behavior.

2019 Regional Connection for Partnership and Networking

Use the links below to connect to the articles, videos and presentations that were used during the Synod’s regional meetings (May 29-June 5).

A Look Inside the Reality of Hate (part I)

Documentary: American Hate

America's IcebergA Look Inside the Reality of Hate (part II)

by Ann Van Dyke, former civil rights investigator/trainer for PA Human Relations Commission
Zoom video conference presentation (sound quality improves at 1:07)
Hate Groups (PowerPoint and PDF versions)

by Dr. James Nolan, professor of sociology, West Virginia University
Hate Crime Prevention: A Few Things to Consider
: What is the right way to see things?

Yes, Hate is Here: Experiences in Our Region

Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle at forefront of connecting community following KKK presence

Materials from Afternoon Conversation Groups

Belonging: the Lure of Hate Groups

Not just the KKK: Dealing with Groups/People Who Spawn Hate But Don’t Own It

Silence is the Welcome Mat for Hate: Faith and Community Responses

The Rhetoric of Hate That is Present in the Culture

Resource Folder Materials

Ten Ways To Fight Hate, Southern Poverty Law Center

Quick Start Guide, Not In Our Town

Closing Litany

Available here


Website Resources

Southern Poverty Law Center

Hate in America

Not In Our Town

Community Responders Network

Combating Hate Crime: A Resource Guide (PA Office of the Attorney General)

PA Coalition Against Hate

Teaching Tolerance

Anti-Defamation League

Simon Wiesenthal Center

Life After Hate



Welcome the Stranger trilogy by the Community Responders Network

Speech on Perils of Indifference by Elie Weisel

The Victims in America’s State of Hate by CNN

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America



Confronting White Nationalism in Schools


General Articles


Chronology of hate groups in Pennsylvania

Chronology of hate groups in West Virginia

Chronology of hate groups in Ohio

Retired Elizabethtown College professor founder of H.L. Mencken Club, “an organization for independent-minded intellectuals and academics of the Right”

A West Virginia man was indicted in 2017 for making derogatory comments regarding a woman’s actual and perceived sexual orientation and used a glass bottle to hit her multiple times in the head

Nine people showed up for a KKK rally in Dayton, Ohio. They were drowned out by 600 protestors.

Black freshmen at University of Pennsylvania receive racist messages depicting lynchings

Police in PA abusing state’s hate crime law to punish speech

The making of a YouTube radical


FBI director says domestic extremism ‘metastasizing’ around the country

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Emmett Till

Martin Luther King’s letter from the Birmingham jail

50 percent of pastors worry they’ll offend people if they speak about social issues

What makes people join hate groups?

Meme Streak: When Christians spread internet hate

Healing the Hate: A national hate crime prevention curriculum for middle schools

How one man convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan members to give up their robes

Right-wing hate groups are recruiting video gamers

Don’t blame incivility when America’s carefully crafted hate turns violent

Militias test the civility of an Arizona border town

Attacks by white extremists are growing. So are their connections.

The U.S. white majority will soon be over

White supremacy activity spreads on campuses

White-supremacist propaganda on campuses rose 77% last year

In California, home to many hate groups, officials struggle to spot the next

KKK groups still active in these states

In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims

Analysis of police officers’ Facebook accounts finds hundreds of violent, racist posts



The Violence of Hate by Jack Levin and James Nolan

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad

What Does It Mean to be White? by Robin DiAngelo

You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

Beyond the Messy Truth by Van Jones