The news story goes on to point out:
Other speakers at the conference will include John Birch Society President John F. McManus, which has been accused of contributing to anti-Semitism for decades.
“All speakers share one thing in common: a keen understanding that the nations of the world suffer profound disorder, that evil and shocking immorality are on the rise, that war and violence steadily increase, that the stability of our entire social order is at stake, and that a solution to the present chaos is of utmost necessity,” a statement from the Fatima Center said.
In 2008, the "New Republic" reported that newsletters published in Ron Paul’s name revealed “decades worth of obsession with conspiracies, sympathy for the right-wing militia movement, and deeply held bigotry against blacks, Jews, and gays.”
While, admittedly, the orientation of the Southern Poverty Law Center tends to be to the Left and hardly approves of anything that takes place on the Right, the group has done very good work locking horns with the Ku Klux Klan in the South. I think their article pointing this out is worth considering due to my twelve years in the libertarian movement the last four of which I served as an officer of the Arizona and Maricopa County Libertarian Parties.
What is pathetic is that rather than cancel his appearance and denounce Fatima Center's hatred of Jews, Paul chose to go on the defensive. The Free Beacon reports Paul responded stating his critics were engaging in demagoguery and falsehoods but Paul stated he is looking into the allegations. Not surprisingly, the conference's organizer and a Fatima Center leader denied he was an anti-Semite but in the same vain questioned the Holocaust in a similar manner that Holocaust deniers do.
Anti-Semitism is the elephant in the room in many libertarian circles. The latest in thing is to criticize Israel and Zionists (another way to slander Jews) in which many people I interacted with in the libertarian social circles I perused when it came to Israel many libertarians repeated talking points rather than facts. I must admit I originally subscribed to such notions until I actually educated myself about Israel and the conflicts in the Middle East. Yet someone (libertarian or not) spouting off claims about Israel and the Middle East often does not know what they are talking about. Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell have been conduits for conspiracy theories that included hostility to Jews, blacks, and gays in which Paul had full knowledge of this.
Another example is Ron Paul accusing Israel of being an apartheid state and stating Gaza was a concentration camp (of which both accusations are false). Many libertarians subjectively think Paul is right and take what he says as gospel rather than checking into the facts themselves. Not all libertarians are anti-Semites but the dirty little secret of the Rockwellian Nexus that makes up groups like Antiwar.com, the Ludwig Von Mises Institute and Future of Freedom Foundation is that not only are conspiracy theories a continuous theology disseminated in intellectual circles that center around these organizations but anti-Semitism or untrue criticisms of Israel are part of the mix. They become a kind of theology that helps rationalize their bias against the American Empire (so-called).
I have no doubt that anti-Semites make up some of Paul and Rockwell's major contributors and, in turn, help finance Lew Rockwell's ventures. Despite Paul's claims of being a libertarian, by sanctioning an anti-Semitic conference as a keynote speaker Paul is endorsing such notions despite anti-Semitism being another form of collectivism. If Ludwig Von Mises (who was Jewish) was alive and he knew who was being done in his name I have no doubt he would disassociate himself from the activities of Paul, Rothbard, and Rockwell after a well deserved spitting in their faces.