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Now a dominant racist skinhead group in the country, Hammkerskin Nation and the Northern Hammerskin members are known for violent crimes both inside and out of the prison system.

Requests for comment through the group's national website weren't returned.

Yahweh's Truth in Linwood is categorized by the SPLC as a hate group led by minister James Wickstrom, which the center said "may be America's hardest-line preacher of the racist and anti-Semitic movement of Christian Identity." The movement's theology is based in the belief that the return of Jews to Israel is essential to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.

Known for his violent, raging sermons calling for the extermination of Jews, Wickstrom is a former tool salesman who once protested the Vietnam War on grounds it was being fought for "Jew bankers," according to the SPLC. In the past, he has been a popular speaker at Neo-Nazi gatherings. Today, he broadcasts Yahweh's Truth, a weekly internet radio program.

"Thank you for writing, but I am not interested in any interview with you at any time, nor in the future," Wickstrom responded to Downtown newsmagazine's request for comment.

TC (Traverse City) Family, labeled by the SPLC as an anti-LGBT hate group, is a non-profit organization claiming to "defend family" in Traverse City and Northwest Michigan. The group's founder, Bill Wiesner, said he exposes the agenda of adult homosexualists who are promoting dangerous homosexual behavior to our K-12 children. As the sole operator of TC Family, Wiesner said he has handed out about 8,000 pamphlets on the dangers of the LGBT lifestyle.

"I'm mostly doing it on my own, he said. "I have given hand-outs at (city) commission meetings, school board meetings, human rights commission meetings, and I send them to the local press," he said. "I've been doing it on the street since about 2007. I've never harmed anyone. I've had my signs attacked three times."

Wiesner has been kicked out of several public meetings for sharing anti-LGBT comments. In April 2016, several Traverse City city commissioners walked of their own meeting while Wiesner spoke during the public comment portion.

Referencing his own experience and the writings of other anti-LBGT activists, Wiesner typically blends opinion and religion, along with what he considers facts on health and wellnes, to craft his message.

"I was part of the sexual revolution back in the 1960s and 70s, until I devoted my life to God in 1975," he said. "I lived through it, and I didn't find anything to me that was good about it."

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