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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Brian Levin
Infamous for its anti-gay protests at military funerals, the Westboro Baptist Church now faces an uncertain future after the death of its founder, Fred Phelps.
Comedian Bill Maher butted heads Friday night with Brian Levin, a professor at California State University at San Bernardino and director of its Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, after the late-night host took issue with comparing Islamic extremism with all fundamentalism.
"What's often happened before, when an elderly leader of a notorious hate group passes away, they leave it to someone who is not competent to run it," said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. "We've seen in the past groups like National Alliance, or [Ku Klux] Klan chapters, or Aryan Nations, suffer a really irreparable tailspin when the founder passes."
"This group is a little different for a variety of reasons," Mr. Levin said. "They don't want anything to do with family members who deviate from their rather extreme yet consistent way of deciding who's appropriate for eternal damnation."