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From: Education & Vigiliance Network 

By Floyd Cochran

Fueled by the rhetoric of talk radio, motivated by  the preachers of 
bigotry and encouraged  by a climate of hate, the organized racist  
movement  has launched a campaign of terror and violence. A campaign  of 
terror that would lead to the ultimate destruction of  the  United  
States.  There  are  some in the racist movement who  wish  to  break up 
the United States along racial lines, for instance the Pacific Northwest 
would be for whites only, southern California  for the Hispanics  and  
so  forth. There are others who  believe  that  the  end of the world is 
approaching and that they are  commanded  by  God  to  assist Jesus 
Christ in setting up  his  kingdom  right  here  in  white  America,  by  
any means necessary.  But  whatever  their  belief,  race is their 
unifier, and violence is their weapon.

>From the late 1980s to 1993, racist organizations such as Aryan Nation 
tried to build a mass movement. Taking a page from David Duke the Aryans 
went mainstream - using various social-wedge issues such as affirmative 
action, the environment and gun control without much success.  By 1993 
Aryan Nation was developing other tactics.  The Aryan Nation strategy 
appears to  be  twofold:  set up three and four-man underground cells and 
build  a  movement  on  the  information  superhighway. Using fax 
machines, computer  bulletin  boards,  operating  web  sites, the 
organized  racist  right  is  building  a vast network. A network that  
doesn't  appear  at  rallies or marches, but one that sells records,  
books,  and  CDs  along  with  advocating  the torching of churches and 
armed revolution.

In  the  last  five  years, the racist elements of the right wing have  
gone  on  the offensive, with crimes ranging from Skinheads murdering  
their  families,  to black churches in flames, to bank robberies   in   
several  states,  to  the   bombing  of  federal buildings,  to  armed  
stand-offs  in  the  mountains  of Montana and  Idaho. The connections 
between the organized racist movement and  these  various crimes stretch 
like a web across the country. At  the  center  of  this web of hate are 
the racist preachers of the  Christian  Identity  movement.  Christian  
Identity  is  the religious  mask  of  organized hate groups such as 
Aryan Nations. Christian  Identity  teaches that only whites are the true 
people of  God,  that  people  of color are born without souls, and Jews 
are  the  literal  children  of  the  Devil. Teaching that God is a  
bigot   armed  with  a  gun,  the  Christian Identity believer believes  
that  it  their  God-ordained duty to engage in acts of violence  to   
further  their  goals.  Along with developing this theology  of  hate,  
the  racist groups have developed a plan of action based on   a concept 
called "leaderless resistance".

Leaderless  Resistance  as  an  idea has been floating around the racist  
movement  for  years.  But  it took the glue of Christian Identity,  the  
Internet  and  Aryan Nations' Ambassador Louis Beam to bring it 
together.  Beam teaches that the true believer should not  join above 
ground groups, but instead form small independent cells  that  take  
matters  into their own hands. The small cells are  taught  to  size  up  
the  situation in their areas and then act.  The  Oklahoma  bombing  is  
a  good  example  of leaderless resistance  in  action.  A small two and 
three man cell, allegedly inspired by the racist book The Turner Diaries, 
killed 189 people. A  more  recent  example  of  leaderless  resistance 
has been the so-called  "Midwestern  Bank  Bandits" a.k.a. Aryan 
Republican Army. These  bigots  robbed  22  banks  throughout seven 
states. One of the  Nazi  robbers  admitted giving over $250,000 to Aryan 
Nation and  other  white  supremacist  groups.  This four-man cell came 
together under the guidance of Christian Identity leader "Pastor" Mark  
Thomas,  who  is  the  Aryan Nation leader in Pennsylvania, Thomas  
doesn't directly tell people to go out and commit crimes, instead  he  
tells  them  that God sanctions  crime and violence. Thomas's  other  
disciples  in  hate  have  killed their parents, and  desecrated  a  
York,  Pennsylvania  synagogue.  Thomas is  a good  example  of  
leaderless resistance at work. On the Internet Thomas  teaches  that  it  
is  biblical  and therefore ok to burn churches,  knowing  full  well  
that  someone reading his sermons will  act.  Sunday  sermons  are   
another place for the believer to get ideas about the course of action 
one should take.

In 1991, Aryan Nation sent me to the South for six months. During that  
time  I  worked  and worshipped with many people who openly talked  
about  burning  down  places  of worship. Often  "Pastor" Van  Herrel  
of  Sevier County, Tenn. would sermonize on the need for  cleansing  the  
land  by  fire,  then  hold up his cigarette lighter  to emphasize what 
he was advocating. Van Herrel preached that  convicted  murderer  Byron  
De La Beckwith is an example of how  true  "white  men"  should  act.  
Beckwith  is the convicted killer  of  Medger  Evers,  field  organizer  
for the N.A.A.C.P. Many  of  the  people  that  Van  Herrel would 
"minister" to have been  convicted  of  crimes  that  were  inspired by 
their racist beliefs.  One  of  the  first  people  that Van Herrel 
introduced me  to was Bobby Norton, who 

was the official Aryan Nation leader in  Tennessee.  Norton  had  
recently  been  released from prison for  his role in vandalizing the 
West End synagogue in Nashville. His  home  in  Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 
has been the site of many Aryan  Nation   gatherings.  In  January  of  
1992,  Aryan Nation founder  Richard  Butler  traveled  to  Tennessee  to 
inspect his troops  and attend Ku Klux Klan rallies. At one such racist 
rally several  of  us  gathered  outside  and  talked about the need to 
burn  and  vandalize  churches.  Aryan  Nation  realized long ago that  
for  the  African  - American community the church plays an important  
role,  and  that  by  attacking  churches  they (Aryan Nation)  can  
succeed  in  intimidating  the  African  - American community.  
Recently,  there  have been news reports stating that at  various  Klan  
gatherings a booklet called "The Bible Answers Racial  Questions"  is  
being  sold. This booklet claims that the bible  calls for the 
destruction of Black churches and that "race mixers" should be put to death.

Drawing  on  the  tactics  of leaderless resistance, operating on the  
racist  principles  of  Christian Identity and heeding the call  of  
violence  and  racism  in  the name of God, the Phineas Priest  are at 
war.  The Phineas Priest see themselves "as racist warriors  from  God".  
Taking  their  name and ideas from  an old testament  story,  the  
Phineas  Priest  believe  they  are  on a religious  crusade  for  the  
white  race  and  God. According to Klanwatch  Senior  Intelligence  
Analyst Mike Reynold "The danger stems  from  their  basis  in  
extremely  held religious beliefs. To  become a Phineas Priest means to 
commit armed robbery, arson, sabotage,  kidnapping  and murder". "It is a 
commitment to a holy war"  Reynolds'  concluded.   This   past  spring  
in the city of Spokane,  Washington,  a  Planned  Parenthood  office  was 
bombed along  with  a  local  newspaper office.  As the bombs were going 
off  a  local  bank  was robbed, the robbers left behind a letter filled  
with  Christian  Identity  language  and  signed with the symbol of the 
Phineas Priest.

The  organized  racist movement has and is evolving and changing. 
Probably  the  greatest  single  change  of  the organized racist right  
wing  has  been  the development of the Christian Identity religion.  
Numbering  in  the  hundreds  just 30 years ago, today Christian   
Identity   has  grown  to  include  several  thousand believers.  As a 
former believer of the Christian Identity faith, I  know from personal 
experience the seductive power of Identity. I  also  saw  how seductive 
racial hate can be when taught in the name  of  God.  And there-in lies 
the problem, from the Christian Coalition  to  the  hard  core  
believers  of Christian Identity, God  is  used as a tool to hate 
someone. For myself it was easier to  believe  that my personal hatreds 
had a spiritual connection, It  gave  meaning  to  what  I was doing and 
thinking. It gave me a religious compass so to speak.

And  finally  I  wish  to  add that this article is not an attack on  
the  Christian  faith  as  a whole. I hope that it is used as a  wake  
up  call  for  those  in  the Christian faith. In fact I believe  it  is  
the  duty of the Christian community to stand up and  point  out  God  
is  not hate. Point out that Christ himself once said that "Neither Jew 
nor Gentile, neither Male nor Female, we  are  all one in God." No 
Prejudice, No Hatreds. No Nazis

Editors'  Note:  Floyd  Cochran  was  once  a lay minister in the 
Christian  Identity  religion and spokesman for the Aryan Nation. Floyd  
left  behind  the  doctrines of hate in 1992 and has spent the  last  
three years writing and speaking out against organized bigotry  and  
hate.  Today  Floyd  is the Director of EDUCATION & VIGILANCE NETWORK, a 
Pennsylvania based informational center.

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