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Tue Sep 19, 2017, 05:46 PM

Inside The Christian White Supremacist "Creativity Movement"

The Creativity Movement was formed in 1973 by the late racist Ben Klassen under the name Church of the Creator (COTC). Its adherents believe that race, not religion, is the embodiment of absolute truth and that the white race is the highest expression of culture and civilization. Jews and non-whites are considered subhuman "mud races" who conspire to subjugate whites. While Klassen's "religion" attracted few followers at first, by the late 1980s, increasing numbers of white supremacists were drawn to his Nazi-like belief system, which was spelled out in a whole series of Klassen books that included such titles as Nature's Eternal Religion, Rahowa! This Planet Is All Ours, and The White Man's Bible.

Creators, as Creativity followers call themselves, have sometimes literally taken up the movement's calls for RAHOWA — or "racial holy war" — by committing violent hate crimes. Creativity "reverend" George Loeb, for instance, was convicted of the racially motivated murder of Harold Mansfield Jr., a black sailor and Gulf War veteran, in Mayport, Fla., in 1991. In 1993, eight individuals with ties to the COTC were arrested in Southern California for plotting to bomb a black church in L.A. and assassinate Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by white police officers in 1991 had sparked national outrage. Later in 1993, Jeremiah Knesal, a member of the COTC, was found with weapons, ammunition and hate literature in his car; he later confessed to his involvement in a July 1993 firebombing of an NAACP office in Tacoma, Wash. Later (see below), a close associate of the group's leader would go on a murderous racist rampage before police killed him.

In 1992, anticipating a civil lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in connection with the Mansfield murder, Klassen sold most of his Otto, N.C., compound at a fire-sale price to William Pierce, founder and leader of the neo-Nazi National Alliance. After searching for a successor to head his group, Klassen, a former Florida state legislator and inventor of one version of the electric can opener, then committed suicide in 1993 by swallowing four bottles of sleeping pills. After his death, his successor, Richard "Rick" McClarty, failed to defend COTC in the 1994 lawsuit SPLC did bring on behalf of Mansfield's family. As a result, Mansfield's family was awarded a $1 million default judgment. (Later, the SPLC also sued Pierce, who had immediately resold the Otto land at an $85,000 profit, for engaging in a scheme to defraud Mansfield's estate. Pierce was forced to give up the profit he had made on the resale of Klassen's land.)
https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/creativity-movement-0


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Initech Sep 2017 OP
mcar Sep 2017 #1
Major Nikon Sep 2017 #3
mcar Sep 2017 #6
Major Nikon Sep 2017 #8
Eliot Rosewater Sep 2017 #5
mcar Sep 2017 #7
Initech Sep 2017 #9
underpants Sep 2017 #2
Initech Sep 2017 #4

Response to Initech (Original post)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 05:47 PM

1. How Christian of them

Not!

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:15 PM

6. Let's look a few hundred years later, shall we?

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Response to mcar (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:24 PM

8. Were it not for Christian advocacy of slavery, it would have ended much sooner

Christianity was used to justify slavery for hundreds of years and numerous prominent Christian pastors in the South gave impassioned speeches that heavily motivated secession. The Jim Crow South was also heavily motivated by prominent Christian leadership.

This “Gospel civilization,” many believed, didn’t just permit slavery — it required it. Christians across the Confederacy were convinced that they were called not only to perpetuate slavery but also to “perfect” it. And they understood the Bible to provide clear moral guidelines on how to properly practice it. The Old Testament patriarchs owned slaves, Jewish law clearly assumed its permissibility and the Apostle Paul’s New Testament letters repeatedly compelled slaves to be obedient and loyal to their masters. Above all, as Southerners never tired of pointing out to their abolitionist foes, the Gospels fail to record any condemnation of the practice by Jesus Christ.

There is consequently a fascinating, if unsettling, paradox in the efforts of slaveholders to fulfill what they considered divinely imposed duties toward their slaves. Southern Christians believed that the Bible imposed on masters a host of obligations to their slaves. Most fundamentally, masters were to view slaves as fully members of their own households and as fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord. Therefore, as the South Carolina Methodist Conference declared before the war, masters sinned against their slaves by “excessive labor, extreme punishment, withholding necessary food and clothing, neglect in sickness or old age, and the like.”

https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/the-south-the-war-and-christian-slavery/?mcubz=3

The bible includes instruction on how to sell your children into slavery, btw.

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Response to mcar (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:13 PM

5. Don't worry, surely bigoted and ugly hateful people could never get power in this country

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:16 PM

7. I don't know whether to laugh or cry sometimes, Eliot

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 06:44 PM

9. Two words: Roy Moore.

Two more words: Joe Arpaio.

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Response to Initech (Original post)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 05:50 PM

2. Oh this looks interesting

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 19, 2017, 05:58 PM

4. Yeah I saw it on Hatewatch. They post interesting stuff a lot.

It helps to know your enemy!

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