LARRY PRATT – THE SLEAZE OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM
God and guns
Keep us strong
That’s what this country
Was founded on
Well we might as well give up and run
If we let them take our God and guns
“Sleaze” is a very derogatory term, I know, and when used as a noun, it cuts right to the quick. That’s what I intended because the man of which I speak, in my opinion, is a despicable human being without an ounce of moral fiber, and zero redeeming qualities. He is nothing more than a racist, homophobic, bigoted extremist who poses great danger to the American way of life.
Larry Pratt is the 71 year-old executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA). He is also president of English First, an organization which lobbies for English to be the only and official language of the United States; U.S. Border Control, an anti-immigration group; and Committee to Protect the Family. He has served on the board of the American Legislative Exchange Council and is a member of the Council For National Policy – both founded by Dominionist Paul Weyrich.
Gun Owners of America currently boasts of over 300,000 members and claims to be “the only no compromise gun-lobby in Washington.” The organization has been characterized as “eight lanes to the right of the NRA,” and I do believe that is an accurate description.
It is widely believed that Larry Pratt is the individual who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“In 1990, Pratt wrote a book, Armed People Victorious, based on his study of “citizen defense patrols” used in Guatemala and the Philippines against Communist rebels — patrols that came to be known as death squads for their murderous brutality.
“Picturing these groups in rosy terms, Pratt advocated similar militias in the United States — an idea that finally caught on when he was invited for a meeting of 160 extremists, including many famous white supremacists, in 1992.
It was at that meeting, hosted in Colorado by white supremacist minister Pete Peters, that the contours of the militia movement were laid out.”
For those unfamiliar with Pastor Pete Peters, he was a Christian Identity minister who ran the LaPorte Church of Christ in LaPorte, Colorado. In his convoluted Biblical interpretations he taught that the ten lost tribes of Israel were really Europeans and that contemporary Jews are Satanic imposters. According to Peters, Jews are spiritually degraded and pose a grave threat to civilization, and that blacks and other people of color are inferior to whites, that homosexuals should be executed and that northern European whites and their American descendants are the “chosen people” of scriptural prophecy.
The outreach arm of Peters’ “church” is known as Scriptures For America Worldwide, where they feature the Pistol and Rifle Prayers:
Lord Jesus we pray, With Thy Authority we say,
DC Sorcery cease, Satanic strongholds release,
Baals be broken and bound, With all idols be cast down,
Stop the spells, Send the spell-casters into Hell,
Jesus cause it to be, And thank You for the victory!
“A Mighty Weapon”
Lord Jesus in Thy name we pray,
With authority granted us this day.
All Baals of Babylon be torn down
We raze their temples to the ground.
Lay low their sacred groves, tear down all their strongholds
Let Satan’s Asherah cease. We dethrone, behead, defeat.
All ungodly powers, crushed beneath our feet
Their source of power, their symbols fall
At His words we speak by the King of all.
Their sorcery at our command will cease
Our Lord Jesus Christ has such decreed.
Victory in Jesus’ name, the power of DC has waned
Satanic strongholds release, the Remnant we set you free
The servants of God we set you free.
Idols, sorcery, spells they cast, We break your hold,
we break your back Your symbols in the streets you’ve laid
Will be your tomb for thus we pray.
In Jesus’ name we come, the Remnant shouts as one
Hear us our God we cry, let evil fail and die.
Let evil fail, let evil die.
Let no evil spell nor serpents bite,
Even touch Your remnant as we fight.
Cast down to Sheol, cast down to hell
All those that would charm and cast evil spells
Jerusalem be restored, we’ll walk on streets of gold
We bow on bended knee, before our Lord the King
Bow before Jesus Christ The King of Kings,
Bow before Jesus Christ The King of Kings.
He reigns, the King of Kings!
The theology of the Christian Identity Movement is explained thusly by the Anti-Defamation League:
The most extreme expression of Identity anti-Semitism is the so-called “two-seed” (or “seedliner”) theory, developed by Swift, his associates and his disciples in the 1960s. According to the two-seed theory, the seduction of Eve by the Serpent in Eden was sexual, Cain was the product of their liaison and Cain, in turn, was the father of the Jewish people; all Jews, therefore, are children of the devil, literally demonic. The other seedline in the two-seed scheme traces from Adam and Eve’s other son, Abel, through the lost tribes to today’s white European-derived believers.
“One-seed” Identity adherents do not believe that Jews are physically descended from Satan, though in other respects they are no less anti-Semitic than the two-seedliners.
Many adherents, especially seedliners, also believe in pre-Adamic races. That is, they contend that Adam and Eve were not the first people created by God, but were the first created in God’s image. Other previous creations, not endowed with the divine likeness, were the forerunners of all the nonwhite peoples of the Earth, the “mud peoples,” who had no soul. Adam and Eve, and their Israelite descendants, were the first whites, a fact “proven” by the suggestion that the very name “Adam” means “to show blood,” or blush, which they claim is only possible for whites.
Pete Peters died a couple of years ago. After the arrests and convictions of many of their leaders as well as those of the neo-Nazi Movement, Christian Identity has been in decline with only a smattering of adherents left around the country. Those who were left, generally, either joined a militia, or the Tea Party. Several jumped into the political arena either by running for office or supporting various candidates on both the state and national level.
Larry Pratt first flew into my radar when I was researching the Christian Identity Movement back in 1999, when I first learned of his association with Pete Peters and the White Supremacist Movement. In that same year, the tragedy at Columbine High School took place, and Frank Brunni of the New York Times published a small article about Pratt who believes in absolutely no regulations on firearms – no waiting period, no background checks, and no trigger locks. According to Pratt, automatic weapons should be available for hunting, and he claimed that if those restrictions had not been in existence, many of the deaths might have been prevented.
Given the nature of Pratt’s politics and religion, I remember thinking that he and others like him were the last people I wanted to see turned loose with a firearm.
Over the course of the last decade, Gun Owners of America has more than doubled its membership. That alone should give cause for alarm. And, while he has always resided on the radical Christian right, Pratt has become much more strident in his message, and much more conspiratorial inclined.
In 2009, Pratt is credited with starting the rumor that Obamacare would create a data base of gun owners for future confiscation. After the claim was soundly debunked by numerous sources, Pratt continues to perpetuate the lie. Even more egregious is that others, such as Senator Rand Paul have chosen to further the theory.
Riding high on his notoriety, Pratt went even further last February when he appeared on the Talk to Solomon Show. Likening the discussion to “a dramatic reading of the Turner Diaries,” Huffington Post columnist Ian Reifowitz gives us this account:
“Pratt argued that President Obama is building his own private army and will send his agents “door to door” to “confiscate guns” — all to provoke a “violent confrontation” with gun owners.
“When the other right-wingers on the show went even further, stating that Obama’s goal was specifically to provoke a race war, Pratt agreed that Obama “would definitely be capable of something as evil as you were suggesting.”
Pratt envisions Obama as Nat Turner, Django Unchained, and a Black Panther all rolled into one.”
Indeed, he does. Additionally, he has now adopted the manipulative art of attempting to deflect his own racist views by projecting them upon others – something that all white nationalists engage in. Of course, we all know that white people and Christians face enormous oppression in this country, and this is all a master plan of the government. <sigh>
According to Pratt, who spoke on American Family Radio a couple of days ago, “… the attorney general, as well as the president, are racist, and they look at the world through the prism of race. The president, the first lady and Hillary Rodham Clinton are in fact trying to exploit the issue of race to “divide people” and cause “turmoil” in order to ultimately “bring collapse to the existing order” and “build their own communist society.” http://rightwingwatch.org
Pratt also postulates that Eric Holder is considering bringing civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in an effort to “intimidate the rest of the country so that we don’t think about defending ourselves against attacks by black mobs on white individuals.”
On July 4, 2013, Larry Pratt was the headliner at Freedompalooza, an affair hosted by the band “Poker Face,” an anti-immigrant, anti-government, “Patriot” rock group led by extremist Paul Topete. Topete is a rabid anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. From the American Defamation League, we get a glimpse into who Paul Topete really is:
Under the moniker Pokerkid (aka pk), Paul Topete has posted several anti-Semitic comments to the Poker Face Online forum, some of which are included below [spelling and emphasis in original]:
- Will somebody please stop this zionazi f–k from continuing to buy up all the media into the one global corp media monster. Its time to break up and sell his organization into a million pieces. And that it never is allowed to come back in any form again.
- Very interesting where facts about the White Brotherhood pop up. The elite of the elite satanists are the white brotherhood. Made up of Sabbatean Jews at the top and Rosicrucian goys at the bottom. Anywhere from a 60/40 split to a more realistic 80/20 split with the Sabbateans in the drivers seat.
- I am always amazaed at how many roads lead back to one of the largest if not THEE largest scam ever played on humanity… Yes that right… the HOLOHAUX aka holocaust. 1985 and 1988 Ernst Zundel [Holocaust denier] DESTROYED the Myth known as the cult of holohauzianity. In a canadien court of law, Ernst zundel took on the biggest frauds in the SHOAH Industry, and showed them to be the frauds that they were. Names like Raoul Hilberg and Vrba. And several other parasites known to infest this worldly sham. Wake up people, You are being played for fools for you LACK KNOWLEDGE.
An example of what their “music” is all about can be summed up in the song “Losing My Mind:”
It’s time to hunt bankers, judges, lawyers and officials
Now you know we’ve got our eyes on you, so you better do things right;
or we’ll hang you from the highest trees, while we party thru the night.
Now it’s time to repatriate all the slave wagers invading our homeland
Then let’s execute traitors who’ve been setting up the Global plan;
now they’re trying to take our guns away, so we have no means to fight….”
The band is extremely popular with white supremacists and militia groups around the country. Early on they were featured on the Hal Turner talk show. Hal Turner was a white nationalist who hosted a radio talk show for years and was a featured speaker at neo-Nazi rallies across the country. He was a close ally of both Sean Hannity and Jared Taylor. Eventually, he was arrested for threatening three federal judges and sentenced to prison.
Gin Owners of America has become very active in political elections, pumping a lot of money and promotion into far-right-wing candidates. Much like the National Rifle Association, they rate current Congressional candidates. Their Political Victory Fund has successfully supported many of those ReBiblicans who currently hold office.
Larry Pratt embodies all of the negative qualities of those we find on the extremist right. He is a Dominionist. He is a racist and a bigot. He seeks power and fame. He is continuously given a platform from which to spew his toxic messages. He wields a lot of power in both the political and religious communities. He is an opportunist who exploits others and their acts of violence.
All of these things combine renders him a very dangerous person to our American society, and our very way of life. Consequently, it behooves all of us to keep our eyes upon Larry Pratt, and Gun Owners of America. A stamp of approval from either should be a red-flag on any candidate supported by them. As Hillary Clinton recently said, “Anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.” It’s rampant – from voting rights legislation, to the far right agenda, to the actual candidates. Everyone must start paying attention.