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LARRY PRATT – THE SLEAZE OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM

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

(Lynyrd Skynyrd)

 

“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 PrattLarry 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:

Armed 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.”

Peter J. PetersFor 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:

PISTOL PRAYER

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!

 

RIFLE PRAYER

“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.”

poker faceOn 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….”

hal turner2The 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.

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A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

A CONGRESSMAN, A COUPLE OF WHITE SUPREMACISTS, AND AN ASSAULT RIFLE – OH MY!

Just An Inside Glimpse At the Mindset of Extremist Right-Wing Politics

SteveStockmanReturning Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has some new friends, at least we think they are new. You know, he couldn’t have picked a more disreputable group of people to run around with, but then he really isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box.

 Stockman was born and raised in Michigan, but migrated to Texas – which is a pretty good place for a born-again, Southern Baptist, Christian extremist. I’m sure he fits right in with the Rick Perry crowd.  He previously served for a couple of years in the House of Representatives back in 1995-1997. He lost his next bid for the seat in a run-off election.

After his brief stint in Congressman he took a faculty job with the uber-conservative Leaderhip Institute where he was engaged in training young people in right-wing extremism.

Bushmaster AR15Now he’s back. Having won a seat in Congress again, Stockman has been plying his trade as an extremist extraordinaire. Upset with Obama after the Sandy Hook school shootings and his belief that the President’s number one agenda is to take everyone’s guns away, Stockman decided to fight back. On his website he held a drawing for a free Bushmaster AR15 Rifle to be given away on Independence Day.

His campaign website also offers bumper stickers that read, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.”

Well, ever the zealot, Steve Stockman has now hooked up with Michael Peroutka’s Institute on the Constitution as well as Larry Pratt’s Gun Owners of America. Stockman, along with the two groups has filed an Amicus Brief in United States v. Abramski.

The case is one based around Abramski giving false information when purchasing a firearm. According to the complaint:

“When his uncle, Angel Alvarez, expressed a desire for a Glock 19 handgun, Bruce Abramski offered to make the purchase. As a former police officer, Abramski received a professional discount for the gun purchase that his uncle was not eligible for. When making the purchase, Abramski filled out ATF Form 4473, which contained several “yes-or-no” questions. One of the questions asked whether he was the actual purchaser of the firearm. The question also stated, “Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you.” Abramski answered “yes” to the question, buying the Glock 19 for his uncle. Alvarez mailed Abramski a check for the price of the handgun, and Abramski transferred the weapon to his uncle in Pennsylvania through a licensed firearms dealer.”

 Abramski pled guilty, but reserved his right to appeal, which is what he is doing. The Amicus Brief, in short, makes the following claim:

“At the heart of the Government’s case against Mr. Abramski is a “straw purchase” theory based neither in law nor regulation that it is impermissible for a person to purchase a firearm from an FFL if the transferee is acting as an agent for a third party, who furnished the funds for the purchase, even if both parties are eligible under state and federal law to possess a firearm.”

The rub isn’t that Abramski is appealing, or that Stockman and others filed the brief. The problem with all of this is that a United States Congressman has teamed up with individuals and organizations known to be White Supremacists.

Michael PeroutkaMichael Peroutka is a high-ranking board member in the League of the South. For a description of the LOS, we turn to the Southern Poverty Law Center which has this to say:

“The League of the South is a neo-Confederate group that advocates for a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The league believes the “godly” nation it wants to form should be run by an “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elite that would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate blacks and other minorities. Originally founded by a group that included many Southern university professors, the group lost its Ph.D.s as it became more explicitly racist. The league denounces the federal government and northern and coastal states as part of “the Empire,” a materialist and anti-religious society.”

From the LOS website:

“We also encourage individuals and families to personally secede from the corrupt and corrupting influence of post-Christian culture in America. We call this ‘abjuring the realm,’ and it’s a real and dramatic first step all of us can take by simply withdrawing our support of and allegiance to a regime that has imperiled our future. … Once our Southern culture is re-established, then the political issues will begin to take care of themselves. Good leaders flow naturally out of a healthy culture; however, power-hungry, self-seeking politicians are all we can expect from the debased cultural climate we have today.”

Peroutka’s Institute On The Constitution claims that its mission is to “help individuals across America to understand and appreciate their own history and heritage by reacquainting them with the worldview and vision of our Founding Fathers. Michael Peroutka’s “worldvision” is that of a dominionist Christian. According to Peroutka, the Separation of Church and State “refers to the fact that the jurisdiction and functions of these two God-ordained institutions are separate and distinct from each other. What it doesn’t mean that either of these institutions is independent from God and His law.”

It’s interesting to note that in the 2008 Presidential elections Perouka was being considered for Ron Paul’s Vice Presidential pick.

Larry PrattLarry Pratt and Gun Owner’s of America ranks right up there with Peroutka and his cult. In many ways, Pratt is even more of a threat. The Southern Poverty Law Center tells us:

“Larry Pratt, a gun rights absolutist whose Gun Owners of America (GOA) has been described as “eight lanes to the right” of the National Rifle Association, may well be the person who brought the concept of citizen militias to the radical right.

“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.

“Pratt, whose GOA has grown since its 1975 founding to some 150,000 members today, hit the headlines in a big way when his associations with Peters and other professional racists were revealed, convincing arch-conservative Pat Buchanan to eject him as a national co-chair of Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign.

“The same year, it emerged that Pratt was a contributing editor to a periodical of the anti-Semitic United Sovereigns of America, and that his GOA had donated money to a white supremacist attorney’s group.

“Pratt is today close to the extremist Constitution Party and its radical theology.”

The “radical theology” that they have ascribed to the Constitution Party is, decidedly, Dominionist. Interestingly, Pratt has served as a board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as well as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He comes to us straight out of the Dominionist, and secretive, Council for National Policy.

On another side note, Pratt is a close ally of Ron Paul and supported him in his bid for President. According to Ron Paul Gun Owner’s of America is “The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington.”

Gun Owner’s of America currently has over 300,00 members.

Steve Stockman is the sterotypical ReBiblican politician. His campaign endorsements read like a who’s who of the extremist right, including: Tim & Beverley LaHaye; Richard Viguerie; Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association (Another hate group); Michael Farris, Founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund and Patrick Henry College; Ted Nugent; and Pastor Chuck Baldwin.

This is who Texans in the 36th Congressional District elected to represent them. There are over 200 others who grace our House of Representatives with their radical, extremist presence. In truth, it should scare the hell out of any sane, rational American. We can only hope that the next election will change the encroaching Christian Nationalist ideology that continues to erode our liberties and our very way of life.

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