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Hitler Admirers Organzing In Chesterfield County

This is an article taken from The Richmond Free Press about the upcoming World Church of the Creator meeting in the public library of Chester VA. Attached at the top is a brief call to action by the Better Days Collective
The Better Days Collective of Richmond, VA is planning on festively confrontating the nazi scum. Creative, clever, and fierce action is quite welcome! Let us show the Virginia that there is a strong culture of resistance against those who perpetuate racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semetic, and authoritarian agendas. Let us use humor as a weapon against the hate of the fascists. For more info please contact us at betterdaysrva (at) mutualaid.org. The following was the headline article in the most recent issue of The Richmond Free Press.

anti-fascists always,
The Better Days Collective, Richmond, VA
A member of the Alliance for Freedom and Direct Democracy (AFADD)

Hitler Admiers Organizing In Chesterfield County
by Phil Wylato
Richmond Free Press

It’s a “church” that praises Adolh Hitler as a “great racist leader.”
It’s an organization that claims to be non-violent, but hails a racist murderer as a “martyr” and urges its followers to prepare for “Racial Holy War”
It describes itself as “progressive” but demonizes Jewish people and dismisses African-Americans and other people of color as “mud people.”
It calls itself the World Church of the Creator, and it’s been granted a permit to hold a recuiting meeting this month in a Chesterfield County public library.
The Illinois-based, white supremacist organization plans to meet at the Chester Public Library at 5p.m. Saturday, Sept 21st.
The scheduled speaker is the Rev. John King, a resident of Newport News and the group’s Virginia leader.
“The purpose of the meeting is to garner public conciousness about what The World Church of the Creator is, that we are in the community now and we are here to stay.” Rev. King said Monday in a telephone interview with the Free Press. “We will obviously gather new members.”
Rev King said he expects “40 or more” people to attend.
In response, a Richmond anti-racist organization called The Better Days Collective is distributing a flier calling for a protest at the library to “help end racism, homophobia, sexism, and all oppression!”
Rev. King, who said he was ordained a minister for the WCOTC after dropping out of Virginia Commonwealth University, said Chesterfield County, was chosen because “it’s an area with a high percentage of white citizens, and I feel the meeting will be recieved well.”
Figures from the U.S census indicate the county was 17.8 percent African American in 2000.
The WCOTC garnered national attention in 1999 when one of its members, Benjamin Smith, went on a shooting rampage through Illinois and Indiana. After murdering two people and wounding nine others--all of them African Americans, Jews, or Asians--he committed suicide.
One of those murdered was former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Birdsong, who was gunned down while walking with two of his children outside his home.
In the interview, Rev King distanced himself from those actions, insisting that Mr. Smith had resigned before going on his shooting spree. “We absolutely don’t condone violence,” Rev King said.
However, Mr. Smith is eulogized on the group’s website as a”martyr”.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery Ala. based organization that tracks hate groups, the WCOTC is a neo-Nazi organization with a history of violent attacks on people of color.
“This group has left a trail of blood across the country,” said the center’s Mark Potok. “A very large number of its members have laid waste to people’s lives.”
The “church” say it does not believe in any deity. (The word “creator” in its title refers to white people, who it says have created everything of value in the world)
It condemns Christianity as “propaganda poison” foisted on the “white race” by Jewish people, denies that Jesus Christ ever existed as a historical figure and condemns the U.S flag as a symbol of “race mixing”.
Although the group claims chapters across the country, Mr/ Potok said it is mainly an Internet network run out of the East Peoria, Ill bedroom of its “Pontificus Maximus” 30-year-old Matthew Hale.
“Hale is a really pathetic excuse for a fuehrer,” Mr. Potok said, “He has never held a job, still lives with his daddy, and lines up his Teddy bear collection on his bed each night before going to sleep.”
“But there are clearly people in the group who are frightening--criminals who are willing to hurt people,” he said
Chesterfield library Director Mike Mabe said the group was granted a permit to hold the meeting because it “met our criteria of being a non-profit group holding a meeting for educational purpose that is open to the public.
“This is not a library meeting,” he said. “We neither support nor condone this group.”
 
 


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