Fantastic! Yet another anti-government militia group that posted its military exercises on the Internet and allegedly plotted to kill police officers was indicted on Monday on conspiracy and weapons charges. What makes the Hutaree unique? They are a Christian-based militia group driven by biblical teachings to take up arms.
Apparently their Jesus is also heavily armed.
As the Michigan-based militia group's exciting web site states, "We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Antichrist." The site continues, "All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded... Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."
But what really stands out about the Hutaree is that they are yet another anti-government extremist group that fears the New World Order a fear often expressed on #1 conspiracy nut Alex Jones' website/radio show. Just like Jones' philosophy, the militia group felt a need to stockpile weapons for fear that the government will take away their guns. (Well, in this case they did take away their guns for fear of domestic terrorism.)
The Southern Poverty Law Center, in its recent report, has noted an "explosion of new extremist groups and activism" fueled by "broad-based populist anger at political, demographic and economic changes in America." SLP defines such groups as those that "engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme anti-government doctrines."
Strange how that sounds vaguely like the rantings of the paranoid, conspiracy theorist, talk show host, Alex Jones. This isn't the only time in recent memory that a lone wolf, with strong anti-government feelings, has acted at. Last month embittered pilot Joseph Andrew Stack flew his plane into the side of the IRS buildingg in Austin Texas. His rambling manifesto sounded like a puffy-faced Alex Jones broadcast. Then there was also the shooting in Pittsburgh of a rabid Alex Jones fan who was afraid that the government was going to take away his guns. And let's not forget the Holocaust Museum shooting by a rifle-wielding white supremacist.
Sure, Alex Jones wouldn't condone these acts of violence, but does his role of being the voice of the lone wolf voiceless add fuel to the fire? Does it also help when Sarah Palin tells a crowd of angry Tea Party Patriots that they must "reload" when bricks are being thrown through the windows of Democratic party headquarters?
When you think of the Hutaree and the the sweeping conservative right's anger over such things as the health care bill and the Obama White House, think of the rhetoric of Alex Jones and how it influences all those lone wolves. And remember the words of beloved Sarah Palin:
The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons -- your Big Guns -- to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.
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