Ah what a wonderful political-religious-nut-bag country we have! Instead of Mickey Rooney saying, “Hey, my uncle has a barn. We could put on a show…” we hear, “Hey we have a big back yard. Let’s practice killing police officers. Get ready for the “rapture” and kill a bunch of Feds.” Cheers of “Yeah!” “I’m with yah!” could probably be heard, over the sound of gun fire at a Lenawee County, Michigan-based anti-government militia’s compound. That’s where Christ’s Warriors were arrested for plotting such a home-grown terrorist act. They call themselves “Hutaree.” There is no satisfying definition of that word. According to a leader of the group, David Brian Stone, Sr. on his forum says the name “comes from our own dialect.” Sort of like the strange language twins have or something having to do with a secret childhood language. We could laugh this off and probably say they were just another isolated militia group; nothing to see here, keep moving along. It would be if this group was an isolated group, but they aren’t. They are part of a growing number of “hate” groups hell-bent on using guns to cause serious mischief or downright anarchy and everything in between.

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It is also way too easy to label them as red-necks who have a hard time reading, writing or dealing with logic. We cannot. The Hutaree Militia had close links to several other American militias, according to the group’s MySpace profile. The profile, which carried the slogan “violence solves everything,” shows that the group has 366 “friends.” The militia’s page was linked to dozens of other militias, including the Ohio Militia, the Michigan Militia Corps, the Kentucky State Militia, the Central Texas Militia and others. The indictment alleges that in February “several of the conspirators attempted to travel to Kentucky to attend a summit of militia groups.” As the Southern Poverty Law Center, who keeps, among other things, track of these groups reported:

The SPLC documented a 244 percent increase in the number of active Patriot groups in 2009. Their numbers grew from 149 groups in 2008 to 512 groups in 2009, an astonishing addition of 363 new groups in a single year. Militias – the paramilitary arm of the Patriot movement – were a major part of the increase, growing from 42 militias in 2008 to 127 in 2009.

Now before you go and categorize the SPLC as another “Acorn” type group, do your own research, don’t let Fox tell you what it is. Don’t be lazy and check these numbers for yourself.

Remember last April when the Department of Homeland Security came out with their report on right-wing extremist groups and almost immediately they apologized for it? The main concern of the apology was what was inferred about returning soldiers. You can download a copy HERE

But the main points of the report are listed below:

  • [R]ightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
  • Anti-immgration: “Rightwing extremist groups’ frustration over a perceived lack of government action on illegal immigration has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence. If such violence were to occur, it likely would be isolated, small-scale, and directed at specific immigration-related targets.”
  • Recruiting returning vets: “Rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat.”
  • Gun-related violence: “Heightened interest in legislation for tighter firearms … may be invigorating rightwing extremist activity, specifically the white supremacist and militia movements.”

The outrage as you probably guessed was the part about the returning soldiers. Looks like the report is unfortunately becoming more and relevant as we discover more and more about these so-called “Patriot” groups. What stops one in his tracks is not so much the twisted logic that some of these folks use to justify their causes, it is the religious aspect that makes it even harder to discuss anything rational with them. They will go to prison as martyrs for a bastardization of the Gospel. As the manifesto states on their website (if it is still up),

Believe in this word and spread it to all you can. Stand, stay and pray for the defense of the word. For we live by faith and cannot see nor understand what we believe, entirely, but nevertheless the reward is worth it in the end.

I wonder how long it will take before the circle of the militia movement intersects with the circle of the Tea Party Movement?

And so it goes….