IFAS | Freedom Writer | Summer 2000 | hate.html

A secular religion of hate

When Timothy McVeigh, one of the two men convicted for the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, was arrested, he had in his possession a well-worn copy of The Turner Diaries by Andrew Macdonald. Andrew Macdonald is a pseudonym for William Pierce, a former American Nazi Party official and founder of the fast growing National Alliance.

The Turner Diaries is a novel about a white revolt in America. In the story, white men rob banks to fund their revolution, then go out and methodically kill Jews, blacks, and other people of color. The Anti-Defamation League says the book is more than a story, it's "an explicit terrorism manual." Dozens of terrorist acts have been patterned after episodes in the book, including bombings and murders.

The National Alliance was originally founded in 1968 as the Youth for Wallace campaign when it backed the Alabama segregationist, Governor George C. Wallace, for president. After the election it became the National Youth Alliance. "Youth" was dropped from the name when William Pierce took over in 1970.

The most outstanding trait of the National Alliance (NA) is its overt anti-Semitism. The group blames Jews for all the world's problems. The NA spews its hate through its sophisticated Internet sites, www.natall.com and www.natvan.com; programs on a dozen radio stations; its National Vanguard and Free Speech magazines; and National Vanguard Books (which has an 80-page catalog of books, magazines, and anti-Semitic videos).

The NA's membership list is secret. "Any White person (i.e., a non-Jewish person of wholly European ancestry) of good character and at least 18 years of age who accepts the goals of the National Alliance and who is willing to support the program.may become a member." They further add that "race, not citizenship," is what counts. A citizen of any country "except Israel" may become a member.

The basic goal of the NA is the "building of a new White world.based on Aryan values," not unlike that of Germany during Hitler's reign of terror. "Unfortunately," they write, "since the end of the Second World War no White government has been under the control of White men with our values and our ideology." So, they conclude, "Our program, therefore, must have as one of its goals the attainment of governmental power. Nothing short of this can be meaningful in the long run." They feel that they can achieve this goal through "recruiting and cadre building." Toward this end they actively seek members in the business community, among university faculties, in the armed forces, and in law enforcement.

That the National Alliance has strong secular religious tones is evidenced in the following paragraph (emphasis in the original) taken from their literature:

"We need a government of men and women who actually respect that government, and whose attitude toward its mission is essentially religious; a government more like a holy order than like any existing secular government today. It might not be too much to say that the most important single institution in the government we want will be the one which selects, trains, and tests the people who will be the judges and the legislators and the executives in that government, people who will be more like secular priests in their behavior and their attitude toward their work than like today's politicians and bureaucrats."

The NA is run from its headquarters in Hillsboro, West Virginia. In addition, it has chapters in 17 states, including the following cities: Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Boca Raton, FL; Orlando, FL; Tampa, FL; Dahlonega, GA; Indianapolis, IN; Harwich, MA; Baltimore, MD; Hagerstown, MD; Midland, MI; Benson, NC; Charlotte, NC; Elon College, NC; Raleigh, NC; Siler City, NC; Kimball, NE; Hewitt, NJ; Peekskill, NY; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Parma, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Reading, PA; Austin, TX; Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; Hillsboro, WV.

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