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More on Michigan Militant Groups and Antichrist Battles

March 29, 2010

It was sad this morning when I knew right away, just some Texans probably did with Waco, that upon mention of militia groups in the Midwest, Michigan would be mentioned and rather unfavorably.  What do you do when your militia is refused help by other militias?  Run:

But even within the militant world of the Michigan militia movement, the Hutarees are viewed as extreme religious fanatics. Michael Lackomar, a leader of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, told the Associated Pressthat he’d fielded a frantic call from a Hutaree member Saturday night reporting the onset of the federal raids. After hearing pleas for help, Lackomar said that his group declined. “They said that they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide,” Lackomar recalls. “My team leaders said, ‘No thanks.’

A posting on a Hutaree message board by someone named Anna seems to back up Lackomar’s claim that Hutaree members were seeking help from other militia groups in the area.

“We need some help please,” she wrote. “I am enroute south with my children using the wifi’s as I can. They were catching others as they came to their rallying points, they broke into homes and took children and used the tasers on wives, my son who is 12 and I got out by crawling through the creeks behind our house. My husband and others are taken, please call the press and tell them, if any in the Michigan Militia is still free please rally with them. Please help.”

This point of view is pretty heavily quoted in the news outlets today, and while I feel sorry for the children, why would women who are planning on killing police officers be spared tasers as opposed to men who are planning on killing police officers?  I am thinking that this sounds remarkably like guerilla warfare, and while abhor the children involved, I have to wonder why, as always, these fanatics involve their children and then are amazed when their kids are arrested, hurt, or even worse.  Why bring the kids with them?

It gets better when you read the mission statement, and I suppose my response, at this point in a world full of radical evil-doers using God as their shield, is sad resignation.  I know what it’s going to say, something about how God told them to act, told them to kill people, told them that their cause was mightier than the last, so mighty that they are allowed the privilege of killing other people for it.  And, yes, this group says the same things:

Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming … The Hutaree will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it. We will reach out to those who are yet blind in the last days of the kingdoms of men and bring them to life in Christ.

Of course, in this premise, there is no mention of Christ literally dying without a fight for his own beliefs, as opposed to killing scores of people to get them to join his church.  I mean nothing says recruitment like a gun to the head at a funeral, right?  How better to make a person holy than to threaten death to a person and his/her family?  I know I sound bitter about this, but it’s the same story on a different day from the religious right, and here the conservatives are worried about how to keep God in the government.

Forgive me if I sound bitter, but the RNC, a big proponent of the religious right was also profiled in the media today for fronting money for a strip joint, so the hypocrisy of strip joints and killing of police officers to stop the antichrist all in one day is a bit too much for me.  Oh, and the Michigan Militia also advocates killing Jews and Muslims, as if now Jews and Muslims are one and the same?  Excuse me, Michigan Militia, but that fight between those warring religious factions started long before this one, long before your group started.  That has already been fought out, and continues to be in the Gaza strip.  Why start that shit in Michigan?

Okay, so as a Michigander, I am angry, but seriously, this group resorts to converting people to Christianity by killing at a funeral?  Hyperbole anyone?

According to the indictment unsealed this morning in court, the nine members of the group — eight men and one woman — planned to “levy war” against the U.S. government. To incite such a war, the group planned to murder law enforcement officials and then follow up their initial attacks with a separate attack on the fallen officers’ funeral(s), where a large number of law enforcement personnel would no doubt be gathered.

It boggles the mind that by inciting war the church will grow.  I suppose we Michiganders could discuss how this concept of feeling guilt isn’t new, and I have just talked with some friends in Massachusetts that said that the guilt from the English teachers at schools where 9/11 terrorists supposedly trained is enormous.  So, maybe I should be feeling good that the cops stepped in, but when the other militia groups won’t even help out, you know you’re in trouble.  Leave it to Michigan to have even backwoods militia that can’t get help because it’s so backwards.  Yikes, it’s a Monday…

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