Religion is the key to the Freemen's beliefs, and they spell them out in their legal documents:
- There are two ``seed lines'' within Genesis: one from
Adamand Eve, descended through their son Seth, and one from Satanand Eve: ``Simply put, Evehad sex with Satanand then Adam,'' writes Skurdal. Cain, their offspring, went into exile after killing Abel, mating with the ``beasts,'' or mud people created before Adam: ``It is the colored people, or the jews, who are the descendants of Cain,'' says the ``Edict.''
- Events recorded in II Kings show that the children of
were scattered after a war with the Assyrians, or Edomites, and all the tribes but Israel went into exile. These became the northern Europeans, or Aryans. Judah
This system of beliefs is called
- Thus, white people are the true children of
; black people and other races are merely soulless ``pre-Adamic'' races. The satanically descended Edomites now call themselves the Jews. Israel , and its presence is probably the single greatest common denominator among all the various fragmented factions of the radical right wing in Christian Identity . It is practiced by the neo-Nazis of the Aryan Nations, by the leaders of the Militia of Montana, by remnants of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. Its foremost preacher is the Rev. Pete Peters, a Colorado-based minister whose 1992 gathering in Estes Park -- drawing such luminaries as Col. James ``Bo'' Gritz, John Trochmann, Ku Klux Klan leader Louis Beam, and onetime Pat Buchanan adviser Larry Pratt -- is often credited with being the chief formative event behind the militia movement. America
The core beliefs of
are so far astray from those of mainstream Christianity -- and so repellent to so many average Americans -- that they induce in the religion's followers a cult-like closed mindset: a sense of persecution coupled with self-righteousness that is supported by the group's social peers. True believers -- often drawn from the ranks of the disenfranchised -- will not be dissuaded by any amount of logic and reason. Christian Identity
They live in a kind of alternative universe, complex and wholly unlike anything in mainstream life. It is populated by soulless non-humans, satanic conspirators and a handful of true Christians who abide by ``God's law.'' By closing off the other world, they reinforce each other's beliefs in the confines of their tight social circle. At the stark, isolated setting of the
ranch, this cycle has reached intense proportions, especially as the Freemen's leaders have scoured a library full of law books for documents, rulings and obscure citations that will reinforce their beliefs. Coupled with a siege mentality, the beliefs have spun a web that fully ensnares those inclined to join it, putting them outside the reach of longtime neighbors and friends, even family members. Forget about law enforcement officials. Clark
In the Freemen's world, the Federal Reserve is a Jewish hoax, money is merely counterfeit currency printed by the conspirators, taxes are an illegal form of blackmail by a renegade corporation that calls itself the United States, and the courts have placed themselves above God's law, thereby issuing a series of satanic and perverted rulings that are destroying the nation.
Pacific RimNews Service