Monday, November 10, 2014

A Racially-Inclusive Ku Klux Klan??

A Montana man named John Abarr has been involved with the white supremacist movement for most of his life. His belief system has been reforming in recent years, culminating last year with a bridge-building meeting with members of the NAACP. Now he wants to reform the Ku Klux Klan's reputation by transforming it into a inclusive organization:
John Abarr (has) started a new KKK group called the Rocky Mountain Knights. Though he won't say exactly how many members this new KKK group has, the organization will not discriminate against people because of race, religion or sexual orientation. "The KKK is for a strong America," Abarr said. "White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan..."

Abarr said his chapter of the KKK is a fraternal organization seeking members who want to fight against a "new world order" or a one-world government, which he is afraid the federal government is trying to achieve. Members who join still would be required to wear the robes and hoods and participate in the secret rituals, but Abarr said the Rocky Mountain Knights will be an open and non-discriminatory group.
The linked article indicates that Abarr is busy organizing a 2015 "peace summit" with the NAACP and other religious groups.

Lots of folks are skeptical about this effort to rebuild the KKK into a racially-, religiously-, and sexually-mixed melting pot of anti-government togetherness, including the KKK leadership:
Abarr's latest actions have enraged the United Klans of America, said Bradley Jenkins, imperial wizard for the organization. He agrees with the Montana Human Rights Network that Abarr should not be using the KKK title for his new organization — but for completely different reasons.

"That man's going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say," said Jenkins. "He's trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career."
Would you join the KKK if you knew that it was now open to people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations?

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