Last night, I referred to a strange Hutaree personality: TEOTWAWKI Man. He appeared in two videos referred to by the Hutaree.com web site. These videos featured the character educating viewers about what they will need to do if they want to lay low for a few days to avoid the enemy when the End Times finally come. It is now clear that TEOTWAWKI Man is none other than Joshua Clough, one of the nine members of Hutaree indicted for a conspiracy to kill policemen and their families in an effort to ignite a nationwide civil war.
Clough had his own channel on YouTube, a place where he had a few videos he used in an attempt to advertise his cut-rate wedding video business, JC2 Productions. Most of the videos Clough posted to the channel were actually from 8 or 9 years ago, back when Clough was a member of a church youth group. In fact, Clough used a church-owned video camera to make those first videos. It’s creepy to see from this animated character in one of Clough’s movies to see that his Christian fundamentalist style was heavily influenced by VeggieTales.
Actually, Clough did produce a video for a church Sunday school recruitment program relatively recently. In 2007, he made Two Things You Don’t Want To Miss. In the video, a young woman dreams that she wakes up, late for church, only to arrive and discover that, because she slept in instead of worshipping Jesus, she missed the rapture. “Two things you don’t want to miss: 1. The Rapture 2. Sunday School,” the alleged wannabe terrorist Clough advises church kids.
Still, even at that time, the first signs of a Hutaree obsession with a military struggle against Satan enveloped in End Times mythology could be seen. One of the first set of videos featured an adolescent version of the Hutarees called the FuGents – supernatural secret agents who seek out the enemies of God and kill them.
The video begins with narration: “In the first seven days of the Universe, God created Earth and the surrounding planets, but then, on the eighth day, God created FuGents. They were God’s agents, and they roamed the planet seeking and destroying evil.” Then, the FuGents open up their Bibles and with holy rays from the books, kill demons trying to convince a teenager to play video games and listen to country music. I’d like to know what church supported this activity, the fantasies of killing in the name of God.
Pathetically poignant is the Clough video Braughtworstandsourkruat, created in 2003. In this video made 14 years after the end of the Cold War, Clough imagines that Communists from Poland have invaded the United States. Only, the Communists are so incompetent that they can’t last five minutes once the U.S. government shows up.
Clough and the other Hutarees were the rebels who couldn’t shoot straight. Their alleged plan to slaughter police officers only resulted in their own humiliation. In his TEOTWAWKI persona, Clough advised that, when running from Satanic government agents, “It’s recommended that you change your socks twice a day, actually.” Poor Josh Clough. He didn’t have enough time to play Boy Scout even to change his socks once.