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Hutaree Neither Christian Nor Militia? Debunking the Myth

The unnamed “CNN Wire Staff” today issued a report with a contradictory headline:

Group arrested not Christian or militia, insider says

(CNN) — Members of a militia charged with plotting to kill police were not Christian or a militia, a man acquainted with the group said Tuesday.

“This is a group that I would classify as neither a militia or a Christian group,” said Michael Lackomar, a member of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. “They’re really a fringe group outside of anything we do.

CNN is trying really, really hard on this one. But trying really hard doesn’t make CNN’s headline make sense. If what Lackomar says is true, then what makes Lackomar an “insider”? If the Hutarees are really “outside of anything we do,” how would Lackomar know whether the Hutaree group is or is not a Christian or Militia group? Either Lackomar has no idea what he’s talking about, or he is an authority on them because the group was not “outside of anything we do.” The whole premise of CNN’s presentation doesn’t make logical sense.

But even if you don’t care about logic, the deep Christian and Militia roots of the Hutaree group are empirically verifiable.

Christian flag of the HutareesThe Hutarees are Christian

If the Hutaree flag flying below a flag of the Christian cross isn’t enough for you, consider that the group chose the name “Hutaree,” defining it to mean “Christian Warrior”. The Hutaree website proclaims that “We are to be Christian soldiers.” Its self-declared mission: “Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” The group declares itself to be the “armour of God” in the face of “the rise of the Anti-Christ.” And how about the declaration, “We are an Independent unit, subject to GOD’s laws and guided by the testimony of JESUS!!!!!!” For Pete’s sake, the “CCR” on the Hutaree badge stands for “Colonial Christian Republic.”

Hutaree Christian Militia Members Posing In Front of Three Flags: the Hutaree Cross, the Christian Cross, and the Don't Tread on Me Flag

The following is the “Doctrine of the Hutaree”:

The Doctrine of the Hutaree is based on faith and most of all the testimony of Jesus. Hebrews 11:1, ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for, The Evidence of things not yet seen.’

Jesus spoke of the ten virgins in Matthew 25: 1-12. The wise ones took enough oil to last the whole night, just in case the bridegroom was late. The foolish ones took not enough oil to last the whole night and figured that the bridegroom would arrive earlier than he did.

These bridegrooms represent the Christian church of today. The oil, just as Jesus explained, represented faith. If you read the story right, you find out that the people with enough faith to last as long as it might take are the wise ones. They know and believe in the testimony of Christ, even through the darkest and most doubtful of times. This day is soon.

The foolish ones are the ones who expect Christ to arrive too soon. They have brought for themselves only enough oil to last for a short time, having not enough faith to last through the darkest hours. When the time comes for those without enough faith, they will fall to the Anti-Christ’s doctrine. And it will make perfect sense to the whole world; even the elect.

We all as Christians should stand firm in Christ and believe in him until our uttermost end. The testimony must by no means pass away and we must spread the word believing in Christ’s words, even during the end times.

Now when that hour Christ arrives the foolish ones would have already left their waiting mark, their place in Christ. Then when he comes over, trumpets blowing, and clouds flowing, the wise ones will come to him in the clouds and into heaven. The foolish will then remember what they were ‘supposed to do’ and cry out loud to God and knock on heaven’s door. But read and you’ll find that it says that when the door is shut no one enters afterwards. They will knock and he will say, “Away with you, for I know you not.

I Peter 5:11, ‘And this is the Testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.’

Believe in this word and spread it to all you can. Stand, stay and pray for the defense of the word. For we live by faith and cannot see nor understand what we believe, entirely, but nevertheless the reward is worth it in the end.

ETERNAL LIFE IS IN JESUS, AMEN.

A April 29, 2008 web archive of the Hutaree website (hutaree.com) lists “Just some of the various information sources we use.” Their complete list:

Off The Grid Girls

WorldNetDaily – A Free Press for a Free People

Jerusalem Post – Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense

Jack Van Impe Ministries

Real Truth Magazine

The European Union Army

EUobserver.com

EUROPA – Gateway to the European Union

Western European Union – Union de l’Europe Occidentale

CNSNews.com: The Cybercast News Service

Times of Noah – Current Events and Bible Prophecy

Christian Apologetic Web Site; Countercult; Evangelism

WorldNetDaily is a website operating from an explicitly fundamentalist Christian perspective. Jack Van Impe is an evangelical Christian. Real Truth Magazine is published by the Restored Church of God. Times of Noah recently went defunct, but if you search for the google archive of the site you’ll see that it’s a Christian End Times conspiracy website that identifies the European Union, Russia and Islamic Nations as the enemies of Christ. CNSNews.com is another fundamentalist Christian wire service, and “Christian Apologetic Web Site” speaks for itself.

Unless you want to claim that WorldNetDaily, CNSNews, Jack Van Impe and the Restored Church of God are not Christian, unless you want to shut your eyes to the flag of the Cross the Hutaree flies, it’s unavoidable: Hutaree is a Bible-quoting, Bible-thumping Christian group.

Hutaree Member Tina Stone in a Bridal Veil with a Young Kid and a Gun

The Hutarees are Embedded in Militia Culture

Whether you call them a militia or not, the Hutaree placed themselves firmly in the midst of militia groups, both rhetorically and socially.

This screen capture from a web archive of the Hutaree online forum refers to a call to Christian militia formation:

Hutaree calls for the formation of Christian militias, and declares Count Us In!

As of tonight, you can still head to http://hutaree.com/misc.htm (don’t expect that to stay up for long) and find the Hutarees’ link page, a screen capture of which looks like this:

Hutaree Links to Ohio, Michigan, and Idaho Militia along with the Patriot Broadcasting Network and Liberty Tree Radio

The pesky thing about camouflage is that it makes it hard to see anything, but if you strain your eyes long enough you can read direct hyperlinks to The Patriot Broadcasting Network (Liberty Tree Radio), The Michigan Militia, The Ohio Militia, and The North Idaho 21st Light Foot. All of these are core organizations in the militia movement.

And then there are the MySpace friends of the Hutaree (a partial list taken from the first page of a web archive since the group page has been removed) and of “RD” — David Brian Stone. Here’s a list of the MySpace friends of the Hutaree on just the first page:

105th “Blue Guard”
135th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry
1st TN Rifles Unit
55th Idaho Lightfoot
Big Tony Tony V
black brigade
BM Brogzen
Brittany Bryant
Central Texas Militia
Christians Against the New World Order
Constitutional Republic of America
Doc Gulley / Jim Gulliksen
Florida Free Alliance
Ghosts of the Republic
Jackson County Volunteers
JR David Stone
Kentucky State Militia
Kris Sickles
Lee County Armed Volunteers
Lenawee County Volunteer Michigan Militia
LK Zevitch
Me Too!!!
Michigan Militia Corps Wolverines
Mobile County Survivalists
Mountain Man 6 Molon Labe
Ohio Defense Corps
Ohio Militia
RD Merzonik
SA-R.N.E.M. (Confederate Chapter)
Sons of Freedom Militia
thane Molon Labe
The Intelligence Report / Liberty Free Radio
Washington State Militia
WV Militia
Yorktown Militia
Yuma Militia

Of those Myspace Friends of the Hutaree in general, the following are also specific friends of David Brian Stone:

55th Idaho Lightfoot
Big Tony Tony V
BM Brogzen
Brittany Bryant
JR David Stone
Kris Sickles
Lenawee County Volunteer Michigan Militia
LK Zevitch
Me Too!!!
Michigan Militia Corps Wolverines
Ohio Defense Corps
Ohio Militia
The Intelligence Report / Liberty Free Radio
WV Militia

Hello, militia movement. Then there are those posting notes of support for the Hutaree on the Hutaree’s Myspace page:

Les “Molon Labe”
Solo Clone
Nunya
Tracy LaFontaine
LHC, AZ. Patriots Molon Labe
THeeye Molon Labe
2-Glock Molon Labe
PASTOR ZIG Molon Labe

What’s with all those “Molon Labe”s? It’s not “Molson Lager” misspelled. It comes from the Greek, and is used in — you guessed it, militia circles — as a challenge. If you want my weapons, “come and get them!”

You could wave your hands until Christ comes back with a loaded Uzi but you couldn’t make this go away. The next time someone comes up to you and says, “Hey, man, why is the mainstream media always tagging the Hutaree 9 as Christians and part of the militia movement?”, just point them here and reply “because that’s who they are.”

4 comments to Hutaree Neither Christian Nor Militia? Debunking the Myth

  • Jacob

    So if I decided to kill everyone and I made a big flag with the Irregular Times clock guy on it and spent all day chatting with you guys online and I decided to kill everyone that posted news outside of Irregular Times because the world needs the news from the greatest (Irregular Times) then when I got caught I would be one of you on par with Jim, J. Clifford and Peregrin etc because I said so right?

    If you would try to say ‘No, hes not one of us. This guy is an idiot who believes in something totally outside of what we believe’ it would be OK to say, nope, clock man is on the flag and he posts here all of the time. he is an Irregular Times member. This is your group

    • Jim

      Cute. It’s so counterfactual that it punches through the wall of outrageous to just plain cute.

      If you agreed with us, which you don’t, and if we had meetings that you attended, which we don’t and you don’t, and if you trained with us with weapons in the woods, which you don’t, and if you had the same ideology, which you don’t, and if you had a social network of friends you made videos with who were part of Irregular Times meetings and trainings, which you don’t, and if you flew the flag, which doesn’t exist, and if you promoted a set of Irregular Times radio shows and ministries which don’t exist, and if you got positive comments from Irregular Times movement people in this regard, which you haven’t…

      if all of those conditions were met, then certainly you could be said to be part of an Irregular Times movement. None of those conditions are met in the case of Irregular Times. All of them are met in the case of the Hutaree. The Hutaree group is openly steeped in Christianity and it has multiple observable connections to the militia movement.

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