The word of a series of FBI raids in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois first came on the Hutaree web site, Hutaree.com. A woman in the Hutaree community wrote, “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.”
Arrest warrants were carried, but are sealed, meaning that no one knows right now what the imprisoned Hutaree members are being accused of. There are some rumors that the Hutaree prisoners are suspected of making pipe bombs, but that’s not clear.
You may be asking yourself at this point, what is all this talk of Hutaree? What’s a Hutaree? According to the members of Hutaree, a Hutaree is a “christian warrior”. A Hutaree explains, “We are to be Christian soldiers. As King David had mighty men so does the King of glory have His mighty men.”
The Hutarees’ online forum is still up at this hour, although many parts of the forum require a keyword to enter. In the public parts of the forum, Hutaree members make frequent comments about things that they can’t say because the government may be listening in, but here’s what we can gather about the Hutarees’ agenda:
The End Times are a part of fundamentalist Christian mythology, a time in the future when it is believed that Satan will attempt to rule the Earth, with the best Christian believers instantly raptured into God’s presence, with the less worthy left behind to choose sides between Satan and Jesus. Why did the Hutarees believe that they would be left behind to fight and kill those who refused to join with Jesus? That’s not clear. The Hutarees’ language makes plain their belief that the End Times will come soon, however.
One Hutaree writes, “This and similar Christian groups who believe in the armour of God will be the only groups to prevail in the soon coming crisis.” Another states, “If we are correct then we are witnessing the birth of the NWO and the rise of the Anti-Christ.”
The Hutarees quote lines from the Bible that seem to be encouraging violence. From the Gospel of Luke: “He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” From the Gospel of John: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
One Hutaree explains his belief in the logic of the Apocalypse, hoping for enough death and destruction to bring about a more pure society. “Enough people and things must be destroyed so that the system may start back over and inflate to maximum potential again. This time around though I see the potential of a long drawn out mad max type scenario, then after years of small scale fighting things will slowly turn back to civilization to start the process again. In doing so the same destruction of people and things will happen. Yes, the whole world at war, but just dragged out without any distinguishable side.”
The Hutarees don’t believe in the idea of Jesus being a pacifist. One Hutaree writes, “I have always thought of Christ as more of a militant and I am glad to have found some kindred souls.”
One section of the Hutaree.com forum is devoted especially to “weapons”. There’s no ambiguity about the intended use of these weapons. They’re not deterrence. The weapons aren’t appreciated as exemplars of American craftsmanship. The subtitle of this part of the forum is “the things you kill with”.
Hutarees fear fighting because they fear death, not because they wish to avoid killing non-Christians. One Hutaree explains, “None of us really want to fight and possibly die,,but with GOD and JESUS on our side, whats to fear? So let’s make sure our soul’s are ready for war BEFORE we get into this mess! I will agree 100% with Zulif Pastor Ruektoen, REPENT,REPENT, and death will not have any hold on you, then will we be the fighting force, that the devil worshipping new world order don’t want to have to meet up with, for VICTORY is OURS through Christ JESUS!!!!!!!!!!”
How does a Christian prepare the soul for war, I wonder? Is there a Hutaree religious ceremony for this?
The training evidently was not very successful. The FBI had the Hutarees completely outgunned and outmaneuvered. The supposedly safe meetup locations they had arranged were easy for the FBI to find. The Hutarees didn’t have anywhere they could hide, and didn’t have the werewithal to put up an armed resistance.
The Hutarees did, however, have one fellow they linked to who had a two-part video instruction about how to lay low if Satan’s bad guys come after you. It’s entitled, ITEOTWAWKI – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. Mostly, this video instructor warns people about things like not eating too many MREs (meals ready to eat), because they’ll give a person constipation.
The Colonial Christian Republic even had a sort of uniform for its Hutaree Army, including the CCR uniform patch you see here.
The Hutarees encouraged this activites, but did not seek to control these affiliated Christian militant groups, imitating the Al Quaeda model of a decentralized group identity without any central authority that could be easily eliminated. A Hutaree wrote to someone seeking to establish a new Hutaree cell, “We have the Colonial Christian Republic,,this was set up for people to join as allies with us,,this way you get to keep your own unique way of doing things.”
Look for in the next couple days:
- Will other Hutarees be arrested in other states?
- Will a connection between the Hutarees and local Tea Party activism be found?
- What other groups like the Hutarees are already operating, and how similar are they?