By Ron Recinto | The Lookout – 13 hrs ago
A controversial pastor's conference welcoming only "white Christians" is underway in Lamar County, Ala., upsetting residents of the nearby town of Winfield in the western part of the state.
Christian Identity Ministries is holding a three-day conference for so-called "white Christians" who contend they have been treated unfairly, the Rev. Mel Lewis told local TV station WSFA. Lewis, the organizer and keynote speaker, says they have the right, like any other Americans, to worship how they wish.
Ku Klux Klan flags and white supremacy slogans surround the conference, which will conclude with a cross being set on fire Friday night. Organizers say it's not a cross-burning, but rather sacred Christian cross lighting.
"We are not breaking any laws. We're not violating any ordinances. We're bringing the Word of God to people who want it, obviously, or they wouldn't be here," Lewis told the TV station.
Lewis said of the conference-goers: "They are part of the chosen race."
The mayor of nearby Winfield said residents are upset, and the event does not represent their town in any way.
"Business people are upset. The city is upset. The city of Winfield does not condone this," Winfield Mayor Wayne Silas told another local TV station, WECT.
"It's surprising to see something like that in our town," said Tyler Cantrell. "I know it's been here in the past."
Organizers say their ministry is not a hate group and that although there is a strong KKK presence, the Klan did not sponsor the event.
I realize this has already been beaten to death, but I thought I'd get my two cents worth in as well.
Yes, I agree that Lewis and his bunch have a right to their religious freedom. However, anyone with half a brain would know the general reaction when their plans were announced. Rather than try and be as discreet as possible, they made a big to do out of it, and now everyone and their brother is posting this on their sites and blogs - especially the left wingers. He gives an interview to the Jews Media, and they wasted no time in twisting everything he had to say. I mean, didn't he expect that? If so, it wasn't very smart to grant an interview, was it?
It's obvious to me that all he's after is ANY kind of publicity for his "church" - and he got it in spades. It was virtually all negative. I've looked at several blogs/sites that have post this story and it was all negative except for a few WN sites.
Comrades, some people feel that any kind of publicity is good publicity. I used to think that as well. I had to learn the truth the hard way. The ANP way is the best way. When was the last negative news story printed about us? The last thing was the interview Chairman Suhayda gave to that Jeff Perlman person. It was surprisingly fair. Then there was the story about our lobbyist, JT Bowles. No hatchet job there either. Before that, there were the articles about Lobbyist Bowles speaking to high school classes. Very positive stuff.
Groups like Lewis's want to stir up controversy. Well, they do have the right. But they only serve to give the press a chance to boost their ratings/circulation by trashing WN's. So far, I have not seen the words "National Socialism" connected with them - yet. We should be grateful for that that. I did read one story that called them the "KKK without the sheets."
Personally, I wish groups like Lewis's that conduct themselves like a three-ringed-circus would simply just go away, and let those of us who are truly serious about advancing the cause of the White race get on with it. We can do it without all the clowns, with or without sheets too.