Try as they might to distance themselves from racists and white supremacists, the Christofascists are finding the effort difficult. Now, the Klu Klux Klan is making the effort even more difficult as it announces that it will rally at the South Carolina capitol to defend the Confederate flag and to promote "White Christian Nation." I have often maintained that if you scratch beneath the surface of most supposed Christian "family values" organizations you will find a bunch of would be segregationist and white supremacists. That holds true for Family Research Council or The Family Foundation here in Virginia. Patheos.com looks at situation in South Carolina. Here are highlights:
The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan will rally on the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina next month to promote a “White Christian nation” and defend the honor of the Confederate flag.
On Monday, state officials confirmed that the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s Pelham, North Carolina, chapter have reserved the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina for a rally in front of the South Carolina Statehouse scheduled for July 18.
The Post and Courier reports the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which calls itself the “largest Klan in America,” filed a permit saying they expected between 100 and 200 people to attend the event on the north side of the building, where the Confederate battle flag is currently being flown.
In a statement, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said the KKK was not welcome: This is our state, and they are not welcome.
However, despite Governor Haley’s protests, Brian Gaines, spokesman for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, confirmed the rally, noting the state provides rally space at the Statehouse site when space is available or previously not reserved.
The KKK rally promoting a “White Christian nation” and defending the Confederate flag will take place a month after Dylann Roof entered a historic church in Charleston and shot to death nine African-Americans during a Bible study meeting last month.
On their website, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan claims Southern whites are facing “cultural genocide” while insisting they are not a “hate group.” The group insists that the KKK is all about obeying “God’s law,” and restoring “America to a White Christian nation founded on God’s word.” The following is an excerpt:
We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion, and race-mixing because these things go against God’s law and they are destroying all white nations. But rather than focus on hate, we try to focus on the love of our race. Love for our God and Country. Our goal is to help restore America to a White Christian nation founded on God’s word.
It sounds almost the same as the agenda on the websites of FRC and TFF. Conservative Christianity is truly something ugly.