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Extremist Watch: Neo-Nazis, Dominionists Protest PrideFest In Ozarks

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2009

Several members of the National Socialist Movement protested at a PrideFest celebration in Springfield, Missouri. Another anti-gay group, Minutemen United, was also at the rally. Gregory Thompson told a local Fox affiliate, “We love them so much that we want their soul in heaven for eternity. That’s the greatest love that there is.” That was just after footage of protesters shouting, “Death to Gays!”

The Minutemen United appears to be an offshoot of a similarly named group based in Ohio which disrupted two central Ohio church services in 2007. “Coach” Dave Daubenmire, who heads the Ohio group, was in Springfield in advance of the protest. Daubenmire also heads Pass the Salt Ministries, a Christian Dominionist group. The Missouri chapter of Minutemen United describes itself as “Christian men that are ready to run to the battle; at a minute’s warning!  To take to the field with arms (our arms is the sword of the Lord-the Bible).”

The National Socialist Movement in Springfield is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a neo-Nazi hate group.

Update: The Springfield News-Leader has more. Another chant: “Thank God for AIDS!” Where have we heard that before?

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AJD
June 15th, 2009 | LINK

The idea of fundamentalists and Nazis at the same protest is pretty scary and reminiscent of what happens in Russia, where Orthodox Christians picket alongside skinheads.

I was on the subway several weeks ago, and this Jamaican lady start singing out loud: “Me no like lesbian and me no like batty boy” over and over again whenever the train closed the doors after picking up passengers at a station.

Times like these — when radical social change (the first black president and gay rights advances) conspire with economic difficulty — create the perfect environment for extremism.

We should be watching our backs.

Dawn
June 15th, 2009 | LINK

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command – to quote the Jesus they say they follow(john 15.13-14)

I would like to see one of them take a fist in the face for a gay being beaten up! We christians are known by our actions and the actions of these are not christ-like!

EDDIE JR.
June 15th, 2009 | LINK

Does anyone think things like this will ever end? These people seem to step up their activities with every advance we make. It seems we scare them into acting more, and more openly.

I am, however optimistic of eventual succses.(Think civil rights)

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