CLAYTON, Mich. - This tiny village was to be ground zero for a Christian revolution sparked by the planned killing of a local law enforcement officer and then snowballing into a violent battle and nationwide revolution, said an indictment unsealed Monday against nine men accused in the plot.
I can't help wondering why folk like this think their plots will "spark a nationwide revolution?"
People shoot each other every fucking day.
There has to be a good reason...
Clayton resident Dick Ream (I'm not making this up) said,
"They had a militia meeting every month. There were guys in uniform running around. Some of them had guns. It was no real surprise, with all these people being part of the militia, that something must have been up."
Donna Stone, ex-wife of "Captain Hamtaro" David Brian Stone, had this to say,
"It started out as a Christian thing. You go to church. You pray. You run around the woods with automatic weapons playing Army. I think David started to take it a little too far."
"Too far" huh? I think the ex Mrs. Stone is quite the master of understatement. (& yes I made some of that quote up.)
The Christian-based, anti-government group is said to believe that the end times forecast in Biblical scripture is near, and that the men planned to be soldiers fighting alongside Jesus Christ.
All righty then. Now that explains everything.
Their website has this neat quote:
"Preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive"
Oh no! They want to erase every Bible. Those...those nefariously demonic bastards. I can see why we need a nationwide revolution. Crates & crates of half blank Bibles would be fucking horrible.
They also have this handy picture of the notorious "Revelation Beast."
So, if you happen to see a giant triceratops with a bear coming of one armpit and a lion coming out of the other armpit, it's best to "bug out." And no one, I mean NO ONE bugs out like this guy.
Oh shit...did I say "bug out?" My bad. I meant to say bug fuck.
Seriously though, I have to give these guys some credit. To spend their weekends huffing through the brush shooting at imaginary enemies would make me feel utterly foolish. Kind of like an 8 year old playing at war. After giggling at...I mean...after watching their videos I can't help wondering how long they'd survive if someone was actually shooting at them.
5 minutes? 10 minutes?
Although, I am encouraged to know that Armageddon will have a nifty rocking soundtrack.
The government, evidently addicted to empty rhetoric & hyperbole, had this to say,
"The arrests have dealt a severe blow to a dangerous organization that today stands accused of conspiring to levy war against the United States."
Be serious. As far as crackpot Christianity goes, this is all pretty much par for the course here in the US Asylum.
On the up side, at least these guys weren't molesting deaf kids in between bouts of Jesus inspired war games.
NEW YORK – Milwaukee's Roman Catholic archbishop warned a top Vatican office led by the future Pope Benedict XVI about a priest who may have molested as many as 200 deaf boys, according to documents obtained by The New York Times, but the priest was never defrocked.
The documents were provided by two lawyers who have filed lawsuits alleging the Archdiocese of Milwaukee didn't take sufficient action against the Rev. Lawrence Murphy. The priest, who died in 1998, worked at the former St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis from 1950 to 1975.
In 1996, then-Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland sent letters about Murphy to the Vatican office called the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was led from 1981 to 2005 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope. Weakland received no response from Ratzinger, the Times reported.
Eight months later, the second in command at the doctrinal office, Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone — now the Vatican's secretary of state — told the Wisconsin bishops to begin secret disciplinary proceedings, according to the documents. But Bertone halted that process after Murphy wrote to Ratzinger saying he already had repented, was ailing and that the case's statute of limitations had run out, the Times reported.
The documents contain no response from Cardinal Ratzinger.
Weakland also wrote to a different Vatican office in March 1997, saying an attorney's impending lawsuit would make the case public.
The documents emerged even as the Vatican deals with an ever-widening church abuse scandal sweeping several European countries. Benedict last week issued an unprecedented letter to Ireland addressing the 16 years of church cover-up scandals here. But he has yet to say anything about his handling of a case in Germany known to have developed when, as cardinal, he oversaw the Munich Archdiocese from 1977 to 1982.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, said in a statement that the Vatican was not told about the abuse allegations against Murphy until 1996, years after civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case. Lombardi also said that Murphy's age, poor health and a lack of more recent allegations were factors in the decision not to defrock him.
He noted "the Code of Canon Law does not envision automatic penalties" and that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith suggested the Milwaukee archbishop consider such things as restricting Murphy's public ministry and requiring that he "accept full responsibility for the gravity of his acts."
The Times obtained the Murphy documents from Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, attorneys for five men who have sued the Milwaukee archdiocese alleging fraud. The newspaper said the documents included letters between bishops and the Vatican, victims' affidavits, the handwritten notes of an expert on sexual disorders who interviewed Murphy and minutes of a final meeting on the case at the Vatican.
Anderson said he would e-mail the documents to the AP on Thursday. He said in a phone interview Wednesday night that they show the Vatican was more concerned about possible publicity than about the abuse allegations.
"Instead of removing him from the priesthood, they just gave him a free pass," Anderson said. "In this case, it's a free pass at the highest level."
After Murphy was removed from the school in 1974, he went to northern Wisconsin, where he spent the rest of his life working in parishes, schools and, according to one lawsuit, a juvenile detention center.
Previously released court documents show Weakland oversaw a 1993 evaluation of Murphy that concluded the priest likely assaulted up to 200 students at the school.
Weakland resigned as archbishop in 2002 after admitting the archdiocese secretly paid $450,000 to a man who accused him of sexual abuse.