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American militias : rebellion, racism & religion
Abanes, Richard.
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x, 296 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Part 1 Sounds of Sedition 5 -- Part 2 Enough Is Enough 41 -- Part 3 Conspiracies Unlimited 73 -- Part 4 Aryan Nations 131 -- Part 5 Unholy Alliances 189.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [277]-293) and index.
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InterVarsity Press, [1996]



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Central - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 303.484 A117

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"After the Oklahoma City bombing, Americans became aware of the alarming growth of paramilitary groups over the previous several years. This ominous development has arisen from a volatile mixture of frustration with the government and deep-seated religious beliefs that are primarily apocalyptic." "The zeal, unity, plans, and, in many cases, the hatred and paranoia exhibited by those involved with such groups are fueled by the sense that we are near the end of the world. The racist attitudes common among paramilitary organizations are also too often rooted in religious ideas." "Understanding the beliefs of militant extremists as we approach the year 2000 - a crucial turning point for many paramilitaries - is critical if social disruption and perhaps even violent confrontations are to be avoided." "American Militias seeks to inform the reader exactly what is being taught to, and believed by, hundreds of thousands of extremists. Thorough and balanced, it explains and refutes some of the complex and bizarre conspiracy theories they hold and suggests ways of defusing their sometimes dangerous zealotry."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Richard Abanes is a freelance journalist and investigative reporter specializing in cults, the occult, world religions, and new religious movements. He is a former cult member but now is a devout Christian.

Abanes was a researcher with the Christian Research Institute and founded the Religious Information Center (RIC) of Southern California. He has been a guest on radio and television talk shows including Hard Copy, EXTRA and Rolanda. He has been cited as an expert on religion and cults by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Waco Tribune-Herald, and Christianity Today.

Abanes has authored several books including American Militias: Rebellion, Racism and Religion, Defending the Faith: A Beginner's Guide to Cults and New Religions, Journey into the Light: Exploring Near-Death Experiences, and The Less Traveled Road and the Bible: A Scriptural Critique of the Philosophy of M. Scott Peck. His feature articles, news stories, and video reviews have been published in national magazines, including Bookstore Journal, Christianity Today, Charisma and Christian Life, Ministries Today, and Christian Research Journal.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1992, many Americans found themselves riveted to their televisions as the drama between the Branch Davidian religious sect and the FBI played itself out on the nightly news. As viewers watched the news, however, they quickly discovered that David Koresh, the leader of the Davidians, was proclaiming a message of political rebellion couched in apocalyptic language borrowed from the book of Revelation. According to Koresh's messages, the Davidians saw themselves as the children of light fighting to liberate themselves from the evil empire of the U.S. government and its restrictions on the Davidian's religious practices. As Abanes points out in this masterful survey, the Davidians are only one of a number of paramilitary groups whose mission is fueled by a volatile mix of religion, rebellion against the government and racism. Abanes examines the teachings and goals of several of these groups, from the Davidians to the Christianity Identity Movement, as he attempts to show the dangers of an uncritical acceptance of narrowly conceived religious understandings of the relation between church and state. For everyone interested in the often strange and inexplicable combination of religion and politics that characterizes many paramilitary groups, Abanes' balanced and forthright study offers invaluable insight. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 Sounds of Seditionp. 5
1 Rise of the Patriotsp. 7
2 A Call to Armsp. 20
3 Sovereign Citizen Rebellionp. 29
Part 2 Enough Is Enoughp. 41
4 The Saga of Ruby Ridgep. 43
5 Waco Revisitedp. 50
6 Guns, Government and Gloryp. 63
Part 3 Conspiracies Unlimitedp. 73
7 Operation Enslavementp. 75
8 Antichrists and Microchipsp. 87
9 Anatomy of a Conspiracyp. 98
10 Misinformation Specialistsp. 110
Part 4 Aryan Nationsp. 131
11 The International Jewp. 133
12 Christian Identityp. 154
13 Oh, What A Tangled Webp. 169
Part 5 Unholy Alliancesp. 189
14 Infiltration of Hatep. 191
15 Holy Warsp. 209
16 Blessed Are the Peacemakersp. 222
Notesp. 233
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 295

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