Missouri earlier this week, and it wasn’t snow. And this was just the
Yes, it had to do with the Ku Klux Klan. As any organization that
depends on the strength of its membership might do, it was
implementing a recruiting program to entice new members – and that
program entailed dropping, throwing, scattering (call it what you
will) leaflets of a sort upon which their messages appeared,
explaining something about who they are, what they hope to accomplish,
and extending an invitation for those who might see the value of, and
need for, what they do to join them in their mission, as they see it
to be. Apparently one of the two messages was addressed to “Ladies of
America,” asking them point blank if they were “tired of” a whole list
of things that included: pedophiles and social degenerates that
victimize children, drug dealers selling to children, and losing our
personal freedoms. (And who isn’t “tired of” such things?) The other
message was promoting a “neighborhood watch,” letting residents know
that they (KKK members) would be available to stop crime in their
Allow me to offer just a few little tidbits about the Klan, condensed
from their own writings:
1.) Requirements for joining the KKK: You must be 100 percent White,
have an open mind to learn Christian Identity, and be willing to
follow Klan rules and regulations.
2.) What the KKK stands for: Their three main principles are: first,
to protect the weak; second, to protect and defend the Constitution;
and third, to aid and assist in the execution of those constitutional
laws (i.e. to make sure that other people follow the rules as well).
3.) What the KKK opposes: The Klan greatly opposes civil rights, gay
rights, and the betterment of other races. They also oppose
immigration, whether legal or not.
4.) Symbolism of the white robes and cross-burning: White robes were
originally worn to hide Klan members’ identity from their neighbors
who would have recognized them and to give a more dramatic look to
their “night rides.” The burning of the cross represents light to
banish darkness and ignorance, is a reminder of the power at hand to
cleanse the land of evil and impurities, and is also meant as a form
of worship of Christ.
The Klan today is seen as a White supremacist, extreme racist hate
group. That didn’t come about because they wished to protect the weak
and defend the Constitution. It came about because they believed,
still believe, and teach that this country was founded by White men
(our Founding Fathers) for White men (since the Black slaves several
of them owned were not seen as equal to them), and for the
preservation of the White race – but a distinct (pure) White race,
which would in their eyes exclude Jews, Muslims, immigrants of all
kinds, Asians, even homosexuals and Catholics, and others. They firmly
believe that the Caucasian race is not only superior, but needs to be
in control of the world. And they are entitled to their opinion.
For comparison purposes, let’s consider another group that wished to
“fix” this country. Many of us (of any and all persuasions) have
either seen and heard preachers on TV, or had preachers-of-a-sort come
to our door selling their brand of religion; those who were dead sure
that they were not only following the right religion, but felt so
strongly about it that they were moved to preach on the airwaves or go
door-to-door to get out their saving message: Believe or be lost!
Believe what I say (because it comes directly from God or through a
good interpreter) for your own good or suffer the dire consequences
(of hell or whatever the horrible fate would be). Out of that kind of
thinking, an organization called The Moral Majority – led by the
upfront preacher, Jerry Falwell, presumably with the best of
intentions to get America back on the moral track (whatever that might
fully mean) – was born in 1979. It was relatively short-lived, coming
to an end in 1989; yet just a year after it was underway, based on a
national survey, Haynes Johnson of The Washington Post concluded that
Falwell’s followers “have great organization, commitment, desire,
hunger, and the absolutely unshakable faith that they are correct. And
they want to impose it on the majority.”
That is what “believers” want to do: Impose their beliefs on the
majority. Sounds just like the organization that was distributing
fliers recently in Lexington, Mo.
So what needs to be examined? Consider the following:
There are many good and sufficient reasons for the plan (God’s plan)
of having (and therefore appreciating) the various races. As much as
we may believe we have all the answers and know more than those who
believe other than we do (which generally means we don’t believe we
have to upgrade our thinking), some things that are known to be true
must be considered if we are to go forward in life toward becoming our
truly best selves.
1.) Variety is indispensable to opportunity for the wide functioning
of natural selection, differential survival of superior strains.
2.) Stronger and better races are to be had from the interbreeding of
diverse peoples when these different races are carriers of superior
3.) Competition is healthfully stimulated by diversification of races.
4.) Differences in status of the races and of groups within each race
are essential to the development of human tolerance and altruism.
5.) Homogeneity of the human race is not desirable until the peoples
of the world attain comparatively high levels of spiritual
Of those who believe in God (and if members of the KKK are expected to
learn “Christian Identity,” one would imagine they are referring to
identifying with the teachings of Jesus Christ, who is identified with
God), most would believe that God is spirit and that a fragment of his
spirit dwells within us – to spur us on, to guide us, to love us.
Spiritually speaking then, all men are equal. (“I have come to
proclaim the establishment of the Father’s kingdom. And this kingdom
shall include the worshipping souls of Jew and gentile, rich and poor,
free and bond, for my Father is no respecter of persons; his love and
his mercy are over all.”) In other words, the kingdom of heaven is
free from castes, classes, social levels, and economic groups. We are
We become conscious of man as our creature brother because we are
already conscious of God as our Creator Father. Fatherhood is the
relationship out of which we reason ourselves into the recognition of
Consider that God is all and in all, and no things or beings exist
without him. Would we cut ourselves off from those in whom God
resides? Would we have God, the creator of all, turn his back on some
of his people to be in keeping with the thoughts and ideas of those
here on Earth? Aren’t we, instead, supposed to learn from the
teachings of Jesus that we are all brothers and let our crass thoughts
and ideas fall to the wayside as we refine them with the truth?
“The Lord our God is one Lord, and you should love him with all your
mind and heart while you do your very best to love all his children as
you love yourself. This one God is our heavenly Father, in whom all
What if you could have heard Jesus speak the words, “Love your
fellows…”? Would it still be easy to turn away and say, “No way! Not
today or any day!”?
And so we may see how examination of our beliefs can help us chip away
at the untruth we may have been cherishing and lead us to uncover what
everyone claims they really want: the real truth; truth that does not
suffer from close examination.
Remember, if your beliefs are true, they will not suffer from such
close examination. So, all you Klan members out there… which would
you prefer? To go on believing as you do, or to know the truth?
Maramis Choufani is the Managing Editor of the Las Vegas Tribune. She
writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Maramis, email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.