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Phelps should roll out the welcome mat — Aryan Nations is moving to Kansas

Bite this “beast”, Kreis.

Kansas is really booking for state of the month. First American Taliban ghoul, Attorney General Phill Kline‘s efforts to peep into women’s sex histories (“for the children”), then clean-livin’ Dennis “BTK” Rader gets caught, then Rotting Cryptkeeper Fred Phelps and his Westboro hate machine spews, and now we’ve got new violent bigots coming to town to make it a three-ring, actually four circus. Kansans, you’ve got your hands full. (Kansas City Star):

The Aryan Nations — one of the most notorious neo-Nazi groups in the United States — is moving its national headquarters to Kansas City, Kan., causing alarm among civil rights groups. The group’s members, who believe that Jews are “the children of Satan” and African-Americans are “beasts of the field,” chose Kansas City, Kan., because of its central location, said “High Counsel” August B. Kreis III.

Kreis, who lives in Florida, said Wednesday that the Aryan Nations national director, Charles Juba, recently relocated to the metropolitan area from Pennsylvania with the aim of enlisting new members. [Note: I went to the Aryan Nations web site and they say that Juba has “stepped down” and “a press release is forthcoming.”]

It was unclear how significant the move is, because the group has never revealed how many members it has and it is in the process of rebuilding after its leader was bankrupted as the result of a lawsuit in 2000. A spokesman for the FBI in Kansas City could not be reached for comment. But those who watch the radical right said area residents should be concerned about such groups.

I can say without equivocation that the (Aryan Nations) is the most violent wing of the white supremacist movement,” said Leonard Zeskind, president of the Kansas City-based Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Bureau. “He (Juba) has vowed to rebuild the organization …”

…Juba could not be reached for comment. Kreis, however, didn’t dispute that members of his group have been connected to violent incidents. “But it’s the same thing with any organization,” Kreis said. “There’s going to be good and bad people in all organizations.”

White supremacist groups again are in the national spotlight following the murders this week of the husband and mother of a federal judge in Chicago. Authorities were investigating whether Monday’s shooting deaths were carried out by hate groups linked to white supremacist Matt Hale. Hale, leader of World Church of the Creator, is facing up to 40 years in prison for trying to arrange the murder of the judge, Joan Humphrey Lefkow, who presided over a case involving the group.

When asked about the murders, Kreis said his group wasn’t involved, but added: “We love it!

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