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Nativist Leader Recasts Immigration Fight as Religious Crusade

By Leah Nelson on January 27, 2012 - 10:03 am, Posted in Nativist Extremist

After nearly shutting down at the end of 2011 due to financial difficulties, William Gheen’s Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) re-launched earlier this month, announcing plans to “deploy” exciting new strategies against “illegal alien supporters” and their evil co-conspirators in government.

In keeping with the grandiose tone of his fancy new website (which many users apparently find harder to use than the old one), Gheen has recast his “battle” as a religious crusade. In a post this week that defies both modesty and the basic laws of grammar, he wrote, “It is my strongest personal belief that this is not just a political battle, but a spiritual war between good and evil, between those who are defending their homes and trying to conserve what is good about America Vs. aggressive invaders who have overthrown our Republic and taken control of the Executive Branch to further their goals. If my spiritual beliefs offend anyone, then I have no regrets.”

Apparently addressing the legion of atheists he believes hang on his every word, he continued, “I have done my best not to offend anyone and while I want to unify us and organize us, I must be open and honest about my belief that we are not getting out of this mess without God’s intervention. Our fate is in His hands, and I believe seeking to do His will is essential to finding the motivation and inspiration needed to save America, God willing.”

Elsewhere, he hinted that violence might be the only solution. “Many patriotic and peaceful Americans are giving up on the politicians all together, he wrote. “People have had enough and their confidence in political solutions is fading fast.”

Though he has not previously cast himself as a warrior for God, this is not the first time Gheen has alluded to violence. In August, he made national headlines after proclaiming on Janet Mefferd’s syndicated radio show that “illegal and violent” “extra-political activities” might be the only way to save “white America” from a government that had betrayed its people.

Speaking of the urgent need to remove from office “Dictator Barack Obama,” as he insists on referring to the president, Gheen suggested in August that if impeachment were for some reason off the table, a coup might do the trick. “[S]ome people are also leaning to the words ‘treason’ and talking about the military coming in or somebody just coming in taking this guy into some form of arrest if we’re doing this,” he told Mefferd. “What does a nation do when this happens? We may have to try to gather in the streets and demand that Obama step down.”

  • Reynardine

    Jason Smith is one of those people to whom “they all look alike”.

    Besides the above-mentioned groups, I can add the Manchu and the Flowered and Black Miao. China surely engaged in conquest, but she grew most of all by assimilating to herself invaders and immigrants alike. Though I cannot at this moment lay hands on my copy of Lao-Tze, I recall his comparing China to a river which, lying low in its valley, gathers all the tributaries to itself and thus grows great. Even the present-day Han are of many ancestries, if one traces back.

  • Kiwiwriter

    So it’s a “crusade” against immigration?

    Gee, remember how well the last Crusades worked out. The ones before Indiana Jones, that is.

  • CM

    “I have done my best not to offend anyone …”

    Is this pure dishonesty or an admission of utter incompetence?

    “It is my strongest personal belief that this is not just a political battle, but a spiritual war between good and evil, between those who are defending their homes and trying to conserve what is good about America Vs. aggressive invaders who have overthrown our Republic and taken control of the Executive Branch to further their goals. If my spiritual beliefs offend anyone, then I have no regrets.”

    I’m having a little trouble finding the “spiritual” part here: he uses the word “spiritual,” but everything that follows still sounds political. Re-labeling political goals as religious (or vice versa) isn’t a new tactic, of course, but it’s still intellectually dishonest.

    And can we please have a ban on selling things as the “moral equivalent of war” (MEOW)?

  • Concerned Citizen

    Don’t forget about the Tibetans. They are a part of China.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Countries don’t get much more multi-cultural than China actually.

  • ruben

    i don’t know how these hard white right wingers can call themselves “nativists” when they are not even native to north america….they are as native to this continent as a tumble weed or any of the large constrictor snakes in florida that are causing all those problems to the real native animals to this land.

  • Sam Molloy

    As Ruslan pointed out, China has several groups that appear the same to us, but are not. They also have “illegal Immigrants” that do unspeakably hard and dangerous jobs. From what I gather they don’t have “Nativists” as such because everbody is working anyway and those jobs are so bad nobody even claims to want them.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Jason’s attempt to use China as an argument perfectly demonstrates why WNs are called ignorant. It’s just like how they assume there’s virtually no immigration to “non-white” countries, or that those countries restrict it whereas European countries load up Africans on buses and hand out work visas. They don’t even bother to look up the immigration and naturalization laws of these nations.

  • ruben

    hey jason smith….just think if the europeans would not have migrated here you would be missing here in the crowds of north america.

  • Bsr

    So Jason, you are advocating we emulate a communist dictatorship? Or are you just noticing your “values” fit right into a communist dictatorship?

  • Sam Molloy

    Nutball Christianity was once used to segregate the races, but has changed. As explained in the Creation Museum, people were originally of one race until the Tower of Babel. After God destroyed it, people spoke different languages. The theory is, similar looking people spoke the same basic language and developed into different races after that. I wasn’t there but believe this more than anything “Science” has come up with. Maybe eventually they will accept David and Johnathan’s relationship and Christ’s non-condemnation of gays.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Jason, as Ruslan earlier pointed out…the Chinese come in numerous ethnic divisions of their own, so that crowd was not all “Chinese.” Maybe to you, they’re all “Chinese.”

    I told you earlier, American Renaissance and CCC is a lousy source of accurate information.

    Did you follow Aron’s suggestion to look up the psychological concept of “projection?”

  • Derek in Iowa

    If conservatives like Gheen truly are (as they invariably insist) on God’s side of every issue, why doesn’t God simply fix it so they win every election? Then they could enact “God’s” agenda legally. Why does God insist on letting “his” enemies win so often that his obedient servants, like Gheen, are reduced to making vague threats of violence (a strange position for a self-proclaimed follower of the Prince of Peace to take)?

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    Jason,

    As Ruslan pointed out, you’re wrong. A usual. I can spot at least four or five different ethnicities there. Han, Uhygur, Mongol, and I could go on.

    But since you’re not worth my time, I won’t.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “Here is a picture of a street scene in China showing thousands of Chinese:

    http://www.boston.com/bigpictu…..years.html

    There is no diversity in the crowd. There are no Blacks. No Latinos. No Pakistanis.”

    To your simple, ignorant mind, they are all “Chinese.” 91% of China is ethnically Han. The rest consists of about 56 or so ethnic groups from Mongols, to Turks, to Russians and Tatars. National minorities are not subject to the one child limit. They get autonomous rule in many areas both large and small, and they also receive preferential placement for higher education and some jobs(that’s right, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION). I was in China recently and the people were extremely kind to foreigners everywhere we went.

    You need to stop basing arguments on things you clearly know nothing about.

  • David Hart

    Behold the full-throated unhinged meltdown. I’m just guessing that the Secret Service is going to pay this whack job a little visit – - – soon.

    Frankly, he sounds like they are going to have to haul him away in a net.

  • Jason Smith

    Here is a picture of a street scene in China showing thousands of Chinese:

    http://www.boston.com/bigpictu.....years.html

    There is no diversity in the crowd. There are no Blacks. No Latinos. No Pakistanis.

  • http://ladylibertyslamp.wordpress.com/ The Liberty Lamp

    He was also has been claiming that a hacker wiped his youtube account.

    http://www.alipac.us/content/i.....ttack-111/

    He is seriously one of the biggest drama in the nativist movement.

  • IludiumPhosdex

    For its part, Afrikaner nationalists down South Africa way were forever insisting that:

    *God called them unto South Africa;
    *God told them to establish His Earthly Kingdom there;
    *In the face of British “interference” in the Cape of Good Hope (where the Afrikaners first settled in 1652 under the Dutch East India Company’s auspices), God told His Chosen Volk to cross the Karoo and resettle in the Highveldt;
    *The Bible clearly insists that blacks are an “inferior” race as “needed to be put in their place” (further reinforcing the call unto Die Voortrek to save the Afrikaner);
    *The Laager’s victory against Dingane’s forces at Bloeiriver, thanks to Die Vow, was a Holy and Glorious Hour for the Afrikaner; and
    *The Martyrs of Slagters Nek, the Boer War concentration camps, Jopie Fourie and Hendrik Verwoerd, died for the sins of the Afrikaner,

    among other rather blatantly arrogant bromides one supposedly “morally superior” people loves to use in quasi-religious contexts for National Exceptionalist ends.

    The parallels could be rather interesting here.

  • Reynardine

    I think if “Gahd” had wanted people to be one color, one language, or one nationality, “He” would have made them that way. But She didn’t.

  • Shadow Wolf

    I have to wonder if that man’s mental state is fast becoming unstable and deteriorating. Everyday, he’s starting to sound like a paranoid ranting loon, where the “Black Helicopters” are out to get him. I would seriously suggest Mr. Gheen sees a shrink, and be placed on medications.

    On a disclaimer’s note: I myself am concerned with illegal immigration and the criminal aliens residing here without it’s proper documentation. But President Obama, who is Mr. Gheen’s greatest President of the 21st century–is doing a good job securing the border than any inept Republican before him. That’s why illegal border crossing is down under Obama’s administration, according to stats by the Border Patrol. Mr. Gheen should thank the current Commander in Chief, while dissing the Republican enemy.