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ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 2.4, 1991 PAGE 9 i nuke connected with Identity church David Duke's to prominence was i aided by leaders in the Identity Christian movement, a white supremacist group which claims a number of adherents in Arkansas, according to a copyrighted story in the Nov. 16 edition of the Claicago Tr tme. The Identity movement began in the 1930s with California Ktansman Wesley Swift and Gerald L.K. Smith, a top lieu- tenant of the late Gov. Huey Long of Loug siana and the founder of the "Great Pas- sion Play" in Eureka Springs. Swift and Smith founded the Chris- dan Defense League and the Christian Crusade Church in the white New Or- leans suburb of Metairie, where voters elected Duke to the Louisiana Ix~ature. Today, Identity-affiliated churches claim between 7,000 and 20,000 adher- ents, most in northern Arkansas, south- ern California, Idaho and Louisiana, ac- cording to estimates by the Anti-Defama- lion League of B'nai B'rith (ADL) and Klan Watch. The Identity movement teaches that ]Jews are the seed of Satan,..bent n [destroying white Christian civilization through race-nfixing. At a 1975 Klan rally in Wichi KS, Duke was reported as sa}hag, "It's really the Jew Marxists who see the nigger as their instruments, as their bullets, by which to deslroy our society," echoing Identity. Starfingwith Duke's rise to prominence in the 1970s as Grand Wizard of the Melah-i Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, most of his advisers came, from churches associated with James K. Warner, an Identity drcuit preacher. Despite his defeat in the runoffguber- natorial election Saturday, Duke an- nounced he is forming an exploratory committee to look into a possible race against George Bush for the Republican presidential nomination next year. California neo~azi Tom-Metzger, a former Duke as.~x:iate, blasted Duke for moderating his views. ' Duke is becoming too much of a politician," Metzger said. "He's forgetting where his roots are. Every day he's going to have to prove that he's not a racist." Call us collect. 664-0340 Fayetteville 442-7314 Member by invitation National Selected Morticians "Duke," from page 1 leans, have been wonderfully accepted," he said. issue but "a moral problem." "I'm sure he's refieved," Gillam said. "]'here has been no problem." "When you find someone who has been In a time of economic difficulty and in- Fr. Henry was mote cautious. "Originally violently antiJewish and anti-black, then it creasingly strained race relations, the issues the concept of integration was very narrow," becomes a moral problem." Duke raised are ones that "a lot of people he said. "In a sense, integration has to be Edwards won despite allegations of scan- are groping with, both black and white," more than just black folks and white folks dal ha his previous three terms as governor, said Fr. Pen5' Henry, CM, of SL Vincent de sitting together at the table, but coming as He was indicted on racketeering charges in Paul in Stamps. equals together to the table." 1986 but was found not guilty. Archbishop It is human nature to find a scapegoat in Hannan said he believes the former gover- tough times, Fr. Fabre said. Duke "has 'It's a much more gradual process" than nor will be forced into honest}' this time touched a nerve in America. He has touched many people thought 20 or 30 },ears ago. "I around, a nerve in the middle class." think a lot of people are disillusioned be- "I think he'll be under the gun. ManyFt. Fabre .said his own experience as a cause it is taking a long lhne." people will be watching him." black minister in an all-white parish leads Gillam agreed: 'It's a shame that after all A. I. Bomick, New Orleans regional di- him to be hopeful, these 300 years, we still can't settle our dif- rector of the Anti-Defamation League of "I have lived with theln for two years and ferences peaceably." B'nai B'fith, praised Archbishop Hannan and other Catholic leaders in the state for "It's a shame that after all these 300 yearn, we still can't settle our diff peaceably." standing with Jews and blacks ainst Duke. "I think it was a concerted effort by people who saw the fin'eat and combined to fight it," Boufick Iold the Arkansas Catho- lic. 'q'he voters refused to be hoodwinked by the former (KKK) Grand Dragon." Ik)tnick said his org-anization has no plans to relax and enjoy victory. "One defeat will not spell the end of Duke," he said. John Gillam of Little Rock, a [~tst presi- dent of the Catho- lic Interracial Council, was not surprised by the show of black Ix>" litical muscle in Louisiana. "Anytime the ' vote is split mnong the whites we can conlrol the out- come," Gilkun mid. Although blacks John Gillam have been divided by such issues as the appointment of black conservative Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, "racism certainly will make us come to- gether. We may have to split up on other things but when we see we're going to lose in the end, we come together." He also has a personal reason to celebrate Duke's defeat: a son recendy was transferred by Entergy Corp. to an office in New Or- SHIPLEY BAKING CO MPANY 25 11 West Dickson P.O.Box 1026 Fayetteville, AR 72702 Is pregnancy, a problem for you? Let us help you consider your options ... Catholic Adoption Services Sponsored by the Diocese of Little Rock -/Free confidential pregnancy counseling ./You help select adoptive parents ,/Licensed adoption agency for over seven years 2415 North Tyler Little Rock, AR 72207 O ering a loving cho for women with problem pregnancies EALING RETREAT Fr. Placidus Eckart. 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