I’m just posting this because these people, members of a Christian militia group in Michigan called Hutaree, constitute the scariest-looking group I’ve ever seen. These are their mug shots, as they were just arrested for conspiring to murder law-enforcement officers.
As The New York Times reports:
The Web site, which describes the group as “preparing for the end times,” featured video clips of people running through woods in camouflage gear and firing assault rifles, along with links to gun stores and far-right media. It also features an elaborate system of military ranks for its members. The site says it coined the term Hutaree, intended to mean Christian warrior.
“Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment,” the Web site says, adding, “The Hutaree will one day see its enemy and meet him on the battlefield if so God wills it.”
Here are the ranks in their militia:
GOLD RIFLEMAN [GR]
SILVER RIFLEMAN [SR]
BRONZE RIFLEMAN [BR]
MASTER GUNNER [MG]
SENIOR GUNNER [SG]
PARABLES OF THE SOLDIER Ranking officers and commanders; serve your men for you lead them; humble before your team. Cause you may be a leader of flesh but in heaven leaders are of spirit.
LOW RANKING SOLDIERS AND GRUNTS Respect the officer above you and obey your commander with dignity. Each man holds his place in flesh and spirit, heaven and earth.
I won’t blame this one on religion; to do that, you’d have to assume that if there were no faith, these people would be law-abiding citizens. I doubt it.