‘Delay’

By Christopher Zoukis His name was Byron de la Beckwith, but his friends called him “Delay.”  A descendant of Southern aristocracy, Byron de la Beckwith was born in Colusa, California in 1920.  Delay was only 5 when his father died.  The official cause of death was listed as “pneumonia and alcoholism.”  After the funeral, Delay’s […]

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Power of Symbols

By Christopher Zoukis

Hoskins sought out Webster Smith and introduced himself.  He then invited Smith to join him at his table.  The two men spent the next two hours engaged in intense conversation.  Smith did most of the talking.  Hoskins interrupted occasionally, asking a question.  But for the most part, Hoskins simply listened.  He was soaking up information like a sponge.  Image courtesy youtube.com

When he got back to Virginia, Hoskins began to write.  He wrote for the next three years.  The result of his labors was an almost impenetrable and incomprehensible 469-page monster of a book – Vigilantes of Christendom.  In his book, Hoskins set out the concept of the Phineas Priesthood, using Numbers 25 as his starting point.  From there, Hoskins moved on, tracing the history of famous Phineas Priests.  According to Hoskins’ interpretation of history, famous Phineas Priests included John Wilkes Booth, Robin Hood, the Waffen SS, and the Ku Klux Klan.  And of course, Gordon Kahl, and Robert Mathews and The Order. 

Vigilantes asserted that anyone – man or woman – who saw the Law of God being broken was ordained by God to take any action necessary against those breaking the Law.  These law-breakers were called “ungodly.”  Hoskins called such actions “Phineas Acts.”

Hoskins provided Scripture to encourage and back up such violent “Phineas Acts.”  The first was Ehud, whose story was related in Judges 3: 1-30.  Ehud led an armed revolt against the Moabite occupation of territory belonging to the Tribe of Benjamin.  Ehud asked for and received an audience with the King of the Moabites.  Walking into the King’s presence, Ehud killed him.  Ehud then rallied the Israelites to take advantage of the situation.  Thousands of Moabites were slaughtered.

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A Georgia Cadillac

Christopher Zoukis

In the Spring of 1987, Hoskins was speaking at an Identity gathering in Georgia.  Sponsored by the Georgia Peach Church of the Last Days, the event was held at a local amusement park.  Lakeside Amusement Park was run by one of Georgia’s great showmen, David Beck.  Of Germanic descent, Beck described himself as “an impresario of the old school.”  Which meant he had a taste for fountains and fireworks, along with rollercoasters.  Beck, who had been married four times, was an ardent believer in Christian Identity.  And his park reflected his religious beliefs.  Image courtesy ajc.com

Lakeside had an array of fountains – most of which were topped with water-spouting eagles or mystical warriors – designed by Beck himself.  Beck had expanded Lakeside’s gardens, turning them into outdoor wonders.  There was a huge ballroom.  Its ceiling supported by great wooden arches from which dangled Teutonic chandeliers.  A platform had been erected at one end and hundreds of chairs sat in neat rows in front of the speaker’s podium.

As the event unfolded, Hoskins sat in a chair behind the podium, waiting his turn to speak.  There were a total of five guest speakers.  Three of who sat near Hoskins.  The fourth man was already at the podium, exhorting his listeners in a high-pitched, darting voice. 

Thirty minutes later, Hoskins arose and approached the podium.  His features were heavily Germanic in structure and provided him with a powerful presence.  His voice, deep and sturdy, could rumble easily or roar vehemently.  Whichever he did, galvanizing blue eyes gazed steadily, gauging reaction to his words.  All in all, Richard Kelly Hoskins was a handsome man and a persuasive orator.

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More And More Peculiar

Image courtesy www.sfawcart.comBy Christopher Zoukis

In 1973, Hoskins added a second newsletter to his propaganda machine.  Along with The Hoskins Report, he began sending out his Portfolios Investment Advisory (PIA).  Exclusively for his private clients, PIA offered not only advice on wealth management, but also helpful hints on such varied topics as the Holocaust, integration, and politics. 

According to Hoskins, the Holocaust was “Constant lies.  Lies, lies, lies.  Forty years of lies…the anti-Christ Holohoax scam.”  Regarding integration, Hoskins asserted that even Communism was less of an evil.  “Better a blood-soaked Joseph Stalin than a smiling Ian Smith or congenial DeKlerk who opens the door to the barbarians.  Compromise means death.”  And as far as politics were concerned, Hoskins wrote “A political candidate need take just 3 simple stands.  1)  Abolish usury.  2)  Root sodomists from the land.  3)  Outlaw racial interbreeding.”

Jews, homosexuals and miscegenation – the three cardinal sins.  Hoskins went on and on about all three.  Utopia was a place that had purged itself of Jews, perverts and race mixing.

Something had happened to Hoskins.  He was becoming more and more peculiar.  More and more, he was the object of a refined self-admiration.  He felt chosen by God to bring enlightenment to a benighted world.  A world in which the white race was losing its position of superiority.  Prospects seemed good.  His newsletters had a steady following, which meant he didn’t have to worry about money.  And Our Nordic Race had bestowed some small measure of fame and glamour upon him.  Only it wasn’t enough.  Hoskins wanted national recognition.  He lusted for celebrity.   

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Hell, Fire, and Damnation

By Christopher Zoukis

Up to this point, Hoskins would not have been described as a religious or spiritual or mystical personality.  This changed in the mid-1960s.  For Hoskins got religion.  His spirituality, previously dulled by insufficient stimulation and by a lack of human compassion, emerged and shone in zealous splendor.  Hoskins was narrow-minded and saw no need for religion, because to his way of thinking religion was weak.  It preached tolerance, love, forgiveness, and turning the other cheek.  Hoskins had no tolerance for such namby-pambyism.  He wanted the Jesus of the Second Advent, not the whimpy Jesus of the First Advent, which was what religion taught.  At the Second Advent, Jesus came back with eyes like fire and a tongue like a sword, with which he killed his enemies.   Image courtesy www.nndb.com

Hoskins finally found it.  And when he did it was transforming, life-changing.  For his spiritual awakening nurtured the seeds of a new and fervent vocation:  unreasoning religious fanaticism.

It happened like this.  Hoskins had descended into the pit of alcoholism.  “On April 28, 1965, at 4:00 in the afternoon, in the green rocking chair on the front porch,” Jesus showed up.  Only this Jesus wasn’t a Jew, he was a Nordic from the great Aryan race.  As Hoskins said, “When He saved me all He got was a drunk with a nervous breakdown who couldn’t work and who had no money.” 

Hoskins became a devotee of the hell-fire and damnation preaching of Jerry Falwell.  Falwell was an old-line fundamentalist, who hated Jews, abortionists, non-whites and government interference.  But Falwell was smart too.  He didn’t want to be stamped as a rightwing nutcase.  It was more profitable to be conservative than radical.  So he preached a watered-down version of Christian Identity, a version that made it more palatable to the average champion of the status quo Christian.

Falwell’s preaching was music to Hoskins’ ears.  He had found a kindred soul, a fellow warrior of the White Way.  Hoskins began attending Thomas Road Baptist Church, where Falwell held sway every Sunday, preaching the truth of God’s word.  Which in reality had little resemblance to the truth or to God.  More accurately, it was the Jerry Falwell show and the word being preached was the Gospel of Jerry Falwell.

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Richard Kelly Hoskins and the Phineas Priesthood

By Christopher Zoukis

Richard Kelly Hoskins had the dubious honor of introducing the term “Phineas Priesthood” as the designation for Christian vigilantes who took up arms and avenged “race traitors.”  Image courtesy ebay.com

Hoskins was born in Lynchburg, Virginia.  His parents were religious, strict and insistent upon the superiority of white Southerners.  There was never a doubt that young Richard would play his role well.  After finishing his elementary education, Richard was packed off to an exclusive military academy in Waynesboro, Virginia.  This was in keeping with the grand academic traditions of Southern gentlemen such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. 

Naturally, when the Korean War began, cadet Hoskins fulfilled what was expected of him.  He joined the Air Force, seeing action in Korea.  After his honorable discharge, Hoskins attended Lynchburg College, where he majored in history.  As he steeped himself in world history, Hoskins read and admired the works of Julius Evola.  Evola’s philosophy was rabidly racist and belligerent, and advocated Fascism and Nazism as the only workable forms of government.  Under Evola’s influence, Hoskins turned to neo-Nazism, joining the American Nazi Party. 

Southern gentlemen not only served in the military, but were also expected to be prosperous and good at business.  So after Hoskins graduated from College, he moved to New York City, where family connections landed him a job in a brokerage firm.  Hoskins flourished as an investment broker.  He learned the subtle art of advising others on how to invest their money.  Which meant Hoskins learned how to make money off of other people’s money.

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Silent Brotherhood

By Christopher Zoukis

Robert Mathews began raising cattle, got married to a woman named Debbie McGarrity, a woman of Scottish descent.  When she proved infertile, they adopted a son.  Mathews, though, really wanted a child from his own loins.  So he started seeing a woman named Zillah Craig.  She, too, was of Scottish descent, as Mathews didn’t want to taint his bloodline.  They had a daughter and his marriage to Debbie went to hell.

He got a job as an electrician at the Bunker Hill Mine Company, which tore raw zinc out of the ground.  The mine closed due to poor management and the sagging price of zinc.  So Robert got a job at the Portland Lehigh Cement Company.  Yet he remained dissatisfied with his life.  Something was missing.  It was as if he had mislaid his soul. Richard Butler

So he started looking for it in all the wrong places – extreme right wing politics and warped interpretations of history.

Like Solomon in the Bible, Mathews decided that knowledge might make him happy.  So he read a lot of politics and history.  Most of what he read supported a racist interpretation of history.  From this junk, Mathews concluded that he wasn’t the problem.  He wasn’t a loser after all.  The real problem was that the white race was being polluted and challenged in its supremacy by other races. 

So Mathews started another club, a club for white people only.  He invited other white supremacist families to Washington State.  He called it the “White American Bastion.”  And to learn more about starting his own country within a country, he visited the Aryan Nations, a group started by a guy named Richard Butler.  The Aryan Nations were white power exclusionists.  They were white.  They wanted power.  And everybody who wasn’t white and didn’t want power was excluded from their club.

Aryan Nations dreamed of a whites-only kingdom, which would be located in Idaho.  And of course, Richard Butler would get to be king.  They advertised themselves as Christian Nazis.

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Angry White Guys

By Christopher Zoukis

Those emasculated young, white, ultra-conservative young men, hating that which they could not understand, they did the only thing they could.  The thing that gave them a sense of control, a sense of dominion.

They fought back.  Image courtesy amazon.com

Mathews started his own cultic group.  It would be a group like those he saw around him – the people in charge – people like bankers and lawyers and businessmen.  They had money.  They had power.  They had respect.  Mathews would have those, too. 

The Sons of Liberty.  That’s what he called his group.  The name was an obvious rip-off from the American Revolution.  In effect, then, Mathews had seceded from the society that had taken his manhood from him.

The Sons of Liberty were an anti-communist, extremist militia group.  Made up of mostly Mormons and survivalists, they numbered about 30 men.  They didn’t really know what to do to regain their manhood.  They just knew they were angry.  So they decided to revolt against paying taxes, because they felt that would be a good place to start.  At least it would make a statement:  “they were mad as hell and they weren’t going to take it anymore” – to quote the rabid newscaster in the movie Network

Mathews set the example.  He claimed 10 dependents on his W-4 form.  This wretched attempt was his idea of tax resistance.  It was more than wretched, it was pathetic.  The IRS arrested him for tax fraud.  He was tried in a court of law, where, when it was all over, he was found guilty.  Even his sentence highlighted his status as a loser:  six months probation.  He couldn’t even get thrown into prison.  At least then he could have felt like a martyr and laid claim to a bad-boy image.

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A Crazy Ballad of Crazy People

By Christopher Zoukis

Taking a cue from the zealous Levitical priest Phineas, who, with a thrust of his holy spear, dispatched Zimri and his girlfriend, one group of supremacists calls itself the Phineas Priesthood. 

The Phineas Priesthood is a Christian Identity group in the United States.  They oppose interracial intercourse, mixing of races, homosexuality and abortion.  They also hate Jews, any kind of cultural pollution and paying taxes.  And in general, they don’t like women much either.  In fact, the Phineas Priesthood is so opposed to everything that they have no governing body, no meetings, and no membership process.  You become a Phineas Priest by simply adopting the beliefs of the Priesthood and acting upon them. 

Blowing up federal buildings, bombing abortion clinics, robbing banks and murdering immoral people who participate in interracial relationships are approved methods of acting upon your beliefs, according to the Phineas Priesthood and Christian Identity.

Robert Jay Mathews was a Phineas Priest, only he didn’t refer to himself by that term, because the term wasn’t invented until 1990, which was when Richard Kelly Hoskins coined it.  More about Richard Hoskins later.  Yet the idea of a “solitary warrior” did exist.  And that’s the way Mathews thought of himself – as a “solitary warrior” for God.  Robert Jay Mathews / Image courtesy en.wikipedia.org

Mathews decided he could “accomplish more for God” – those were his words – if he was a little more organized.  If his organization combined violence with a system, the sky was the limit.

If still alive, Robert Mathews would be almost 60 years old now.  Instead, he was dead at the age of 31.

The ballad began in Marfa, Texas.  Where, on January 15, 1953, Una Mathews delivered the last of her three boys.  She and her husband Johnny named the baby boy Robert Jay Mathews. 

As you can tell by the spelling of the name ‘Mathews,’ they were of Scottish descent.  And the Scots are noted for being stubborn and violent and honorable. 

Robert came from good stock, which meant his family had some money, owned property and were educated.  His father was the mayor of Marfa, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, a businessman and a deacon in the town’s Methodist Church.  While Una Matthews was a god-fearing woman; a good mother, respectable wife and a den mother for the Boy Scouts. 

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The Lunatic Fringe

By Christopher Zoukis

In the year of our Lord 2013, many Americans believe in the Bible and what it says – literally.  The Bible is right, according to eighty percent of all Americans.  Not only is it right, it is the divinely inspired Word of God.  In other words, God dictated the Bible, and his secretaries – people we call prophets and apostles – wrote it down.

Furthermore, more than thirty percent of Americans believe that God speaks to them directly.  Which, when you stop and think about it, means that the Bible has been superseded as far as these favored people are concerned.  These chosen people, of course, still believe the Bible is the Word of God.  It’s just that they get special memos from God when He has something to add or when clarification of some point of doctrine is needed.

What’s more, fully (which means more than) ten percent of all Americans believe God speaks to them out loud.  They ‘hear,’ in a very real sense, the voice of God. 

Unsurprising, then, that white supremacist groups pop up everywhere.  The Montana Militia, the Nazi Low Riders, W.A.R (white Aryan resistance) and the Aryan Brotherhood being just a few examples.  And while skinhead groups are viewed as the lunatic fringe by many people, there is little doubt that some radical-fundamentalist religious groups agree that people of color are somehow inferior.  Noah said so.  Moses said so.  The Bible says so.  And that means God says so.  Image courtesy vkb.isvg.org

Although theologians place the Flood and Noah’s curse in the year 6000 B.C., which means racism started about 8000 years ago, the term ‘white supremacy’ was born in 1902.  

‘White supremacy’ is a racist ideology – a strong belief – that white people are superior to other racial groups.  White people are superior not only as a race, but because they are God’s chosen. 

Most white supremacists are ardent racists, desire power over others, and are xenophobic.  What they don’t understand, they hate.  And since they automatically don’t understand anything or anyone that is different than they are, they hate almost everything and everyone.  The automatic (unthinking) part comes easily to them, as they are usually ignorant, uneducated and violent by disposition.  But not always – some are indeed educated.  Often their racist attitudes mask ulterior motives or are the product of environmental influences, such as parents, peers or churches.

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