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.