Racists threats to have federal judge murdered typical of how he operates, says Vanderbilt expertJan. 9, 2003, 3:06 PM
January 9, 2003
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Matthew Hale, arrested and charged yesterday in Chicago with soliciting the murder of federal judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow, is a dangerous man leading a radical, well-established group, according to Carol M. Swain, professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University. Swain says that Hales public statements denouncing Lefkow and his alleged solicitation to have her killed are consistent with the way Hale, who calls himself the churchs supreme leader and Pontifex Maximus, operates. He has a lot of followers who hang on his every word, Swain said. All he has to do is suggestwhether in a press release or on his websitethat someone should be silenced, and his followers step up to finish the job. Swain added that Hales alleged threat against Lefkow is reminiscent of the 1999 killing spree by Benjamin Smith, a World Church of the Creator member. Hale was angry that his law license was denied by the state of Illinois, he met with Smith and then Smith went on a racially motivated shooting rampage. Hale acknowledged in interviews for Swains recent books a possible connection between Smiths violent outburst and his own legal troubles.
Editors note: Carol Swain has written extensively on Matthew Hale and the World Church Of The Creator, both in The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (Cambridge University Press, July 2002) and in the forthcoming companion volume, Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism. The latter book, to be published this spring, contains the full text of an interview with Hale about his organizations membership, recruitment strategies and beliefs.
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