Christianity is only part of right-wing ideology.

Shortly after midnight on June 29, 1968, a special assignment team of Meridian, Mississippi, Police Department sharpshooters and FBI agents opened fire on Thomas A. Tarrants, III, as he was about to place a bomb at the home of a prominent Jewish businessman. Tarrants, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan terrorist activities in Mississippi during the mid-1960s, ran through a hail of gunfire and fled from the scene of the attempted entrapment but was captured after a wild chase and bloody gun battle. His arrest and conviction brought to an end a reign of terror by Mississippi’s White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the most violent right-wing terrorist organization in the United States. For several years Tarrants and his cohorts had waged terrorist war on Jews and blacks who spoke out for integration. They had bombed synagogues, the residences of NAACP officials, and the houses of Jewish leaders in the deep South.

After Tarrants’s conviction he was sentenced to thirty years in Parchman State Penitentiary, known as one of the worst prisons in the United States. When he escaped he was recaptured several days later and placed in maximum security—on death row in fact. There he continued to read right-wing philosophy and other literature, including Hegel, Nietzsche, Count Arthur DeGobineau, and Francis Parker Yockey, the basic philosophers who influenced Fascist thought. A student at a Christian college in Mobile, Alabama, and a church member, Tarrants also began to reread the Bible, a book that he had often used to fortify his racism.

Gradually the words of the New Testament began to reveal to him the sinfulness of his life. He became a Christian in the summer of 1970. The ...

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