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Posted on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:35 p.m.

Militia group preparing for battle with Anti-Christ, Web site shows

By David Jesse

The Michigan militia group facing federal charges was preparing for a looming battle against the Anti-Christ, according to its Web site.

Claiming to be followers of Christ, the group wrote: “Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment. The only thing on earth to save the testimony and those who follow it, are the members of the testimony, til the return of Christ in the clouds. We, the Hutaree, are prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren’t. We will still spread the word, and fight to keep it, up to the time of the great coming.

“Being Hutaree is to stay the Testimony of Christ alive, and follow a motto, John 15:13, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.' We are hoping that through this website, we can reach out to those who have not the word of God and those who are lost in there ideas of Christ. Many of the things Christ said would happen have happened and some things are still in the works of happening.”


The Hutaree patch

Scripture references are liberally scattered throughout the site, with the group using them to justify its actions.

The group also posted video of training and links to several other Web sites, including gun sites.

Most of the categories in the forum are protected and are able to be viewed only by registered users. Some of these categories include “weapons (the things you kill with)” and “localtrheats/intel.”

However, a public forum has several threads in it. Most appear to have been taken over by people curious about the group or opposed to it. Several of the threads have multiple pornographic photos posted in them.

It's unclear where the name Hutaree came from. A visitor to the site posted that query Feb. 11, 2009, and was provided with this response: "As christians we all are a part of the Souls of the Body of Christ, the one true church of Christ. Not any specific man made building or any man controlled organization. This is the belief of the Hutaree soldier, as should the belief of all followers in Christ be."

The visitor again asked the specific origin of the name: "I am still curious as to where the term HUTAREE comes from? Is it in the Bible or is it possibly hebrew? Its sure not in any of the dictionaries that I checked, lol."

The response: "The word Hutaree, is from our own dilect, there are only about 4 people in the world that know this language, of course me being 1, lol."



Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 12:04 p.m.

"leaders" have gone way too far with their rhetoric just like they did when Bush was Pres" Which leaders were you referring to if not Bush? My mistake if you did not mean Bush specifically. Still not quite sure Rev Wright supporter yes no? Why all the double talk? I was a Bush supporter and not afraid to admit that there were lots of specific things I disagreed with and stupid things he did

David Briegel

Tue, Mar 30, 2010 : 11:35 a.m.

Bush and Rev Wright. jcj, two equals? No one brought up Bush. YOU did. The reference was to the era "when Bush was Pres"! era = what term should I have used?


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 10:43 p.m.

I will agree to stop bringing up Rev Wright when others stop bringing Bush into every blog! Both of them are old news. Clownfish exactly what was your solution to this problem? I must have missed it!


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 10:28 p.m.

I am still in disbelief that Rev Wright STILL shows up in topics in blogs. How ridiculous. Can no discussion be made by adults without throwing in child like connections between Bill Ayers/ Rev Wright and...anything! People, it is time to stop with the stupid, useless side issues that are placed their for stupid, useless people to argue about while the real issues get ignored. Are you going to throw out something about dead fish next? We could argue Pat robertson vs Rev Wright till Armageddon (which is soon according to Hutaree and the Rapture Index, so it may not be as long an argument as one would think)but it will not bring us any closer to solving a single issue, now will it? But, if it makes you feel better to bring up Rev Wright in a blog about Christian militia members being arrested by the FBI, you go for it!

David Briegel

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 8:55 p.m.

wmd's is only "flippantly thrown around" by Republicans where they didn't exist! When Christians have WMD"S, everthing is cool?


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 8:36 p.m.

These guys against the FBI and State Police, huh? I think the safe money is on the government.

David Briegel

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 7:48 p.m.

jcj, I did NOT say it was Bush's fault. Clearly you have a difficulty. I merely stated what was said about sane people during that insane period of embarrasment in our nations history was similar to this line of (lack of) reasoning. Obviously you agree that there are 'Merica hatin', terrist luvin defeatists everywhere. You are so full of hate you didn't even read my post. Or you believe Christian with grenades are somehow patriotic saints when they want to kill police officers. If only you could bring yourselves to clearly see the Wacko's in both fundamentalist Christian and Muslim beliefs we might be able to agree on a bare minimum of civilized thought and discussion. If they were wearing suits and ties they would look like you guys!!! Did Rev Wright have grenades and machine guns? WMD's, Grenades and machine guns in the hands of white Christians is cool with you?


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 7:03 p.m.

ffej440 Good point! While what they are doing is wacko, wrong, illegal and dangerous. The term "weapons of mass destruction" is flippantly thrown around.


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 6:45 p.m.

If this is what we call WMDs does that mean we should invade every country that might use a grenade?


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 6:39 p.m.

So once again its Bush's fault! But then I guess Pres Clinton's indiscretions are the reason for our moral decay. Would you put Rev Wright's retoric in the same category?


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 4:47 p.m.

Were they tax exempt?

David Briegel

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 4:24 p.m.

Fundamentalists of any faith want to go back to a simpler time and are dangerous. It is obvious and accepted about the Muslim fundamentalists while far too many are in denial about or way to tolerant of the Christian fundamentalists. Sorry Top Cat and jcj but way too many "leaders" have gone way too far with their rhetoric just like they did when Bush was Pres. Several posters have commented about this as have I. You have no problem referring to the Muslims as such but deny the Christians are indeed Christian. Contradiction? You may call this drivel but it doesn't change the reality.


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 4:16 p.m.

I'll try this to get my point across. If there was a person that was constantly Christian bashing. I would hope to hear his take on Muslims that advocate killing Christians.


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:51 p.m.

@jcj, I agree with you 100%! To condemn all peoples that have a belief in Christianity because of lunatic fringe would tantamount to condemning all of the Islamic faith for the 9/11 bombings. I do hope that the parties arrested are treated with the same rights as the other "religious" terrorists arrested, such as the alleged Christmas Day underwear bomber..


Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:37 p.m.

I am insulted that this group calls its self Christians. And I have no problem with those who are calling into question this groups beliefs. I would hope that those of you who are so critical of the Christian faith in general would give us your opinion of the Muslim faith. To constantly belittle Christians because of a few wacko's while seemingly not noticing what comes out of the mouths of a few wacko Muslims. This once again shows your bias and therefore renders your post as nothing more than folly from someone that has no more credibility than these wacko groups. Yes I would like your opinion mr DB as to what we should think about the Muslims that spew hatred! Please tell us something worth listening to!

Top Cat

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:36 p.m.

If these people are in fact guilty of the charges, they are not Christians. Calling yourself one does not make it so. And again, if they are guilty, no one is or should be held accountable but them. Claiming that "leaders" have fanned the flames of this by opposing Obama's policies is drivel and irresponsible.

David Briegel

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:20 p.m.

And these yahoo's think that Obama is the anti-Christ giving them their desired justification. The flames of that line of thinking have been fanned by quite a few of our "leaders"! Good Christians!?

Top Cat

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 3:16 p.m.

Let's have some perspective. The arrested 9 people. The pictures of 8 of them are on the Free Press' website. Take a look at them. It will tell you a lot.

David Jesse

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 : 2:55 p.m.

@MCMAYNERBERRY: This post is just one in a series of articles we're working on today on this topic. You can find the main story here: