Monday, June 02, 2008

The tip of the iceberg

Dave at Orcinus has a long article about the Phineas Priesthood, a Christianist terrorist organization. This organization is well financed, with an extremely well-disciplined cell structure.

The Phineas Priesthood was recently endorsed by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Link love:

In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest by Dave Neiwert

Mark Kleiman on The Phineas Priesthood
Tony & Phineas
Religious Right, Still Wrong
Holy Hell
Mainstreaming Our Confederate-American Heritage [satire]


  1. This is what drives me so fucking nuts about the Republican/conservative approach to terrorism: it's the blinders, stupid! There's more than enough potential violence at home to worry about: These yahoos, gangs in California learning squad-combat and insurgent tactics from members leaving the military, the list goes on.

    I'm less worried about a liberal Democrat who I have to convince of the danger from takfiris -- an easier job, since I don't think it's existential -- than one whom I have to wade hip-deep into the dark waters of latent racism and cultural superiority to get them to look at the potential terrorists in their own midst.

    The second worst terrorist act on American soil was the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

  2. Unsurprising. On a related not, I can't help but see the name Phineas and think of Phineas Fingers, from the early days of Dragon Magazine (That's Dungeons and Dragons) - but he was a theif, not a cleric... (And there was a great one with a wizard who had a ring with a little target circle sticking up from it on his finger - he loudly proclaimed something like "I'm Boardflak the Bolt Lobber and I seldom miss from this range!" - the range being about one foot away from him as he threatens some bad guy... Ok, totally divergent - I just have to have a chuckle because otherwise things like this are just too depressing.

  3. Interesting that Phineas Priesthood follows the same organizational scheme that al-Qaida is now following: "leaderless resistance."

    Want to know how to resist these guys? Read your John Robb. And, since you'll be reading about security anyways, read Bruce Schneier.


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