One of the purposes of the White Reference blog is to expose, confront, and combat misinformation and slander about the white nationalist movement in America. Much of the problem originates with Jewish supremacist lobbies like the Anti-Defamation League and fellow travellers like the Southern Poverty Law Center (the type of people who respected WN elder statesman Glenn Miller colloquially refers to as "kike-a-likes"). Thus, much of the white nationalist movement, particularly that part represented by the Vanguard News Network, the National Alliance, and the American National Socialist Workers Party (ANSWP), believes that while non-whites may be the symptoms, the Jew (referring to Organized Jewry) may be the disease.
And few practices have been more misrepresented or slandered than the traditional "cross-lighting" ceremony. Originally a Scottish symbol of unity and warning, it was Americanized and popularized by Klan organizations to symbolize the light of Christ during an era when electricity was not universally available, it was intended to mobilize white people towards racial unity through Jesus Christ. From the FAQ page of the website of the National Knights Party, ably led by Pastor Thomas Robb and considered one of the most prominent, stable, and constructive Klan organizations, comes this explanation:
Many have been led to believe the Klan burns the cross as an act of desecrating a Christian symbol. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lighted cross is an old symbol used on the hillsides of Scotland. Many churches today use the lighted cross as a symbol. The Methodist church uses the cross with flames at its base sweeping up and around the cross. The Lutheran church uses the symbolism. When the Klan was founded there was no electricity. They could not light up a cross the way we light up a Christmas tree. Fire was used. The fire was used to symbolize the fiery light of Christ - a metaphor often used in the Bible. The Cross obviously is a symbol of Christianity. The Cross lighting ceremony gives honor to Jesus Christ.
The cross lighting ceremony was not used until the twenties. The original Klan of the 1800's did not use a lighted cross. When you see movies depicting Klansmen burning crosses in some black ex-slave family's home, this is a lie. This ceremony had not even been created yet.
The Klan's ( family tribes) of Scotland would use the lighted cross as a warning to other family tribes that danger was imminent. It came to symbolize a warning of tyranny in their midst. These two ideals of the cross lighting ( warning against tyranny and giving honor to the fiery truth of Christ) were combined to create the key Klux Klan cross lighting ceremony. It is no more a desecration of the cross than it is for the American Legion to respectfully lay to peace an American flag by setting it on fire.
The Klan does not burn crosses in people's yards. Sometimes those who are trying to act like the Hollywood created Klan will burn a cross in someone's yard as a prank. This is wrong and is not condoned. Usually, however, the prank is actually a means of getting sympathy support from the community. There have been many incidences in which nonwhites would burn a cross on their own lawn and then blame the Klan for it. These cases make headline news. But when the so-called victims are found out to be the actual perpetrators, the story is usually found in small print buried deep within the newspaper somewhere.
And the Knights Party further reiterates this point on another page of their website:
The cross lighting ceremony is another example of how the national media distorts the Klan image. They purposely use the word "burn" because of the negative image that is conjured up in the minds of many people. To them it is a desecration, a desire to destroy the cross.
The Knights definitely do not burn the cross, but we do light the cross. The lighted cross of The Knights is no different than the average church that has a lighted cross either on top or in front of their church building. The light of the cross symbolizes the Light of Christ dispelling darkness and ignorance. It is the fire of the cross that reminds us of the cleansing "fire" of Christ that cleanses evil from our land. The fiery cross is a symbol that has long been popular with the Christian faith, for example the Methodist denomination uses the fiery cross as their symbol.
We don't burn the cross, we light the cross. We recognize that Christ is the light of the world.
The Klan adopted the fiery cross from the traditions of old Scotland where the fiery cross was used as a symbol against tyranny and often the hills of Scotland would be lit aglow with the lighted cross -the symbol of freedom - freedom from sin - freedom from tyranny. When a Klansman or Klanswoman participates in a cross lighting ceremony they are making a public declaration to Jesus Christ of their continued commitment to the Christian faith.
The point is simple: A cross-lighting is intended to be a sober, quasi-religious ceremony used infrequently and selectively. Those who politicize and weaponize this ceremony for any gratuitous purpose, whether it be to exact personal revenge on an non-white person, or to stir up cheap media publicity, are not responding to the divine light of Jesus Christ but to the conterfeit light of Satan. Satan is a master counterfeiter who has been given the power to deceive for nearly 6,000 years of recorded human history. Burning a cross on a black family's lawn just to get them to move out of a neighborhood is NOT a celebration of white unity - it is an act of terrorism, and no responsible Klan organization supports such acts.
However, the white nationalist movement as a whole has proven to be a magnet at times for opportunists, misanthropes, malcontents, informers, and outright hooligans. For many years, national Klan leader Bill Wilkinson was an FBI informer. Some entire groups, such as the Vinlanders, used white nationalism strictly as a protective cover for hooliganism. Others, such as the National Socialist Movement, were insufficiently vigilant and allowed themselves to be penetrated by pedophiles and Satanists. However, other groups have learned from these mistakes and vet their associates more thoroughly. The ANSWP sets the standard for character - recently, when their Ohio state leader Justin Boyer was found to have an outstanding domestic violence warrant against him, ANSWP Commander Bill White, understanding the importance of public perception, promptly replaced him as state leader, although he did not remove him from the ANSWP itself. Likewise the Knights Party appears to espouse and enforce high standards. The standard of evaluation should not be how many malcontents join the movement, but how efficiently and aggressively the movement uncovers, exposes, and disfellowships them.
The Knights Party received some national publicity in 2006 over the case of former Nebraska State Trooper Robert Henderson. Late in 2005, Henderson, despondent over the fact that his wife left him for a Latino man, and angered over the fact that his new girl friend was being pursued by a Negro weekend anchorman for an Omaha television station, felt he was under siege. To cope with the sitation, he turned to the Knights Party for answers, posting on their forum. His posts were detected, identified, and reported to his superiors in 2006.
When confronted, Henderson owned up to it but stated that he was no longer associated with the Knights. This was not good enough for his superiors, who promptly fired him after 18 years on the force, just two years short of retirement, despite the fact that Henderson had NO record of using his authority to abuse non-whites. Henderson appealed to an arbitrator, who ordered him reinstated, but Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (who is white, by the way) took the virtually unprecedented step of appealing binding arbitration. Unfortunately, a Nebraska court upheld the appeal and the firing.