drafted into the United States Air Force during World War II. He founded Aryan
Nations stemming from the Church of Jesus Christ, with an ideology that is a combination
of Christian identity and Nazism. The foundation and main purpose when Richard
Butler founded Aryan Nations was to overthrow both the American and Canadian
governments in order to create the idea of the “Aryan population”. It was founded
by Butler in 1974 on a twenty acre compound in Hayden Lake, Idaho.
Richard Butler created his idea of the Aryan Nations based off of the ideals of
Reverend Wesley Swift. Swift was the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ, and
was a supporter of the “Aryan race”. Despite being the leader of a Christian
church, Swift was also an active leader of the Ku Klux Klan in California. The bottom
line of the creation of the Aryan Nations is that Richard Butler was influenced by
Reverend Swift, and decided to have the core of the beliefs of the Aryan Nations
come from the Church of Jesus Christ.
Symbols within the Aryan Nations are very prevalent, with vast amounts of
meaning behind them. There is a flag or logo that is used to represent the Aryan
Nations. It is made up of a Christian cross, a half Swastika, and a sword. The cross
in this logo indicates the identity of the group, and how at the base of their beliefs,
they are still founded off Christian values. The Christian values off of which the Aryan Nations
are based are those of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Swastika resembles the group’s belief in
Nazism, and to show how it is their goal to fulfill the mission that Adolf Hitler
started, but was unable to complete. The sword represents how the followers of
Aryan Nations are encouraged to use violence whenever they feel it will further the
advancement of creating a nation with the “Aryan race” superior to all others.
Other symbols that are associated with the group are a white fist with a black
background that symbolizes white power, called the white power fist. The
number eighty eight represents “heil Hitler”, due to “h” being the eighth letter of the
alphabet. Eighty eight also represents the “88 precepts” which describe how
followers of the Aryan Nations should live their life, and life lessons. Perhaps the
most interesting symbol is a crucified skinhead, showing how Jesus died doing God’s
will, and the Aryan Nations feel that they too are doing this for God.
Followers of the Aryan Nations believe that it is blasphemy to say that Christ
had any Jewish genealogy. They believe that beside the white people, Adam and
Eve, the only other people created are called “mud people”. These mud people are
the source of all people of non-white descendants, and were to be servants for the
white people. The reason that Jewish people are hated so much by those within the
Aryan Nations is that, in the minds of followers, Jewish people are the
third race of people. They believe that they were not created by God, but rather by
Satan. If Aryans mate with non-Aryans, any children they may have are considered
soulless. Aryan Nations believe strongly in the second coming of Jesus Christ,
however he will not appear until “mud people” are returned to slaves for the whites.
The Aryan Nation in large part lacks the ritual dimension which is found in the majority of religions. In fact, the only aspect of this group which resembles a ritual at all is the annual World Congress of Aryan Nations (Aryan Nations/ Church of Jesus Christ Christians). Rituals were once more prevalent in the Aryan Nation, however, in 2007 the Aryan Nation decided to decentralize (Kreis). As a result, the initiation rituals that were once prevalent are no longer in existence. Instead, “All Aryan brothers and sisters across the...