While conservatives may be intent on getting back to America’s puritanical roots, at least one white supremacist is looking to the future.
John Abarr, one of Montana’s most notorious Ku Klux Klan leaders, says he’s recruiting members for an all-new, all-inclusive KKK, one that will not discriminate against people because of their race, religion or sexual orientation, the Great Falls Tribune reports.
“The KKK is for a strong America,” Abarr told the newspaper. “White supremacy is the old Klan. This is the new Klan.”
Abarr is calling the group the Rocky Mountain Knights. The non-discriminatory chapter of the KKK will seek to fight against a “new world order,” whatever that means. Members will still be required to wear the creepy white robes and hoods and participate in “secret rituals,” but they will not longer burn down churches or lynch people.
Abarr says he hopes to partner with the NAACP, calling it “a really good organization.”
“I don’t feel we need to be separate,” he said.
Naturally, KKK leaders are not pleased with him. Embracing blacks and gays, they say, is like spitting in the faces of their hate group’s founding fathers.
“That man’s going against everything the bylaws of the constitution of the KKK say,” Bradley Jenkins, the KKK’s “imperial wizard,” said. “He’s trying to hide behind the KKK to further his political career.”
Human Rights leaders are also not sure what to make of it.
Rachel Carroll-Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network, said if Abarr really wants to form an inclusive organization, he should reconsider his approach.
“They know that their beliefs aren’t popular, so they try to appear moderate. I think it’s just a farce,” she said. “If John Abarr was actually reformed, he could drop the label of the KKK.”
But Abarr says he hopes people will “give him a chance.” If they only got to know him, he claims, they would see he’s ready to lead the KKK in a different, more loving direction.