TSA Nominee Labels Racist, Atheist Group as ‘Christian Identity’
January 19, 2010Erroll Southers, nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), labeled a violent, racist organization a "Christian identity" group, even though the group is atheistic and anti-Christian.
The TSA, an element of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for the security of commercial aviation. Southers made his remarks in a 2008 video interview with the Videojug.com Web site.
In the online interview, Southers was asked, “Which home-grown terrorist groups pose the greatest danger to the U.S.?”
Southers answered: “Most of the domestic groups that we have to pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They're anti-government and in most cases anti-abortion. They are usually survivalist-type in nature, identity orientated. If you recall, Buford Furrow came to Los Angeles in, I believe, it was 1999, when he went to three different Jewish institutions, museums, and then wound up shooting people at a children’s community center, then shooting a Filipino postal worker later on. Matthew Hale, who's the Pontifex Maximus of the World Church of the Creator out of Illinois, and Ben Smith, who went on a shooting spree in three different cities where he killed a number of African Americans and Jews and Asians that day. Those groups are groups that claim to be extremely anti-government and Christian-identity oriented.”
The World Chruch of the Creator (WCOTC), however, describes itself as atheistic and anti-Christian on its own Web site, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes the group as not believeing in God or eternal life. The WCOTC lost a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2002 and now calls itself the “Creativity Movement.”
According to the ADL, the Creativity Movement “is a white supremacist group that considers itself a religion,” and that its followers “do not believe in God, heaven, hell or eternal life.” The group “attacks Jews, Christians, African Americans and other people of color, although Jews are particularly vilified,” says the ADL.
On its Web site, the Creativity Movement states, “A CREATOR [a group member] is not superstitious and disdains belief in the supernatural. He will waste no time giving any credence to, or playing silly games with imaginary spooks, spirits, gods, and demons.”
Also, in its “Creator Library” are numerous anti-Christian articles, including an e-book, Nature’s Eternal Religion. The book states that “Christianity despises facts, it despises evidence and reasoning. It despises thinking men. It wants ‘believing’ sheep. It loves gullible fools.”
The e-book further says, “Christianity is a treacherous mental snare. It rapes the minds of otherwise intelligent men,” and that “Christianity thrives on lies. It has built a whole network of lies ….”
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Southers’ official title will be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Transportation Security Administration. Southers, a former FBI special agent and member of the Bureau’s SWAT Team, was nominated by Obama on Sept. 10, 2009.
Currently, Southers splits his time between teaching counter-terrorism at the University of Southern California and serving as Chief of Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Police Department.
Southers did not respond to an email inquiry from CNSNews.com about his comments.
The “Videojug” Web site, with offices in Britain and the United States, was launched in September 2006 and describes itself as “the world’s most comprehensive library of free factual video content online” and the “definitive online ‘encyclopedia of life.’” It seeks out and interviews experts around the world to “provide answers to common questions and concerns.”