Groundbreaking in North Carolina

George Michael

in Theology of Hate

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033501
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038698 | DOI:
Groundbreaking in North Carolina

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This chapter discusses the early history of the first incarnation of the Church of the Creator, which was established in North Carolina in 1982. In some ways, North Carolina was a poor choice as the Appalachian region is in the heart of the southern Bible Belt. Klassen once commented that his “fiercest and most vocal opposition came from the local little preachers of the numerous fundamental churches in the county.” A principal aim of the new church was to convert elements of the far right to Creativity. Klassen frequently emphasized the importance of “polarization” in the racialist movement. On several occasions, locals vandalized the church's property. By the late 1980s the church had experienced moderate growth. However, it attracted an inordinate number of dysfunctional personalities and this would plague the organization and contribute to its demise.

Keywords: Church of the Creator; North Carolina; Creativity; Appalachian region; racialist movement; far right

Chapter.  7261 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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