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August 13, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Marks Return With Vicious Anti-Semitic Essay

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach, who took a three-month sab­bat­i­cal from writ­ing on the blog of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) that he co-founded, has returned with a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic essay accus­ing Jews of mur­der, world dom­i­na­tion, and “cold-blooded cruelty.”

In May, after Heimbach’s priest rebuked him for his “racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ide­olo­gies.” Heim­bach ceased most of his pub­lic activism. He did not write a sin­gle piece for the TYN blog until this week. His essay, pub­lished August 11, shows that Heim­bach con­tin­ues to har­bor hate­ful views towards Jews.

Using the war in Gaza as a back­drop, Heim­bach pro­motes anti-Semitic canards. He not only accuses Israel of com­mit­ting geno­cide against Arabs, he claims that the Jews have mur­dered a num­ber of Chris­tians to seize power and under­mine “the Church.” Heim­bach uses the anti-Semitic writ­ing of both ancient and mod­ern Chris­t­ian thinkers to jus­tify his views.   He writes,

“Whether Arab, Euro­pean, or any other type of Chris­t­ian, we must stand united in resis­tance to the Zion­ist plague that is work­ing to under­mine and destroy the Church on both an insti­tu­tional and an indi­vid­ual level.”

Claim­ing that he is view­ing Jews “through the lens of Chris­tian­ity and Chris­t­ian prophecy,” Heim­bach asserts that there is “a unity between those who strug­gle against the Zion­ist State and Inter­na­tional Jewry here in the West and those on the streets of Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon.” He adds, “We face the exact same enemy, one who doesn’t care if they kill our women, chil­dren, and elderly. We are fac­ing a truly Satanic enemy…”

Heim­bach also alleges that “Inter­na­tional Jewry and the Jew­ish State are ded­i­cated to sub­ver­sion, manip­u­la­tion, and total con­trol over the worlds [sic] finances, media, gov­ern­ments, and our per­sonal lives.” He goes on to claim that Jews bribe peo­ple to “their folk and Faith and serve Jew­ish inter­ests” and that these “trai­tors must be held account­able for their betrayal of our fold and swear­ing alle­giance to the anti-Christ.”

Heim­bach lauds the ter­ror­ist group Hezbol­lah as “friends and allies of both Chris­tians and Euro­pean nation­al­ists who seek the same out­come, the destruc­tion of the Jew­ish State and the end to the influ­ence of Inter­na­tional Jewry on the var­i­ous peo­ples of the world.” He argues that Chris­tians should take the lead to “defeat” Jews.

In addi­tion to accus­ing Jews of nefar­i­ous acts, Heim­bach asserts that their rejec­tion of Jesus is the cause of their “wicked path.” This lat­est post indi­cates that Heim­bach has dis­re­garded his priest’s admo­ni­tion about pro­mot­ing extreme views, and has decided to post even more vehe­mently anti-Semitic rhetoric than in the past.

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July 3, 2014 3

Matthew Heimbach Publically Returns to Racist Street Activism

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Matthew Heim­bach

After announc­ing he was tak­ing a sab­bat­i­cal from activism, Matthew Heim­bach, the co-founder white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), returned to racist activ­i­ties dur­ing the month of June. Heim­bach attended three events in June orga­nized by the white South­ern nation­al­ist group League of the South (LOS).

Despite the fact that Heim­bach was pre­vi­ously banned from the orga­ni­za­tion for attend­ing neo-Nazi events, Heim­bach not only attended the recent LOS annual con­fer­ence but also took part in LOS demon­stra­tions in Ken­tucky and Alabama.

On Sat­ur­day, June 1, Heim­bach attended demon­stra­tions orga­nized by the Ken­tucky chap­ter of the League which took place in the towns of Car­roll­ton, and War­saw, Ken­tucky. At the demon­stra­tions, Heim­bach held a sign that read, “Feds out of Ken­tucky.” Another LOS protest is sched­uled to take place in the town of Pikeville, Ken­tucky, on July 19. Accord­ing to LOS, the demon­stra­tion will be in sup­port of coal min­ers in the state “whose indus­try is being destroyed by the feds.”

Over the past two years, LOS changed tac­tics, focus­ing more on street activism in an attempt to attract new mem­bers and raise aware­ness about the orga­ni­za­tion and South­ern nation­al­ism. Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, the founder of the racist blog Occi­den­tal Dis­sent is the main pro­moter of this tac­tic. The theme of this year’s LOS national con­fer­ence was “Hit­ting the Streets: Tak­ing the South­ern Nation­al­ist Mes­sage to the Public.”

Grif­fin joined LOS two years ago and is respon­si­ble for bring­ing the orga­ni­za­tion closer to the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), another racist orga­ni­za­tion with chap­ters around the South. Grif­fin is mar­ried to Renee Baum, the daugh­ter of Gor­don Baum, the head of CofCC. LOS and CofCC held demon­stra­tions together for the first time dur­ing the past year. Grif­fin spoke about the issue of street activism and the media atten­tion it gar­ners at the LOS national con­fer­ence last Sat­ur­day, June 28.

After their national con­fer­ence ended on June 28, LOS held a demon­stra­tion in Wetumpka, Alabama, where the group is head­quar­tered. Heim­bach and many other con­fer­ence atten­dees joined the event, which focused on sup­port­ing South­ern work­ers who LOS claims are los­ing their jobs to immi­grants. Many of the LOS protests are anti-immigrant but oth­ers focus on issues such as mar­riage equal­ity. A sim­i­lar demon­stra­tion is sched­uled to take place in Gainesville, Geor­gia, on August 23.

Heimbach’s return to racist activism appears only to be with LOS for the time being. One pos­si­ble rea­son for this is the LOS’s pro­mo­tion of a racist ver­sion of Chris­t­ian val­ues, which Heim­bach also embraces. It remains to be seen whether Heim­bach will orga­nize again with other racist orga­ni­za­tions, but it’s clear that his sab­bat­i­cal from racist activ­ity is over.

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May 7, 2014 0

White Supremacist Activists Opt for Sabbatical after Priest’s Rebuke

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Matt Heim­bach

Matthew Heim­bach and Matt Par­rott, the founders of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN), have decided to take a sab­bat­i­cal from their activ­i­ties. The two took this step after the priest of the Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian church they belong to pub­licly released a state­ment on April 29 say­ing that Heim­bach must “cease and desist all activ­i­ties, both online, in print, and in per­son, pro­mot­ing racist and sep­a­ra­tionist ideologies….”

The same priest ear­lier that month had over­seen Heimbach’s com­mu­nion in the Ortho­dox Church.  Although it is unclear where Par­rott stands in terms of his own com­mu­nion, he and Heim­bach have both appar­ently cho­sen to take time off from their activ­i­ties at the request of the priest. On the TYN site, Par­rott writes that he and Heim­bach do not know if their leave of absence will be tem­po­rary or permanent.

Par­rott and espe­cially Heim­bach have openly talked about their reli­gious beliefs on the TYN blog.  Their priest noted that he made the com­mu­nion a pub­lic issue because Heim­bach “makes inflam­ma­tory pub­lic state­ments in the name of the Ortho­dox Faith.”  Both Heim­bach and Par­rott osten­si­bly see their white suprema­cist beliefs as com­pat­i­ble with their vision of Chris­tian­ity. Though the two are racist and anti-Semitic, Par­rott has tried to jus­tify their views by claim­ing they have no ill will towards other reli­gious and eth­nic groups.

It is unclear how Par­rott and Heim­bach plan to spend their sab­bat­i­cal. Even after Heimbach’s priest asked him to cease activ­i­ties and do penance to be received back into the Ortho­dox com­mu­nion, Heim­bach par­tic­i­pated in a demon­stra­tion led by the racist League of the South (LOS) in Wash­ing­ton, DC, on May 1. LOS had only recently allowed Heim­bach back into the group after kick­ing him out in Octo­ber 2013 for tak­ing part in a neo-Nazi event. A week before the LOS DC event, Heim­bach attended the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence in Ten­nessee. In addi­tion, TYN con­tin­ues to func­tion as a group, despite Heim­bach and Parrot’s leave.

The reac­tion from the white suprema­cist com­mu­nity has been some­what mixed, with most peo­ple sup­port­ing Heim­bach and Parrott’s sab­bat­i­cal while the two fig­ure out their next moves. One well-known white suprema­cist, Greg John­son, who runs the online white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Counter-Currents, has attacked Heim­bach and Par­rott for aban­don­ing the white suprema­cist cause for the sake of Chris­tian­ity. Oth­ers, like Brad Grif­fin, aka Hunter Wal­lace, who runs the racist Occi­den­tal Dis­sent blog, believe that Heim­bach and Par­rott will be able to rec­on­cile their racist views with Chris­tian­ity and make a full return to the white suprema­cist movement.

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