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Letter: Those who hate are the monsters

Most white supremacists in America believe that the United States is a "Christian" nation, with a special relationship between religion and the rule of law.

Because racists give themselves divine permission from God to hate, they often don't see that their actions, beliefs, and words are driven by hate; they claim to "just love God and the white race" and, in my opinion, will distort Biblical passages, as well as the Constitution, to justify their bigotry.

There are 50 different religions practiced in the U.S. There are approximately 5,000 cults, 33,000 violent street, drug, and motorcycle gangs, and approximately 300 different white supremacy groups, such as the Neo-Nazis, Skinheads, the KKK, and the Aryan Nation. The Southern Poverty Law Center tracked 1,360 radical militia, "patriot" and anti-government groups across the U.S. in 2012.

These militia, patriot and hate groups stockpile guns and other weapons and would easily use them against whomever they want, if so inclined. Some 150,000 to 200,000 people subscribe to racist publications, attend their marches and rallies, and donate money.

Approximately 100 telephone hate-lines are in operation, with recorded messages that propagandize the caller with hate-motivated speeches and publicize upcoming meetings and rallies.

There are 150 independent racist radio and television shows that air weekly and reach hundreds of thousands of sympathizers.

And many of these groups will not hesitate to use bombs, murder, arson and assault to accomplish their goals and objectives. They have done so in the past and, no doubt, will do so again in the future.

In Arizona alone, there are 31 known hate groups and 28 extremist or separatists groups. The alarming number of hate-driven Americans, the threat of another civil war, secession, and threats against politicians or anyone else who supports our government or gun control is frightening.

The average American should not be fearful of our government - they should, instead, be terrified of these hate-mongering, religious, fanatical, extremist groups, as well as bigoted individuals. They are more of a threat to the average citizen than our government could ever be.

Lori Gabriel-Dane