The Ku Klux Klan has entered the fray of groups rallying at the Islamic Center in Irving, Texas.
A white supremacist group, the Texas Rebel Knights, planned a rally at the mosque for December 12. A counter-rally to the KKK rally has been planned by religious groups, now 400 strong, reported WFAA8 in Dallas.
WFAA8 reported that the local ABC affiliate in Dallas received a screen shot of a post made by the Texas Rebel Knights calling for a rally at the Islamic Center on December 12.
The post by the group has created fear about a Ku Klux Klan rally at the mosque.
According to the Texas Rebel Knights’ website, it states “The Klan is a [C]hristian organization. You must believe in God and that Jesus Christ is the son of God to become a member.”
The group says its second major belief is about race, saying, “The Klan does not believe in equality or integration. We love the white race and will do all we can to defend and preserve it, if necessary we will defend it with our lives.”
The third tenet of the group is “country,” a country they say they are losing to “non-whites.”
Dr. Michael W. Waters, pastor of the Joy Tabernacle AME Church in Dallas, told the local television station said, “They have the right to speak. They have the right to free speech. We have a right to represent our solidarity.” The black Dallas pastor also said, “It’s deeply disturbing to think that anyone in this day and age would be protested in such a way.”
Pete Evans of the Trinity Foundation in Dallas spoke to WFAA saying as to the white supremacist group, “Their ideology is sort of an us-against-them kind of mentality.” The foundation describes itself on its website as “a public non-profit based in Dallas, Texas, [that] has been tracking religious fraud and helping victims for almost 30 years.”
Evans said he has heard of “fringe Christian groups” like the Texas Rebel Knights and charged, “They are a reflection of what’s going on with ISIS.”
He said he has investigated other white supremacist Christian groups and commented, “The apostles of the early church wouldn’t recognize this group as being any more Christian than my toenail.”
Pastor Waters said the counter-rally will occur on December 6 whether the Texas Rebel Knights rally at the mosque or not. He explained, “Saturday will be peaceful. Saturday will be a righteous revolution of love.”
The white supremacist Christian group has apparently backed off the threat to meet at the mosque.
WFAA also reports that another rally is planned for this Saturday by a group supporting the Irving police and the city of Irving.
Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2