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Encyclopedia > Matthew F. Hale
Matthew F. Hale (center) at the Peoria Public Library.
This page is about Matthew Hale, leader of a neo-Nazi organization. For other uses, see Matthew Hale.

Matthew F. Hale (born July 27, 1971) is the leader of the white supremacist group formerly known as the World Church of the Creator and now known as the Creativity Movement which was based in East Peoria, Illinois. In 1998, Hale made headlines when his application for an Illinois law license was denied for his belief in racial discrimination (described as "gross deficiency in moral character").[1] On April 6, 2005, Hale was sentenced to a 40-year prison term for soliciting an undercover FBI informant to kill federal judge Joan Lefkow.[2] He is currently incarcerated in the Administrative Maximum facility in Florence, Colorado. Image File history File links From: http://www. ... Image File history File links From: http://www. ... The terms Neo-Nazism and Neo-Fascism refer to any social or political movement to revive Nazism or Fascism, respectively, and postdates the Second World War. ... This page is about Matthew Hale, leader of a neo-Nazi organization. ... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... White supremacy is the variety of white nationalism that believes the white race should rule over other races. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... East Peoria is a city in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A federal judge is a judge appointed in accordance with Article III of the United States Constitution. ... Joan Humphrey Lefkow (born 1944) is a United States district court judge. ... The ADX Florence facility from the outside The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence is a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. ...

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Early life

Hale was raised in East Peoria, a blue-collar community on the Illinois River. According to Hale, by the age of twelve, he was reading books about Nazis such as Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf, and had formed a "little reich" group at school. East Peoria is a city located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Hitler redirects here. ... Mein Kampf (English translation: My Struggle) is the signature work of Adolf Hitler, combining elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitlers political ideology of Nazism. ...


At the age of nineteen, Hale burned an Israeli flag gaudy at a demonstration and was found guilty of violating an East Peoria ordinance against open burning. The next year, he passed out racist pamphlets at a shopping mall and was fined for littering. In May of 1991, Hale and his brother allegedly threatened three African-Americans with a gun, and he was arrested for mob action. Since he refused to tell police where his brother was, Hale was also charged with felony obstruction of justice; he was convicted of obstruction, but won a reversal on appeal. In 1992, Hale allegedly attacked a security officer at a mall and was charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest, aggravated battery and carrying a concealed weapon. For this attack, Hale was sentenced to thirty months probation and six months house arrest.[3] Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ...


In 1993, Hale attended Bradley University and received a degree in Political Science. In 1996, Hale took over the Church of the Creator, a religious group that worships the white race as creators of civilization. The church believes that a "racial holy war" is necessary to attain a "white world" without Jews and non-whites and to this end they encourage their members to "populate the lands of this earth with white people exclusively". Prior to Hale's leadership, members of the church had committed violent criminal acts, including the murder of an African-American Gulf War veteran, the firebombing of an NAACP office in Washington state, and an attempted bombing of a Maryland law enforcement officer's home. Bradley University is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... RAcial HOly WAr (RAHOWA) is the belief that white people should unite and undertake a holy war against Jews and non-whites. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ...


After Hale was appointed "Pontifex Maximus" (supreme leader), he changed the name of the organization to the World Church of the Creator. The name was changed again to the Creativity Movement when a religious group in Oregon (the Church of the Creator) sued Hale's group for trademark infringement. Hale ran the church from an upstairs bedroom at his father's two-story house in East Peoria, where an Israeli flag served as a doormat to his office, and the walls were painted red to symbolize the blood of the white race. The Creativity Movement is a non-profit racist, anti-semitic and white-supremacist organization which advocates a fanatical White Religion called Creativity. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Church of the Creator is an Oregon-based church founded by Rev. ...


In 1997, Hale married Terra Herron, a sixteen-year-old member of the World Church of the Creator. The marriage lasted three months.[4] Hale graduated from Southern Illinois Law School in May 1998 and passed the bar in July of that same year. On December 16, 1998, the Illinois Bar Committee on Character and Fitness rejected Hale's application for a license to practice law. Hale appealed, and a hearing was held on April 10, 1999. On June 30, 1999, a Hearing Panel of the Committee refused to certify that Hale had the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law in Illinois.[5]-1... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Benjamin Smith

Two days after Hale was denied a license to practice law, a World Church of the Creator member named Benjamin Smith went on a three-day shooting spree in which he randomly targeted members of racial and ethnic minority groups in Illinois and Indiana. Beginning July 2, 1999 Smith's rampage killed two people, including former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, and a 26-year-old Korean graduate student named Won-Joon Yoon who was shot as he was on his way to church. Smith wounded nine others before committing suicide on July 4. Mark Potok, director of intelligence for the Southern Poverty Law Center, believes that Smith may have acted in retaliation after Hale's application to practice law was rejected.[6] Benjamin Nathaniel Smith (1978-July 4, 1999) was a spree killer who targeted members of racial and ethnic minorities in random drive-by shootings in Illinois and Indiana, USA during the weekend of July 4, 1999. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian research university, located in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois. ... Ricky Byrdsong Ricky Byrdsong (June 24, 1956 – July 2, 1999) was a former Northwestern University basketball coach. ... Won-Joon Yoon (died 4 July 1999) was a Korean graduate student at Indiana University, studying computer science in the late 1990s, when he was murdered by white supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith. ... For the United States holiday, the Fourth of July, see Independence Day (United States). ... The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is an American non-profit legal organization, whose stated purpose is to combat racism and promote civil rights through research, education, and litigation. ...


After Smith's shooting spree, Hale appeared on television and in newspapers saying, "We do urge hatred. If you love something, you must be willing to hate that which threatens it." He also referred to non-whites as "mud races." According to Hale, America should be occupied by only whites, but he never explained to the media how he was going to achieve these goals. During a television interview that summer, Hale stated that his church didn't condone violent or illegal activities. Meanwhile, Hale was distributing thousands of copies of the "White Man's Bible," a book which encouraged a war against Jews and "inferior, colored races". In public, Hale claimed to be against violence, but his church's bibles expressed the opposite sentiment: "You have no alibi, no other way out, white man! It's fight or die!"[7]


Hale's reactions to Smith's shooting spree were also recorded by a police informant, and on the tapes Hale laughs about the murders and imitates the sound of gunfire. The tapes were used by the district attorney's office to prosecute Hale after he was arrested on January 8, 2003 for soliciting an undercover FBI informant to kill federal Judge Lefkow. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Judge Lefkow

On January 8, 2003, Hale was arrested, charged with soliciting an undercover FBI informant to kill Judge Joan Lefkow, the United States district court judge presiding over his trademark case. Joan Humphrey Lefkow (born 1944) is a United States district court judge. ...


Hale had previously filed a class action lawsuit against Lefkow in late 2002, around which time threats against her life appeared on the white supremacist forum Stormfront.org and other websites. Prior to his arrest, Hale denounced Lefkow in a news conference, claiming that she was biased against him (in his trademark case) because she was married to a Jewish man and had grandchildren who were biracial.[8] In law, a class action is an equitable procedural device used in litigation for determining the rights of and remedies, if any, for large numbers of people whose cases involve common questions of law and fact. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


On February 28, 2005, Lefkow's mother and husband were murdered at her home on Chicago's North Side. Chicago Police revealed on March 10 that Bart Ross, a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case that Lefkow had dismissed, admitted to the murders in a suicide note written before shooting himself during a routine traffic stop in Wisconsin the previous evening.[9] Although they were in no way connected to Ross, the media's initial coverage of the murders had heavily focused on Hale and the Creativity Movement. February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (70th in leap years). ...


On April 6, 2005, Hale was sentenced to a 40-year prison term for his earlier solicitation of Lefkow's murder. April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Prisoner Information

  • Name: Matthew Hale
  • Register Number: 15177-424
  • Age: 35
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Sex: Male
  • Release Date: 12-06-2037
  • Location: Florence ADMAX USP

The ADX Florence facility from the outside The United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence is a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado. ...

External links

  • Family found dead month before Hale sentencing, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Hale's group linked to violence in the past, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Church of the Creator: A History
  • The Church of Ben Klassen - Pennsylvania

The Times of Northwest Indiana is a daily newspaper headquartered in Munster, Indiana. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Committee on Character and Fitness
  2. ^ White Supremacist Is Held in Ordering Judge's Death
  3. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ (October 29, 1999). Supreme Court of Illinois Press release
  6. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi (March 2, 2005). Haunted by Threats, U.S. Judge Finds New Horror. The New York Times.
  7. ^ Scharnberg, Kirsten (April 27, 2004). Double talk disguises call to arms. Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi (January 9, 2003). White Supremacist Is Held in Ordering Judge's Death. The New York Times.
  9. ^ (March 10, 2005) Police: Wisconsin death has Lefkow tie Chicago Tribune

 
 

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