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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 ("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. He is currently incarcerated in the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center. Subject: Lock Source: Graphic created by Cantus. ... 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. ... There have been a number of people named Matthew Hale: Matthew Hale, leader of a neo-Nazi organisation Matthew Hale, English jurist Dr Matthew Blagden Hale, Bishop of Perth, Western Australia This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... White supremacy is the variety of white nationalism that believes the white race should rule over other races. ... The Creativity Movement is a non-profit racist, anti-semitic and white-supremacist organization which advocates a fanatical White Religion called Creativity. ... East Peoria is a city located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 2005 is 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. ...

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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 12 he was reading books about Nazis and had formed a "Little Reich" group at school. East Peoria is a city located in Tazewell County, Illinois. ...


At the age of 19, Hale burned an Israeli flag at a demonstration and was found guilty of violating an East Peoria ordinance against open burning. The next year, he dumped racist pamphlets at a shopping mall and was fined for littering. In May 1991, Hale and his brother allegedly threatened three blacks 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 30 months' probation and six months' house arrest.2


In 1993, Hale attended Bradley University and received a degree in Political Science. In 1996, Hale took over the Church of the Creator, a racist, 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. ... Niccolò Machiavelli, ca 1500, became the key figure in realistic political theory, crucial to political science Political Science is the systematic study of the allocation and transfer of power in decision making. ... 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, or NAACP, is one of the oldest and most influential civil rights 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 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. ... The Church of the Creator is an Oregon-based church founded by Rev. ...


In 1997, Hale married Peggy Anderson but divorced shortly thereafter. 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.3 December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, 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, as the last day in June. ...


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, 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 5. 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.4 Benjamin Smith Benjamin Nathaniel Smith was a spree killer who randomly targeted members of racial and ethnic minorities in drive-by shootings in Illinois and Indiana, USA during the weekend of July 4, 1999. ... State nickname: The Hoosier State Other U.S. States Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Governor Mitch Daniels Official languages English Area 94,321 km² (38th)  - Land 92,897 km²  - Water 1,424 km² (1. ... July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 182 days remaining. ... The Arch, the main entrance to Northwesterns Evanston campus Northwestern University is a private university situated in Evanston, Illinois, on a 240 acre (970,000 m²) campus along the shores of Lake Michigan. ... Ricky Byrdsong (June 24, 1956 - July 3, 1999) was a former Northwestern University basketball coach who was murdered by spree killer Benjamin Nathaniel Smith. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is based in Montgomery, Alabama, in the South of the US. It was started in 1971 by Morris Dees and Joe Levin as a civil rights law firm. ...


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 only be occupied by 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!"5


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 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Judge Lefkow

Prior to his arrest, Hale denounced Judge Lefkow in a news conference, claiming that she was biased against him (in his copyright case) because she was married to a Jewish man and had grandchildren who were biracial.6 On March 9, Hale's former attorney Glenn Greenwald, revealed that Hale's mother, Evelyn Hutcheson, asked Greenwald to pass a coded message (relayed from Hale to his mother) to one of Hale's supporters in 2004, but Greenwald refused.7 March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ...


Quotes

We seek the advancement of white people, our people, without any apologies, any compromise, any groveling before anybody.8

External links

  • The Matt Hale file (http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2005/03/02/news/top_news/c4ef779729cce8fe86256fb80007a5eb.txt), A timeline of events, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Family found dead month before Hale sentencing (http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2005/03/02/news/top_news/abd22734e0ab42d186256fb8000a94c4.txt), The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Hale's group linked to violence in the past (http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2005/03/02/news/top_news/f3d7bff63ffb852386256fb800072fb4.txt), The Times of Northwest Indiana

Notes


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Matthew Hale (jurist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (889 words)
Sir Matthew Hale (1609—December 25, 1676), Lord Chief Justice of England, was born on the 1st of November 1609 at Alderley in Gloucestershire, where his father, a retired barrister, had a small estate.
The parliament having gained the ascendancy, Hale signed the Solemn League and Covenant, and was a member of the famous assembly of divines at Westminster in 1644; but although he would undoubtedly have preferred a Presbyterian form of church government, he had no serious objection to the system of modified Episcopacy, proposed by Usher.
At the Restoration in 1660 Hale was very graciously received by Charles II., and in the same year was appointed chief baron of the exchequer, and accepted, with extreme reluctance, the honour of knighthood.
Matthew Hale - definition of Matthew Hale in Encyclopedia (176 words)
Matthew 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.
Hale was denied a law license by the State of Illinois in 1998 for gross deficiency in moral character.
In April 2004 he was convicted of 3 counts of obstruction of justice and one count of soliciting the murder of a federal judge, and is currently incarcerated.
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