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Theology of Hate: A History of the World Church of the Creator

George Michael


During the weekend of July 4, 1999, Benjamin “August” Smith went on a three-day rampage in Illinois and Indiana, attacking Asians, Orthodox Jews, and African Americans. He left two dead and nine wounded, and then committed suicide. As a former member — conveniently resigning the day before the shootings — of the World Church of the Creator (now officially known as the Creativity Movement), Smith was praised by the leader of the church as “Creator of the Year” for bringing attention to their existence and radical beliefs. Smith's rampage was the first many Americans had heard of this small, pre ... More

Keywords: Benjamin Smith, rampage, Illinois, Indiana, World Church of the Creator, Creativity Movement, radical organizations, American far right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033501
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Michael, author
University of Virginia, Wise