KKK held public cross ceremony in Warrenville tonight

MICHAEL HOLAHAN/staff
Members of the KKK engage in a ceremony before setting a cross on fire in Warrenville, S.C. Saturday evening. The group had earlier protested in front of Augusta State University.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 4:22 PM
Last updated 10:51 PM
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Five hours after the KKK group rallied in front of Augusta State University, they held an initiation ceremony in Warrenville, S.C., allowing the public to see a cross lighting ceremony.

At the cross lighting that began at dusk, Duwayne Johnson, initiated as the Imperial Wizard of the All American Invisible Knights, announced his group would soon have a larger presence in Augusta.

The group is planning another rally after 300 counter protesters accused them of hatred and racism at ASU Saturday.

"We're coming back to Augusta because of the disrespect given today," Johnson said. "(Protesters) never gave us a chance to say what we had to say."

Johnson said he called the rally in front of ASU off early because "people there tried to make it about hate, but it was about Constitutional rights."

A date was not announced.

Before the lighting, Johnson insisted their rituals did not represent the hatred and intimidation cross lightings are historically known for.

"We understand when you hear Ku Klux Klan you think racism and hatred," Johnson said. "We do not believe in hate...this is strictly ritual."

He said while other Klans represent racism and white supremacy, his Invisible Knights are a new era of Klansmen who stand for heritage.

His group is concerned with the Constitutional integrity of the national health care reform and promoting political ideals like keeping illegal immigrants from taking U.S. jobs, he said.

Johnson said there are at least 13 other Klan groups in the South with this mentality of a more liberal KKK that does not promote violence or hatred.

Across the street from the cross lighting, Tom Clay, 68, was appalled by what his neighbors were doing.
Clay knows the history of the Klan well because he spent his childhood attending rallies with his father.

He recalls giant crosses being set ablaze during rallies at Stone Mountain, Ga. He also witnessed the beatings and dog attacks in Alabama.

"It just turns your stomach," he said about the violence.

As for his neighbor's actions, Clay said he didn't give it any weight.

"It's just something to keep (things) going," he said.

Johnson said that image of the KKK is what his group is putting behind them. His Invisible Knights, which has 922 members across nine states, has "a new era of thinking."

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Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/23/10 - 04:37 pm
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"The new generation of the

"The new generation of the Klan"? Burning a cross sure sounds like the old school to me.....

OhWell
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OhWell 10/23/10 - 04:38 pm
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So sorry for you in

So sorry for you in Warrenville but I am glad they got the heck out of Augusta.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 10/23/10 - 05:27 pm
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Wow! Is this 2010 or 1960?

Wow! Is this 2010 or 1960?

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/23/10 - 05:30 pm
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Hope both people have a good

Hope both people have a good time out there tonight...

Indigo
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Indigo 10/23/10 - 05:39 pm
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Arent they afraid of the

Arent they afraid of the dark?

momster59
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momster59 10/23/10 - 05:42 pm
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That's why they dress up in

That's why they dress up in sheets so the ghosts won't know who they are.

coco rubio
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coco rubio 10/23/10 - 06:04 pm
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isn't it illegal to burn a

isn't it illegal to burn a cross in public?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/10 - 06:36 pm
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It is legal on private

It is legal on private property. The Klan refers to its famous ceremony as "cross lighting" rather than cross burning. It is an attempt at illumination, not destruction. I don't agree with it, but I am just relaying what I have learned.

dougk
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dougk 10/23/10 - 06:57 pm
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I'm just so sorry that the
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I'm just so sorry that the cross is one of the symbols associated with them and their vile beliefs....they are are far, far from upholding the principles of Christianity. Perhaps that's why they burn it.

jb1234
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jb1234 10/23/10 - 06:58 pm
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O_o

O_o

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/23/10 - 07:00 pm
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LL, thanks, that is

LL, thanks, that is interesting. The KKK ought to move into modern times and set a spot light on the cross instead of torching it. 'Lighting' it with fire and burning it to cinders somehow seems disrespectful to the symbol, much like burning flags in protest.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/23/10 - 07:09 pm
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They should use those

They should use those squiggly bulbs.

recoveringaddict
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recoveringaddict 10/23/10 - 07:27 pm
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WOW!!!! that's all i've got

WOW!!!!
that's all i've got right now

backagain
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backagain 10/23/10 - 07:44 pm
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Since when did they leave
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Since when did they leave Augusta?You could have fooled me!!!!!!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/23/10 - 08:16 pm
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This is like a Klan party,

This is like a Klan party, not many will show. Now, if it was a rally in support of the 1st amendment, you can bet plenty would show up to counter-protest.

Dixie Cross Defender
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Dixie Cross Defender 10/23/10 - 08:27 pm
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Screw the Klan! They do not

Screw the Klan! They do not represent America, nor the South, nor Christianity, or even the human race!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/23/10 - 08:49 pm
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Just because they don't

Just because they don't represent anybody is no reason to screw them!

usafvet
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usafvet 10/23/10 - 10:00 pm
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Ignorance is bliss. So many

Ignorance is bliss. So many blissful people here.

flipa
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flipa 10/23/10 - 10:12 pm
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Cross lighting? You mean...

Cross lighting? You mean... they haven't heard about fluorescents ... yet? ha hah...

Westside Liberal
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Westside Liberal 10/23/10 - 10:15 pm
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Sounds like an act of

Sounds like an act of terrorism to me. If the intent of the “firing up the cross” is to intimidate and strike fear in the local citizens, then they are terrorist. In this case I support Zero Tolerance.

flipa
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flipa 10/23/10 - 10:20 pm
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Can't-Wait to see The Rick

Can't-Wait to see The Rick McKee. Ha hahahahahahhaah
He could show them lighting their own clothes trying to light the Cross...Ha ahhah

KLUKGA
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KLUKGA 10/23/10 - 10:58 pm
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I don't see anything wrong

I don't see anything wrong with KKK and I do support what they have to say. This is the new era and everyone should beable to speak they feel. Can't wait to see the KKK in Augusta againe I will there to support them.

jb1234
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jb1234 10/23/10 - 11:04 pm
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'announced his group would

'announced his group would soon have a larger presence in Augusta'

OH LORD!

momster59
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momster59 10/23/10 - 11:08 pm
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KLUGA - "Can't wait to see

KLUGA - "Can't wait to see the KKK in Augusta againe I will there to support them."
Again is spelled without the e at the end.
Were you there today? Or were you one of the ones who couldn't read a map well enough to find the venue? 12 Klansmen spewing hate....300 counter protesters spewing love....hmmm....no brainer which side to be on to me.

dvdbiggs
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dvdbiggs 10/24/10 - 12:09 am
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Everyone should be required

Everyone should be required to review the news data from the 60's and see the evil of the KKK. Killing young children, hanging people they do not like,etc. They are cowards hiding in sheets. They are really just another branch of Hitlers army. I was born in Montgomery,Alabama,raised in Alabama and Augusta,Georiga. I am ashamed of the people hiding in sheets and professing to be Christians.

double_standard
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double_standard 10/24/10 - 12:13 am
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They should have went to

They should have went to cherry tree or dogwood terrace.

Harrisburgsurvivor
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Harrisburgsurvivor 10/24/10 - 12:53 am
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I hope that they got a trash

I hope that they got a trash burning permit.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/24/10 - 09:51 am
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"We understand when you hear

"We understand when you hear Ku Klux Klan you think racism and hatred," Johnson said. "We do not believe in hate...this is strictly ritual."

Not about racism and hatred? How many black people have they recruited? Why do they still use the Nazi salute? Why do they still wear white hooded robes and torch crosses if they want to portray themselves as a newer more "liberal" group? Why don't they recognize the wishes of our residents who clearly let them know that they aren't welcome and stay away instead of planning yet another offensive freaky event?

corgimom
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corgimom 10/24/10 - 10:14 am
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Was there anyone else there

Was there anyone else there other than the Loser 12 and the AC reporter?

doc316
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doc316 10/24/10 - 12:28 pm
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Once again the huddled masses

Once again the huddled masses have completely missed the point and turned the focus away from the issue at hand. The fight involves a young woman who in her rights is being instructed against the word of the Almighty and persecuted for holding true to the beliefs set forth by Our Lord in His scriptures. This society in it's zeal to become politically and multi-culturally harmonious has run away blindly from any form of respect for this once great nations heritage and values. We cowtow to every ethnic group that trods across our borders, we amend our constitution as not to offend the foreign, the illegal,and the immoral. The issue is about Jennifer Keeton and her individual rights, not a circus so groups with different philosophies can parade around thumbing noses and cat-calling to one another on points that none will ever agree on. The Sons of Confederate Veterans voiced their opinion ,but in the end decided to withdraw apparently because they saw the tarnish it would bring upon an organisation that is in tribute and honour to our ancestors and their dignity. The Klan, while showing few numbers came out and displayed their support for Ms.Keeton's rights, but should never have displayed the Confederate Battle Flag in the manner in which it did, this flag represents our Southern heritage,our way of life, this flag was around before the Klan and should never have been used in the manner in which it is unjustly associated. Every race has a right to exist,but not to dominate, every race and ethnic group White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and all persons legal to this nation should be able to exercise their freedom of worship and customs without the "genocide" of another race or cultures beliefs. We are all offended by something. For me it is the moral and cultural decay of America. We should fight for the restoration of OUR constitution in it's unaltered form and OUR Bill of Rights, that is what OUR forefathers and ancestors shed their blood for. And ,yes this is the twenty-first century, and people believe with advancement of time the "Old Ways" should be forgotten, that we as a people should disregard our individual heritage and traditions and merge into one nameless, faceless drone society, controlled by be the word of the media and government dictates, I for one shall continue to honour my one God, the Almighty of the Holy Bible, I shall continue to live in dignity and honour to my families Scottish-Presbyterian beliefs and standards, and I shall continue to support what is right in this nation,although there is not a great deal left. In closing, one other point of consideration,it is only an observation, but it seems that mankind in it's quest to control itself,the masses modify laws, scriptures, and whatever else it can to suit it's needs and make itself blameless for the wrongs and sins it commits.

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