New KKK wizard promises a second rally

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As of midnight, the Ku Klux Klan in the Southeast was Duwayne Johnson's Klan and he planned to introduce it with a spectacle.

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The Ku Klux Klan burns a cross during a ceremony in Warrenville, S.C. Saturday night.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
The Ku Klux Klan burns a cross during a ceremony in Warrenville, S.C. Saturday night.

For his initiation as the imperial wizard of the All American Invisible Knights and the admittance of three new members to that group, Johnson set a cross ablaze in a ceremonial cross lighting for the public at a house in Warrenville, S.C. He said it was the first KKK cross lighting made open to public in 50 years.

It was five hours after the KKK group rallied in front of Augusta State University in protest of the school's treatment of a graduate student.

At the cross lighting, which began at dusk, Johnson said 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 ended the rally in front of ASU early because "people there tried to make it about hate, but it was about constitutional rights."

The KKK members prepared a 16-foot cross by wrapping it in cotton sheets and burlap pieces. They doused it in kerosene and let it soak while the members changed into traditional robes.

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

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

Their message calls for the protection of American values and promoting political ideals, such as keeping illegal immigrants from taking U.S. jobs.

"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."

Johnson said there are at least 13 other Klan groups in the South that do not promote violence or hatred.

Across the street from the cross lighting, Tom Clay, 68, was appalled.

Clay knows the history of the Klan well because he spent his childhood attending rallies with his father, Al Dean Clay, a KKK grand dragon.

He recalls giant crosses being set ablaze during rallies at Stone Mountain, Ga. He also witnessed 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 he says has 922 members across nine states, has "a new era of thinking."

The Klansmen walked circles around the blazing cross, repeating a chant of their leader in a black Klan hood.

After the flames burned through the cotton and burlap, a Klansmen sprayed the cross before the wood could burn through.

The group then headed inside the house to finish its initiation.

"What happens after this, we do not open to the public," Johnson said.

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 10/24/10 - 01:13 am
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Just in time for Halloween..

Just in time for Halloween.. what a bunch if idiots.

A_ATLSoldier_IN_Iraq
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A_ATLSoldier_IN_Iraq 10/24/10 - 03:26 am
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It makes me sick I put my

It makes me sick I put my life on the line so these idiots can dress like clowns and hide their faces to spew their hatred. You behind the sheet what do you want? Don't say go back to Africa or an all white world! I just don't understand. But whatever you do you can do courtesy of me and many like me putting out life in harms way for you to cause harm!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 10/24/10 - 03:50 am
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The news media, including

The news media, including this paper, helps to promote these idiots and other groups that do the same. There were 12 KKK members there for goodness sake, don't give them the time of day, no press, etc. because you are simply helping their cause. Also, they should have to pay for the police presence - the right to protest is fine but it should not be at the expense of the taxpayers, this group and any group doing the same should be permited and pay for any police presence deemed necessary. KKK, Black Panthers, Westbou Church Protestors, and other hate groups have no place in America and at the very least our press needs to stop helping them spread their message of hate.

chasboy
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chasboy 10/24/10 - 05:30 am
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How many will come this time?

How many will come this time? 15?
Sorry but the Klan is dead and they need to face it. People don't put up with that nonsense in the 21st century.

Dionysus
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Dionysus 10/24/10 - 05:49 am
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chasboy - If you really

chasboy - If you really believe your own statement, why comment on them at all?

chasboy
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chasboy 10/24/10 - 06:02 am
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You're right Dionysus.

You're right Dionysus.

gadawg1968
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gadawg1968 10/24/10 - 06:38 am
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Where can I make a donation

Where can I make a donation

dani
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dani 10/24/10 - 07:15 am
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Ignore them..they will go

Ignore them..they will go away.

curly123053
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curly123053 10/24/10 - 07:24 am
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I'll just stay home and let

I'll just stay home and let all you kiddies have your halloween fun. I just ask that you don't roll my yard with toilet paper.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/24/10 - 07:35 am
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Duwayne Johnson has an almost

Duwayne Johnson has an almost impossible mission ahead of him, if we are to take him at his word.
Using the name, the ritual dress, and some of the ritual ceremonies of a well known group, with a HUGE history of evil actions and teachings, makes very little sense. If he's trying to change the KKK, why drag all that baggage along?
And just look at his primary adversary.
Of course, almost no Americans are in favor of any of the historic actions attributed to the Klan, and almost no Americans will come out in support of any group that models themselves after the Klan...in any way. And as was shown on Friday, the group primarily against everything Duwayne Johnson says he's interested in supporting is well established, well organized, well financed and well supported by today's media, as well as government schools. It is a group that exists to promote evil under the false guise of "freedom". It is a group that will denigrate, defame and attempt to destroy anyone who dares to disagree with them or their goals. It is a group that fights with weapons of disinformation, diversity, homosexuality, abortion "rights", big government, redistribution and every form of anti-achievement imaginable. It is a group that has raised the word "hate" to an extreme level, but used it so much to describe their enemies as to almost remove any stigma attached to the word.
Duwayne Johnson's row is, in deed, a very difficult row to hoe. I see very little chance of him being able to achieve his stated goal.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/24/10 - 08:50 am
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So let me get this right; the

So let me get this right; the All American Invisible Knights, key word there being 'Invisible,' holds the first PUBLIC cross burning in the area in 50 years so they can "introduce it with a spectacle" ???????

AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

That is AWESOME! You all are wrong about media helping them, I disagree, I think the more folks see these guys up close and personal, the more the mystery is taken away and the less serious of a threat they become.

Let them have their say, as all Americans have the right to, and give them a way to vent. Their ideas will do the rest.

America is a great place,

Brad

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/24/10 - 09:04 am
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So I had a double posting for

So I had a double posting for osme reason....

I say again, America is a great place,

Brad

Tweedle Dee
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Tweedle Dee 10/24/10 - 09:28 am
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The klan and it's wizard can

The klan and it's wizard can change all the words in it's dictionary, but it is not in God's will. God's people must pray for the souls of these good intentioned, but misguided souls. "If it is new, it is untrue; if it is true, it is not new!" Not original, but it is RANDY COLLINS.

ishefa
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ishefa 10/24/10 - 09:57 am
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Changing their image huh?

Changing their image huh? That's like the devil deciding to change his by using butane instead of kerosene to keep hell set ablaze. These fools are a joke. Always has been, always will be.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/24/10 - 10:10 am
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"They're coming back to

"They're coming back to Augusta because of the disrespect given today"?

Do they expect a reversal of opinion if they come back? A welcoming committee? They really aren't very bright if they believe pushing their beliefs here is a good idea.

KKK, expect larger protest crowds who are better organized and even less welcoming.....

happychimer
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happychimer 10/24/10 - 10:22 am
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So they come to Augusta and

So they come to Augusta and get 3 news members. That should tell them AUGUSTA DOES NOT WANT THEM HERE.

usafvet
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usafvet 10/24/10 - 10:40 am
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If each poster would read

If each poster would read their post with an open mind, you would see more hate than was probably shown by the Klan. Every member of the group is an individual. As such, each one has the same rights as each one of us, no more, but just as much. jesse jackson or al sharpton comes into town, spewing hate and discontent toward the entire white race, but that's ok. I don't like it so I distance myself from them. I suggest that is what all haters of the Klan do, just distance yourself from them, let them have their rights, and stop fanning the flames.

Jake
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Jake 10/24/10 - 10:59 am
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In reference to the last

In reference to the last sentence of this article, circumcision or lobotomy?

freeradical
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freeradical 10/24/10 - 11:09 am
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Wow a KKK twofer for

Wow a KKK twofer for Jennifer! , A KKK Double down for Jennifer!

Who'd have thunk?

Certainly not the dear,concerned,anonymous & humble, lifelong friend

of Jennifers who decided that:

"no 4 months after the fact is still not to late to help my dear friend
Jennifer by anonymously contacting the Ku Klux Klan and doing everything in my power to secure for her all the postive public publicity, and benefits that Ku Klux Klan rallies are so famous for."

Such a dear friend.

We should all have dear anonymous friends like this to help us.

How caring and thoughtful.

noway
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noway 10/24/10 - 11:27 am
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As long as the stupid

As long as the stupid chronicle keeps printing this trash, this hateful group will continue doing what they do. They are like a gang. Why does the chronicle need to print this? This group has "922 members across nine states." Give me a break. A few ignorant guys show up with hateful flags and say they are not a hate group? They are ignorant. Quit printing this trash Chroncle. There has to be other news in the area.

WW1949
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WW1949 10/24/10 - 11:37 am
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USNAVYVET, I wouldn't waste

USNAVYVET, I wouldn't waste my time going to see anything the KKK has except to laugh at the pointy hats and I certainly would not waste my time going to see the likes of Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton. All are instigators of hate and all are race baiters of the worst kind. It takes a weak weak mind to believe anything any of the above say. And A_atlsoldier in Iraq, thanks for your service and what you do for the United States of America.

usafvet
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usafvet 10/24/10 - 11:49 am
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Good insertion there WW. Fine

Good insertion there WW. Fine looking boat in my avatar, huh?

areps2
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areps2 10/24/10 - 11:53 am
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yeah let's get some peace

yeah let's get some peace loving black panthers and someone from Al-Qaeda to hand out flowers.

Musketeer Gent
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Musketeer Gent 10/24/10 - 12:07 pm
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Considering all other

Considering all other (negative) happenings around Augusta in 2010, somehow I only regard modern day Klan rallies as "preschoolers" enjoying a 30-minute period of recess.

c.james
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c.james 10/24/10 - 12:57 pm
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It's these KKK guys that give

It's these KKK guys that give God fearing, people loving Southerners a bad name! They are a minority and continue to sway the Yankee beliefs of real southern modern thinking back to a time when IQs were lower then room temperature. A much better weapon today is our right to vote for our leaders that will preserve Southern Culture while dispelling the myths and untruths about real Georgia Citizens.

MajorPaul
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MajorPaul 10/24/10 - 01:06 pm
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Anyone who rejects the St

Anyone who rejects the St Andrew's Cross flag because the Klan has adopted it must also reject the Christian cross for the same reason, or you are nothing but a hypocrite. Same goes for the good old stars and stripes.
If you reject any symbol without knowing what it is truly about just because you dont like it, you are as bad as the Klan, and just as stupid.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/24/10 - 01:36 pm
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To noway if the Chronicle

To noway if the Chronicle does not print it other news outlets will show it. It is a no win as far as reporting goes

Ray Larsen
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Ray Larsen 10/24/10 - 01:36 pm
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This NEW Imperial Lizard can

This NEW Imperial Lizard can only muster 12 men from all across the United States? Do not give him the time of day as he cannot handle it. lol

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/24/10 - 02:34 pm
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Bad thing about it is these

Bad thing about it is these guys probably have better ideas of upholding the Constitution than all those crooks in Congress that minipulate it for their own benefit.

happychimer
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happychimer 10/24/10 - 02:47 pm
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usafvet I will never defend

usafvet I will never defend any hate group, especially the KKK.

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