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Anti-Abortion Extremism in Cyberspace:
The Creator's Rights Party

A 54-year-old Georgia native and self-taught computer consultant, Neal Horsley leads the militant anti-abortion Creator's Rights Party. Horsley developed his extremist views in the 1980s, while a scholarship student at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania, a conservative seminary with Presbyterian roots. "I stood on the podium at Westminster and said the day will come when abortionists will be looking down the barrel of a gun," Horsley told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "it put me on the fringe."70

At the Creator's Rights Party page within his Christian Gallery Web site, Horsley posts an anti-gay article entitled "Arresting Homosexuals (for their own good)." Citing the Matthew Shepard murder, Horsley asserts that gays should be locked up because they inspire revulsion in the general populace. Describing gays as "faggots who will burn in hell" and the "living embodiment of the death of man," Horsley believes homosexual activity to be part of "Satan's plan," for "as long as homosexuals are protected from law enforcement, all the massive legions of fornicators and adulterers and other breeds of sexual outlaw can consider themselves safe."71

Horsley reserves even more extreme hatred for abortion providers. Though many Web sites, including some racist and anti-Semitic pages like James Wickstrom and August Kreis's Posse Comitatus site, express fierce opposition to abortion, Horsley's site stands out as one of the most virulent anti-abortion sites on the Web.

The Nuremberg Files offers extensive personal information about abortion providers: pictures; work and home addresses and phone numbers; license-plate numbers; Social Security numbers; names and birth dates of spouses and children. Viewers are exhorted to send photos, videotapes and data on "the abortionist, their car, their house, friends, and anything else of interest." The site says that the information garnered will be used to prosecute abortion providers when abortion becomes illegal, just as Nazi leaders were prosecuted after the Second World War. Many observers, however, worry that this information has been and will be used for a more violent, threatening purpose.

The list of abortion providers at The Nuremberg Files site reads like a list of targets for assassination. Names listed in plain black lettering are still "working"; those printed in "Greyed-out" letters are "wounded"; and those names that are crossed out ("Strikethrough") indicate doctors who have been murdered ("fatality"). Within hours of Dr. Slepian's slaying, Horsley crossed out his name, indicating that he had become a "fatality."

The Nuremberg Files are not alone at Christian Gallery in their seeming promotion of the murder of abortion doctors. Christian Gallery features "Why I Shot An Abortionist," by death row inmate Paul Hill, who has promoted the "justifiable homicide" of abortion practitioners. The article describes Hill's "joy" after killing an abortion doctor and gives voice to his feeling that, in murdering the doctor, God had done "great things" through him. Christian Gallery deems Hill an "American Hero."

Additionally, the site voices support for the "Army of God," a name used by anti-abortion activists who published a bomb-making manual and claimed responsibility for abortion clinic bombings. "Look closely at the pictures of the tortured dead babies," Horsley writes. "You will see there what motivates thousands of individuals in the USA today to think about blowing up abortion clinics and worse. Look closely and you will see why many people in this nation think waging war to stop the war against God's children is a reasonable action."

Beyond allegedly promoting the murder of abortion providers and the bombing of clinics, Horsley encourages one strategy "guaranteed" to end legalized abortion: "Secession Via Nuclear Weapons." He encourages states to take control of the Federal government's nuclear weapons and threaten to secede from the United States unless there is a "return to God's plan for government." Citing the Declaration of Independence in support of his position, Horsley explains that "God's plan" includes intolerance of homosexuality and a legal ban on abortion.72

In the midst of his plea for secession, Horsley mentions The Republic of Texas. This anti-government group wants to secede from the United States and misleadingly cites legal and historical documents to justify its illegal activities. Such tactics are characteristic of the militia and "common law court" movements.

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70 "Militant Foe of Abortion on the Web," by Marie McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 29, 1998

71 "Arresting Homosexuals (for their own good)," from the Creator's Rights Party Web site, retrieved December 1998

72 "Secession Via Nuclear Weapons," Christian Gallery Web site, retrieved December 1998

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