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Racists Need Funds to Give Terrorist a Viking Funeral

By Larry Keller on August 27, 2010 - 4:43 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

So many causes, so little money. With groups beseeching us for financial help to find cures for diseases, to protect the environment, to help the less fortunate and so forth, it can be tough to decide to whom and what to dole out donations.

And now this: An appeal for money so that a murderous terrorist can have a nice funeral.

That overture came in recent days from the racist skinhead group, Blood & Honour American Division, on behalf of the family of Bruce Pierce. He was a member of The Order, a white supremacist terrorist group, who was responsible for shooting to death Jewish Denver talk radio show host Alan Berg in 1984.

Pierce died last week at 56, while serving a 252-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania. He was one of several surviving members of The Order still in prison. The Order was formed in 1983 by neo-Nazi Robert Jay Mathews. The group went on a crime spree in 1983 and 1984 that included the theft of $3.6 million from an armored car as a means of financing its goal of creating a guerilla army to resist and overthrow the U.S. government.

Pierce was the triggerman that shot Berg in June 1984 13 times outside his home with a MAC-10 machine gun. He was not convicted of murder, but of racketeering, conspiracy and violating Berg’s civil rights. Pierce died Aug. 16 of what a prison spokeswoman said was natural causes. Now Blood & Honour is asking members to help the family of the man it calls “our hero” and a “martyr” with funeral expenses.

The letter appealing for money says “it isn’t going to be a few people giving a large amount, but a whole lot of us giving a little that will allow the Pierce family to bring their daddy away from the dungeon where he died and give him the viking [sic] funeral they desire.”

Contributions are to be sent to Billy Roper in Russellville, Ark. He’s the founder of a racist organization called White Revolution. He previously was an official in the neo-Nazi National Alliance, and a member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. The day of the 9/11 terror attacks, Roper emailed the National Alliance membership that “anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill jews [sic] is alright [sic] by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude.”

For those racists unsure of how much to give for Pierce’s Viking sendoff, Blood & Honour has helpful suggestions. Those who have had “a fortunate year” may want to give at the Gold level — $100. A $50 donation puts you at the somewhat less elite Silver level, and Bronze is a mere $35.

If that’s too lavish for some racists’ budgets, there is the “Patriot” level for $25 — “the number of years Bruce Pierce was locked up in a ZOG [Zionist Occupation Government] dungeon for our race, while others might prefer to give the ‘Silent Brotherhood’ level for $13, for the number of holes Alan Berg grew in 1984,” the Blood  & Honour missive suggests.

With a heart-rending appeal like that, it’s hard to see how tykes with cleft palates in need of surgery and exquisite tigers threatened with extinction have a chance for donors’ hard-earned dollars. And if there is a huge outpouring of cash for the Pierce racist rites, the additional dough “will be used to aid other Order members who still survive in prison.”

  • Frank

    The hate ate him alive from the inside out; that’s why he died at only 56. People like that don’t tend to last very long.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Just in case any Junior Viking fans of Pierce might be reading this…

    “The characteristic thing about these people [modern-day followers of the early Germanic religion] is that they rave about the old Germanic heroism, about dim prehistory, stone axes, spear and shield, but in reality are the greatest cowards that can be imagined. For the same people who brandish scholarly imitations of old German tin swords, and wear a dressed bearskin with bull’s horns over their heads, preach for the present nothing but struggle with spiritual weapons, and run away as fast as they can from every Communist blackjack.[78]” -Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

    “It seems to me that nothing would be more foolish than to re-establish the worship of Wotan. Our old mythology ceased to be viable when Christianity implanted itself. Nothing dies unless it is moribund.” -Adolf Hitler, Table Talk

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Ahh David Lane, the movement’s favorite pedophile/rape advocate.

  • Snorlax

    How much can a canoe and a can of gasoline cost?

    I’ll throw in the matches for free.

  • Shadow Wolf

    You hit the nail on the head. I guess we can say that history doesn’t lie. If you look at what happened to David Lane’s post death activities. The SS “She-Wolves” were all fighting over his ashes. It was utterly silly.

    But yeah, the money given to them by the neo-Nazi simpletons, will undoubtfully be used for none other than illicit drugs, booze and prostitutes.

    No such “viking funeral” ever took place.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Let the gullible White Supremacists throw their hard earned cash at them. I doubt B&H will use the money for its intended purposes. Its a known fact, that these neo-Nazis hategroups have a habit of misappropiating funds. They just don’t have that ability to handle money.

    I’m sure there will be no such fantasy “viking funeral” for a murderous enemy of the American people. Yet, it remains to be seen.

  • Paen

    Daemonesslisa I think that it’s a terrible idea to dump Pierce in a river.Not only does this increase polution but it would be extremely cruel to the fish to make them eat such garbage.

  • Leslie

    Please note: The Supreme Court has given corporations the rights of individual citizens. Let’s hope it means that they pay the consequences of their actions as individuals do. (Hello BP?)

  • daemonesslisa

    Rick, the part of the conspiracy that makes adherents look delusional is the whole “North American Union” thing, with the “Amero” currency and other such fears. Oh yeah, and if you’re gonna post, how about staying on topic?

    Like I said in the other post about Pierce…idiots and what little money they have are so very easily parted. In this case, Blood and Honour are bilking money from anyone stupid enough to give it to them. What they’ll use it for? Well, the only spirits they’ll be celebrating are the ones in bottles.

    As for Pierce himself…I say, just dump that little bastard in a river. We need that phosphorous for farming.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The irony here is that the Order members were not Odinists when they embarked on their terrorist campaign. They were Christian Identity adherents.

  • Rick Lester

    I see that the latest Intelligence Report article on 10 top conspiracy theories includes the belief that transnational corporations are trying to dominate the US political system.

    This one is actually true. Indeed, the US super rich elite and mega corporations using their servants the Republican Party have achieved a great deal of success in this agenda notable with tax cuts for the very rich, deregulation of just about everything, “free trade” treaties and tax deductions to encourage US business to move jobs to foreign countries.

    Am I deluded and a conspiracy nut for believing this?