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Influential Christian Identity Pastor Dies

By Bill Morlin on July 15, 2011 - 4:11 pm, Posted in Christian Identity, White Supremacist

Peter John “Pete” Peters, a Christian Identity minister whose messages of hate and white supremacy inspired four decades of extremists, including murderers, has died at his home in LaPorte, Colo., authorities confirmed Friday. He was 64.

Peters was the pastor of the LaPorte Church of Christ and had an Internet and radio

ministry called “Scriptures for America.” He died of renal failure on July 7.

From the pulpit and in his newsletters and radio broadcasts, Peters propounded his white supremacist views, claiming to have Biblical proof that whites are God’s “chosen people” and people of color are inferior and soulless. He also denounced Jews and gays, saying at one point that homosexuals should be executed.

In more recent years, Peters attempted to shed the “Identity” label, admitting it had a connotation problem, but his white supremacy message with a religious underpinning remained much the same. He also denounced use of the term “Judeo-Christian,’’ saying it correctly should be just “Christian.”

In his last newsletter, Peters suggested that Japan deserved the death and destruction it received from the recent earthquake and tsunami.

In a 2005 report, the Anti-Defamation League described Peters as one of the “leading anti-Jewish, anti-minority and anti-gay propagandist” in the United States.

It was Peters who spearheaded an October 1992 meeting of white supremacists and antigovernment leaders at Estes Park, Colo., two months after the FBI siege at Ruby Ridge in North Idaho, which claimed the life of a deputy U.S. marshal and the wife and son of Randy Weaver.

The gathering is now widely regarded as the birth of the modern-day antigovernment and militia movements. Those invited included Aryan Nations leader Richard G. Butler and former Aryan “ambassador” and Ku Klux Klan leader Louis Beam.

A decade earlier, it was Peter’s church in Colorado that became the meeting ground for Robert J. Matthews, leader of a white supremacist domestic terrorist group called The Order, and his associate, Ku Klux Klan leader David Lane.

Lane and other members of The Order later were implicated in the 1984 assassination of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio host in Denver.

While the FBI rounded up and successfully prosecuted members of The Order, Peters remained in the background, frequently appearing as a featured speaker at various Christian Identity churches throughout the United States.

Peters also hosted Scriptures for America Bible retreats, so-called “Family Bible Camp Conferences” and seminars throughout the United States that attracted prominent figures in the extremist movement. It is not known if he was able to make a scheduled appearance at a gathering of his followers in June in Branson, Mo.

Over the years, Peters traveled frequently. He appeared regularly at various Christian Identity gatherings and churches in northeast Washington, including the Marble Community Fellowship Church, near Northport; the Arden Community Hall, south of Colville; and the Pan American Church, called The Ark, also near Colville.

Those attending Peters’ various retreats included David Barley, pastor of a similar Christian Identity church, America’s Promise Ministries, in Sandpoint, Idaho; Robert Brock, a  black separatist affiliated with the Liberty Lobby; and Richard Kelly Hoskins, an anti-Semitic author and speaker.

Peters was born and raised in Nebraska, and was a graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture. He also attended Colorado State University before working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the very federal government that he later would demonize.

In the 1970s, he received a Bachelor of Sacred Literature degree from the Church of Christ Bible Training School in Gering, Neb.

He became the pastor of the LaPorte Church of Christ in 1977. The congregation there has stayed fairly small, with reportedly fewer than 100 parishioners.

His largest reach and source of funding, it appeared, came from his “Scriptures for America” broadcasts. Early on, the shows would buy 30- or 60-minute times slots on AM radio stations, mostly in rural communities. Then, with the advent of the Internet, Peters began using it and shortwave broadcasts.  He also asked supporters to book his shows on public access community television channels.

In his latest newsletter, he claimed his racially charged sermons were being broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world – in five languages.

He claimed a new antenna in Tennessee would help enlarge his audience.

He also would regularly denounce the media, suggesting it was controlled and manipulated by Jews.

“It is no secret to those with spiritual understanding that the serpentine children-of-the-devil spell-casters for the most part control the media,’’ he recently wrote. “Most minds are manipulated and molded to the extent that true Christians’ thoughts (not the Judeo-Christian crowd) are viewed as criminals.

He said that “true Christians,” including his followers, “commit thought crimes because their thinking is not politically correct. Being Biblically correct is usually politically incorrect.”

Peters also wrote that the recent earthquake and tsunami to hit Japan was the “wrath of God” and suggested that the Japanese people had it coming for acts that country committed against the United States during World War II. “Now, seventy years ago our forefathers would have rejoiced to see such disaster and destruction hit Japan,’’ he wrote. “Today we say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible,’ and we run to help them. Which generation needs to repent?”

Peters said the media and government leaders “will no doubt be getting the true Israelites in America to adopt some yellow, slant-eyed Jap kids to further pollute our gene pool, just like they did with the cute little fuzzyheaded black kids from the voodoo, devil worshiping nation of Haiti last year.”

For seeing and speaking such things as a true “prophet,” Peters said he would be “seen and heard not as a man of God, but a horrible, unloving, unchristian man who must wear the ugly, scary title of RACIST. That’s what he gets for loving and caring for his (and HIS) people.”

Peters will be buried at the Peters Ranch Cemetery in Laramie, Wyo.

  • R. Vincent Bert (ollini)

    Hate? He only preached the truth insofar as he went. He never recognized the Dual Seedline Theology which identified the true haters of the earth, the Jew more than any other peoples. The world would be better off without these seeds of Satan, Khazars, Ashkanazi’s and Edomites. You will all persish wonderfully when Yashua returns unless we get off of our white comfortable couches and do it before He returns. What a precious and glorious day that will be!
    R. Vincent Bert
    The 11th Hour Remnant Messenger
    The Church of Jesus Christ Christian

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  • David

    At least Peters never called for the killing of duly elected foreign leaders like the “godly” Pat Robertson did at one time!!

  • Joe Mama

    Just found this webpage today. I didn’t know that Pete Peters died until reading this today. I used to tune in to his lunacy on shortwave now and then to see what kind of crazy things he had to say. The intro to his program was always notable, at one point it mentions “the problems facing our nation today, and the only solution.” Every time I heard that I always thought, “he means, the final solution.”

    Pete won’t be missed. I’m sure there are a bunch of other racist Christian Identity scumbags to take his place.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Kelly, when you “refute” something, it means it is not a fact. The Bible is full of all kinds of contradictions and errors, both scientific and historical. The book of Daniel, for example, is supposed to have been written during the Babylonian exile. However it was definitely written later, around the time of Antiochus Epiphanes. This fact was known going back as far as St. Jerome.

    Sometimes it can’t even get its story straight in the same narrative. For example, look in 1 Samuel at the story of David, from about chapter 16 to chapter 22, if I recall correctly. You can easily see that two very different stories(contradictory ones) are going on at the same time. At one point Saul knows David, a few verses later he doesn’t. He is called to be Saul’s armor bearer, yet in another verse seems to know nothing about the war and is busy tending sheep. When David takes the head to Saul, Saul doesn’t recognize his own armor-bearer, or realize who his father is even though it is established that they met.

  • Cocoa Kelly

    rusian… of course you refute the scriptures, but John is correct. The facts are there no matter how hard you and your kind try to cover it up. I see all the so called christian preachers that are wolves in sheeps’ clothing promoting unbiblical doctrine to the unsuspecting sheep. But don’t worry there are many many more of Us than you are aware. We know who we are and we know how to fight this spiritual battle. Pastor Pete was definitely a threat to you and your kind because he knew how to handle this battle without physical violence. We don’t need to be physical because our Lord Jesus equipted us with spiritual armor and a mighty SWORD and the late and great Pastor Pete certainly trained his spiritual army how to fight to WIN!!! You have heard the repent thing but make no mistake, I wasn’t talking to YOU! Very clearly I am only speaking to His people not yours. As far as proving the scripture, we don’t have to…Again, it isn’t for Anyone and everyone but only for those who belong to Jesus Christ. Time will tell who is right and who is wrong. I still find it completely hysterical how you and yours kept tabs on Pastor Pete. Aren’t you supposed to be subtle as YOUR father The Serpent??? You showed your weakness. LOL!!! That just makes me laugh. Enjoy that place reserved for you and yours eternally! Praise Jesus Christ!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    ” YOU BETTER REPENT!!! As for all the others…JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING realllllll soon”

    Kelly, we’ve been hearing that since the 1970’s. What the hell is taking so long?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “However I will add that there is a plethora of scientific, historic and archaeological evidence to prove the scriptures are indeed the word of God. ”

    Nope. there is not. In fact the evidence actually refutes this proposition.

  • John

    @ Ruslan
    1. The tone of the article illustrates satisfaction in his passing; it is rather self-evident in fact.

    2. Prove the Bible is the word of God? That is a rather complex, multifaceted subject to tackle on the SPLC’s comment page. However I will add that there is a plethora of scientific, historic and archaeological evidence to prove the scriptures are indeed the word of God.

    Rest in peace Pastor Pete Peters! 1 Thessalonians 4:14

  • Cocoa Kelly

    Very interesteing how much you so called “People” tuned in to Pastor Pete. Felt a bit threatened??? Good! He was not speaking physically, duh, but spiritually as did OUR Lord Jesus Christ. Of course you want us to prove the Word Of God to you BUT we can’t and won’t! It is not given to you! It is only given to those whom give themselves over to Jesus Christ. No one gets to The father except through The Son JESUS CHRIST!!! They are given eyes to see and ears to hear. It is NOT given to everyone, as the scripture states plainly. As For the Mighty Gideon Solder Pastor Pete Peters who truely fought the good fight of faith in Jesus Christ name, we will miss him greatly and will honor such a great man by continuing to endure! As for all the lies and supposed ties to crimes and all the infiltrators that came into our flock that tried to bring down this church, you can’t because there will ALWAYS be a remnent fighting the battle til Jesus returns.. If any of you out there, that are true christians, are blindly believing these twisted lies/slander/gossip, about a true man of God, YOU BETTER REPENT!!! As for all the others…JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING realllllll soon, and whether you believe it or not,has no affect on you going to that special place reserved for the unredeemable!! Praise God and honor to His blessed solder Pastor Pete who now rests in The Lord’s peace! Til we meet again in the presence of Christ, we will miss Pastor Pete Peters!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    1. The article does not gloat over his death. Clearly the bloggers can’t be held responsible for what the commentators write.

    2. Prove it’s “the word of God.”

  • John

    This article is filled with lies, just one example, “In his latest newsletter, he claimed his racially charged sermons were being broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week, around the world – in five languages.” The project is entitled ‘Bible World Wide’ and does NOT broadcast Pastor Peter’s sermons AT ALL! It simply broadcasts the word of God, both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, nothing else. I could continue pointing out the slander, but it is most likely a fruitless endeavor as it is self-evident that this website is hate-filled. Gloating and celebrating the death of a man, how hypocritical and humanistic! The author of this article and the comments from the readers that follow should be ashamed of themselves!! Talk about ignorance and prejudice! Look in the mirror!

  • Linnea

    Aron and Rabbi Dov Coder said it all…

  • Rabbi Dov Coder

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. May he burn in hell.

  • Jim

    It is very possible that Anonymous might have experienced a few death threats and maybe even got run off of the road as I have here in my own neighborhood which can be a little irritating and distracting. I was up at the Colville cemetery this morning and chanced across the grave of Ray Barker who used to promote the Phineas Priesthood around here before he died in 2001. The inscription reads in part, “another soldier of Israel gone home.” I am not sure where Ray went when he died but I was well taught by my elders to not speak ill of the dead, it serves no good purpose…”Pastor” Pete Peters will get what he deserves..just like Ray did…there is a greater than 50% chance, that the climate may be exceedingly warm and no icewater available…


  • Jonas Rand

    @A.D.M. I’ve always disagreed with the idea that the best thing to do when a Nazi dies is to gloat over their death. Which is just what articles like this one do.

  • A.D.M.

    I’ve always disagreed with the idea that all lives are precious. Some people’s lives are precious, but those who live their lives with hate, bigotry, prejudice, racism, and violence don’t have precious lives. There’s nothing precious about those things. Therefore, the life of Peter John “Pete” Peters was not precious.

    Hey, Anonymous, what’s with the vulgar language?

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully this punk-ass will burn in hell with a light bulb 10 times brighter than the Sun, just like the Sun is aboard planet Mercury at perihelion. These idiots must be already be badly inbred. Why further promote inbreeding?

  • Ryan

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Difluoroethene

    I wonder if this Robert Brock was aware that he was attending a meeting organized by a guy who believed that he (Brock) had no soul?

  • Jim

    The Pan-American Fellowship Church is located north of Colville about 38 miles and about 2 miles from the Canadian border. Gordon Kahl’s widow has been a speaker there in the late 1980’s and Kirby, Chevie, and Cheyne Kehoe attended services there in the early 1990’s. It is a comfort to know that our area will have one less Christian Identity/Militia recruiter/promoter.

    With so many followers here locally, one less “Prophet” will be a great benefit to the Stevens County area..



  • Aron Levy

    Good riddance.

    Nothing more need be said.