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Tabernacle of Hate
Seduction into Right-Wing Extremism, Second Edition

Kerry Noble

With an Introduction by Jean Rosenfeld

Cloth $55.00L    |    978-0-8156-3247-4    |    2010

Paper $29.95s    |    978-0-8156-3248-1    |    2010

"Kerry Noble’s terrific book is a uniquely insightful look at how a community of spiritual seekers can become infected with radical doctrines that lead directly to political violence."
—Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

In the summer of 1984, Noble was within seconds of committing what would have been the largest domestic terrorist act in U.S. history at that time. As one of the founders of the Covenant, Sword, and Arm of the Lord (CSA), a cult paramilitary group, he carried a bomb into a gayaffirming church, intending to murder over seventy individuals. In Tabernacle of Hate, Noble provides an unprecedented first-person account of how a small spiritual community progressed from mainstream religious beliefs to increasingly extreme positions, eventually transforming into a domestic terrorist group.

Written after his release from prison, the author’s cogent narrative reveals the deceptive allure of extremist movements and the unmatched power of charismatic leadership. Noble chronicles the intense stand-off with federal agents at the group’s compound in northern Arkansas in April 1985. As the group’s spiritual leader, he helped mediate the peaceful surrender of its military leader, Jim Ellison, and many of the group members, an outcome considered by federal agencies to be one of the most successful negotiations of a domestic terrorism situation.

Originally published in 1998, this second edition includes an authoritative introduction placing Noble’s narrative and the CSA into the broader picture of American religio-political extremism. Combined with two propaganda pamphlets, Witchcraft and the Illuminati and Prepare War, written by Noble for the CSA, Tabernacle of Hate gives readers extraordinary access to the sources of right-wing extremism and valuable insight into how to address this growing concern.

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A Christian minister since 1972, Kerry Noble has been speaking publicly against racism and violence since 1995. Noble is also the author of Tabernacle of Hope: Bridging Your Darkened Past Toward a Brighter Future.

6 x 9, 408 pages, 32 black-and-white illustrations, notes, appendix, bibliography, index

Tabernacle of Hate

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