The FBI conducted raids Saturday night in Washtenaw County and Lenawee County in an investigation involving members of Hutaree, a Christian-oriented militia group based in Lenawee County, Michigan. Local Michigan militia member Jimmy Schiel said he was told five people were arrested – including one known member of Hutaree.
Hutaree is a Christian-oriented militia group. According to Hutaree’s Web site, the organization believes that one day there will be an anti-Christ, and all Christians must train and prepare. Hutaree claims to have about 30 members, including several who live Washtenaw County. The group has its own pastor and a leader, members said. Members are known to train with AR-15s. The Christian militia group members describe themselves as Christian soldiers preparing for the arrival and battle with the anti-Christ.
“Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment,” the group states on its Web site. Dawud Walid, head of the Michigan branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he was told the Christian militia group may have been plotting against American Muslims.
On its website, Hutaree quotes several Bible passages and states: “We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. … Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment.”
In a line eerily similar to the Muslim suicide bombers, the group also speaks of ‘virgins’
“Jesus spoke of the ten virgins in Matthew 25: 1-12. The wise ones took enough oil to last the whole night, just in case the bridegroom was late. The foolish ones took not enough oil to last the whole night and figured that the bridegroom would arrive earlier than he did.”
Soldiers for Jesus, this time with AR-15’s rather than swords.