Nine members of a Christian militia group were indicted on charges of conspiring to wage war against the U.S. government, federal prosecutors said on Monday.
According to the grand jury indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the eight men and one woman were members of a group called the Hutaree that planned to kill a police officer in Michigan and then ambush the law enforcement officers who attended his funeral.
The indictment said the group believed the attacks would “serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising” against the government.
The group’s website, hutaree.com, says the term Hutaree means “Christian warrior” and characterizes the group as “preparing for the end time battles to keep the testimony of Jesus Christ alive.” It also features a Bible quotation from John 15:13: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
I guess these guys never sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Sunday School. The Detroit Free Press is already billing as something of a trend, though not of Christian militancy.