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At a gun show in Fort Smith Packard got to drinking some Ozark moonshine with some gun men who claimed to belong to the Christian Identity Church. The Identity Church's doctrines held that white Anglo Saxon Protestants were descended from the Ten Lost Tribes of Biblical times - whom they claimed were really Anglo Saxon - and that they, not the Jews, were the "chosen people." The Jews are actually descendants of Cain, they believed, and they aren't even white. Christian Identity members further believed that the Nazi slaughter of the Jews never happened.

"This country's in a hell of a shape," they told Packard. "Between the Jews and the niggers, the whites in this country are about to lose what little freedom we have left. The whole fuckin' USA's about to collapse."

Packard nodded in agreement. He already knew all that - hell, he'd been raised that way, to believe in the inherent superiority of the white race and to believe that blacks and other non-whites were on the same spiritual level as animals, and therefore had no souls. He believed that the Jews were the seed of Satan, and not the seed of God. And he'd found out even more from his experiences with Aryan Nations in Idaho, about ZOG, the Zionist Occupied Government that the United States had become, a government controlled by the Jews, who were undermining what had been a free country. He believed that the Jews, who were financing the training of blacks to take over most of the major US cities in the imminent race war, and other non-whites were a threat to the Christian white race.

The gun men were members of a Christian survivalist group called the CSA - the Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord - founded in the 70's "because God spoke to me" by a preacher from San Antonio who had converted from ordinary Protestantism to Identity Christian. They ran their operations from a compound called Zarephath-Horeb, after the Biblical places where Moses received the Ark of the Covenant, Mount Horeb, and the Phoenician city, Zarephath. It was located on a couple hundred acres of wilderness in the Ozark mountains near the Missouri-Arkansas border.

Packard had been knocking around alone for some time, sleeping in homeless shelters or in the woods, and he was glad to meet some kindred spirits who shared some of his political and religious ideas. He was also broke, and when they invited him to come to the compound and visit for a while he was glad of a free place to stay. Packard had heard about Zarephath-Horeb back in Idaho, and he was eager to see what it was all about. He rode back with them that night and the next day they put him to work in the gun shop.

The CSA were Christian survivalists preparing for the collapse of the American government and the coming race war by training in the use of weapons in a mock village called Silhouette City, similar to the FBI's training ground at Quantico. The CSA also operated the "Endtime Overcomer Survival Training School," offering to members and to selected non-members courses in urban warfare, riflery and pistolcraft, military tactics, "Christian martial arts" and wilderness survival.

The CSA had their own water supply, electricity, dormitories, and factories where they made hand grenades and paraphernalia for firearms, using the most sophisticated equipment. They also conducted seminars on the gun show circuit throughout the Midwest and South at which they demonstrated weapons available for self-protection and offered for sale riot guns and gun accessories along with quantities of hate literature.

Polygamy was encouraged at Zarepath-Horeb. The founder, himself, had four wives and Packard fell right in with that program. Understandably, there was a big turnover in the female population of Zarephath-Horeb and the members were always on the lookout for new women. One day after Packard had been there for a month he was invited to go out on a recruitment drive.

"We need some new meat," he was told by Young and Landau, the two he had met at the gun show, and they piled into a Cadillac and went cruising, looking for new recruits. It was a warm, sunny summer day and they were hoping to find hitchhikers.

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