Flanked by leaders of racist groups, a northern Idaho white supremacist said young neo-Nazi skinheads will carry out his dreams of establishing a "whites only" homeland.
Richard Butler, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, Aryan Nations, warned Thursday that the supremacists' long-awaited race war will not be won without violence.Butler is hosting a three-day conference of skinheads and white supremacist youth groups from the United States and Canada at his 20-acre compound about 10 miles north of Coeur d'Alene.
Butler said the neo-Nazi skinheads represent the "rejuvenation" of the movement, describing them as the "shock troops" of the white supremacist "theo-political revolution."
Dozens of former Aryan Nations followers are serving federal prison sentences for crimes ranging from murder to armored car robberies and bombings.
Butler, 71, and eight other white supremacists were acquitted by a federal grand jury last year in Fort Smith, Ark., on charges of conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.
The conference will feature speeches and workshops to teach youth leaders "how to stay out of trouble," Butler said, adding, "They're no good to us in jail."
The carefully controlled news conference was called on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.
It was also the Jewish Passover holiday, and the Aryan leaders repeated the standard white supremacist claim that the Holocaust was a fabrication and Hitler shouldn't be blamed for the slaughter of millions of European Jews during World War II.
Butler has said as many as 100 people will attend the conference, but only a dozen or so skinheads, wearing black leather flight jackets and Army-style fatigues, were visible.
Butler claimed street violence will stem from pressures of "18 million aliens coming into this part of the country. The (indigenous) people have a right to fight back," he said. "Conflicts come when you bring aliens to your land."
Meanwhile, organizers planning a march against racism on Saturday said as many as several thousand people could show up for the "Walk for Racial Equality."