September 26, 2015
White supremacists were upset with comments made by Pope Francis regarding gun manufacturers, as well as others delivered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Participants on a prominent white supremacist forum declared Pope Francis’ statements to be antithetical to their movement and to Christianity.
In a recent discussion regarding his June admonishment of gun manufacturers, one user wrote, “He is not a Christian he is a commie, all the way through to his dirty joo heart.” Another user remarked, “The pope is in an interfaith pow-wow with a Jew and a Muslim now.”
Some members went so far as call Pope Francis the last pope prior to the apocalypse. A member comments in part:
The Pope is telling people that they do not need to believe in God, but, do good works and share their wealth and live in a communal spirit. … For Christians he is exactly the Pope that comes in the end times!
Another posted, “As a Catholic I see an anti-Pope in him. To make my point I stay away from the church for as long as he is around.” Furthermore, a commenter wished that Pope Francis would die, although did not appear to call for his assassination. The user commented, “really hope God's hammer falls upon his head, I'm sick of this fool in the court.”
In another discussion regarding his remarks at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, two other members appeared to wish that Pope Francis would die. The first to opine such sentiments in the thread, wrote, “The Pope is a traitor both to Christendom and to his race. He'll be held accountable before God one day.”
While some members did appear upset at the comments, other users were quick to defend Pope Francis, believing that his words were taken out of context.
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This infamous forum is one of the largest within the white supremacist and white nationalist community. The forum has housed active accounts of Wade Michael Page, the perpetrator of the 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, and Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 and injured 241 in Utøya and Oslo, Norway in 2011. Also active on the forum is prominent American white supremacist Craig Cobb.