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Title Creativity Momement (formerly known as World Church of the Creator)
Founder Ben Klassen/Matt Hale (aka Pontifex Maximus Reverend Matt Hale)
Description

(Submitted by former member): "White Supremacist, whites-only atheist 'religion'. Megalomanical. Misogynist. Neo-Nazi. Women are to be wives and their husbands' entertainment, and have a lot of children. Wants to exterminate all others, including other white supremacists, and make an all-white planet ruled by the one leader of the church who has absolute power. Wants to 'cull out the misfits,' by sterilizing deformed or retarded whites. Hitler, Nietzsche and Klassen were the three greatest persons in history, according to the group. Many leaders have recently been imprisoned. One member, Benjamin Smith, went on a shooting spree in July of 1999, killing two and wounding 9, then committed suicide. He did so to protest the Illinois Bar Association denying Hale a law license. Hale appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, who denied his appeal on June 26. Hale then stated in a news article that he will try to be licensed in a state neighboring Illinois."

Behavior
Control
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.

The BITE Model Applied to World Church of the Creator: Information supplied by former member I. Behaviors The group controls: where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with; what clothes, hairstyles the person wears; what food the person eats, drinks, adopts and rejects (a 'raw' food diet as described in their holy book Salubrious Living). Members are expected to be able to commit all acts of terrorism when the leader demands. The only time this is allowed, according to Klassen, is when they think their Constitutional or religious freedom rights are in any way being hampered. Many members are in jail, for acts they supposedly did on their own without the leaders' approval or order.

Information
Control
1. Use of deception
  a. Deliberately holding back information
  b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
  c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
  a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
  b. Critical information
  c. Former members
  d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
  a. Information is not freely accessible
  b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
  c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged
  a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
  b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
  a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
  b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

6. Unethical use of confession
  a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
  b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution

II. Information Spying on other members and former members is clearly encouraged by leader Matt Hale. Betraying or leaving the group is seen as treachery or treacherous apathy to the white race and Ben Klassen requires the severest punishment for those who betray them.

Thought
Control
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
  a. Map = Reality
  b. Black and White thinking
  c. Good vs. evil
  d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
  a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  e. Speaking in "tongues"
  f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful

III. Thought Thought-stopping techniques used by the group are denial, rationalization, justification and wishful thinking (Building an [all-white] Whiter and Brighter World). No critical questions about leader, or doctrine or policy allowed, but oddly enough Hale is not supposed to change the original creed written by Klassen or disobey the membership criteria, but he does so at his whim. No alternative belief system whatsoever is valid; in fact all others are destructive to the "white race."

Emotional
Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.

3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".

4. Excessive use of guilt
  a. Identity guilt
    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
    2. Your family
    3. Your past
    4. Your affiliations
    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
    6. Social guilt
    7. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear
  a. Fear of thinking independently
  b. Fear of the "outside" world
  c. Fear of enemies
  d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
  e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
  f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
  a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
  b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
  c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
  d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.

IV. Emotional There were publicized excommunications of disloyal leaders. Since this group is atheistic, the terrible consequences were severe punishment as a traitor, and unable to find happiness or fulfillment. If the group fails the consequence is the torture then extermination or enslavement then eventual loss of every white person and the annihilation of white culture. Never a legitimate reason to leave unless they are race traitors, weak.

Critical
Websites

Southern Poverty Law Center Anti-Defamation League Simon Wiesenthal Center