- Update : Please note that the ‘Jim Perren’ referred to in the text below is from Australia, and bears no relation to the Jim Perren who resides in the United Kingdom.
Alan Matheson, a retired Churches of Christ minister and occasional contributor to Online Opinion, has written an interesting article: Scrutinising the religious and political right (November 7, 2008). I know a little bit about the political (far) right — as Alan remarks, being one of, if not the only, bloggers in Australia to take note of British Nationalist Party fuehrer Nick Griffin’s planned tour of Australia in December — but I know less about its ‘religious’ dimensions, so Alan’s article makes for some interesting reading.
As Alan also notes, Griffin’s tour is being sponsored by the Australian Protectionist Party: a splinter from the Australia First Party, and formed in September, 2007. The APP has a tiny membership, and only a handful of prominent members. One of these is Darrin Hodges; others include Martin Fletcher (of Downunder Newslinks fame) and Mark Wilson. At which point, a few corrections are in order.
Darrin ‘Sleeping Dragon’ Hodges (& Co.)
According to Alan, “The APP’s Darrin Hodges… attends BNP conferences”. To the best of my knowledge, this is incorrect. In fact, a member of the APP — and former member of the BNP — did attend a recent BNP event, the ‘Red White & Blue Festival’, held in August 2008. His name is Mark Wilson. As noted previously:
Mark is a former comrade of Dr James Saleam who has since jumped ship for arch-rivals the APP. Mark reckons Whitey oughta jump up and down more on Australia Day, ANZAC Day, May Day and Eureka Day (December 3). “Tragically, these Days have been tailored to the agendas of multiculturalist, gender-bending, globalist ideology.” Mark is also sure that he hasn’t done anything to the Aborigines to apologise for, is a recent migrant from Britain, and wishes the Aborigines no harm… but would rather not live next door to them.
Regarding anti-Islamic sentiment, while the APP has certainly distributed leaflets that ask “Do you want your children to grow up in a Muslim Australia?” and claim that “Islam is a religion of Arabic race and culture and its way of life should not be pushed on Australia”, it’s worth noting that the party’s membership has expressed its hatred and contempt for Muslims (and others) in far more vicious terms. Thus Darrin Hodges has previously expressed some rather more straightforward opinions. These appeared on his blog — one which he has since sensibly closed:
“Australia was a beautiful place once, before it was flooded with third-world sewerage from African [sic] and Asia.” February 26
“The hide of foreign students demanding our secular universities re-arrange everything just to suit the[ir] filthy religion…” February 25
(On why Darrin supports Aboriginal land rights) “Kosovo belongs to Serbia, not the Mohammaden hordes who with the help of the United States, have stolen the land.” February 17
(On the Stolen Generations apology) “…Rudd has re-written Australian history today and condemned an entire generation of Australians to a fate worse then [sic] death, he has condemned a people to extinction…” February 13
“How stupid do they think we are? The whole Habib family should be deported, they are a blight on this country.” February 9
“They are traitors just by the very fact they are Muslim…” February 5
(On contradiction) “This is the future the establishment have been longing for since before 1966 when the criminal traitors in the parliament opened the flood gates to the “yellow hordes”. The establishment is not beyond learning from history and are “asianising” Australia from the top and the bottom, with White Australia being squeezed out of the middle. The Establishment view Australia as an economic entity not as a nation of people and it doesn’t matter to them if the labour is white or yellow.” February 3
In addition to being a former member of both the Australia First Party and the viciously anti-Semitic Stormfront, Darrin is a ‘former’ fan of Der Fueher: “I’m more interested in the purer form of fascism… and while I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘worship Hitler’ thing, his comments on multiculturalism and politics in general are still just as relevant today as they were 70-odd years ago” he wrote on Stormfront. On June 20, 2005, he added that “i cant say im into the whole national socialist thing – as far as im concerned, National Socialism died with it’s [sic] creator, not that i do not have any regard for his writings, indeed, they still have much relevance today – he laid a foundation that we should build on”. And just for good measure, a week later (June 26) Darrin further noted that “i have some good colour footage (no sound) of Adolf Hitler at The Berghoff. PM me if you want a copy of the footage”. (’darrinh’ joined the world’s premiere White supremacist website in June 2005.)
As for Martin Fletcher — who co-administers, with Darrin, the APP’s online discussion forum — his racism is absolutely rank. Along with his provision of a copy of the Muslim Massacre videogame, Martin provides hours of Yanqui infotainment on his ‘news’ site, including documentary videos on Barack Hussein Obama, Holocaust denial, David Duke, Stormfront and dead Nutzi Dr William Pierce (author of The Turner Diaries). Indeed, on Downunder Newslinks, The Turner Diaries, along with The Myth of the Six Million, The International Jew, Did Six Million Really Die? and The Protocols of Zion are all available to help White People interpret the Australian news. As visual aids, Martin also thoughtfully provides cartoons produced by Tom Metzger’s White Aryan Resistance. Here’s a sample:
In their online knuckle-dragging, Darrin and Martin are joined by Luke Connors (himself a former member of the ‘Patriotic Youth League’, a short-lived yoof wing of the Australia First Party), who employs the handle ‘casapound’ — so named in tribute to a violent neo-Fascist grouping in Rome, Italy (named, in turn, in tribute to Ezra Pound, the US poet and fascist lickspittle, 1885–1972).
APP versus AFP
To conclude, the APP’s formation was largely inspired by a desire to escape such straightforwardly fascist and neo-Nazi ideological attachments, especially as they inhered in the person of the convicted criminal Dr James Saleam. (Since his departure, Darrin has denounced AFP as the ‘Australian Faggot Party’, and described Dr. Saleam as a “criminal lunatic”, an “oily spiv”, a pathological liar, a “political gold digger”, and so on.) Saleam is currently fuehrer of the Australia First Party (NSW), and most recently distinguished himself by attending a neo-Nazi rally in Wellington… only to then be photographed fondling a childhood book which once belonged to a young Jewish anti-fascist — this photograph being published on a blog belonging to a neo-Nazi named Jim Perren, a member of Australia First from rural Queensland.
Race-hate campaigner unmasked
August 22, 2005
THE man behind a race-hate campaign in southern Queensland has been identified as a professional kangaroo shooter from the Darling Downs town of Crows Nest.
Police are tracking the movements of Jim Perren, 38, after anti-racism campaigners contacted them to register concern about his activities.
Mr Perren has posted hundreds of race-hate messages on the internet under the pseudonym stug111 — a type of German assault gun.
Right-wing extremists attached to a neo-Nazi group called the White Pride Coalition [since transformed into the online forum ‘Australian New Nation’, administered by the Kiwi fascist Alex Fogerty — another former Stormfronter] have targeted Toowoomba because 750 Sudanese refugees have been resettled in the Darling Downs city.
One family was forced to leave its home after being harassed, and refugees have been pelted with eggs and potatoes. Material being distributed includes brochures describing white women as the “world’s most endangered species”.
Inquiries by The Australian have established that Mr Perren is the White Pride Coalition’s chief operative in the region. He lives with his wife and two children on a rural property outside Crows Nest, 45km east of Toowoomba. When contacted by The Australian, Mr Perren did not deny his involvement in the race-hate campaign.
“If only it was that easy,” Mr Perren said. “I’ve got nothing to say.”
Mr Perren’s reluctance to be identified was confirmed by White Pride Coalition national spokesman Terry Davis, who said: “He wants to keep his head down.”
Mr Perren refers to Crows Nest in one of his internet postings: “Luck is on my side. I live in a small town that has two Asians and three coconuts. All the rest are white.”
In another posting, Mr Perren said Toowoomba had become a “staging point for the scum of the world to move into rural Queensland … they must be stopped”.
On the support of local churches for Sudanese refugees, he said: “When the muds they sponsor come and live here and start to rape and murder their grandchildren, maybe then they will wake up.”
Barking, the lot of ‘em.
To be continued?