Rally for Human Diversity (Aug. 2004)

Dear Toward Community members,

Below is information about the Rally for Human Diversity this Friday, Aug. 20. This will be our response to the return of racist "minister" Pete Peters, who has been in the Waupaca area several times in recent years. Our intention is to stand at the entrance with signs that counter his racist message. If you would like to join us, please let me know. Details are below. We will also discuss it at the Toward Community meeting Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.


Scott Peeples


Friday, Aug. 20

Amherst, Wisconsin

3:30 to 5 p.m. (or later)

Racist "minister" Pete Peters is hosting a weekend retreat with his Scriptures for America organization at the Riverside Bible Camp, 6355 County DD, Amherst, Wisconsin, Friday Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 22.

Members of the organization Toward Community: Unity in Diversity, which organized protests of Peters and his followers in 2000 and 2001, are planning a peace rally on Aug. 20 -- the day the group is scheduled to arrive at Riverside Bible Camp.

"Pastor" Pete Peters and his followers are virulent racists -- white supremacists whose love of humanity does not include Jews, non-whites or gays and lesbians. He has been preaching his brand of racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia from his LaPorte, Colorado Church of Christ church since 1977.

In his words, "the death penalty for homosexuals is prescribed in the Bible and should be carried out. European whites and their descendants are God's 'chosen people.' Jews pose a Satanic threat by conspiring to control America."

For information on the Rally for Human Diversity being organized by Toward Community: Unity in Diversity at Riverside Bible Camp, contact Scott Peeples at (920) 993-8905.

    • Car pool: Meet in the parking lot of Best Buy, 4661 Associated Ct., on the west side of Appleton near the Fox River Mall. We will meet in the north east corner of the Best Buy parking lot at 2 p.m. for anyone who wishes to carpool. Others are encouraged to meet us at the rally in Amherst whenever they can get there.

    • Directions: Take Highway 10 to Waupaca area and then take Highway 54 west to County Highway D. Take Highway D north to DD and the camp is to the immediate right.

Campers will begin arriving in the early afternoon. We will hold our signs and stage a peaceful rally at the entrance to the camp between the hours of 3:30 and 5 p.m. or later.

When his retreat in the same location was protested by diversity advocates in 2000, members of Peters' group made their hatred for humanity clear. Several members said flat out that homosexuals should be executed. They also said that black people are "foreigners in this country" and that the Ku Klux Klan deserves praise for helping keep order after the Civil War.