|Oath Keepers Pegged as Hate Group in Montana||| Print ||
MARTIN J. KIDSTON
In Hamilton, they call themselves Celebrating Conservatism. In Eureka, they have become known as the Lincoln County Watch. Down in Bozeman, they are the Oath Keepers.
The names may vary but the groups share a common platform that has gained the attention of researchers this past year, including those who warn that such anti-government groups are growing more active.
With the nation having its first black president, coupled with a poor economy – not to mention a social debate that includes gay rights, health care, immigration and the bailout – the groups are coming out after 15 years of silence, looking to place themselves back into the mainstream discussion.
“Over the past year in Montana, we have witnessed a resurgence of those anti-Semitic, anti-government groups,” said Travis McAdam, executive director of the Montana Human Rights Network.