On March 17, John Daniel Carothers was arrested for burning Robert Miller alive. Miller was a black man who lived with Carothers, a white man, in a home for veterans in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Authorities recently determined that Carothers’ heinous act was fueled by racism after they discovered a letter he tried to send from the Rutherford County jail, where he is currently held, to Kingdom Identity Ministries in Harrison, Arkansas.
According the Southern Poverty Law Center, Kingdom Identity Ministries is “the largest supplier in existence of materials related to Christian Identity, a radical-right theology that generally identifies people of color as soulless sub-humans and Jews as satanic or cursed by God.”
Carothers’ letter clearly subscribed to their ideology. He wrote:
To my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ our savior and Lord, My name is John D. Carothers and I believe the Bible is about white people and for white people. I am in Rutherford County jail for burning a black man. I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.
Tennessee does not have a hate crime law but, according to District Attorney Jennings Jones, the hate component could be taken into consideration during sentencing if Carothers is convicted. Carothers has also been charged with arson and seven counts of reckless endangerment for each of the people who were in the home at the time.
People cannot believe the ignorance, hate, and racism Carothers’ letter displayed.
If our govt keeps cutting education we will keep building more minds like this.
— HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!!! (@petelynch23) August 29, 2018
Even though none of its writers were white.
— Aled (@AledGwynWiliams) August 29, 2018
Well me thinks that he will get a very loud and abrupt revelation after . Everyone knows that Jesus wasn’t white. DUH! https://t.co/PV9nfsFWxL
Lmao!!!!! Really…!?! pic.twitter.com/M7nvs5AaSy
— ~RadicalAgainstRacism~ (@RadicalAgainst1) August 28, 2018
The bible says God created ALL men in his image.just so u know.
— Darlene Smith (@Darlene72428348) August 28, 2018
He thinks the bible is about white people… Has he ever been to the Middle East… or even seen pictures of people from the Middle East?
— emacsen (@emacsen) August 28, 2018
Others are astounded by the hypocrisy of his supposedly Christian actions and beliefs.
“My name is John Carothers and I believe the bible is about white people and for white people/ I am in the Rutherford County Jail for burning a black man. I set him on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”
(Just another reason we fight✊ ) https://t.co/9OVxJXhPAZ
— Lockskeem cooper (@lockskeem) August 28, 2018
This is #terrorism. It's also #blasphemy. “I believe the #Bible is about white people and for white people,” Carothers’ letter read. “I am in Jail for burning a black man I set on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.” #whitesupremacy #NotMyJesus https://t.co/8vz3Wv11eY
— Amir Beshay (@Amir_G_Beshay) August 28, 2018
“I believe the Bible is about white people and for white people,” Carothers’ jailhouse letter read. “I am in the Rutherford County Jail for burning a black man I set on fire with lighter fluid poured on his head.”
— Joan of Argh (@Joan_of_Arrrggh) August 28, 2018
“My name is John Carothers and I believe the bible is about white people and for white people.” AmeriKKKan KKKristianity in action. https://t.co/0w04AkOJsL
— yook (@yooklyde) August 28, 2018
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