Greetings Rafflers and Happy New Year. There has been some scary activity in our “real world” that echoes some of the “future” events in The Raffle Novel.
A white supremacist group that calls itself “The Base” (which is the same term al Qaeda means in Arabic) has been under scrutiny lately as they were planning to storm a rally planned for this Monday January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King Day in Virginia’s Capital. According to an Associated Press story, The Base is operating as a paramilitary organization and has proclaimed war against minority communities within the United States and abroad. The story further notes that members of The Base have discussed committing acts of violence against blacks and Jews, ways to make improvised explosive devices and their desire to create a white “ethno-state.”
Does any of this sound familiar or similar to Stefan’s group of subversive white supremacists in The Raffle Novel? One difference is that, so far, The Base doesn’t seem to be espousing the “religious” beliefs of The Christian Identity Church: that all non-whites (people not of wholly European descent) will either be exterminated or enslaved in order to serve the white race in the new Heavenly Kingdom on Earth under the reign of Jesus Christ.
Some people think I made up the entire white supremacy angle and Christian Identity Church just for The Raffle Novel. All they need to do is conduct a simple Google search to see how real the threats that these subversive groups are to us now in our “real world.” Perhaps the ignorance of such threats is scarier than The Raffle Novel itself. I know I’m scared. More to come on this topic.