Sept. 15, 2006 — -- In the picturesque northwest corner of Montana only 30 miles from Glacier National Park, signs have begun to appear on windows in the city of Kalispell that proclaim "No Hate Here."
What's the fuss all about?
At first, it seems difficult to believe that the focus of the campaign is two 14-year-old twin girls.
Then it becomes clear.
The two teens are those spokeskids for white separatists, Lamb and Lynx Gaede, who vaulted to international attention after they appeared on ABC's "Primetime" last year.
The girls, their mother, April, and stepfather Mark Harrington recently moved to Montana from Bakersfield, Calif., after April told "Primetime" that Bakersfield was "not white enough." Now Kalispell has put the family on notice, "Not in my backyard."
Last week a group of neighbors printed information sheets about the family and distributed them door to door.
"This letter is not written as a means to harass the family or to begin a witch hunt," the flier said. "We wish the family no harm. Our goal is to peacefully communicate that this kind of hate and ignorance will not be accepted here in our neighborhood where we live and raise our families."
Lamb and Lynx created the band Prussian Blue to communicate their white separatist views musically. The song "Sacrifice" praises Nazi leader Rudolph Hess, Adolph Hitler's deputy. The two have modeled T-shirts featuring Hitler smiley faces. They mostly appear at rallies for white nationalist causes and maintain a Web site with links to other white separatist organizations.
"The music that Prussian Blue performs is intended for white people," says the Web site. "They hope to help fellow whites come to understand that love for one's race is a beautiful gift that we should celebrate."
Rebecca Kushner-Metteer, one of the people who handed out the fliers, says the teens and their parents moved into her south Kalispell neighborhood a couple of weeks ago. At first, no one paid much attention until another neighbor showed a rerun of the "Primetime" broadcast. They then recognized their new neighbors.
Now Kushner-Metteer and other families say they have received threats.
"We're very concerned about our safety," says Kushner-Metteer.
Postings by members of Stormfront.org and Libertyforum.com, which are community sites linked to the Prussian Blue site, have included addresses and phone numbers of those involved in passing out the fliers. A photograph of a mother and her daughter that was published by the Daily Inter Lake as they distributed the fliers can also be found on the sites.
Kalispell Police Chief Frank Garner says all the threats have come from outside the region but are being investigated. He also says none contained death threats.
In the "Primetime" interview, Lynx who was 13 at the time, says she and her sister were "proud of being white."
"We want our people to stay white," she says. "We don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."
The Gaedes apparently want to be left alone. They have refused to answer their door or telephone.
However, the Kalispell Police Department has heard from the family. The police say they received a complaint that the family was being "harassed" by the neighbors posting the fliers.
In an irony not lost on many in the community, the officers had to explain that the neighbors' free speech rights made the fliers perfectly legal.
Just as legal as the free speech rights afforded Lynx and Lamb Gaede.
Although a date has yet to be set, the 1,400-member Montana Human Rights Network is planning a rally in Kalispell. Seems all area residents are now exercising their free speech rights in northwest Montana.