Arminius movie maker tied to national hate group
Merlin Miller, the producer of an upcoming film about Arminius proposed to be shot in Hermann, is a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a national hate group that promotes the defense of “ethnic identity” of white Americans. The group is also opposed to immigration, homosexuality and hate crime laws.
Miller said in a phone interview Monday that while he does not agree with the views of all of the group’s members and stops short of what he sees as “extremist stances,” he does agree with its philosophy. “I agree with the statement of principles,” he said.
The statement of principles of the C of CC’s Web site reads, “We oppose all efforts by the state and other powers to weaken the structure of the American family through toleration of sexual licentiousness, homosexuality and other perversions, mixture of the races, pornography in all forms, and subversion of the authority of parents.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups around the nation, lists the C of CC as a White Nationalist hate group.
When asked about whether he opposed interracial marriage, Miller said, “I don’t like it. I don’t want my daughters to marry people from other races.” But, he further clarified, he does not believe in impeding others’ right to marry outside their races.
Miller said he joined the C of CC because he identified them as a group “concerned about the direction of the country.” He said he doubts that the group will provide funding for his film, The Liberator.
Miller spoke at the group’s 2008 National Conference. During the course of his speech, he suggested that only the Jewish members of his graduate class at the University of Southern California were able to find success in Hollywood.
In a March 2009 interview with Peter Schaenk on The Reason Radio Network, an ultra-conservative media group, Miller said that Jews in the film industry were marginalizing other voices. “As a group, there’s a mindset there that could be very damaging,” Miller said. “The Jewish control has become so restrictive of anybody else’s perspective or point of view that it’s been very damaging to the country.”
That interview is featured by the Stormfront, another white supremacy group.
During his speech to the C of CC, Miller disputed that he was anti-Semitic, saying he only opposed “favoritism” granted to Jews in the film industry.
Miller also said he is concerned about illegal immigration and “wide open” borders. The Web site for his production company, Americana Pictures, says the company is devoted to promoting European-American ideals.
The filmmaker plans to return to Hermann this weekend to further develop plans to shoot the movie in the area. He said Monday that he is still seeking funding for the project from a variety of sources.