Thanks Anon, this looks intriguing
Born Bernhardt Klassen
February 20, 1918
Rudnerweide, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died August 6, 1993 (aged 75)
Otto, North Carolina, U.S.
Resting place Otto, North Carolina, U.S.
Period in office 1973–93
Predecessor None (founded religion)
Successor Richard McCarty
Occupation Religious leader, writer
Language English, German, Plautdietsch
Education Saskatoon Normal School, Superior First Class Teacher's Certificate;
University of Saskatchewan, B.A., 1943;
University of Manitoba, B.Sc.E.E., 1943, Canada ROTC;
Rosthern Junior College
Subject Racism, religion
Spouse Henrie Etta Klassen (née McWilliams)
Children Kim Anita Klassen
Klassen served Broward County in the Florida House of Representatives from November 1966 – March 1967, running on an anti-busing, anti-government platform. He campaigned for election to the Florida Senate in 1967, but was defeated. That same year, he was vice chairman of an organization in Florida which supported George Wallace for president.
Klassen was a member of the John Birch Society, at one point operating an American Opinion bookstore. But he became disillusioned with the Society because of what he viewed as its tolerant position towards Jews. In November 1970, Klassen, along with Austin Davis, created the Nationalist White Party. The party's platform was directed at White Christians and it was explicitly religious and racial in nature; the first sentence of the party's fourteen-point program is "We believe that the White Race was created in the Image of the Lord..." The logo of the Nationalist White Party was a "W" with a crown and a halo over it, and it would be used three years later as the logo of the Church of the Creator.
Less than a year after he created the Nationalist White Party, Klassen began expressing apprehension about Christianity to his connections through letters. These letters were not well received and they effectively ended the influence of the Nationalist White Party.