Thomas Tarrants, III lived a crazy life, though he was raised in church. “It didn’t take,” he says. He knew that he didn’t want to go to hell, so he made a profession of faith at 13, but “there was no new birth, no new life”. It was just insurance. By the time he got into high school, he was caught up in reaction to the civil rights movement. He was from the deep south and become more and more indoctrinated in far right ideology, racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and he got angry about it. He became violent toward people who were different from him, and he joined the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the most violent white supremacist organization in the United States at the time. He became a domestic terrorist and was arrested when he attempted to plant a bomb in the home of a Jewish man. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in State penitentiary, but he escaped from prison. He was captured again and confined to maximum security in a 6′ x 9′ cell. He initially spent his time reading Nazi and white supremacist literature, but at some point he began reading classical philosophy, and was struck by the ideas that we must seek truth and the unexamined life isn’t worth living. That set him off on a different path that led him to the Bible. His eyes were opened, and this is his story.
Bryan Widner went from a white supremacist, skin head, gang leader to a born again Christian. Jesus “patched the hole that was always leaking.” He had tattoos all over his body and face, but an anonymous donor paid for the painful removal of all the tattoos and gave him a new life.
Here is more of Bryon Widnor’s story.
Michael Kent encountered racism from the mother of a black friend of his. That encounter impacted him, and he became a Neo-Nazi at the age of 15. He got heavily involved in white supremacism politically and every other way. After a criminal conviction, the parole officer assigned to him was a black woman. This is their story.