SEYMOUR, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Some Southern Indiana residents got some disturbing fliers Monday, Aug. 4. It was an invitation for residents to join the Ku Klux Klan.
The small town of Seymour, in Jackson County, Ind., is quiet with a normal crime rate. It's a diverse town with many religions, but over the weekend fliers were distributed by the Ku Klux Klan asking people to join their group and it created some concern.
"Why would anyone want me to consider being a member of the KKK? Everything I have ever believed and been taught is the opposite of their views,” Ottis Sauls, a former pastor in Seymour, said.
Sauls said he found the envelope with a flier inside Saturday and didn't pay it much attention. Sauls said his daughter and a few friends were a little concerned. Being a small, quiet town, they said they were afraid if there is KKK activity things could get violent.
KKK activity in Southern Indiana has been minimal since the mid 1990s, when a peaceful rally was held in Seymour.
"There hasn't been a whole lot of talk of them around here anymore, so I didn't put a lot of stock into it,” Bill Abbott, Seymour Police chief, said.
The leader of the group, according to their website, is Jared Hensley. Abbott told WHAS11 News that he found nothing out of the ordinary on Hensley.
"The best thing I could tell people is to remain calm. Historically, groups such as this basically generate their own news. Don't buy into that scenario, remain calm and go about life as normal,” Abbott said.
Hensley was unavailable to do a camera interview but answered a series of questions through email.
He told WHAS11 News the group has been active for six months with an undisclosed number of members. He said the goal of the group is “to be a leading force for White Christian Americans, so that we can rebuild this Country to its once former glory."
Hensley expanded on his views on immigration and said the following: "Illegal immigration takes away from and destroys the American life. It continues to flood this country with debt and destruction. There is no benefit to our society from this, only the complete opposite. White Americans are being forced into extinction and are already struggling to survive. Our concern is to help our fellow White Americans and to secure their future, not the future of non-white illegals."