There are many interesting characters on our political scene, and that is the way things have always been. Some make us laugh, other make us angry, but we only remember those who had some special and unique feature about them, and only if they stand out with something can they actually become popular. One such politician came from Georgia and his unique characteristics made him stand out even a bit too much. His statements were eccentric and even completely bizarre while his political views and public speeches demonstrated militant extremism. His name was Neal Horsley and if you haven’t heard that name then you probably know his notorious website called “Nuremberg Files”.
He was born as Otis O’Neal Horsley in Georgia on April 15th, 1944 and spent most of his life in the area. However, he did spend some part of his life away and those moments marked him and completely changed his perspective on life. For instance, he served four years in the Air Force in Vietnam, where he witnessed horrible scenes which scarred his young mind. After the war, Horsley went to San Francisco where he began experimenting with marijuana and some other illegal substances, up until the moment he had an epiphany, which made him “find God” and he was slowly changed into a fanatic Christian believer.
He belonged to Christian Reconstructionists while his political party was called The Creator’s Rights Party. With his strong personality and even aggressive propaganda, he began fighting things that were deemed sinful by his church, such as abortion, homosexuality, black people, Jews and so on. Horsley wanted from the state of Georgia to secede and become independent, which would enable it to become clean of those “sinful occurrences”. However, those were not his most controversial statements, not by far.
For example, in 2005 during a radio show, he confessed that during his adolescent years while he was living on his parents farm he had a sexual intercourse with a mule! He openly admitted of bestiality and even claimed that such behavior was normal in that age and that he was “foolish” just like anybody else. This scandal was perhaps the reason why failed in his candidacy to become a governor in 2010, although he did fail on one previous occasion – in 1997.
However, Horsley’s most “popular” work was his website – “Nuremberg Files”. This website counted names, pictures, addresses, phone numbers and many other kinds of personal information of around 200 abortion providers from across the United States. They were listed on this website in a very ominous manner, and some of them were even killed by extreme fanatics and followers of Horsley’s views. The militant anti-abortion campaign had many opponents, including the High Court where judges ordered that the site is taken down. However, the files have been transferred to other servers and other locations and they still haunt medical workers who provide abortions, even through Neal Horsley died at the age of 70 on April 13th, 2015.
Even if you have never heard of Neal Horsley, you are probably familiar with a notorious website called “Nuremberg Files” and there is a pretty big chance that you know what this website was about. Well, Horsley was the founding father of the website and he was the main editor, which means that he was in charge of publishing the content. However, his public career involved some other elements, and he will be remembered for some very unusual and eccentric statements.
Otis O’Neal Horsley was born in Georgia in 1944 and he died in the same state in 2015, on April 13th. He belonged to the Republican party, or to be precise – to The Creator’s Rights Party while his religious views belonged to the group that calls themselves the Christian Reconstructionists. But, Horsley was not always like that, and his personality went through some extreme phases before entering into this religious-fanatic phase, which is no less extreme than the others.
He spent four years serving in Air Force in Vietnam, which certainly had a strong impact on his young mind. When he came back, he immediately went to San Francisco where he heavily indulged in marijuana and other illegal substances. But, somehow he managed to free himself from the vice and he had an epiphany, as he said, which brought him back to the world of faith and Jesus.
However, he took a strong anti-abortion attitude, and he was also a fierce opponent of the gay community and even had some anti-Semitic and racist elements in his public speeches. He was very active on the local political scene, but his two attempts to become a governor in Georgia failed. Horsley tried first during the elections in 1997, and the tried again in 2010.
His campaigns were unsuccessful mostly because of his aggressive politics, but also because of some scandals and public incidents, such as his confession of bestiality. This happened in 2005 when he attended a radio show and openly discussed an “intercourse” he had with a mule while being an adolescent on his parents farm. With a confession like that, it was hard to expect that Neal Horsley could ever become a governor, but his will and motivation was so strong that he simply had to give it another go.
As we said in the beginning, his most famous legacy is the list of files that were once located in his website, the “Nuremberg Files”. This site was taken down after an official ruling by the High Court, but the information was preserved on other servers and online locations, which means that his tactics still work and haunt people in the United States. The files contained a lot of personal information and contact details about abortion providers all over the country, and all of them were presented as targets for assassination. Horsley’s militant anti-abortion campaign even took a couple of lives, but who knows how many people would have died if some fanatic decided to follow the complete lists.
Most people decide to follow one set of religious rules or the other, but not a lot of them become famous and perhaps notorious because they followed these codes. Extremists are mostly “outcasts” in our society and they live somewhere on the edge of the public sphere and they rarely make it to the big news. However, when a member of the Christian Reconstructionist Church attempts to become a governor – then you realize that everything is possible and that life has many surprises in store for us.
Otis O’Neal Horsley died last year in April, but his name and legacy still manage to confuse and even excite political analysts, because most of them find it hard to understand how a man of such a reputation and such moral and world views managed to go on two elections and become a well-known public person. Although both of his attempts of becoming a governor in Georgia, which happened in 1997 and 2010 respectively, were unsuccessful, his other activities caused more commotion and his name appeared in many news articles and even television shows.
What attracted the biggest attention were not his views and comments about global politics or some international incident, but his unorthodox comments and statements about his personal life and, of course, his extreme views on abortion and gay people’s rights. For example, one of his most controversial statements came in 2005 when Horsley admitted to Alan Colmes during a radio interview that he participated in a bestiality act, i.e. while he was growing up on his parent’s farm in Georgia he had sex with a mule! To make things even worse, he acted like it was a perfectly normal thing and like everyone else has done it while they were, as he sad “foolish”.
Besides the scandal with a mule, Horsley came into the spotlight once again when he created a notorious website called “Nuremberg Files”, and this site was a part of many discussions and even lawsuits. The controversial website contained files that were calling for violence, and this was directly connected with Horsley’s militant anti-abortion views.
He was a Republican, a member of The Creator’s Rights Party and his extreme views on abortion and “faggots who will burn in hell” were mostly condemned but he did manage to gather a pretty large number of followers. “Nuremberg Files” was a website that posted information about abortion providers across the country, but they were not presented in a positive, advertising light but more like targets for assassination. The site contained pictures, addresses, phone numbers, names of family members, their dates of birth and many other kinds of private information. Because of its involvement in High Court trial, the site was closed down but the files were moved to other servers and they can still be found on the global network.
The basic idea behind this website was to intimidate and scare people away from performing abortions, but some extremists have also found the list appropriate for actual violence and there were few murders associated with these files. This is the negative side of Horsley’s legacy and his tactics of fighting with abortionists are still present in the world.