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Meg St-Esprit has two adopted children who are Black. She was targeted by a known White supremacist in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Editor’s note: This story contains strong language.

The name, Church of Creativity, doesn’t sound threatening, but its creation is rooted in what was once the largest neo-Nazi movement in the United States. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies it as a hate group. Pittsburgh has its very own branch, and Squirrel Hill native Hardy Lloyd is the ‘reverend.’

Lloyd is a White supremacist with a violent background. In 2004, he stood trial for fatally shooting a woman named Lori Hahn, whom he met on a dating website. He was acquitted when a jury could not decide if he shot her in self-defense or not.

In the past 15 years, Lloyd has been incarcerated on charges of possessing illegal weapons, threatening police officers, online harassment, distributing racist propaganda and contacting white supremacist leader Matt Hale, who was in prison at the time for conspiracy to kill a federal judge. Lloyd did all of that while on probation. Upon release from prison last summer, 39-year-old Lloyd continued to spread his anti-feminist, anti-Semitic, anti-Black views.

He used to leave White power messages on playgrounds and hold ‘church’ services in Schenley Park to recruit college students. The most recent incarnation of his bigotry has involved targeting White women who are, in Lloyd’s opinion, race traitors or anti-White bigots. Women in multiracial families, women who are vocal about their love of diversity and desire for racial justice, women who are the antithesis to his message.



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