Friday, March 10, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: Christian Identity Groups West & Northwest USA

"Southern Poverty Law Center is a far left organization that labels many Christian groups as hate groups. The fact that you support them reveals your far left bias and your suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. I know you wish Hillary would have won and that the Clinton Foundation could have continued with their corruption but it's not to be. Trump will keep fulfilling the campaign promises he was elected for and I guess you will just have to keep whining about it."  
- A rather tendentious reader's comment from March 6

Christian Identity Theology
It is important for this narrative to have some understanding of these splinter groups and their basic tenets, starting with the definition of Christian Identity groups. Christian Identity as described by the Anti Defamation League (click here).

... is a religious ideology popular in extreme right-wing circles. Adherents believe that whites of European descent can be traced back to the "Lost Tribes of Israel." Many consider Jews to be the Satanic offspring of Eve and the Serpent, while non-whites are "mud peoples" created before Adam and Eve.

Its virulent racist and anti-Semitic beliefs are usually accompanied by extreme anti-government sentiments. Despite its small size, Christian Identity influences virtually all white supremacist and extreme anti-government movements. It has also informed criminal behavior ranging from hate crimes to acts of terrorism.

According to Southern Poverty Law Center there were 19 Christian Identity groups indicated between 2003 and 2015. The SPLC describes Christian Identity as:

... a religion that he is fundamentally racist and anti-Semitic. It asserts that whites, not Jews, are true Israelites favored by God in the Bible. In most of its forms, Identity theology depicts Jews as biologically descended from Satan while non-whites are seen as soulless "mud people" created with the other Biblical "beasts of the field." Some groups listed in other categories, such as the the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations and several Klan groups, also hold Christian Identity beliefs.

SPLC identifies these groups as Christian based hate groups. Keep in mind, these are religious identity groups. The white power Christian hate groups are filed elsewhere. Also keep in mind that church groups get great tax breaks because they are non-profit. Just like the tax breaks that Donald Trump gets, maybe they shouldn't have them. Same hate-filled speech as Trump, too.

Anyhow. I needed to round out these definitions with the closest thing to neutral that I could find (click here), which is fine because you really can't be neutral on hate.

The Christian Identity Movement is a name that applies to a variety of different religious cults all identified by racist, anti-Semitic principles. These cults are typically found among radically anti-government, extremist, right-wing groups and “survival groups.”

Christian Identity cults are connected by various unbiblical theological similarities, mostly centered on a white supremacist mindset that seeks to replace national Israel with British or American whites as the chosen people of God.

This racist theology is followed by over 50,000 people in the United States. The largest Christian Identity Movement group is the infamous Ku Klux Klan.

These groups didn't arise out of a void, by the way, and have not only evolved over the years with technology, but have grown and expanded as well. Especially in their influence on other hate groups, and (some might argue), the government of the United States.

Now, I realize that some of you pussy grabbers have a problem with the ADL and SPLC. Try Al Jazeera then (click here), who have commented on the rise in anti-Muslim groups as well. No surprises there. In any event, if you have a problem with my fake news citations,  please - by all means - dance happily off to some other place off. Heaven and Hell are waiting.

Have fun, and bring some fairy dust with you.

Christian Identity Theology In a Nutshell
So, in that nut place, Christian Identity, for the sake of this discussion follow a few basic tenets. These they support with pseudo-science, gross misinterpretations of the Bible, and a general paranoia regarding the end of the world. I'd go so far as to say they invite and welcome their apocalypse. Here's a list for you.

- Religious cult
- Radically Anti-government
- Anti-Semitic
- Extremely right wing
- Racist
- Survivalist
- Believe that whites are the chosen people of God
- Believe that whites, not Jews, are true Israelites
- Believe non-whites are soulless "mud peoples"

America’s Promise Ministries
Sandpoint, Idaho. Twenty years ago this group moved from Phoenix Arizona to Idaho and are active in the Pacific Northwest. They still love their Arizona guns, though. Their home pages show nothing overtly anti-Semitic, unless you know where to look. They are among the many groups of thumpers who feel that their faith surpasses all of the rest (click here). Like many groups, their rhetoric has been toned down, but its core Christian-centric view of Jews as descended from Satan continues to be seen as anti-Semitic. Gee, and I wonder why. This particular group has connections to white separatism as well (click here).

In 1996, three men who had recently attended (the) church detonated pipe bombs at an abortion clinic and a newspaper building in the state of Washington, and committed a string of bank robberies that netted more than $100,000. The leader of the gang, Jay Merrell, was a protégé of  (church leader) Barley's. Merrell regularly preached at America's Promise Bible camps, and Barley sold tapes of Merrell's sermons through his ministry's mail-order publishing operation….

Merrell and his cohorts described themselves as members of the Phineas Priesthood, a secret society of Christian Identity holy warriors that is not a membership organization — people are considered inducted once they have committed acts of violence on behalf of the Identity cause. The concept of the priesthood was first articulated in the 1990 book, Vigilantes of Christendom, by Richard Kelly Hoskins.

Killing in the name of Christ. Heard that story a million times. At least.

The deceased founder of America Promise Ministries, Sheldon Emery, is still the top darling of conspiracy junkies and Apocalypse Dudes (click here), even though he is preaching to the worms from under the dirt these days. There is plenty of trash out there (click here if you want to read and listen to boring spittle), and websites such as Real Jew News pedal his crap as well.

Our Place Fellowship
Colville, WA. Neighboring our pals at America Promise Ministries is another kill them with kindness Christian hate group who extend their views to those bothersome Catholics and all of that stand up, sit down stuff. You have to read between the lines, dear souls. Our Place Fellowship utilizes the same pseudo-science lingo (click here).

Several years ago we made some observations of spiritual events that could not be explained by any known doctrine of Organized Christianity. An exhaustive study was undertaken to explore these observations, and this research gave rise to a new Christian theory which can explain and articulate these fresh revelations. “SonPlacing” is the result. It is the formal account of our findings, arranged in logical order and presented for the benefit of our peers.

Like scientific thought in the 1800’s, Christianity is presently suffocated by a matrix of venerable laws, which are built upon erroneous assumptions. These unprofitable footings include the doctrines of the Immortal Soul, the Trinity, the diminution of God’s sovereignty, the Free Will of man, the role of Satan, the purpose of evil, the mission of Jesus Christ, the identity of Israel, the Rapture, the concepts of heaven and hell, the nature of God’s love, and God’s true purpose for man upon the earth. SonPlacing dismisses these old doctrines of the organized church, asserting that they have been built upon faulty foundations.

Back in the seventies,  a wave of white power groups were establishing themselves through random acts of unkindness in the NW. A go to destination, there still exist a number of similarly positioned groups in the area (click here).

Eastern Washington and North Idaho were considered “the Northwest Frontier” for the Christian Identity movement, said Kaplan, editor of the “Encyclopedia of White Power.” There were almost no minorities and so much space that “you could retreat, start your own community, find your own way of life,” he said.

In 2011, one of the Our Place Fellowship congregation members committed suicide in a jail up in Alaska. Israel Keyes, who "may have been a member," was linked to eight murders (click here) throughout the United States. Influenced by their sermons and literature, raised in a rural area, and living in a log cabin like Honest Abe Lincoln, Keyes was said to have attended The Ark, now known as Our Place Fellowship.

Scriptures for America Ministries
Laporte, CO. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Especially up in the mountains where the air is thinner. Which brings us to the webpage content at the Scriptures for America Ministries.

In fact, it was so offensive that I couldn't access it during lunch. This is a first for me. A Christian group that, to my knowledge, is blocked by the server at my work. The following naughty-naughty warning came up:

Page Blocked  Access to the requested site has been restricted due to its contents. Description: Website contains prohibited Violence/ Hate content.

However, once I got home I was able to access this-what I assumed would be-volatile site. Straight to the about page and introductory polemic (click here):

Peter J. Peters was the pastor of the LaPorte Church of Christ in LaPorte, Colorado for 33 years, and founded the Scriptures for America Worldwide Ministries, an international outreach ministry dedicated to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to revealing to the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and kindred peoples of the world their true Biblical identity.

That is about as straightforward a white power statement as I have heard. And then it weaves in its  own offshoot firebrand Christianity proclaiming Christ to be Germanic Anglo Saxon. A statement based on absolutely no historic support. That they and their followers buy into this qualifies them as a cult in my book. So I scrolled through six of their newsletters, The Dragonslayer.

The question is, do we have another eighty years? Based on the state of the nation and of the world today, I don’t believe that we do. This could quite possibly be our last chance. If we once again fall asleep as the Watchmen over the House of Israel and we do not learn from history, then America, the true JerUSAlem, will never be restored.

Yawn (click here). I have to admit, this nonsense gets pretty boring. Then you realize that this poison serves as a catalyst for its members. The church has held steady since the death of its founder Peter J. Peters in 2011. Peters is probably best known as the pastor who argued with radio disc jockey Alan Berg, resulting in Berg's murder by a white power hate group called The Order (click here).

Until Next Time
"We know there are lots of leaks everywhere. There's nothing we can do about that, except not leak ourselves." - Kellyann Conway

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52 comments:

  1. You guys have become unhinged. I think I get this all now. You don't believe in God and hate religion. Because Trump does, you hate him. You guys are the nuts and not any fringe Christian groups you try to dredge up.

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    1. You'll need to supply us with a list of things we're not allowed to talk about here. It is getting hard to keep up.

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    2. 6:38 - Out of curiosity, why do you defend hate groups?

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    3. I don't think anybody is defending hate groups but Muslims are chopping off people's heads, throwing gays off of bridges and raping and subjugating women and this blog focuses its ire on a few Christian groups that may have unusual views but aren't killing anybody. Go figure. The Southern Poverty Law Center has called The Family Research Council a hate group because they advocate for traditional values. They are just another far left George Soros funded organization that wants to fundamentally transform America.

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    4. Why do the evils of one group of fake religious people make the actions of another OK? Christian identity groups have also murdered people, including radio talk journalist Alan Berg.

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    5. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Research_Council):
      On August 15, 2012 Floyd Lee Corkins II, wielding a 9mm pistol along with two magazine clips and 50 rounds of ammunition, entered the lobby of Family Research Council's Washington, D.C. headquarters.[21] Corkins shot an employee, 46-year-old Leonardo Johnson, in the left arm.[22][23][24][25] While injured, Johnson assisted others who wrestled the gunman to the ground until police arrived and placed the gunman under arrest.[26][27] Johnson was taken to a hospital to treat his wound.[28]

      The gunman was interviewed by the FBI.[28] Law enforcement officials said that the suspect, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins II, a resident of nearby Herndon, Virginia, had served as a volunteer at a LGBT community center.[26][29] The FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department investigated jointly "to determine motive/intent and whether a hate crime/terrorism nexus exists." During his FBI interview Corkins was asked how he chose his target. His response was "Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online".[30][31] Corkins appeared in court the following day and was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition.[32] An affidavit filed in the case stated that Corkins had told the guard "words to the effect of 'I don't like your politics.'"[33][34]

      On August 22, 2012, Corkins was indicted on three charges: two charges in the District of Columbia, possession of a handgun during a violent crime and assault with intent to kill, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, a federal charge.[35] In January 2013, Corkins pleaded guilty to all charges.[36] Corkins was sentenced to 25 years in prison on September 19, 2013.[37]

      On the day of the shooting, a joint statement was issued by 25 LGBT groups condemning Corkins' actions.[28][29] The National Organization for Marriage, an active campaigner against same-sex marriage,[34] issued a statement saying "Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as 'hateful' must end".[38]

      FRC president Tony Perkins issued a public statement calling the shooting "an act of domestic terrorism" and criticizing the Southern Poverty Law Center for being "reckless in labeling organizations as hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy."[39] SPLC spokesman Mark Potok called Perkins' accusation "outrageous", and in a statement said: "The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence."[40][41] The SPLC responded by saying the group was listed as a hate group because "it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda" about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.[41]

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    6. 7:13 - Dobson is a fruitcake. Thank God the SPLC exposes such people.

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    7. First post and already filled with misinformation. The so called 'traditional values' family research center is opposed to equal right because of their religious views. That makes them a hate group. if a Muslim beheads someone in the name of religion then it's a fake religion. If a Christian owns a gun with intent to kill, even in defense, then they are fake too.

      We don't 'hate' and gods. That's a childish argument. We're just beyond tired of others exploiting religion to mask and carry out their hate. None of you who do these things will make it to paradise.

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    8. Jesus did not hate. How the Christian right cannot understand that is disturbing.

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    9. i don't believe in a lot of things, 638, but trump has nothing to do with that. he is just an idiot politician like the rest. i was asked to support last week's statement about Christian hate groups by someone who believed they don't exist. i believe that i just showed exactly what the person asked for. it will be overkill when i finish...

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  2. That March 6 comment is very odd. If you are against these hate groups, you are also against Trump? Wow. I would hope that commenter will come back to explain.

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  3. Number one: If you are being paid by your employer to be productive and give a full day of "work"; you should not be using a worksite computer, for your own entertainment.
    Number two: The radical Muslim Jihaidist's, and the radical Christian Identity groups are "cut from the same cloth", of crazy.
    I do miss watching Al Jazeera News.
    The Religion cult doctrine list is the same for any "fringe" group, whether Jew, Christian, Muslim, Baha'i etc. Crazy is as Crazy does.
    Number three: That is good advice. Don't Leak or dribble.

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    1. thanks, first: reading is part of my job and i keep my links open all day so there. second: i also use it before and after work and on breaks. third: my bosses can always see what i am doing, so don't fret your head over that. fourth don't starfish the seat either you pig

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  4. What? "we"really can flip back to old blog comments? Out of curiosity, why so you believe in labeling individuals? and cheese from unpasteurized raw cows milk is being recalled; many sick and one death have been reported this morning.

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    1. "What? 'we' really can flip back to old blog comments?"

      Why, is that a bad thing?

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    2. You can blame that on industrial mass farming. More people killed by bullets than cheese. Just goes to show how F'ed up your priorities are.

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    3. How did boiling milk become so controversial?

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    4. Boiling milk not controversial. Corrupt influence of agricultural corporations and the NRA is be controversial.

      It is illlegal to import certain cheeses from Europe that are legal there, but can own a whole menagerie of various assault rifles.

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    5. Next up, a full page stroy of the import of illegal cheese rifles! How do cheese, the NRA and your fear of "Assualt" rifles have anything to do with each other. For your information, "asault rifle is a a made up term used to scare people. There is no class of weapons designated as "assault" rifle." AK's, M-4's and all the rest are spimply rifles.

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  5. Thank you President Trump. 235 thousand new jobs created in the month of February.

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    1. He had nothing to do with it.

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    2. I see you're still in the unemployment line

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    3. Yes the 6.5 years of rising job creation continues......... Almost over the destruction from the last republican president.

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    4. Trump has often taken credit for the work and achievements of others. It is a characteristic common to insecure trust fund trash.

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    5. So the Obama job creation curve is still trending upward.

      But where are the jobs for the 80 or 90 million Trump says are actually unemployed?

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  6. 7:55am. Explain how "he" did not? Strong month of February, most jobs created in the public sector in over ten years.

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    1. He had been in office less than a month.

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    2. And this is how it's done.
      President Trump has just met with House Committe Chairs to discuss Obama Care replacement.

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    3. replaced with Trump don'tCare coverage

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    4. Haha good one 10:59! Gonna borrow

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  7. 8:39 am. I garnered from that response you gave, that you have a guilt complex and are a very high strung male. The use of; nah nah, na nah na and name calling "pig" is coined by those individuals with a lack of respect of authority and an underlining hero complex.
    Star fish, over and out; ten four good buddy!

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    1. Click those heels girl!

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    2. did you mean underlining, underlying, or underwear?

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    3. I don't respect authority. I pay the taxes that keep these so-called authorities in groceries. They answer to me and I am not afraid to ask the questions.

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    4. i have superman briefs.

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    5. Thin blue line underoos

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  8. 8:35am. Great! That light bulb has finally stayed on. Yes, a little over a month and strong job growth is happening because of Trumps Presidency and his follow through with Campaign promises.

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    1. *this tweet brought to you by kellyanne conway*

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  9. Chief Standing RockMarch 10, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Thank you, Tony, for the new information on these religious nut cults. When you distill down all of their drivel the message is not one of religion but of the political far right. And historically speaking, it hasn't changed since the 20's and 30's. In the 1920's there was a massive march down Pennsylania Ave in D.C. by the KKK brandishing crosses and a huge American flag. In the 1930's it was Fritz Kuhn and the German American Bund claiming their God-given right to dismantle our constitutional government. So by and large this present batch of lunatics are small potatoes but it's watchdogs like the Southern Poverty Law Center who keep track of these dangers to the USofA.

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    1. If you know your history like the Chief you'll understand that there is nothing new about any of this. The problem is we are now in a time where these fools have managed to raise their snouts above the mud.

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    2. Herr Mann good to have u back

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  10. Fact: Hands up, don't shoot.
    Source of the fact. FAKE NEWS!
    There is a "fool" born every minute.
    Kick off your shoes and let the mud squish through your toes, and keep slinging mud through your blog. You're not that far off in your wallowing.

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    1. i sign my name, pussy

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    2. 11:19 is fake everything.

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  11. http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/09/opinions/wikileaks-dump-open-your-eyes-carone/index.html

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  12. PeoplePower.org

    Saturday training sessions all over the US conducted by ACLU. Several in our area to choose from. Know your rights.

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  13. The current population of the US is about 319 million, whereas the UK population is roughly 64 million. This means there are nearly five time as many people in the US as in the UK, yet the police have managed to killed 776 times more people than officers in Britain. As of Sep 1, 2015

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  14. Back to the swap with them:


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    Harsh sentence for racist Georgia couple has white supremacists across the country freaking out: report

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    White supremacists are outraged after a couple was sentenced to 20 years in prison for displaying a Confederate flag and making “terroristic threats” to black people who were attending a child’s birthday party in Georgia in 2015.

    The defendants, Jose Torres and Kayla Norton, who were convicted last month, also “pulled out a shotgun and threatened to kill people at [the] party, including children,” according to Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner.

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  15. 12:48pm. tb or not tb
    Whether it is nobler tb a male piggy, oink oink or wear my pink pussy hat?
    I sign my name; Fake You.

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  16. 1:11 pm. Know your rights...you have the right to remain silent...

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    1. Q) How do you upset a Trumpy?
      A) Speak truth.

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    2. 5:52 = unamerican coward

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