- 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
- Extremely right wing
- Believe that whites are the chosen people of God
- Believe that whites, not Jews, are true Israelites
- Believe non-whites are soulless "mud peoples"
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.
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.
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
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