The Christian Identity Movement
(Also Aryan Nation, National Alliance, etc)
By Eric Francke
The Christian Identity Movement (referred to as CIM hereafter) is truly a misnomer; for it certainly has nothing to do with one's identity as a Christian. It is a "not-so-veiled" attempt of neo-Nazism to recruit conservative Christians to it's cause. Playing on themes that are popular with conservatives, such as State-rights and anti-Affirmative Action sentiments, the CIM has infiltrated many organizations, from libertarian groups to fundamentalist churches. To understand the modus operandi of the movement, it is important to review some history of the terms and streams of thought that have contributed to this current phenomenon.
Aryans- For most of us, the phrase "Aryans" invokes the image of the Nordic-strain SS trooper envisioned by Hitler to be destined to rule the world. Although that is how Hitler portrayed his version of an Aryan, that is not entirely accurate. The term itself, as applied to race, was first introduced by Max Muller, the German sociologist in 1853. In his theory, the Aryans were a nomadic/warrior people that traversed through Europe, parts of the Middle East, and into India. They subjugated and assimilated various tribes as they went. Muller arrived at his theory primarily by a study of linguistics, making note of the similarities of various words in the Romance languages, as well as Sanskrit. What most people don't know it that by 1888, he had already abandoned it as a theory of race and ethnology, seeing that there was no evidence for it. However, the belief had already become deeply entrenched in numerous disciplines. It had become an integral part of psychology through the writings of Carl Jung, was received as an undisputed fact by most anthropologists and historians (ie. H.G. Well's), and became a cornerstone in occultic religious writings, such as Helena Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine. The common element in all of this was that it provided a pseudo-scientific basis for claiming the racial superiority over other "races", particularly Semites and "Negroid". In India, it was used as justification for the caste system, claiming that the Brahmin were Aryan, and thus superior to the non-Aryan "untouchables". The first groups to utilize the term "Aryan" as a badge was likely Theosophic groups. Blavatsky herself had started a group called "The Aryan Honor League" in the late 19th Century. .
The Jewish Question:
Anti-Semitism is certainly not new. Approximately about as long as there has been a Jewish ethnos, there has been a group or philosophy that hated them just on the ground that they are "Jews". This discussion, however, will be limited to the last 150 years, and to that which is pertinent to the topic at hand.
In the 1905, a document was circulated that, more than perhaps any other piece of writing, helped refortify anti-Semitism all over the world. The document was the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purported to be the resolutions of the Zionist Congress held in Basel in 1897. The "Protocols", a spurious document most likely penned by a Russian in the secret police, outlined the alleged plan of International Jewry to destroy Christianity, subvert and eventually take over all the governments of the world. In 1921, building on the premises of The Protocols, Nesta Webster published "World Revolution" which supposedly revealed how the Jews and secret societies such as Freemasonry were behind all the revolutions and conflicts in the world from the French Revolution on. The Protocols were so wide read that they were cited as proof of the danger of the Jewish race from everyone from Hitler, in Mein Kampf, to Henry Ford, who regurgitated sections of the Protocols through his media manager in a number of articles called "The International Jew" in 1920. (Ford later denounced the Protocols in 1927). They are still today considered a must read among white supremacists, neo-nazis, and many Islamic sects today.
Anglo-Israelism and the Serpent Seed
In a parallel stream of thought, the idea developed in the 19th century that those known as "Jews" either weren't the only people alive today descended from the Hebrews of the Bible, or as some put forth, weren't really of Hebrew origin at all. In 1840 John Wilson published "Lectures on Our Israelitish Origins" which stated that the so-called "ten lost tribes of Israel" taken captive by the Assyrians in the eighth century BC had been assimilated into the people of Europe. From this was derived the idea that the white people of Europe were really Jews, and heir to the Abrahamic promises. This idea was developed over the years by a number of Anti-semitic groups with another twist; namely that those who are ethnically identified as "Jewish" today, are nothing more than a Turkish people known as Khazars, and the true "Jewishness" of the race ended sometime in the 11th century AD.
The epitome of anti-Semitism, however, is to be found in the writings of the contemporary Identity Movement with the "Serpent Seed" or, as they refer to it, the "Two Seedline" teaching. The Two Seedline teaching declares that Eve was seduced by Satan, who impregnated her with Cain. Cain is then said to be the progenitor of the Jewish people, thus making the Jews the literal descendants of Satan. This is an integral and essential teaching in the Aryan Nation movement.
Hate Gets Organized
In the United States, the most visible symbol of a racist organization is undoubtedly the Ku Klux Klan. Originally founded nearly a century and a half ago on the ideal of preserving the aristocratic culture of the Confederate South against "carpet-baggers" and the unfair "Jim Crow" laws, it seems that the KKK, due to the cross pollination with groups such as Aryan Nation and World Church Of The Creator (WCOTC), apparently has sunk to the same ignoble ideology as they. (This of course, is not to minimize in any way the travesty of the violence, such as lynching, that they are infamous for, but merely that, due to the lawlessness and anarchy during Reconstruction, the formation of such a group could only be expected; now they are merely anti-black and anti-Jew.) Their relationship is evidenced by the fact that at a recent national conference for the Imperial Klans of America (Nordic-Fest 2001) the leaders of both groups (Richard Butler and Matthew Hale, respectively) were featured speakers, and invited back to Nordic-Fest 2002.
The Aryan Nations have a much shorter history, and may have already seen their twilight on the stage of public exposure. Richard Butler is credited with creating the Aryan Nations in the early 1970's. Previous to that, Butler was Director of the Christian Defense League. Over the course of 30 years, Butler built up a compound and campground in Idaho for the Aryan Nations, and established numerous chapters throughout the United States. In a strange turn of events, Butler has recently lost not only the compound, but also effective leadership of Aryan Nations.
On July 1st, 1998, a woman named Victoria Keenan, and her son were driving by the compound when they stopped to pick up a paper that had inadvertently fallen out of the window of their car. Their car backfired, which three Aryan Nation security guards believed was gunfire. They gave chase to the Keenan's, and fired repeatedly at their vehicle, before forcing the Keenans into a ditch. The Keenans were shaken, but survived, and shortly thereafter, instigated a lawsuit against the Aryan Nations for the trauma they suffered. On September 7th, 2000, a jury awarded the Keenan's 6.3 million dollars in their suit. This effectively made Aryan Nations insolvent, and forced Butler to hand over the 20-acre compound in Idaho to settle part of the award against him. In the following year, Butler tried to reorganize with limited success. He was replaced by Pastor Ray Redfeairn, who subsequently, has himself resigned (effective March 2002), leaving the organization in the hands of a committee of three individuals. Butler is now living in Pennsylvania, and his website is spotted with pleas for likeminded individuals to relocate to the area, which Butler claims is "98.8% White". It is reported that there are some one hundred individuals who have congregated with Butler there.
The World Church Of the Creator (WCOTC) has a similar story. Although the WCOTC is an atheist organization, and thus cannot be classified as "Christian Identity", it's ultimate aim is so similar to groups like Aryan Nation and other Identity organizations, they frequently find themselves allied together. Founded in 1973 by Ben Klassen, the WCOTC sought to instigate "Racial Holy War" against all non-whites, whom Klassen considered sub-human. ("Racial Holy War", in the shortened acronym "RAHOWA", is their frequent mantra and greeting today). When in 1992, a minister of the WCOTC was convicted of first-degree murder of an African American; a lawsuit was instigated by the victim's family and the Southern Poverty Law Center (same organization that would later sue Aryan Nations). Klassen began divesting the organization of its assets, and committed suicide in 1993. After several years of obscurity, the WCOTC was reinvigorated by the new leadership of Matthew Hale, and the group largely recovered from the liability of the lawsuit. Today, they are still a lightening rod for controversy, attracting Neo-nazi's, skinheads, and other racist groups, while pressing for a high profile in the media. Like the KKK and Aryan Nations, the WCOTC considers the purging of Jews from the ZOG (Zionist Occupied Government) of the United States a top priority.
There are numerous other groups and individuals in the country that hold to the principles of "Christian Identity" or other racist concepts as their foundational tenets. Posse Comitatus, SS Action Group, National Alliance, Stormfront, Georgia White Man's Assoc., Combat 18, Church of Jesus Christ Christian and David Duke are just a few. Although the number of White Supremacist- Identity groups is down today, as compared with the early 1990's, the threat to society should not be underestimated. There have been several murders attributed to members of WCOTC and other similar groups. It is also noteworthy that Timothy McVeigh was a member of a Patriot organization that had ties to white supremacist groups.
For the most part, the Christian Identity Movement appears to be waning. The surprising thing may be that they still exist at all. After all, the "science" that originally spawned the idea of the Aryan is now known to be faulty, the text that laid the framework for their anti-Semitism (The Protocols) is known to be a fraud, their most celebrated hero (Hitler) died in defeat, and in light of the WTC disaster, the only other major group that shares their views that the Moussad may have been behind it and that the US is controlled by foreign Jewish interests is Fundamentalist Muslims. Not quite the people that anyone in the US who claims to be a "patriot" wants to be allied with right now. (EWF)
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