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Christian Identity

Christian Identity is a unique antisemitic and racist theology that rose to a position of commanding influence on the racist right in the 1980s. “Christian” in name only, it asserts that white people, not Jews, are the true Israelites favored by God in the Bible. The movement’s relationship with evangelicals and fundamentalists has generally been hostile due to the latter’s belief that the return of Jews to Israel is essential to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.

Top Takeaways

Christian Identity groups declined from 17 to 11 this year, reflecting the continued stagnation of this radical and violent religious sect. Although Christian Identity tenets are becoming more popular with members of neo-Confederate hate groups, there are not enough new churches being founded to slow the decay of organized congregations. The number of groups is down 45 percent over the past three years.

Key Moments

League of the South leader Michael Hill went on a Christian Identity podcast, highlighting Christian Identity’s growing influence in neo-Confederate circles.

What’s Ahead

The growing interest in Christian Identity beliefs among neo-Confederates presents a possible recruitment pool for future pastors. What remains to be seen is whether the doctrine will have to grow and adapt to broaden its appeal beyond the dwindling handful of individuals who have been involved with Christian Identity for decades.

 

Background

Of all the movements that have appeared among white racists in America, Christian Identity is surely one of the strangest.

Although nominally Christian, it owes little to even the most conservative of American Protestants. Indeed, its relationship with evangelicals and fundamentalists has generally been hostile due to the latter’s belief that the return of Jews to Israel is essential to the fulfillment of end-time prophecy.

Identity has created for itself a unique anti-Semitic and racist theology, but notwithstanding its curious beliefs, it rose in the 1980s to a position of commanding influence on the racist right. Only a prolonged period of aggressive efforts by law enforcement, together with the demise of influential leaders who were not replaced, brought about its present decline.

2019 Christian identity hate groups

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*Asterisk denotes headquarters.

Christian Revival Center
Harrison, AR
Christogenea
Panama City, FL
Church of Israel
Schell City, MO
Covenant People’s Ministry
Brooks, GA
Divine International Church of the Web
Morton, IL
Euro Folk Radio
Chicago, IL
Fellowship of God’s Covenant People
Union, KY
Kingdom Identity Ministries
Harrison, AR
Our Place Fellowship
Colville, WA
Sacred Truth Publishing & Ministries
Mountain City, TN
Scriptures for America Worldwide Ministries
Laporte, CO