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Religion and the Racist Right: The Origins of the Christian Identity Movement Paperback – December 15, 1996
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Latterly I've been reading quite a bit in areas of 19th and 20th C history that cause me to bump up against some pretty virulent anti-Jewish "thought", if that's the right word, and I've come to wonder how likely or, perhaps, inherent these fallacies might be among those who start questioning what they see around them. "Anti-Semitism", as we usually call it, seems to be a common trait of the alienated, a trait that perhaps arises from the nature of alienation in Mediterranean-derived cultures (as even Germany, Russia and Britain are). The author covers a lot of groups given to this sort of fear-mongering subculture, and he does it with the minimum of rancor and dogmaticism.
An example would be his treatment of the Ecotopia movement that was intermittently heard of in the US Northwest. I myself have some sympathy to some of the ideas some of these people have, and I can say that the author in no way threw out the baby with the bathwater here.Read more ›
development of the Christian Identity movement, a particularly
virulent strain of racist theology that constitutes the
religious undergirding of many violence prone white supremacists
groups on the radical right of our political culture. These are
groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations, the Order, the
Posse Comitatus, and the Militias. The author, Michael Barkun,
also argues that Identity doctrine is conspicuous within the
circles of David Duke supporters.
Mr. Barkun finds the origin of Identity within a distant and
little known 19th century religious movement called British
Israelism. This movement emerged from within Victorian English
Protestant circles and claimed that the British were descendants
of the "lost ten tribes" of Israel. Barkun then asks, and sets
about to answer the question as to how this rather curious
notion devolved into the three central religious doctrines of
Christian Identity; first and most important, that the Jews are
the literal biological offspring of Satan who have from the
beginning of time been engaged in a cosmic conspiracy to rob the
white race of its birthright as the true "chosen people of God";
that the white "Aryans" are descendants of the biblical tribes
of Israel; and that the world is on the verge of a final,
apocalyptic struggle between good and evil, in which Aryans do
battle with the Jewish conspiracy and its allies so that the
world can be redeemed.
The question is important because, as Mr.Read more ›
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While I was hoping that Barkun's work would be written with an even hand, it is plain to see that it was not. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Greg Beckett
This book is bashing christians using hate speech and I would seriously reccomend that nooene else reads this trash, where is the tolerance for other religions here? Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Daniel Guyewski
This book is so boring I fell asleep 17 times while I was reading it. I had to read it for a domestic terrorism class. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Hello
Barkun recites a Talmudic workmanlike account of Identity recent history, but he is intentionally selective in omitting material which is damaging to his worldview, he is a Russian... Read morePublished on December 8, 2006 by Mandi60606
This is a good history of the Christian Identity movement. The biggest fault this book has is it barely touched on the huge influence the old Mormon faith (before it became pc) had... Read morePublished on July 3, 2006 by Cwn_Annwn
This book does a very good job of attempting to trace the origin of Chrisitan Identity up to the current day. Read morePublished on March 25, 2003 by Malleus
This book is a valuable contribution in refuting the falsehoods spread by the so-called "Christian" Right, and particularly by the far Right Christian Identity movement which is... Read morePublished on May 31, 2002