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The Phinehas Priesthood: Violent Vanguard of the Christian Identity Movement (Praeger Security International) Hardcover – October 6, 2010
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Danny W. Davis is adjunct professor with the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
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The reality, and the reality about the book, are both actually quite different. First, let me provide a few words of explanation about the so-called Phinehas Priesthood (usually spelled Phineas Priesthood). This is a white supremacist concept devised 20+ years ago by Richard Kelly Hoskins, an adherent of a racist and anti-Semitic religious sect called Christian Identity. Inspired by the obscure biblical story of Phinehas (Numbers 25), Hoskins postulated a long fictional history of ostensible Phineas warriors committing violent acts in God's name. Hoskins appropriated a number of historical figures of whose acts he approved and basically postdated them as Phineas Priests. The book he wrote, The Vigilantes of Christendom, became a popular white supremacist book.
In 1997, four Pacific Northwest white supremacists were arrested for several bombings and bank robberies/attempts in 1996-1997; during the incidents, they left behind documents suggesting they might have been inspired by The Vigilantes of Christendom. Because of this, they were soon dubbed Phineas Priests and the media, along with certain willing experts, basically created the notion of an entire movement of such "Phineas Priests" allegedly going around committing violent acts.Read more ›