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Christian Identity (Analysis by Serena Dietrich)

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Group Name: Christian Identity (various groups)

Principal Ideology: White supremacy, mistrust of government

Area of Operation: Throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia

Leadership: Richard Butler (deceased), Dan Gayman, Ted Weiland and various religious-social leaders

Affiliated groups: Posse Comitatus, Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations, Aryan Nations, The Order, Ku Klux Klan

Principal enemy: Varies among groups, but principally Jews, African- Americans, homosexuals, government leaders

Tactics: Promotional/persuasive literature, nurturing paranoia, intermittent violence toward minorities, planned attacks

“Christian Identity” is a term used to describe a variety of groups that promote the supremacy of Whites as God’s true chosen people.[1] Generally, adherents believe that English, American, and other White Caucasians are the literal descendants of the “lost tribes” of Israel, consigning Jewish individuals to an inferior status that resulted from a sexual union between Biblical Eve, and Satan.[2] With roots in the British-Israel movement of the 19th century,[3] Christian Identity concepts spread to the United States, finding a place in the pulpit[4] and in religious-social groups such as Posse Comitatus[5] and the Church of Jesus Christ Christian-Aryan Nations.[6] Groups that promote self-reliance, militias, and those that resent perceived government interference in everyday life are sometimes also lumped together under a broad definition of Christian Identity.[7] While care must be taken to independently evaluate each group associated with Christian Identity, recent national controversies might play right into a given group’s paranoia about the need to defend their rights. The election and re-election of an African-American President, school shootings that touch off widespread debate about gun control, or health care legal decisions that ignite the topic of abortion might push a previously law-abiding organization into taking action to “protect” itself.   Given this potential motivation for action, and the relative ease with which disparate groups may coordinate their efforts in the highly “connected” era of the 21st century, it is prudent for the United States homeland security enterprise to continue monitoring Christian Identity groups for criminal activity.


The Aryan National Front (Analysis by Daniel A. Dooley)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Group Name: The Aryan National Front (ANF)

Principal Ideology: White Supremacy, neo-Nazi

Area of Operation: Birmingham, Alabama

Leadership: Bill Riccio

Affiliated Groups: Klu Klux Klan

Principal enemies: Non-whites, Jews, homosexuals

Tactics: Low-level assaults

The Aryan National Front (ANF) is a white supremacist, anti-Semitic, nationalistic neo-Nazi organization based out of Birmingham, Alabama. The group’s founder Bill Riccio preaches armed resistance to the proliferation of illegal immigrants, homosexuals, Jews, and non-whites in the United States. The group not only make denunciations against these out-groups they also indict white parents for straying from ANF claims of traditional family values, neglecting their children and then masking their neglect with materialistic items.

Modeled after the ‘Hitlerjugend” or “Hitler Youth,” the group gears their rhetoric to young adolescents. They target and recruit disillusioned, misguided, and abused youth providing them with an in-group and a pseudo-family. According to Bill Riccio:

“We want your broken toys, we will fix them for you. Kids receive a lot of material things in life, cars at 16; stereo tv’s but their fathers never gave them love. We will provide that for them.”[1]