5 Dangerous “Christian Hate” Groups

Kingdom Identity Ministries: "Conquer We Must, For Our Cause Is Just" Kingdom Identity Ministries: "Conquer We Must, For Our Cause Is Just"

As defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a hate group is one that holds “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” According to the SPLC, there are 939 hate groups currently operating in the United States, many of which are religiously driven. Some of these groups are led by people like James Wickstrom, a Christian minister and radio talk show host who often calls for the extermination of Jews in his sermons. Wickstrom has an extensive criminal history and has been preaching his hatred since the 1970s. Thomas Robb is another hate group ringleader. A Christian-Identity Church pastor and longtime leader of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Robb preaches the preservation and grand authority of the white race over all others. Both leaders are, unsurprisingly, anti-LGBTQ as well.

Kingdom Identity Ministries is one of the largest suppliers of so-called Christian Identity materials that present a racist interpretation of Christianity. Their products include training books, pamphlets, and Bible study courses. Their mission to preserve the white race encourages white women to reproduce only within their race and encourages the superiority of the white male as interpreted from the Bible.

America’s Promise Ministries is a congregation that relies strongly on the literal interpretation of the Bible. This church also insists that Jesus was white and believes that all greatness achieved in the United States is attributed to the work of the white race and none other. Several members of this congregation have committed violent acts of terrorism and murder, including abortion clinic bombings, bank robberies, and shootings.

There are extreme religious movements emerging in the United States that strongly oppose LGBTQ rights, minority rights, racial equality, and gender equality. Radical Traditional Catholicism, whose ideology has been rejected by the Vatican, is a traditionalist movement comprised of numerous people who have been exiled from the church. This group is one of the largest anti-Semite groups in the United States.

Although there are many religious Americans who are good at heart and genuinely believe and exemplify love and acceptance, there is no denying that fanatical religious belief can be a breeding ground for hate, violence, and bigotry. When the beliefs that define one’s entire world are threatened, ideologues will often do all that is necessary to preserve it.

It’s unfortunate that there are more groups in this category than I am able to talk about here. Hate is a product of conditioning, upbringing, ignorance, and narrow-mindedness. The solution must be teaching tolerance and acceptance wherever we can.

For more information about hate groups and to find great resources, please visit the Southern Poverty Law Center’s website at www.splcenter.org.

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  • Will

    The term “Christian hate” is an oxymoron. These groups are Christian in name only. Their actions and teachings are very anti Christian

    • Aquaria

      They’re christer to their core. They’ve read their hate manual that preaches theft, rape, torture, murder and genocide.

      You’re the one who refuses to see that the core of your philosophy is violent hatred.

      • Person

        “Love one another, as I have loved you.”- Jesus Christ

        You have got to be blinded by a 10 ft thick wall of lies to believe that people who do not obey Jesus, as he commanded, are Christians. It’s the equivalent to saying that someone who believes in God, and says he’s an atheist, is an atheist. That is COMPLETELY contradictory.

    • candytripn

      Have you ever read up the history of Christianity? It’s very hateful and very bloody. Even the bible is filled with murder, rape, kidnapping, theft, slavery and misogyny. As for history.. um, the Pagans, Saxons, Gaelic, the Crusades several hundreds of thousands slaughtered in the name of god. Heretics and Witches burned at the stake topped 100,000. Hussite Crusades and the Crusades in England. The Inquisition, the Huguenots, sacking of Magburg, Too many Native American murders by the church to list, the 20th saw Catholic extermination camps in Croetia and Vietnam, massacres in Rwanda and the Central African Republic. Or, was that not hate, because it was God’s plan?

    • It most certainly is not an oxymoron. Your personal interpretation of Christianity isn’t the official one, or the only one, and everybody who doesn’t interpret it like you do is still a Christian. You’re in the club with them, whether you like it or not, with all the terrorists and bigotry, and it is a lot more widespread than you think. Even if the number is as low as 10% of self-identifying Christians (and that’s a naively low number), you’re in a club in which 10% are guilty of hate and violence. You can leave the club, change the club charter (the Bible has specific directions for all the hate and violence), or kick the bad actors out. You won’t leave, you still call yourself a Christian. You won’t have your Bible rewritten, so it’s there in black and white as distinctly NOT anti-Christian. And you won’t do anything to keep them from being Christian outside of saying they aren’t, when they clearly are. Otherwise, you’re a dues paying, member of a club that you feel the need to publicly defend, a club that does nothing about the evil it spreads.

  • Jason Stansell

    While I dont understand the viewpoints of the groups as described here, I do wonder abiut the intent of this article. Is it to warn us of these specific groups cause they areban immenet threat? Or is it only to reinforce the link in everyones minds via daily repetiton that christian = hate?

    Really insightful meghan, thanks.

    • Rhett J D.

      Ever listen to Christains in daily life?

      • Jason Stansell

        Actually yes. Most are just as confused as the commenters here.

    • Meghan

      Jason, I am sorry you somehow found the article offensive. The article was written to simply shed light on hate groups. Most of which are religious based. I apologize if that reality bothers you. It was also intended to shed light on a topic, obviously, not known much about. If you’d like to get mad about the information presented you can complain to the very reputable Southern Poverty Law Center. I know many christian’s who are not hateful. I do wonder though, does it not bother you that there is an even stronger link between evil and atheism in the public mind? I suppose not. Maybe you should look at the article as evidence that anyone can be evil regardless of their belief. I can not determine if you over-analyzing the article or not using much thought when reading it. Either way, you have missed the point of the article. I suppose no one should ever right about hate groups because we don’t want to upset those such as yourself. Lets continue to ignore this behavior shall we?

      • Jason Stansell

        Meghan, I assume you are the author so I am going to tone down a lot here out of respect, as I believe people performing a job (paid or unpaid) in the name of helping others deserves respect.

        You owe me no apology…you can say whatever you want. Only apologize if you genuinely feel you have been wrong. In my judgement you have not.

        My initial comment centers around one concept: that media repetition eventually equals absolute truth in society’s mind. Your article presents christian hate groups, period….with no other qualifications. In reality, there are subsets of all religions who could be acting and speaking hatefully in an outsiders eyes. This narrow scope of the article made it easy for me to criticize. Yes, I realize it probably wasnt written to be exhaustive of all possible evil actions of all religions, or those of even the non-religious.

        So my comment was the counterpoint, via sacrasm, to the media mantra “christian belief equals hate”. I felt it was a point worth making given thr scope and context of the article, and still do.

        Further, I think “hate” is dangerously relative. For instance, if the humansit ran a piece asking their readers to identify the devils in the palestinian/israeli struggle, I bet you would receive different answers….even among those here who claim humanist ideology.

        So don’t take it personally or as a sort of feedback you should use to judge the quality of your work. You probably do more than most of us, who just consume what is presented here and seek discussion of our view of what is presented.

        • Rodger

          There is no way to make a valid inference from an article that singles out 5 Christian hate groups from 100’s of others Christian groups, most of whom are also critical of those 5 hate groups, that the article meant to connect Christianity as a whole with hate. In fact the author mentions that many Christians do not embrace these hateful views and cites the Vatican’s rejection of one Catholic hate group.

          As to narrow focus, there has never been anything wrong with that approach although it should be acknowledged as being narrow. The author could have said that there are many hate groups both secular and religious but that she is focusing on 5 particularly poignant Christian groups. To single out Christian groups who hold intolerant, racist, and even violent views, does not imply a negative message toward Christianity but it may inform people, including many Christians, that there are a few groups out there who do correlate hatred and Christianity.

          Nor does the fact that the writing appears in the ‘Humanist’ single it out for bias. Another false inference is to equate humanism with hostility to Christianity. There are humanist Christians.

          • Greg A Jenkins

            Do some research on the name, “Christian.” Who, what, when, where and whys? How did it ever come about? Was it a title given by God to those who served Him? Did Jesus or the apostles ever refer or call each other by the name, Christian? How many times is the word Chistian used in the Bible?

      • Dan

        Meghan,
        Let’s be honest here. Your article is meant to incite anger and fear and, yes, hatred of Christianity among atheists. The whole of the humanist magazine is bent on tearing down Christianity and your post makes it even more clear that this is the thrust. It is so very difficult to find an atheist who is not bitter, resentful, angry and hateful against Christians. As much as I reject religious institutions, the reading of the Judeo-Christian Bible is not offensive once you understand the legal code given to the Jews and the justification provided to remove the code… that bitter God of the OT was not bitter but made a legal pact which the Jews (and no one else) could ever keep perfectly. That God is said to have intervened to justly remove that code of death and substitute his favor of the human race through a vicarious sacrifice that met the qualifications which satisfied the laws just requirements. Hey, in actuality, this story makes sense, if you believe in sin and God and creation etc… But religions have stolen the story and like the hate groups you note created 3000 sects that cannot agree on a version of their book let alone who god is or what he cares about. I wish that more atheists knew the meaning of that bible so they could decimate religion with their own scriptures.

    • Aquaria

      You’re surprised that your philosophy is associated with hate, when its manual and cult leaders advocate violent hatred?

      Really?

  • Vicky Brown

    There is nothing ,but oxymoron, It’s so bad, I don’t know where I stand, anymore. I do know, that I agree’ w. This.

  • What? No mention of the Westboro Baptist Church?

    • Aquaria

      The problem is that followers of the christer philosophy don’t realize how utterly common it is for their cult to produce violently hateful followers. They all want to point at Westboro and say they’re some kind of anomaly.

      They’re not.

      Violent hatred is a feature of the philosophy, not a bug.

      • That depends on which group you are looking at. Many Christians I meet feel like the religion is out-of-date and they are being hood-winked by a fairy-tale. Most Christians are at least open to diversity and giving people the right to choose their religion. While some (not all) of the Christians in history felt that they were “saving” [sic] their victims from a life of sin, that is not the norm today. I cannot say for sure what the majority felt back then since I was not there. Were you? Or are you taking the word of a book what you consider authoritive institutions?

        BTW, I would call that violence a “misinterpretation”, not a “feature”. It was probably an honorable word in a different language with a different structure so that straight word-for-word translations were not possible. Also, If Westboro was not an anomily you couldn’t point your finger at them.

  • Dan

    I agree these hate groups need to be exterminated… not the people, the institutions. However, why is Christianity to be blamed for hate? Look at the Muslim problems all around the world. Can we toss them a bone now and then? I know of a number of atheist groups bent on hating god, Christianity in particular and any individual who has a point of view that differs from theirs, especially if it has to do with self control.

    • Aquaria

      They’re blamed, because they’ve been carrying out hatred and violence for centuries.

      Do keep up.

      • I learned, many years ago, to not blame God (or whatever it is that created and maintains the universe we now exist in) for man’s stupidities. If you think non-believers have been without violence then look at some leaders who weren’t Christian (Stalin, Lenin, chairman Mao, etc).

        In areas where most people are Christian, most leaders are Christian. Leaders, both political and metaphysical/religious, are the source of many of their followers violence. Therefore most violence is done in Christianitys name in those places.

        The fact that man can be violent and a man can lead others to wide-spread violence doesn’t disprove God. It might disprove the books or scriptures man justifies that violence with, but God stays put.

        • Tired of

          I just wish people would keep religion in their pants, It’s okay to have it, but like a penis, no one wants it being whipped about in public. Ya know? Seriously, also I’m pretty sure only two of those people were athiest, China has it’s own religion outside of Christianity. So hey, I propose, you stop talking about Christers and focus on other groups as well?

    • Charlie

      It’s not the True Christian or Muslin groups. It’s the phonies who need to use Religion to control their base of believers and voters….The republican party for example…..

    • ColeySauce

      A nation of 70% Christians attacks a nation of mostly Muslims multiple times. I think Christians have thrown them enough bones. And, you do blame Islam, always… Hating “God”, a fictional construct and the worshipers of this construct who seek to force their will on others is not the same as just hating a fellow human being because they’re… Muslim. That’s you.

      Self control? Really? I can’t believe you miss the irony there. How many priests, how many of the Republican Christian males sleep with children and mistresses. How many of the right-wing get divorced to follow other, younger love interests? How many Christian groups attack, five here, other human beings for arbitrary reasons. Some self control… (sarcasm) (explicitly stated for you).

  • Dan

    Yes, and the atheist Jeffry Dahmer ate people. Does this characterize all atheists? Come on people. These kind of arguments are silly putty. No orthodox christian is going to accept these groups as typical followers of their God. The point is weak and not of real value to the atheist movement.

    • Charlie

      True Christians believe in being king, caring, and loving. The new right wing so-called Christian groups are no better then ISIL. They both are full of hate and of course they want to rule the planet. ISIL will kidnap and rape your daughters and then behead them. The Christian so-called hate groups would do the same if they could get away with it. Both groups believe in the same imaginary god, which is the devil. Remember, if Jesus were alive today, the Christian
      righties would hang him from the nearest tree.

  • As an ex-Athiest and current Diest, I will say that of the diverse group called “community in southern California”, the Atheists are close to the most hateful and the Christians amongst the least.

    Being a good person is good enough for most every-day Christians and the fathers of the Christian church (saint Augustine and crew). The leaders of the modern church are the source of the bad rap.

    Many (not all) Atheists I know will insult and degrade you if you mention faith, suggest there might be another existence (after death for example), go to a church to do humanitarian charity, or suggest that there are some questions that cannot be answered by scientific enquiry.

    I am embarrassed to say that I was once a member of what was once an honorable philosophical movement and has become a cesspool of unquestioning dogma. Scientific enquiry is now the unquestionable truth (no longer can you question questioning) and faith of any kind is the devil (no longer can you say there is something we can’t sense or prove).

    • namron

      Being an atheist or agnostic is all about verifiable evidence. IMHO all atheists and agnostics would become religious if such verifiable evidence of a God is ever found. Therefore, I can say definitively that any “EX”-atheist or “EX”-agnostic is a liar unless they can produce such verifiable evidence. Most of these liars promote this lie to impress the only people it can, their fellow religious morons.

    • B A Dragon

      I am sorry you have had such experience with Atheists. I know many and very few are immediately insulting, although they will defend their right to non belief when the militant Christian majority in this area becomes offensive. I am neither, so can be somewhat objective, although will side with the deists, and non theists against the religious in a discussion (or lawsuit) to protect those rights.

  • Erik Gaskins

    the SPLC is a HATE GROUP

    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      LOL!!

  • genesis667 .

    The SPLC and the ADL are both two hate groups that should be shut down…I find it ironic that the ADL has no problem with the idea of jewish supremacy,yet condemns any other group, Fact is, the bible does indeed teach that the white race are part of Gods covenants and no one else, if you have a problem with that, that is too bad!

    • William Yates

      The SPLC and ADL are special interest groups, in my opinion. From what I know about Morris Dees, he panders to the Jewish people with fear in order to get their money. The ADL are ruthless and only concerned about their agenda and could care less about any other group of people.
      While they both purport to be public interest organizations, both are quite dubious in their efforts.
      For example, in the eyes of the ADL, it is okay to joke about other people but you cannot joke about the Jewish people lest you be labeled an anti-semite. They have no problem destroying anyone who criticize Jews. The SPLC will go after and destroy anyone they feel is a threat even if innocent. Both organizations have a double standard and I wouldn’t trust either one if my life depended on it. My being an Atheist has taught me not to trust large groups or organizations that place themselves above others.
      The problem with Hate Groups is they hide in the shadows as well and fuel the fire of hate in very creative ways. It will always be a problem and will never go away as long as people follow any doctrine or dogma as it relates to controlling peoples minds, like religion.
      Good luck with that.

    • ColeySauce

      For all intents and purposes, your God only exists in your head. Therefore any perceived superiority and/or “covenants” only exist there (your head) too. If you happen to have a problem with me treating your beliefs as such, that’s too bad!

      Also, that’s not a fact. The bible says no such thing. You’ve once again misinterpreted your own ideology.

  • James Johnson

    I have been in the ministry for several years. At first it was about charity and love and compassion. Sadly leading up to the elections in 2008 it became something sinister. The rhetoric changed. The charities were withdrawn, the compassion all of a sudden had a price. In our march toward righteousness we somehow got handed signs of protest and displayed them ignorantly without knowing what it was like wearing the other shoe and walking a mile in them. We simply became haters, and judgers, and sided with those who sided against the least among us as if they were leaches on all of us. Our minds changed into minds of victims with no apparent hope for our country and countrymen. I knew down deep something was very wrong in how it could change so suddenly. I tried to gear our sermons towards love and forgiveness. But was met with opposition to those very things. This was becoming something that my family had no desire to be a part of. I am a partner of a mixed marriage and the derision and disdain my wife is treated with by the color of her skin is telling in most Christian circles. It is ugly and it is shameful. And it is why we stepped down. Besides all that what I learned in ordination made up our minds that Human Rights was something we could get behind and fight for a just cause without aligning ourselves with a group who sought to remove those very rights from their own countrymen and women. Christianity has taught me a lot. Hate, intolerance, bigotry, I am right everyone else is wrong. You would think that group who are saved by their god from everlasting suffering would act like it. But they don’t. Ever seen a truly happy Christian? A sincerely happy individual whom everyone wants to “hang with”? Sadly not. Not if they are being honest about it and truthful, which I find is very hard for my Christians friends to accomplish. I know not everyone was this way as a Christian heck I wasn’t either but I felt alienated within that group because the majority of them and mostly the leaders almost to a man, were this way. And I am not going to go into the bible here. It is not my duty to move people away from religion. I’ll leave that up to the bible.

  • oldwoman159

    you are liars……………get real

    • ColeySauce

      Irony… The person, you, who imagines deities and denies reality dares tell others to “get real”.

  • Donnie Darko

    STFU