Christian Identity

Christian Identity is a religious sect and one of the longstanding segments of the white supremacist movement in the United States. It emerged in its modern form in the 1960s. Its beliefs center on a racist and antisemitic variation of British-Israelism or Anglo-Israelism, which teaches that people of European ancestry are actually descended from the so-called "Lost Tribes" of ancient Israel and are thus the chosen people of God. Identity believers claim that non-whites were created by God not when God made "man," but rather when he created the "beasts of the field," and they refer to non-whites as "mud peoples." Many Identity adherents furthermore believe that Jews are descended from Satan through a sexual liaison between Eve and the serpent. They are not Christian fundamentalists, who strongly oppose their views.

This database provides an overview of many of the terms and individuals used by or associated with movements and groups that subscribe to and/or promote extremist or hateful ideologies.