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Controversial New Religions$
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James R. Lewis and Jesper Aagaard Petersen

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/019515682X.001.0001

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White Racist Religions in the United States

White Racist Religions in the United States

From Christian Identity to Wolf Age Pagans

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(p.387) 18 White Racist Religions in the United States
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Controversial New Religions
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Mattias Gardell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019515682X.003.0018

This essay presents a historical overview and analysis of the development of racist religions in North America. White religious racism is not a unified creed, but a heterogeneous category that comprises many different congregations and philosophies, ranging from racist recasts of Christianity to a plethora of racist pagan, occult fascist, and Satanist constructs. The racist religions considered fall into three main categories: racist (particularly Identity) Christianity, religious national socialism, and racist paganism. Though paganism has been gaining ground among younger racists, the importance of Christianity to traditional American culture means that Identity is unlikely to be completely supplanted by racist paganism.

Keywords:   racism, religion, White religious racism, racist Christianity, Identity Christianity, religious national socialism, racist paganism

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