Someone forwarded me a post by Craig White on one of the fundamentalist COG news groups. Craig, who hails from Australia, is a well-known apologist for BI in the Churches of God, and operates the Origins of Nations website. His message reads in part:
I would like to recommend two other balanced, quality British-Israel publications: ... - 'The Ensign Message' - http://www.ensignmessage.com/
Intrigued at the possibility of "balanced, quality" BI material, I clicked across. What I found on the site was spiritual pornography of the most blatant kind in the form of an article called "Who Killed Christ?"
"Pastor" Sheldon Emry, currently rotting in hell, was a blatant anti-Semite and racist. His article has the sole purpose of perpetuating the obscene libel that Jews are Christ-killers. He was a leader of the "Christian Identity" movement, a deviation that melds Nazi sympathies with extreme biblicism. When he wasn't vomiting up filth about Jewish people, he was slagging off Blacks and Catholics.
Nice bloke! Very balanced. The quality speaks for itself.
"Emry was a major figure in the Christian Identity movement that argues that the White peoples are the Old Testament Israelites and, therefore, God's chosen people, Jews are Satanic in origin, and people of color are intended by God to be the servants of the Whites. Emry allied himself with the armed Identity group, the Citizens Emergency Defense System, and was frequently published in "Spotlight", the magazine of the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby and, in the book sold by the CLR accused the Jews of starting World Wars One and Two, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of President Lincoln. Emry has also written denying the Holocaust." (Source)
This creep, a slimeball of the first order, is recommended to COG members for his "balance" and "quality"? To its credit, WCG - even under the Armstrongs - worked hard to distance itself from these extremists on the fringes of Fascism. The WCG version of BI was far more benign.
British-Israelism is usually as harmless as a thousand other loopy ideas that people adopt. But in the hands of sick, hate-promoting individuals and groups, it becomes something else again; something downright evil.