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CHAT: British Israelitism

From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Monday, September 20, 1999, 23:25
Alas, "British Israelitism" tends to be the pastime of relatively
harmless crackpots in the UK I understand (correct me if I'm wrong,
but I get the idea that it's on the level of the "Flat Earth
Society"); but its theories have been taken up in the US by violent,
militant racist freaks, under the banner of the "Christian Identity
Movement," a denomination whose ministers fill the ranks of the
gun-toting white-supremacist nutcase militias which occasionally rear
their heads on the American landscape.

Boxcars are pulling an Ed of sorts out of town.

Fabian wrote:

> > Are you familiar with various Protestant sects that teach the docrine of > > "British Israelism" or "Anglo-Israelism," the teaching that the Brits are > > descendents of the 10 "lost" tribes of Israel? Among other evidence, they > > claim that "Saxons" is derived from "[I]saac's sons" and that Brit-ish is > > from a Hebrew phrase (b'rith + ish) meaning "covenant man." Anyone who > has > > a superficial acquaintance with linguistics, history, and anthropology > > realizes this must be a coincidence, however surprising, but that still > > leaves a large reservoir of potential converts. > > I have personally met one of these people. The freaky thing is, he had in > his possession some photos. These had no obvious signs of being doctored, > but there was an unexplained light source coming from somewhere beneath
> table (no, there was no way a light bulb could have been hidden there in
> photo). > > Among other things, he claimed to be psychic, and that I would one day get > an opportunity to study with sonme monks in Mongolia. He also added that my > intended would be somewhere in Asia. > > Whether true or not, he certainly told good stories. > > --- > Fabian > If a flying horse ye see, mock ye not if it stays up not. >