Christian Identity

Carbon Corridor Conflict

The Salish Sea – where bomb trains and pipelines meet Coast Salish tribes  – evokes core religious motivations in progressive churches and tribal longhouses to protect endangered species and the indigenous cultures that revere them. Determined to stop fossil fuel export in their traditional territories, First Nations from British Columbia and Northwest Indians from Washington and Montana have forged ties with Earth Ministry.

On the other side in this battle are the export terminal developers like SSA Marine (Pacific International Terminals), oil companies like Shell and BP, pipeline companies like Kinder Morgan, public relations giants like Edelman, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF).

A third player in this cultural conflict is the Far Right milieu, exemplified by Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), Eagle Forum, and the Tea Party. Converging with these mainstream white supremacists around the fossil fuel export war are Christian Patriots and militia members experienced at intimidation and malicious harassment. With funding from SSA and BNSF, Tea Party PACs and PR fronts like Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports seek to “strike a most devastating psychological blow to Northwest tribes’ pride and their sense of well-being”.

 Christian White Supremacy

The driving force of the anti-Indian movement in the United States is Christian Identity doctrine–nurtured by Christian Right resources, and enacted by Christian Patriot violence. As implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples becomes a significant basis for the exercise of jurisdiction by First Nations in Canada and the US, the most virulent opposition will come from the true believers of Christian Identity. Understanding this milieu, and how it relates to other sectors of the anti-Indian movement, is essential to effective indigenous human rights organizing and the future of democracy.

You can read more about American fascism and the anti-Indian movement here.

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