James C. Russell

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For the Missouri politician, see James C. Russell (Missouri politician).

James C. "Jim" Russell is a historical theologian, writer, political activist, and perennial candidate for political office. He was a computer programmer and network administrator for AT&T for 21 years in Westchester, New York.

Personal life[edit]

He has taught theology at Saint Peter's College, New Jersey. He currently lives in Hawthorne, New York.


Russell's book, The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation, was published by Oxford University Press.[1] It examines how Christianity changed in order to win the allegiance of the Germanic and Anglo-Saxon peoples. Russell argues that a Christian missionary policy of temporary accommodation of pre-Christian beliefs and customs inadvertently contributed to a reciprocal Germanization of Christianity.[2] He contends that since the Second Vatican Council, there has been a conscious effort in the Roman Catholic Church to "shed its predominantly Western, European image". However, Russell notes, "the popularity of Catholic traditionalist movements among persons of European descent suggests that the Germanic elements within Christianity have not lost their appeal".[3]

He is also the author of Breach of Faith: American Churches and the Immigration Crisis.[4]

Political career[edit]

Russell founded Westchester-Rockland Citizens for Immigration Control.[5] He is director of the Institute for Western Civilization.[6]

Political campaigns[edit]

Russell has run for Congress unsuccessfully five times

2010 U.S. Congressional election[edit]

Russell won the Republican nomination again in 2010, but lost Westchester County and New York State Republican party support in late September after an essay he wrote for The Occidental Quarterly in 2001, which includes comments on race and miscegenation, drew public attention.[12][13] The county Republican party tried unsuccessfully to find a legal way to remove him from the ballot; it promises to support a write-in candidate. The New York Conservative Party has declined to withdraw its support.[14]

Political positions[edit]

His political positions include calling for deportation of illegal alien criminals,[15] opposition to the war in Iraq,[16] opposition to a blockade of Iran, opposition to Department of Housing and Urban Development policies that encourage housing integration,[17] and calls for pursuing renewal sources of energy.[18]

In 2002, he addressed a conference sponsored by American Renaissance and the New Century Foundation called What Future for Whites?.[6] In a 2001 essay, The Western Contribution to World History, Russell quoted T. S. Eliot's comments about an optimal society which included the following text: "reasons of race and culture combine to make any large number of free-thinking Jews undesirable".[13] Russell also stated that "appropriate ethnic boundaries for marriage and socializing" should be taught by parents, and attacked so-called "miscegenationist" films, which include Crazy/Beautiful, Save the Last Dance, and O as "sociobiological warfare" which "[appear] to deliberately exploit a biological theory of sexual imprinting at the critical period of sexual maturity".[13][19] The New York Republican party,[20] MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and Salon.com's Justin Elliott labelled him a "racist".[21][22] Russell termed the controversy over his views "Nita Lowey's latest desperate attempt to undermine my campaign", adding that "a few sentences [from 'The Western Contribution to World History'] have been singled out and misinterpreted".[23]

Lowey did not refer publicly to the controversy but her campaign manager said "Mr. Russell's writings reflect racist and anti-Semitic ideas that have been repudiated across the political spectrum".[24] In response, Russell filed a lawsuit seeking $9,000,000 in damages for defamation. Those named in the lawsuit included the state Republican Party, a number of bloggers and media figures, and an employee of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.[25] The lawsuit was subsequently dismissed and Russell was arrested on trespass and harassment charges at the offices of The Journal News.[26]

Russell earned an A rating from Gun Owners of America.[27]


  1. ^ The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity: A Sociohistorical Approach to Religious Transformation. Books.google.com. 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  2. ^ www.jastor.org
  3. ^ Russell, James (1994). The Germanization of early medieval Christianity: a sociohistorical approach to religious transformation. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-507696-6. 
  4. ^ Book Review of 'Breach of Faith -- American Churches and the Immigration Crisis' by James C. Russell
  5. ^ "Election Central | Westchester, Rockland, Putnam | LoHud.com | The Journal News". LoHud.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  6. ^ a b "New Century Foundation: What Future for Whites? Conference to Explore Racial Taboos" (Press release). U.S. Newswire. February 18, 2002. 
  7. ^ New York Times report on 1996 Republican primary
  8. ^ "Primary Election 18th Congressional District & Mamaroneck Day Labor Issue". Larchmont, New York: Larchmont Gazette.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  9. ^ 2006 primary election data
  10. ^ "Asking the big questions | Politics on the Hudson". Polhudson.lohudblogs.com. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Monday Night at the Debates | Politics on the Hudson". Polhudson.lohudblogs.com. 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  12. ^ "Russell says GOP 'hypersensitive' in dropping him over race essay | LoHud.com | The Journal News". LoHud.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. [dead link]
  13. ^ a b c Russell, James C. (Winter 2001–2002). "The Western Contribution to World History" (PDF). The Occidental Quarterly 1 (2). Archived from the original (PDF) on an unknown date.  Check date values in: |archivedate= (help)
  14. ^ Rae, Leah (30 September 2010). "GOP lawyer: Russell can't be dropped from ballot line". LoHUD. Retrieved 2 October 2010. [dead link]
  15. ^ Official 2010 campaign website
  16. ^ "Jim Russell on U.S. Foreign Policy". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  17. ^ Official 2010 campaign website
  18. ^ Official 2010 campaign website
  19. ^ Haberman, Maggie (2010-09-20) Nita Lowey rival wrote anti-integration, racially charged essay, Politico.com
  20. ^ Elliot, Justin (21 September 2010). "GOP denounces racist GOP congressional hopeful". Salon.com. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  21. ^ Elliott, Justin (2010-09-20) "N.Y. GOP candidate exposed as racist", Salon.com
  22. ^ "Jim Russell, the Finches, the Races, and You", The Rachel Maddow Show, September 24, 2010
  23. ^ Jim Russell campaign website response to critics
  24. ^ Ain, Stewart (28 September 2010). "Westchester's 'White Supremacist' Candidate". New York Jewish Week. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 
  25. ^ "Westchester Pol Sues Over "Racist" Claims". 
  26. ^ [1]
  27. ^ 2010 Gun Owners of America 2010 Candidate Ratings Guide: New York Candidates

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