Christian Nationalist Crusade

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Christian Nationalist Crusade was an antisemitic organization which operated from P.O. Box D-4, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Its founder was Gerald L. K. Smith. It sold and distributed, inter alia, The International Jew, and subscribed to the antisemitic views embodied in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion which it also published.


Smith founded this entity, in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1942, with the purpose to "preserve America as a Christian nation being conscious of a highly organized campaign to substitute Jewish tradition for Christian tradition." Its purpose was also to oppose Communism, world government, and immigration. It also aimed to "fight mongrelization and all attempts to force the intermixture of the black and White races." It effectively was a political party, and it promoted antisemitic and racist causes, particularly in St. Louis from the 1940s through the 1950s.

It engaged in publication and distribution of texts advocating its views, and had produced monthly magazine, called The Cross and the Flag. Particular targets, voiced by its head, Gerald L. K. Smith, included Drew Pearson, radio commentator, Hollywood communists, as well as jazz music. Its headquarters were in St. Louis.

The Christian Nationalist Crusade engaged in the circulation of petitions urging national action in support of legalization of segregation.

The Globe-Democrat newspaper, in 1949, reported that blacks convened, and in the meeting called for a resolution asking for the death of Smith.

As a political party, the Christian Nationalist Party ran candidates in the Missouri general election of 1950. Its candidates were defeated. Also, Douglas MacArthur was its candidate, but without his endorsement.[clarification needed]

It moved to Glendale, California in 1953. It was disbanded in 1977.[1]

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  1. ^ Dart, John (December 23, 1977). "Founded by Gerald L. K. Smith". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-12-26. The anti-Jewish Christian Nationalist Crusade, founded by the late Gerald L. K. Smith and based in Glendale since 1953, is being dissolved, it was confirmed Thursday. 

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