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Christian Nationalist Crusade was an American antisemitic organization which operated from St. Louis, Missouri. 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".[citation needed] Its purpose was also to oppose Communism, one world government and immigration. It also aimed to "fight mongrelization and all attempts to force the intermixture of the black and White races".[citation needed] It was effectively a political party, and 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 identified by its head, Gerald L. K. Smith, included radio commentator Drew Pearson, Hollywood communists, and jazz music. Its headquarters were in St. Louis until 1953.

The Christian Nationalist Crusade engaged in the circulation of petitions urging national action in support of segregation. As a political party, the Christian Nationalist Party ran candidates in the Missouri general election of 1950. Its candidates were defeated. Also, the party nominated Douglas MacArthur for President in 1952. MacArthur's name appeared on the ballot in Missouri, where he received 535 votes, but without his endorsement.[1]

It moved to Glendale, California, in 1953. It was disbanded in 1977.[2]

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  2. ^ 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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