Well it is Sunday and what better time than to post about these so-called ‘christians’ and their embrace of nationalism.
These people are attempting to inflict their personal beliefs ion the rest of America….kinda like the lie that Muslims were attempting to impose Sharia law of the rest of us…..now they are doing it and doing it successfully.
The past few weeks have been full of unsettling indicators of the fragile state of our democracy. The January 6th committee has assembled a frightening account of how close the 2020 election came to being violently overturned. The Supreme Court has lurched rightward, striking down the constitutional right to abortion and issuing a series of momentous decisions on guns, environmental regulation, and the separation of church and state. Researchers have begun to view these disparate political currents as part of a broader cultural, religious, and political phenomenon—one that is rooted in a specific reading of American history and, in particular, Christianity’s role in it. They call this concept white Christian nationalism. Samuel Perry, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and a co-author of “The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy,” joins guest host Michael Luo to discuss the contours of this belief system, and the roles that guns and voting restrictions play in its implementation in U.S. politics.
The religious Right has made great strives in controlling every aspect of our lives….Roe v Wade…..is just the beginning…..
With its decision overturning Roe v. Wade and ending national protections for abortion rights, the Supreme Court gave the religious right its greatest policy victory since the mass movement of white evangelical Protestants joined hands with the Republican Party more than 40 years ago.
The problem? The religious right’s unpopular policy of banning abortion is now reality, at least in certain states. Republicans can no longer hide behind Roe and express support for unpopular policies that will never become law. They will have to defend abortion bans, and other unpopular restrictions pushed by an emboldened religious conservative movement.
Republicans are already seeing how unpopular banning abortion can be. In the first vote on abortion since the court’s June decision, voters in Kansas ― a state that decisively voted to reelect Donald Trump ― rejected a referendum that would have overturned a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, and did so by a double-digit margin that exceeded Trump’s win there.
“It’s no longer a theoretical possibility,” Melissa Deckman, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which tracks public opinion on politics and religion, said about the prospect of abortion bans. “It’s actual reality, and we’re seeing a backlash.”
I always get a chuckle out of these knuckle heads that spout ‘religious freedom’ as a way to control the population to their way of thinking…..look at history will help clarify what is going on….
A couple weeks back, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered the keynote address at the Notre Dame Law School’s second annual Religious Liberty Summit in Rome. Much of the subsequent attention has focused on Alito’s defense of the Court’s recent Dobbs decision on abortion, and especially his mocking of foreign leaders who had criticized that decision. But Alito’s remarks overall presented a far broader defense of religious liberty, which he defined throughout as under sustained attack from “our increasingly secular society.” He argued that there’s “growing hostility to religion, or at least the traditional religious beliefs that are contrary to the new moral code that it is ascendant in some sectors.” And he equated religious liberty with the necessary special protection of religion and religious communities from these attacks.
A sitting Supreme Court Justice delivering such pointed social and political commentary publicly seems a bit unusual (although it is far from unheard-of). But Alito’s remarks fit smoothly into a longstanding, indeed a defining, American debate. Religious liberty is one of America’s founding ideals, a quite literally revolutionary guarantee that any and all religions (including no religion) would be included and equal in this new nation. But in practice, far too often religious liberty has meant the freedom to equate the nation with Christianity and discriminate against and exclude those who are outside that perspective and community.
Both sides of that coin can be found in the story of one of the earliest European American communities, the New England Puritans. The Puritans made their way to the Americas in search of religious freedom, fleeing the persecution they and their extreme form of Protestant Christianity had faced in both England and Holland (as it was then known) and hoping to build a new community where they could practice that religion in peace. What Puritan lawyer and leader John Winthrop famously referred to as the “city upon a hill” in his 1630 speech “A Model of Christian Charity” was the idea that the world would be watching what happened with this community now that it would be finally free to practice and amplify those religious beliefs.
Even true Christians are not comfortable with the embrace of nationalism either…..and they offer a response to the crap spread by the nationalists that pretend they are doing what they do in the name of Christ.
How to answer when Christian nationalists embrace the label as a badge of honor
I all see is people that want to fleece the people and control every aspect of the lives…..keep them ignorant and in servitude.
I have no time for these slugs on humanity.
I was never a religious person…. but in 1980 when Reagan brought in religion to the government I back away for good….religion has no place in the decisions of our elected officials.
Religion is a private thing and should stay that way….between the person and whatever god he/she decides to embrace. Keep your beliefs to yourself….if I want to hear them I will ask.(but don’t hold your breath)
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2 thoughts on “Those ‘Christian Nationalists’”
My general rule with ‘Christians’ is that if someone tells me they are a ‘Christian’, I presume they have few of the real Christian values.
Best wishes, Pete.
I like Gandhi’s thought….”Christianity is a marvelous idea too bad it has never been tried.” chuq