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Is Christian Nationalism a Threat?



              So now that the idea of Trump as being a Fascist seems to have run out of gas, the Fake News has come up with a new Trumpian threat to America known as ‘Christian nationalism’ which is being mentioned in the same tremulous tones as Trump’s alleged adherence to Fascism was previously discussed.

              In fact, this so-called movement to promote the idea of the United States as being a ‘Christian nation’ with government adherence to various, right-wing propositions and beliefs, particularly any and all condemnation of the various manifestations of woke-ism, is really nothing more than another attempt to make a buck through the fusing of religious and political organizations, both of which depend on financial support from people who agree with their world views.

              Billy Graham got the whole thing going back in the 1960’s when Richard Nixon, born and raised as a Quaker, by the way, brought Graham into the White House to help build support for the Viet Nam War. Then we had the various televangelists like Pat Robertson and Jim Bakker with Jerry Falwell pushing his name and face into the mainstream of GOP politics until he dropped dead in 2007.

              You may recall that Trump made a point of showing up at Falwell’s Liberty University during the 2016 campaign and demonstrated the depths of his religious beliefs by referring to a New Testament passage as ‘two Corinthians,’ while he promised to ‘protect’ Christianity from all those unnamed enemies of religion on the ‘other side.’

              The best and most revealing anecdote about Trump and religion can be found in Michael Cohen’s book, where he describes a meeting at Trump’s office between his boss and a bunch of Evangelical pastors who gathered around Trump, clasped hands, and jointly blessed his campaign. After the group trooped out the door, Trump turned to Cohen, shook his head, and asked, “Do they really believe all that shit?”

              Whether the Evangelical movement which supports Christian nationalism really believes all that shit or not is besides the point. The real point is that Trump is going out of his way to develop these folks as another market for his MAGA brand, and as usual, he’s getting plenty of help from the Fake News which will say and do anything to keep Trump in the forefront of America’s political scene.

              If you have the time, try reading through a piece in Politico which talks about how Christian nationalism will be ‘infused’ into the government if Trump is re-elected later this year. And Trump himself mentions his desire to promote Christian nationalist beliefs and increasingly refers to God’s ‘plan’ to install him in the White House again.

              Taking any public opinion poll about the intersection of political beliefs and politics

as gospel (pardon the pun) is a bit of a stretch, but a poll recently published by a liberal think tank (they claim to be ‘non-partisan’) found that Christian nationalism was strongest in what Al Franken used to call the ‘dumb states,’ i.e., ruby-red states in the West and the South.

              The following states had the highest percentage of residents (45% or higher) who claimed to be Christian nationalists: North Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, and Louisiana.

              Together, these five states count a whole, big 31 electoral votes. Fine. Give them all to Trump with or without any fake electors being involved. It those numbers represent some kind of threat to the legal and cultural division in this country between Church and State, as Grandpa would say, ‘a be gezunt’ (read: they can go fuck themselves.)

              Yea, yea, I know all about that jerk Tom Parker, the State Supreme Court Chief Justice in Alabama, who quoted the Bible in his opinion to shut down IVF procedures in the state, although I note that last night the Governor, Kay Ivey, signed a bill to protect IVF providers from litigation, a law which passed the State Senate by the thin margin of 29-1.

              So maybe Al Franken’s wrong and they ain’t so dumb in what is sometimes called The Yellowhammer State, an informal nickname which references the uniforms worn by an Alabama cavalry regiment during the Civil War.

              The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Christian nationalism is just another piece of rhetorical nonsense by the same people who tell you that they are ready to secede and fight another Civil War.

              To quote Joe, whose speech I’ll watch with pleasure tonight, if anyone wants to start a war with the United States, they better show up with their F-15.

             

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