Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Christian Nationalism is spreading.

1. Gather Around the Christian Nationalist Flag…

Trump’s team is preparing to fundamentally reshape America under their “Project 2025” plan, starting with declaring America is now a “Christian nationalist” country.

Christian nationalists believe the country was founded as a Christian nation, and Christian values should be prioritized throughout government and public life.

Russell Vought, who served under Trump could be a potential chief of staff for Trump.

A list of top priorities:

---invoking the Insurrection Act on Day One to quash protests.

--- refusing to spend authorized congressional funds on unwanted projects.

---promoted a restrictionist immigration agenda, saying a person’s background doesn’t define who can enter the U.S., but rather, citing Biblical teachings, whether that person “accept[ed] Israel’s God, laws and understanding of history.”

---Christian nationalist William Wolfe, a former Trump administration official advocated for overturning same-sex marriage, ending abortion and reducing access to contraceptives.

---a constellation of conservative groups run by Trump allies constructed a detailed plan to dismantle key agencies, that states “freedom is defined by God, not man.” NOT THE CONSTITUTION.

---Trump is espousing the Christian right’s long-running argument that Christians are so severely persecuted that it necessitates a federal response.

---“Marxists and fascists” are “going hard” against Catholics, so “Upon taking office, I will create a new federal task force on fighting anti-Christian bias to be led by a fully reformed Department of Justice that’s fair and equitable.”

---Trump promoted on his social media a video that suggests his campaign is, actually, a divine mission from God.

God made Trump audio.

---define human rights based on “natural law and natural rights” derived from God that can’t be superseded by government or judges. It’s been used to oppose abortion, LGBTQ+ rights and contraception.

---Trump is also talking about bringing his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a vocal proponent of Christian nationalism, back into office. Flynn is currently focused on recruiting what he calls an “Army of God” — as he barnstorms the country promoting his vision of putting Christianity at the center of American life.

---William_E_Wolfe’s principles, including on immigration states: “Jesus Christ wasn’t an open-borders socialist. The Bible unapologetically upholds the concept of sovereign nations.”

---Vought defended the widely criticized practice of family separation at the border during the Trump years, telling the audience “The decision to defend the rule of law necessitates the separation of families.”

---policies that support LGBTQ+ rights, subsidize “single-motherhood” and penalize marriage should be repealed because subjective notions of “gender identity” threaten “Americans’ fundamental liberties.”

---organized campaigns around “culture war” issues, including curbing LGBTQ+ rights, banning books and opposing gun safety laws.

---Matthew Taylor, a scholar at the Institute for Christian Jewish Studies, said, “These folks aren’t as interested in democracy or working through democratic systems because their theology is one of Christian warfare.”

2. ‘God & Country' Review: A Bracing, Rob Reiner-Produced Primer on the Dangers of Christian Nationalism.

Thefilm points out in exhaustive detail, Christian Nationalism is very much a political, rather than religious, movement. The movement claims that America is a Christian nation and that the founders intended it as such. It seeks to roll back feminism, LBGTQ rights and abortion, and to either introduce Christianity to public schools or substitute them with private Christian schools funded by vouchers.

That a large majority of the population opposes these things doesn't faze them in the least. But it does motivate them to prevent people from voting.

The film ends where it began, with footage of Jan. 6 insurrectionists proudly bearing crosses, signs emblazoned with bible verses, and pictures of Jesus. What it doesn't provide, unfortunately, is a persuasive prescription for how we're going to prevent our country from descending from democracy to theocracy.

3. Heritage Foundation Integrates religion into Sex...not having it!

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