“Christian Nationalism” is HISTORICALLY FALSE — with bad politics and bad theology

Increasingly in recent years, the FALSE claim that the U.S. was designed to be a “Christian nation” has been gaining strength among right-wing Christians and people with right-wing political beliefs.

“Christian Nationalism” is HISTORICALLY FALSE, and it is very dangerous to our nation and to people’s human rights.  It also has perverted many people’s religious beliefs.

 

This article explains how “​Christian Nationalism” fueled the January 6, 2021, violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and is threatening democracy itself:  https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/how-christian-nationalism-fueled-the-insurrection-and-threatens-democracy/

 

One of the loudest voices comes from David Barton, who is NOT a real historian, but pretends to be.  He perverts what the Bible says and perverts actual history for his right-wing Christian Nationalist political purposes.  He has been widely debunked by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (www.au.org). For example, here are just two of their articles debunking “Christian Naltionalism”:  https://www.au.org/blogs/read-two-articles?utm_source=blogdigest&utm_medium=email&emci=2927c0e1-37f1-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&emdi=f8ab68b6-09f2-eb11-b563-501ac57b8fa7&ceid=3714577

 

Here is an article from a different source:  https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bartons-bible-bunk-more-evidence-of-how-david-barton-misuses-history-and-scripture-for-political-purposes/

 

A relatively new organization of real Christians opposes this dangerous nonsense.  Christians Against Christian Nationalism  has this website:  www.christiansagainstchristiannationalism.org

 

An even better and more comprehensive faith-based organization is Faithful America (www.faithfulamerica.org).  They have posted some solid information and resources debunking “Christian Nationalism” on their website:  https://act.faithfulamerica.org/signup/christian-nationalism-resources/?t=3&akid=7628%2E432684%2EA-YMZO

 

A professor of religious studies has spelled out the dangers of Christian nationalism’s “unholy trinity, which includes white racism, male domination, and economic injustice.  See this:  https://www.alternet.org/2022/03/professor-unholy-trinity-christian-nationalism/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9932&recip_id=22838&list_id=2

 

A week after the insurrection on January 6, 2021, Rev. Jennifer Butler sent an e-mail publicizing her book about the right-wing hijacking of the Bible for their political purposes.  Her e-mail asked some relevant questions.  See this:  These are the questions that drove me to write Who Stole My Bible?: Reclaiming Scripture as a Handbook for Resisting Tyranny. 

 

I have many more sources of information about this.  Here is an article from way back in 2018 about the Religious Right’s false ideology of “Christian nationalism”:  https://www.alternet.org/how-religious-right-indoctrinates-its-followers-false-version-history?src=newsletter1093947

 

My blog’s category about “Religion and Spirituality” includes some information and resources relevant to this topic.  Click this — https://parallaxperspectives.org/category/religion-and-spirituality — and scroll down through the pages for interesting stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org