“Our children. They are not really our children.”— Walter Kirn (@walterkirn) July 3, 2022
This is extinction-level goth insanity. Himmler must be dancing a jig in hell under his beloved Black Sun, knowing we’re watching this stuff up here.
And people wonder why there are culture wars.
Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke told the people in his Tennessee tent church today, “You cannot be a Christian and vote Democrat in this nation!”— Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) May 16, 2022
He later threatened Democrats watching him, “You ain’t seen [an] insurrection yet.” pic.twitter.com/UDlqYVAEDF
We used to live in an overwhelmingly Christian culture. There was no demand for Christian Nationalism because Christianity was so dominant. Now that Christianity is losing its dominance and Christian norms can no longer be taken for granted, the inevitable reckoning is just beginning.
“The shape of the Christian nationalist movement in the post-Roe future is coming into view, and it should terrify anyone concerned for the future of constitutional democracy.
The Supreme Court’s decision to rescind the reproductive rights that American women have enjoyed over the past half-century will not lead America’s homegrown religious authoritarians to retire from the culture wars and enjoy a sweet moment of triumph. On the contrary, movement leaders are already preparing for a new and more brutal phase of their assault on individual rights and democratic self-governance. Breaking American democracy isn’t an unintended side effect of Christian nationalism. It is the point of the project.
A good place to gauge the spirit and intentions of the movement that brought us the radical majority on the Supreme Court is the annual Road to Majority Policy Conference. At this year’s event, which took place last month in Nashville, three clear trends were in evidence. First, the rhetoric of violence among movement leaders appeared to have increased significantly from the already alarming levels I had observed in previous years. Second, the theology of dominionism — that is, the belief that “right-thinking” Christians have a biblically derived mandate to take control of all aspects of government and society — is now explicitly embraced. And third, the movement’s key strategists were giddy about the legal arsenal that the Supreme Court had laid at their feet as they anticipated the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
They intend to use that arsenal — together with additional weaponry collected in cases like Carson v. Makin, which requires state funding of religious schools if private, secular schools are also being funded; and Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, which licenses religious proselytizing by public school officials — to prosecute a war on individual rights, not merely in so-called red state legislatures but throughout the nation.
Although metaphors of battle are common enough in political gatherings, this year’s rhetoric appeared more violent, more graphic and more tightly focused on fellow Americans, rather than on geopolitical foes.
“The greatest danger to America is not our enemies from the outside, as powerful as they may be,” said former President Donald Trump, who delivered the keynote address at the event. “The greatest danger to America is the destruction of our nation from the people from within. And you know the people I’m talking about.”
Speakers at the conference vied to outdo one another in their denigration of the people that Mr. Trump was evidently talking about. Democrats, they said, are “evil,” “tyrannical” and “the enemy within,” engaged in “a war against the truth.” …”
We already live under dominionism.
Just change a few words around and you have the reaction to the demise of Roe v. Wade:
Second, the theology of progressivism — that is, the belief that “right-thinking” liberals and progressives are on “the right side of history” and thus have a divine mandate to take control of all aspects of government and society and violently impose their values on the rest of the world— is now explicitly embraced.
Abortion has been outlawed in Alabama.
According to progressives, this is the embrace of “full blown authoritarianism.” The people who live here should have no say in the matter. We are incapable of self government. We should be ruled by progressive judges who can unilaterally impose their values on us. The demise of abortion in Alabama is deeply offensive to people who live in New York who have the right to tell us what to do.
Abortion is a human right. Interracial marriage is a human right. Gay marriage is a human right. Sodomy is a human right. Illegal immigration is a human right. Drug use is a human right. Pornography is a human right. “Trans” is a human right. None of these things are up for debate. Progressives have the divine right to impose their values on all of society and those who object to this simply have to submit to their rule. Challenging progressives on fraught social issues is “authoritarianism” and “anti-democratic.”
It ISN’T authoritarian when the Supreme Court imposes its values from the top down on abortion, interracial marriage and gay marriage on every Southern state. It IS authoritarian when power is returned to the states where such matters are supposed to be decided.