Editor’s Note: Dr. David Duke will never get any credit for being ahead of his time. I won’t either. We’re “extremists” for having said things for years that everyone agrees with now.
Christian nationalism is the biggest threat to Jews — and all minorities — that we face today.— IfNotNow? (@IfNotNowOrg) August 4, 2022
And it’s been mainstreamed in the Republican Party and media.
It’s that simple.
We’re calling this “Christian nationalism” now.
The Christian Right dislikes the “Respect for Marriage” bill which would codify gay marriage and interracial marriage into federal law. They are leaning on Senate Republicans to block it.
“After passing the House with the support of 47 Republicans, the Respect for Marriage Act, which would protect marriage rights for same-sex couples if the Supreme Court were to overturn its 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, faces much dimmer prospects in the Senate. There is one reason why: the Christian right still controls the Republican Party. Movement leaders know it took 50 years to reverse Roe, and are committed to a similar strategy to undermine and eventually overturn Obergefell. With abundant clues in the Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe that LGBTQ rights could be next on the chopping block, it is unimaginable that movement leaders would sink that goal by allowing this bill to become law. …
Despite the Christian right’s protestations that same-sex marriage is unpopular, it is actually extremely popular, with Gallup earlier this year finding 71 percent of Americans — a record high — supporting it. What’s more, most religious people do not think protections for same-sex marriage infringe on their religious freedom. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, “Majorities of most major religious groups support same-sex marriage,” with one significant outlier: white evangelicals. Only 35 percent of white evangelicals support marriage equality — and their views drive the Republican Party. In the Senate, the filibuster rules reinforce this tyranny of the minority.
There are two reasons for the Christian right’s dominance of the GOP. One is that while white evangelicals make up just 15 percent of the population, they are highly enthusiastic voters; they made up 28 percent of the 2020 electorate, and 76 percent of them voted for Donald Trump. They make up large swaths of the electorate in red states, and are likely to be motivated to engage in backlash against a Republican senator seen to betray the cause. …
Lately the media has taken a greater interest in exploring and reporting on Christian nationalism. It is, however, crucial not only to understand what Christian nationalism is as an ideology, but to understand how right-wing operatives have attained the power to subvert democratic structures and democratic values in order to make it the core of anti-majoritarian rule. The opposition to the Respect for Marriage Act is an object lesson in how that power works. …”
GOOD FOR THEM.
If we weren’t talking about “Christian nationalism,” my views and takes on these issues (abortion, homosexuality, gay marriage, “trans,” pornography, etc.) wouldn’t be any different. I’ve been saying the same things about these issues for the last decade now.
Note: The WEP vs. Reddit atheist cultural divide runs through pretty much every issue in American politics.