Feel like Christian Nationalism is all over your Twitter feed right now?— Ryan Burge ? (@ryanburge) August 21, 2022
It's because it is.
In April of 2022, there were ~39K tweets with the phrase.
In July of 2022, there were 289K tweets with Christian Nationalism.
There were ~200K tweets with CN in all of 2021. pic.twitter.com/xysmpaQlAR
White nationalist Dalton Clodfelter says that once Christian nationalists take control, they’ll create a national religion, ban pornography, homosexuality, and transgenderism, and outlaw all secular education. https://t.co/rtSNcf1ajW pic.twitter.com/AUUV2SVtKT— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 22, 2022
White nationalist Dalton Clodfelter lays out his vision for imposing Christian fascism on this nation, starting by using the federal government to imprison their political enemies: "We will identify our enemies and we will stomp them into the dirt." https://t.co/QL9fuQugq5 pic.twitter.com/Y05WRevGII— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) August 22, 2022
I’m not a Christian nationalist.
As I have explained, I have learned my lesson about branding myself with labels and jumping on bandwagons. We should never underestimate the ability of poor leadership or poor followers who are retards or sociopaths to make labels toxic in spite of our best efforts.
I do believe, however, that a godless, secular society which is dominated by liberals and modernists will inevitably become self-absorbed and culturally degenerate. In such societies, the Self will replace God. The pursuit of desire and sick hedonistic lifestyles will be elevated above morality which will be dismantled. There is no better example of this than the embrace of the “trans” movement and the progressives who are cheering on genital mutilation surgery and puberty blocking hormones.
“There was a time, not very long ago, when far-right figures wanted to avoid being called “Christian nationalists”—denying or deflecting or pleading ignorance. Even now, some reject the label. “Reporters frequently ask me,” Robert Jeffress, the megachurch pastor, said last month, “‘Are you a Christian nationalist?’ . . . And I respond emphatically, ‘No, not in any way.’” In May, Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee in the race for Pennsylvania governor, wrote a reporter, “Is this a term you fabricated? What does it mean and where have I indicated that I am a Christian Nationalist?” Franklin Graham told the same reporter that “Christian nationalism doesn’t exist.” …
To understand why a more open embrace of Christian nationalism on the right today is so insidious, we have to understand what Christian nationalism is. It arises from a warped version of American history, one that holds that the United States was supposed to be an explicitly Christian country, founded by and for Christian people—often understood explicitly to mean white Christian people. This bad history has been disproved time and time again, but it is central to the self-appointed legitimacy of Christian nationalists.
The pseudo-history is one pillar of white Christian nationalism. A second pillar is that society and its laws should be dictated by white Christians, that there should be no separation of church and state. A third pillar: the belief that only Christians—white, conservative Christians—are “true” Americans. …
Everyone is invited to “freely enter into a personal relationship with the Savior,” fine, but the mechanism described here is neither free nor personal: It is a state-imposed Christendom over the nation and its inhabitants. …
Describing a June conference of Christian conservatives, reporter Katherine Stewart explained the three trends she saw that suggested Christian nationalism was on the rise:
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.
White Christian nationalism knows no nuance—it advocates for a society in which minority rule by white, conservative Christians is enshrined, democracy be damned. And when you listen closely enough, sooner or later, its defenders will reveal their true colors, as Benton does in her Federalist article, when she writes “It’s this love of God, country, and freedom trifecta that has the enemy screeching like there’s no tomorrow” (emphasis added). “The enemy”—an odd way to talk about your political opponent in a democracy. But par for the course in white Christian nationalism, which yearns for a white, Christian, authoritarian state that puts everybody else where they belong—under the “biblical” rule of white, right-wing Christians.”
We already live under dominionism.
We still live in a nation with a Christian majority, but one in which the “mainstream” is some overlapping combination of Jewish, atheist, liberal, modernist or urbanite with a college degree. It has been at least a century since Christianity has been the dominant culture among our elites. The people at the top of the cultural pyramid are overwhelmingly Jews, liberals, atheists or modernists. A disproportionate number of them cover all of these bases. It is people like Harvey Weinstein, not Walt Disney, who control our institutions like the entertainment industry.
Progressives believe that they have a divine mandate “to take control of all aspects of government and society.” They are on “the right side of history.” They do not hesitate to say that every state should have abortion on demand, gay marriage, the public celebration of sodomy in PRIDE month, interracial marriage, hardcore pornography, “trans,” etc. They are not interested in public opinion and have no problem with federal judges reading their views on divisive cultural issues into the Constitution.
They don’t think twice about this. They have an overwhelming sense of entitlement. The thing that is shocking to them is the thought that Christians should be the ones in charge of these institutions or that Christians should govern themselves. It is “fascism” and “authoritarianism” when Oklahoma bans abortion, but not when Anthony Kennedy unilaterally imposes gay marriage on the entire country. When Liz Cheney loses her primary by a 2 to 1 margin, it a devastating blow to “liberal democracy.”
“But the “how” of politics—the virtues we display as we engage—don’t evolve at all. The fruit of the spirit is timeless. There is no political emergency that justifies a departure from these core values. Scripture anticipates that Christians will face evil, yet the command is clear: “See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.”
Christian young people are often taught that they should be countercultural. The youth group version of that admonition goes something like this: When the world is profane, your speech is clean. When the world is drunk, you are sober. When the world is promiscuous, you are chaste. How do you know we’re Christian? We don’t cuss, drink, or have premarital sex. …”
This is great advice.
The “mainstream” is sunk in self-absorbed decadence.
Why on earth would anyone want to be governed by those people?
Note: Dalton Clodfelter is going full Gilead in the clips above.