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Op-Ed: We Need to Talk About Christian Supremacists

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Not All Christians – but Christian Extremists – Are Distorting Christianity and Putting Us All in Danger

The fight for Christian supremacy is going to kill us all. 

More specifically, white, Evangelical, Christian supremacy. 

Think back to our country’s founding and every major progressive – or regressive – event since then. Slavery. Women’s Suffrage. Prohibition. Jim Crow. Reproductive Rights. LGBTQ rights. Healthcare. Behind every battle fought – whether it was won or lost – there were Evangelical Christian supremacists fighting to ensure their religious beliefs were held high and more prominent than any others.  

It’s nothing new – the Holy Roman Empire, the Crusades, the Inquisition, and Colonialism were all variations on the same theme: “Our” approach to the world is the only one worth protecting, and everything “you” believe is disgusting and should be banned. It’s all a variation on Christian supremacy. 

Whether they be called Evangelical, Orthodox, or simply devout, Christian supremacists hold a near-universal inability to separate their theological beliefs from their beliefs on civil governance. They can’t tell the difference between the government and their religion, because in their minds, the role of the government is to act as an instrument of their spiritual and moral philosophy.  

I was once told by a real live person that Jesus had a hand in writing the Declaration of Independence and Alabama’s Bigot-in-Chief Roy Moore once said the First Amendment doesn’t apply to non-Christian religions because America is a Christian nation. 

While both of those examples are extreme, we see more moderate versions of the same ideology every day. Anytime you hear someone say “America was founded on Biblical principles” or invoke the phrase “Judeo-Christian,” what they’re really saying is, “Christianity is the one true theology, and you don’t belong here if you disagree.”

(For the record there’s no such thing as Judeo-Christian anything. It’s a meaningless phrase that rose to popularity in the 1940s so Evangelical Christians – Christian supremacists – could try to gain cover from Jews for their racism and false morality. It didn’t work, and it’s considered anti-Semitic today.)

And the fight for Christian supremacy is showing its ugly face this week in the fight to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare and the push for the much-rumored “religious liberty” executive order.  

Each of these actions can be boiled down to the fight Christian supremacy. They’re both ways of saying that only those who adhere to a specific set of values deserve to live in freedom.  

If you believe you have a right to control your own body – you’re not welcome here. 

If you believe you have a right to live in peace and security with the person you love or as the person you are – you’re not welcome here.

And if you believe that religious institutions are not arms of the government, this is the wrong country for you.

These initiatives, whether they’re about healthcare or religious refusal are about elevating their version of Christianity above all other religions. And this week’s latest act, which will effectively turn churches into PACs, will give them political power unlike anything we’ve seen since this country’s founding.  

Evangelical Christians can’t fathom a world in which their spiritual, moral, and religious beliefs aren’t the most important and safeguarded values. They can’t imagine living in a society in which people of all belief systems are equally valued and all values are safeguarded. They truly believe, with all of their heart, that their beliefs are superior to all others, and for that and that alone, they should be protected to a higher degree than everyone else. For Evangelical Christians, the mere fact that someone has an opposing thought is an intrusion on their freedom. 

Evangelical Christian supremacists have been the single most dangerous threat to our democracy – and it looks like they’re not stopping any time soon. 

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3 Dead in Current Active Shooting in Austin – Outrage as Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Unlicensed Open Carry Legal

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Three people are dead in a shooting in Austin, Texas, with the gunman is at large, per multiple reports and the Austin-Travis County EMS:

“Police and medics are staging at a parking lot in the area where a Starbucks and Trader Joe’s are located, but the actual scene of the shooting is further down Great Hills Trail, according to officials,” KVUE reports.

KVUE senior reporter Tony Plohetski is on-scene:

There have been at least 150 mass shooting this year.

As reports flood social media many expressed outrage at Texas GOP lawmakers who this past week voted to eliminate requirements for gun licenses, which would allow open or concealed carry of handguns without a license.

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Maria Bartiromo and Stephen Miller Panic Over Voting Rights Putting Democrats in Charge ‘Forever’

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Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and former Trump administration official Stephen Miller worried over the weekend that Democrats will be in charge “forever” if voting rights are expanded or protected.

During an interview on Bartiromo’s Sunday morning program, the Fox News host accused social media platforms of inflicting “cancel culture” on conservative voices.

Miller argued that Republicans should pass laws protecting Chrisitians on social media as soon as the party regains control of government.

“Yeah, will Republicans have the chance?” Bartiromo agreed. “That’s the whole point of H.R. 1, Nancy Pelosi wanting to put this bill through so that Democrats are in charge forever or certainly decades. Your thoughts on election integrity and that Democrat [sic] H.R. 1 bill.”

“It’s a real sign of the threat to the health of our democracy,” Miller opined. “When democracy faces risk, when democracy is imperiled, what you see happening instead is the party in power tries to change the rules of the game structurally to stay in power.”

Miller argued that the voting rights bill is “a very dangerous path to go down.”

“H.R. 1 is saying, now that we’re in power, let’s fundamentally change the rules of how elections are conducted to stay in power,” he continued.

“Unbelievable,” Bartiromo gasped.

“That’s a very scary thing,” Miller said. “And so if you care about democracy, you should all say with one voice, no, it is the right of every state in this union to set their own election rules as desired by their own citizens to protect the security and integrity of their own elections. That’s fundamental!”

“It’s all quite extraordinary,” Bartiromo lamented.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

 

 

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‘Violent, Vain, Boasting Oafs’: GOP’s New ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Caucus Brutally Dismantled by Historians as ‘American Fascists’

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On Saturday, Newsweek profiled a number of historians outraged at the effort by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to create an “America First” congressional caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

Grand View University associate professor of medieval history Thomas Lacaque did not mince words: “These American fascists have no relation to Anglos or Saxons, the terminology is clearly chosen on far right lines. They do remind me of Beowulf, though —violent, vain, boasting oafs who think killing is governance and will die doing dumb shit leaving the nation in ruins.”

“There is no such thing as ‘Anglo-Saxon’ political traditions’ unless Margorie [sic] Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn’t,” wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. “If she wants to return to those, she’ll have to stop advocating for gun use. ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is being weaponized by the far-right.” She added that the very term “Anglo-Saxon” is a “racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls.”

The new caucus, which Greene co-founded with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and has attracted membership interest from Reps. Barry Moore (R-AL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), has even drawn criticism from other Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to the news by saying, “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans — not nativist dog whistles.” And Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a frequent critic of Trump loyalists, has called for any Republican who joins the caucus to be stripped of committee assignments and expelled from the Republican conference.

 

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