Continuing Coup and Christian Civil War

Reagan and Meese

Civil War is looming.

Greene is saying….If you hate Trump, you hate Jesus…..and……If you love Biden, you love Satan.

BREAKING! Trump’s home RAIDED! What is Ed Meese saying to the The Gang of Fifty?

Never forget!….The Democrats WON the White House – and did nothing wrong!

Lunatic Trump – needs to be locked up – for real!

John

Former President Donald Trump said Monday that Mar-a-Lago, the Florida club that is his primary residence, is “currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” Sources tell CBS News the search is connected to a Justice Department investigation of claims by the National Archives that it found 15 boxes of records including classified material at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

Mary Trump: Uncle Panicked by FBI Raid at Mar-a-Lago (businessinsider.com)

FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago: What comes next could be huge (usatoday.com)

Gen. Milley drafted scathing letter of resignation to Trump after Lafayette Square

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After he was seen walking dressed in combat fatigues behind then-President Donald Trump across Lafayette Square after it had been forcibly cleared of Black Lives Matter protesters in June 1, 2020, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, drafted a resignation letter to inform Trump that he intended to step down.

The letter was published by the New Yorker on Monday in an excerpt of an upcoming book by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, “The Divider: Trump in the White House.”

“The events of the last couple weeks have caused me to do deep soul-searching,” Milley wrote, “and I can no longer faithfully support and execute your orders as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable harm to my country. I believe that you have made a concerted effort over time to politicize the United States military. I thought that I could change that. I’ve come to the realization that I cannot, and I need to step aside and let someone else try to do that.”

Unholy force’ Marjorie Taylor Greene busted by religious leader for her ‘bastardization’ of Christianity

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By Tom Boggioni

In a column for the Daily Beast, the executive director of Faithful America scorched Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for distorting the teaching of Jesus Christ to push her defense of Christian nationalism.

Explaining that conservatives embracing the militant Christian stance — with its overtones of racism — are “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” Episcopal Rev. Nathan Empsall claims that the far-right conservative is guilty of the “bastardization of the Christian faith.”

In a recent interview, the controversial lawmaker was asked about her embrace of the movement and she replied, “We need to be the party of nationalism. And I’m a Christian. I say it proudly we should be Christian nationalists. And when Republicans learn to represent most of the people that vote for them, then we will be the party that continues to grow without having to chase down certain identities or chase down, you know, certain segments of people.”

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Empsall bashed her exclusionary view of acceptance as un-Christian.

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“It’s not the first time she has embraced the label. And it’s a dangerous turn of events that requires active, loud opposition from all of us, especially from American Christians, for whom Greene and her allies claim to speak,” he wrote. “As a pastor, if there’s one thing I understand, it’s that Christian nationalism is unchristian and unpatriotic. Academic researchers define the authoritarian ideology as a political worldview—not a religion—that unconstitutionally and unbiblically merges Christian and American identities, declaring that democracy does not matter because America is a ‘Christian nation’ where only conservative Christians count as true Americans.”

To illustrate his case he added, “The clear goal of Christian nationalism is to seize power only for its mostly white evangelical and conservative Catholic followers, no matter who else gets hurt or how many elections have to be overturned. This is the unholy force thatincited the failed coup of Jan. 6, 2021, brought us the recent spate of theocratic Supreme Court opinions, and has inspired multiple wave upon wave of dangerous misinformation about elections, climate change, and COVID-19—all in direct contrast to Jesus’ teachings of love, truth, and the common good.”

According to the religious leader, Greene “would have you believe that all of her critics “hate America [and] hate God,” but this ignores the fact that most Christians are appalled at the way she hijacks the Gospel to justify attending white nationalist rallies and spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” adding, “They don’t speak for American Christians. And it’s up to us to finally deflate their claims of a monopoly and thus their hold on power, reclaim our religion and its prophetic voice for the Gospel’s true values of love, dignity, equality, and social justice.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene says it’s unfair to ruin Alex Jones for defaming Sandy Hook parents, claims Infowars is right ‘most of the time’ (msn.com)

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene came to the defense of Infowars’ Alex Jones over the weekend. 

  • She claimed Jones was being “persecuted.” 
  • Jones was ordered to pay $45 million to Sandy Hook parents he defamed last week. 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended Alex Jones after he was ordered to pay $45 million to the parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook mass shooting he defamed. 

Greene made the remarks in an interview with fellow Donald Trump ally and promoter of far-right disinformation Mike Lindell on the fringes of the CPAC conference over the weekend. 

Good Liars on overcrowding at CPAC and the Big Lie | Watch (msn.com)

Lindsey Graham opposes same-sex & interracial marriage protections (msn.com)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that he will vote against the Respect for Marriage Act, calling it “the federal government taking over defining marriage,” even though the bill would not require any state to give same-sex couples marriage licenses.

‘Unholy force’ Marjorie Taylor Greene busted by religious leader for her ‘bastardization’ of Christianity (msn.com)

Members of Congress are getting worried after threats increase and Capitol Police continue to be understaffed

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By Sarah K. Burris

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Jan. 6 may have been the most terrifying moment in the lives of many members of Congress serving today, but that terror continues today as officials see more threats.

By Nov. 2021, the Capitol Police said they expected to reach 9,000 threats against officials that year. June, the Capitol Police reported a significant increase in threats against elected officials as of June 2022. That number hasn’t gotten any better, Axios reported Sunday.

Any official is allowed to use campaign or office expenditures to pay for up to $10,000 in security fees. Now the House sergeant-at-arms is planning to coverthe costs of security upgrades at the homes of officials up to $10,000 and up to $150 a month for monitoring and maintenance.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) announced in the past weeks that a man was outside her home with a handgun. He was then arrested. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) was attacked by a man with a sharp key chain who tried to stab him with it.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said that “everybody’s on high alert” after some of these incidents.

Yale sociologist Phil Gorski on the threat of white Christian nationalism

By Mike Cummings

march 15, 2022

    

Philip Gorski and his new book.
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The January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a hodgepodge of conflicting symbols.

The protestors erected a large wooden cross and gallows. Some waved Rebel battle flags; others the Stars and Stripes. Some carried signs declaring that “Jesus Saves” while others wore sweatshirts bearing white supremacist slogans. The men who invaded the Senate chamber — some clad in body armor, one wearing a horned headdress — invoked Christ’s name as they bowed heads and prayed.

To many, the clashing imagery was one of many bewildering and unsettling aspects of that chaotic day. To Yale sociologist Philip Gorski, the scene was instantly recognizable as an extreme form of white Christian nationalism.

The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy (Oxford University Press),” a new book Gorski coauthored with sociologist Samuel L. Perry of the University of Oklahoma, is a primer that relies on historical sources and survey data to explain the ideology, trace its origins and history, and describe the threat it poses to the United States.

Gorski, professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with Yale News about the roots of today’s white Christian nationalism and the threat it poses to democracy. The interview has been edited and condensed.

What is white Christian nationalism?

Philip Gorski: First, it is an ideology based on a story about America that’s developed over three centuries. It reveres the myth that the country was founded as a Christian nation by white Christians and that its laws and institutions are based on Protestant Christianity. White Christian nationalists believe that the country is divinely favored and has been given the mission to spread religion, freedom, and civilization. They see this mission and the values they cherish as under threat from the growing presence of non-whites, non-Christians, and immigrants in the United States. This is one point at which white Christian nationalism overlaps with the Make America Great American narrative. It’s the view that somebody has corrupted the country or is trying to take it away. White Christian nationalists want to take it back.

 Where are the roots of today’s white Christian nationalism?

Gorski: By digging into the historical source materials, you can see this perspective taking shape in the 1690s, which is the title of one of the book’s chapters. In a way, you can trace it back even further, because this idea of a white Christian nation does have roots in a certain understanding of the Bible that weaves three old stories into a new story.

One is this idea of a Promised Land. God bestows a Promised Land on the Israelites. They go to that land and find the Amalekites inhabiting it. They conquered the land. This is how a lot of the early settlers of New England, many of them Puritan, understood their situation. Quite literally, they saw themselves, like the Israelites, as a chosen people. North America was the new Promised Land. The Native Americans were the new Amalekites and the Puritans felt entitled to take their land.

Another strand is the End Times story, which today is viewed as the Second Coming of Jesus in the most literal sense. It’s a belief that Jesus is going to come down to Earth for a final showdown between good and evil. And the Christians in America will be on the side of good.

These two stories describe the “Christian nationalism” in white Christian nationalism. Whiteness came into play when some white Americans tried to develop a justification for slavery. The traditional justification for slavery, theologically speaking, had been that heathens and captives of war could be enslaved. Initially, this is how slavery in America was justified, but a couple of generations later, the justification didn’t really work. You can’t argue that a young boy of African descent born in the Virginia Colony in 1690 was a captive of war. His mother might have converted to Christianity, in which case he’s not a “heathen.” A new justification had to be embedded in the culture, which gave rise to the notorious idea of the curse of Ham. Because Ham had seen his father Noah drunk and naked, God placed a mark on Ham’s son Canaan and condemned his offspring to slavery. Christians used this to justify enslaving people of African descent.

Why is 1690 the origin for white Christian nationalism as opposed to, say, 1776 or 1619, when the first enslaved people were brought to colonial Virginia?

Gorski: The three biblical stories merge in 1690. You can see this very clearly in what is still one of the authoritative histories of early New England, which was written by Cotton Mather III from the great family of Boston preachers. Once this script is in place, it gets revised as time passes. Maybe the Promised Land is out West. Maybe the Native Americans are no longer the enemy, but it’s immigrants from the southern border who represent the threat. The story gets made and remade and becomes a central part of American religious culture as well as secular, popular culture.

What does “freedom” mean to white Christian nationalists?

Gorski: For various reasons, there’s a very individualistic idea of freedom within white Christian nationalism today. It isn’t freedom in the sense of being a democratic citizen working with others to pursue the common good. It is a strongly libertarian, “don’t tread on me” mentality. Historically, it goes together with a certain idea of order that places white men on the top of society with everyone else below them. Anything that threatens that order is seen as a justification for violence.

You can really see this in the Capitol insurrection. It occurred against the background of the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide calls for racial justice, which white Christian nationalists view as a threat to the racial order. It offends their notion of freedom and liberty. It leads to guys showing up to the Capitol with cattle prods and bear spray ready to beat up police officers in the name of their understanding of patriotism. In the book, we call it a Holy Trinity of freedom, order, and violence.

How did people with sincerely held Christian religious beliefs come to view Donald Trump as their champion?

Gorski: We should recognize that a surprising number of Trump’s Christian supporters really do believe that he is sincerely devout. They think this because he’s kind of played along with the idea and because people they trust, such as Franklin Graham and other prominent evangelical pastors, have told them that Donald Trump is a good Christian.

I think there are others who realize he’s not a devout Christian, perhaps not Christian at all, but they see Christianity as under attack and believe that he will stand up for it. If they are choosing between a politician who has religious faith and somebody who is prepared to fight, they prefer the person with the fight to the person with the faith.

What kind of threat does white Christian nationalism represent to American democracy?

Gorski: It’s a very serious threat. We should of course be clear that there’s not any inherent contradiction between Christianity and democracy. In fact, I think one of the remarkable things about the United States has been that, for most of our history, Christianity and democracy have complemented each other very well. Democracy brought religious freedom to different groups of Christians. But the right and the Christian right have taken a sharp, authoritarian turn in recent years for many reasons. My previous book, “American Babylon,” sought to understand them.

White Christian nationalism is a dangerous threat because it’s incredibly well-organized and powerful. There’s absolutely nothing like it on the left. The white Christian nationalists boast local and national networks that can raise money and to turn people out to the polls and to school board meetings or protests. They can effectively communicate messages and support policies that are out of step with liberal democracy, such as the coordinated attack on voting rights.

Even if Donald Trump is not the GOP candidate in 2024, and I think he’s still the odds-on favorite to be the nominee, it’s very likely that whoever the Republicans nominate will espouse a platform that aligns with white Christian nationalism because it’s popular with the Republican base and those are the folks who vote in Republican presidential primaries.

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