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Authoritarian *Christians* do not actually support democracy in the US and thus are not patriots in any sense


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I've been bemused for at least several years over why in the world people that call themselves *christian* would support Donald Trump. Have decided that the word *christian* has simply been appropriated to excuse the type of behavior and actions that are in direct conflict with the principles that this nation was founded on. Further, have decided that these people involved in christian nationalism don't really care whether others admire their examples and want to emulate them (because, who would?) but rather be members of a large cult while ostensibly worshipping a political party that excuses law and order. 

From Contemporary Christian Nationalism in the US

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When conflict flares up between groups with distinct worldviews, people fear that the respective other side will seek to impose its views upon their own community. Many conservative Americans feel unsettled by progressive movements seeking to unearth the dark side of US history, to dismantle structures in society that are considered racist, and to enable ways of life based on alternative gender roles. Contemporary Christian nationalism directly speaks to these fears, which are exacerbated by other polarizing factors, such as the urban-rural divide, media silos as well as economic instability and job insecurity accelerated by the pandemic. A common reaction in such situations is to sacralize issues of dispute in an attempt to push back against perceived change. In this vein, adherents of Christian nationalism defend patriarchal and heteronormative frameworks in society. The following examples highlight the opposition of Christian nationalism to redefining gender roles, revising US history, and acknowledging racial prejudices

For adherents of Christian nationalism, conservative white families constitute the norm. The “God-designed” nuclear family is the societal foundation whose destruction is said to lead to social chaos. Many supporters of Christian nationalism reclaim traditional “masculine” virtues. A “good father” bears full responsibility for his family and is prepared to resort to force to protect it. He commands discipline, order, and obedience. He fulfills God’s will. As anthropologist Sophie Bjork-James observed, people with such a mindset tend to be disconcerted by non-binary gender categories and homosexuality because it threatens the heteronormative model so central to their way of life. Furthermore, many adherents of Christian nationalism seem unsettled when the history of racial violence in the US and the consequences of slavery and oppression are publicly acknowledged, such as in the 1619 Project. “1619” is a series of articles published in the New York Times focusing on Black Americans’ contributions to US history linking the nation’s prosperity to the practice of slavery and its continued effects in the present. Adherents of Christian nationalism, however, primarily view US history through the lens of white religious castaways arriving from Europe and forming a covenant with God for a heavenly nation. Their internalized image of the US’ founding is, therefore, irritated by a new historiography focusing on non-white experiences.

 

 

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