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🚨FORTHCOMING IN JESP🚨w/ @Marah_Alkire, Jo-Ann Tsang, & @wade_rowatt. Religious demographic change increases Christian Americans' perceptions that their religious identity and beliefs as under attack, which predicts greater #ChristianNationalism. (1/13)
Social psychologists (e.g., @mocraig4, @jaricheson) have documented how changing racial demographics evoke threat and trigger conservatism among White Americans. We wanted to know whether simultaneous shifts in America’s religious demographics have a similar impact. (2/13)
Our work piggybacks on recent awesome work from @ClaraLWilkins et al. showing that secularization and LGBT acceptance can trigger threat among American Christians. (3/13)
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.@SenWhitehouse @anelsona
I have something you're going to want to see. 🧵
See embedded 👇 & additional information added here.
We've got a new religious right organization in the beginning stages that needs attention now.
CCDF | County Citizens Defending Freedom #ShadowNetwork
Hannah Petersen explains what they are, how it's structured, capabilities & goals.

She says it's "based in the laws of nature & nature's God" to recognize "breaches of liberty" & ensure "compliance with the declaration of independence, the constitution & the federalist papers".
Part 1 ▪︎ CCDFUSA
Just posted 17 Aug 2021 w/only 167 currently having viewed it.
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Yes, we owe it to people of Afghanistan to accept numerous refugees.

No, we can’t make that happen by calling evangelicals “not true Christians.”

The critique of hypocrisy doesn’t affect them, but this framing *does* reinforce the very Christian hegemony that lets them run amok
Hand-wringing pundits have been criticizing evangelicals as hypocrites regularly since 2016. Hypocrisy is a baked in feature of authoritarianism, but what so many Americans refuse to acknowledge—it is crucial to face this—is that Christianity is not always or inherently benign
No complex cultural system subject to communal differentiation and internal contestation—and religions are such systems—is benign in its entirety or in its every iteration.

Religious traditions are multivalent.

There’s no “one true way” to do any such complex system
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I've refrained from commenting on the Library of Congress bomber. Now we know:
Trump voter.
Fan of Huckabee.
Used #GodIsGood.
Said, "I'm an American patriot" and talked of how is Uncle Doug "served his God."
And well, here's a social media post of his:
I've spoken of Christian Nationalism as a permission structure that justifies otherwise immoral acts by appealing to a higher power. This bomber told his livestream audience, "I've clear my conscience with God."

He said he'd "be home Sunday, whichever home it is," i.e., Heaven.
"I have not fear," he added. He wanted to start a revolution with a bomb. He wanted to continue the work the mob started on January 6. "The Revolution starts today, Joe Biden."

"I have no control," he said, "I was picked by the American people.... I love this land. I love God."
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The most important public religion story in the US right now may be the realignment of white Christians around values of justice, love of neighbor & the common good. A short thread on the #RevolutionOfValues that often doesn’t make headlines…
Folks who’ve been driven to extremism by the propaganda of the religious right get a lot of attention. Patriot churches. Capitol rioters w/ Jesus flags. White #ChristianNationalism is dangerous & deserves attention, but its extremism is the desperation of a shrinking minority.
As @robertpjones has noted, @PRRIpoll’s latest data shows that white evangelicals as a percentage of US population have shrunk from roughly a quarter of Americans to less than a 7th. Why?
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Last summer #ChristianNationalism predicted Americans disregarded #COVID19 precautions. Was there a consequence?

In Feb 2021 we asked adults if they'd contracted COVID. Line graph is full CN scale; Bar graph is CN as binary. CN predicts *contracting* COVID but only for whites.
Shouldn't be surprising since not only did we show in the above study #ChristianNationalism predicted disregarding #COVID19 precautions, but we've shown elsewhere CN also predicts rejecting vaccines in general & COVID vaccine specifically. @ndrewwhitehead…
That first study I mentioned in the original tweet is free to read btw. As is the one I included above showing CN predicts rejecting all vaccines.…
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Q: How much did #CyVance say #Weisselberg might have Evaded in Unpaid Taxes?

- Asking for a Friend
With the possible Exception of London, New York City is the #1 Center of Global Financial Corruption

The #InternationalBankingCartel completely owns the #DemocratCorruptionNetworks
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They need to check under this guy's house. After they admit him in psych.

Folks we have a huge problem in America, well, a lot of them.
Radicalized religious beliefs #ChristianNationalism
#QAnonCult garbage
#FauxNews who I guarantee this deranged, very very ill person watches./1
"Make babies. Who likes making babies? That feels good, doesn't it? Procreate... You haven't masturbated? Don't answer that question... God already knows." /2
"You were not following - not my rules - gods rules right now. You better take a Bible." /3
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#FridayThread #ToRead Try to keep up.
Politics, extremism, conspiracy theories. Relevant news, studies and stories #thread. #TheMoreYouKnow #April30th Image
Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Just Completely Screwed Him Over
#Vintage99 #AssSalad… Image
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Let's begin #ChristianNationalism. We have a problem.

1/ It’s Time to Talk About Violent Christian Extremism
There’s a “strong authoritarian streak” that runs through parts of American evangelicalism, warns Elizabeth Neumann. What should be done about it?…
2/ #ChristianNationalists see it in cataclysmic terms: This is the moment, and God’s going to judge us,” she says. “When you paint it in existential terms like that, a lot of people feel justified to carry out acts of violence in the name of their faith.”
3/ Some people interpreted it as: Love of country and love of our faith are the same thing. And for others, there’s an actual explicit theology.
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It’s outrageous that GA’s voter suppression bill makes it illegal to give food & water to voters waiting in line. But read on, b/c it gets much worse...
Folks in Atlanta will bring their own water bottles & vote en masse in response to this assault on democracy. But if this law stands, a state board can override their county board & throw out their ballots if they don’t like the results.
This is the state-level control of local elections that ALEC began lobbying for last spring, long before false claims of “widespread fraud” & a “stolen election” in Nov. See @anelsona’s reporting on this:…
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1.) Apropos @BryanLowry3's KCStar profile of the man behind @HawleyMO's curtain, R political operative Timmy Teepell, a thread on Teepell's political mentor, homeschooling defense lawyer Michael Farris, who spear-headed the Christian evangelical takeover of the movement.
2. ) Lowry's profile of Teepell, @HawleyMO's leading advisor:…
3.) Farris took over the homeschooling movement and empowered the Christian evangelical sect, in which children are homeschooled in a radical religious vision to take over the government. You could call them madrassas.…
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OK, #christiannationalism conversation: frequently, it seems as though those writing about it are doing so disapprovingly (even if there's a gloss of scholarly neutrality). But it's not clear to me what it is that they are disapproving *of.* What is the principle?
One could ask a set of questions.
1. Is it wrong for there to be an established church in any state/polity? (i.e. was it wrong for the Aksum Empire to exist as a Christian Empire in Ethiopia in 350 AD; is it wrong for England and Samoa and Zambia to be officially Christian now?)
2. Why or why not?
3. Is it wrong for a polity to have *any* established religion? (i.e. was it wrong for the Sassanid Empire to be Zoroastrian, for Athens to have been consecrated to Athena, for Bhutan to be Buddhist, for Egypt and Morocco to be Islamic?)
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oh wow, Georgia has just introduced legislation (HB 547) making an optional* student-led prayer in schools, and went ahead and WROTE THE SCRIPT for the Christian prayer which would be in statute! #GAleg #churchandstate @americansunited @BJContheHill…
also love the fact that this is joined at the hip with the Pledge of Allegiance recitation #christiannationalism @ndrewwhitehead @ryanburge @socofthesacred @kelsey_dallas @jackmjenkins
ha nice, having my first RIP my mentions moment. but just fun fact for everyone ripping on the GOP for this, the primary sponsor is Democrat Sharon Henderson…
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THREAD: How can we spot #ChristianNationalism in the wild?

In our studies we rely on survey questions to measure CN's distribution & impact among Americans. But since folks can't pass around surveys, here's a diagnostic.


Dead giveaway. If a professing Christian clearly sees non-Christians as enemies to be defeated, controlled, or kept separate rather than SERVED, LOVED, BEFRIENDED, etc., they're thinking as CN culture warrior. The idea of dying for the unworthy is repellent. 2/

When a Christian talks about the "Christianity" people need, does it sound like they're talking about a "culture" (values, morals, worldviews, behaviors) or a person (Jesus). CN isn't about folks meeting Jesus; it's about white conservative dominance. 3/
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1/ Further thoughts on @DavidAFrench's important essay on #ChristianNationalism.

It's great to see a leading evangelical thinker publicly engaging the topic.

2/ It would be even better if @DavidAFrench would engage with work on #ChristianNationalism by scholars and journalists like:

@ndrewwhitehead @socofthesacred @praxishabitus @sarahposner @kathsstewart @AntheaButler @nicholef and yours truly @GorskiPhilip

3/ With the work of black theologians such as:

Willie Jennings, @JemarTisby @stewartdantec @esaumccaulley to name just a few.

If he did, then....
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THREAD: Everyone knows Bible translations say slightly different things. But sometimes they say the EXACT OPPOSITE thing. And sometimes it's kinda important.

Example: Do Christians walk around as victorious winners IN THIS LIFE? OR do they walk as conquered losers on display? 1/
Well, look at 2nd Cor. 2:14. Paul says, "But thanks be to God who always [thriambeuo] us in Christ..." Some translate that as "triumph," while others recognize it as a reference to the Roman victory parade called a "triumph," in which both winners & losers would participate. 2/
So is Paul saying God always causes Christians to triumph? Or that God always leads them as winners in Christ's victory parade? OR is he saying God leads Christians as his conquered captives?

BIG difference. Christians are either worldly victors or losers awaiting heaven. 3/
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Some resources on #homeschooling and #ChristianNationalism:

• The book "Building God's Kingdom" by @julieingersoll:….

• This thread where I review an Abeka homeschool history book: .

• This series by @HomeschoolAnon on homeschoolers (many white supremacists) who became violent:….

• This series by @HomeschoolAnon on race and racism:….

• This article by @rklein90 on Christian Nationalism in private and home education curricula used by (now) millions of children:….
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THREAD: How prevalent is wokeness among white evangelicals (WEs)?

I know, it's a stupid question. I hate the word & there's a 99% chance if you've ever labeled someone "woke" you're an a-hole. But folks are giving sermon series denouncing wokeness so let's try to quantify it. 1/
Let's assume just for the sake of argument someone who's truly "woke" is the kind of person who favors 1) reparations; 2) tearing down Confederate statues; 3) defunding police; and 4) INSISTS on discussing racial issues.

Sound fair? Our PDES data actually has such measures. 2/
Below are 4 statements Americans could indicate agreement with. Scores are 0-4 & adding them together in a "wokeness scale" (cringe) makes a scale from 0-16. Alpha is .88 so the questions hang together. I also divide this into quartiles like @ndrewwhitehead do for CN ... 3/
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Sum: #ChristianNationalism may exist, & it's bad, but the fusion of faith & nation is fringe, not mainstream among white evangelicals (WEs).

False. Chart 1: Majorities of WEs say founding docs are inspired, US has special relationship w/God, & gov should declare US Christian. 1/
Chart 2: We can compare those PDES trends above to publicly available data in the BRS with identical measures. Identical trend. The majority of WEs think the United States has special relationship with God and the federal government should declare the US a Christian nation. 2/
From a different angle, in the 2014 GSS we see the majority of white evangelicals (two-thirds of those over 50 years) think that being a Christian is "very important" to being truly American. So here the majority conflate Christian identity w/civic belonging. 3/
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1/4 So here's another one of those what-I've-done-this-year threads. 🧵

Right around the time our lives were shutting down due to the pandemic, the @BakerInstitute published my study of #ChristianAmericanism / #ChristianNationalism in #Texas politics…
2/4 I wrote about the national implications of that study in this piece for @RDispatches: "Texas serves as a case study of what happens when Christian Americanists take the reins of power."…
3/4 In April, TX Gov. Abbott and AG Paxton used the pandemic as an opportunity to do what they've long wanted: ban elective abortions in Texas. In this @RDispatches piece, I argued that their actions (later blocked in court) undermined religious freedom…
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I’ve really lost a lot of steam as a pastor. And a huge part of it is watching hip, conservative church starts flourish while I bust my tail to innovate within a gigantic old structure AND preach a message of love, equity, and inclusivity.
Preaching love & justice doesn’t sell. I don’t sell a sexy enough brand or something. It absolute CRUSHES me when anti-LGBTQ+ & anti-feminist churches seem to grow with ease. I hate feeling that envy and frustration. But it’s also just like beating my head against a wall.
The kicker is when their parishioners say to me, “I’m so much more in line with you theologically, but all of my friends go to Church X.” Or when I get to clean up the toxic theology & tend the trauma wounds of people who have twisted themselves into pretzels to match the dogma.
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