"Robert P. Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute, writes:" /1 washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
"'There were crosses, 'Jesus Saves' signs and 'Jesus 2020' flags that mimicked the design of the Trump flags. . . .

Comfortably intermingled with Christian rhetoric and these Christian icons were explicit symbols of white supremacy.'" /2
"This is Trump’s Republican Party. It is also the party for and of evangelical Christians, whose worldview, Jones writes, is intertwined with racism. 'This seditious mob was motivated not just by loyalty to Trump, but by an unholy amalgamation of white supremacy'" /3
"'and Christianity that has plagued our nation since its inception and is still with us today. As I show in my book "White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity," there remains a disturbingly strong link between holding racist attitudes'" /4
"'and identifying as a white Christian.'” /5

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