Saturday, November 12, 2022

White Christian Nationalism and U.S. Politics: Two Valuable Upcoming Events

As informed commentators are reminding us in the wake of the recent U.S. elections, white Christian nationalism — as a powerful force in the nation's politics — is not going away. For that reason, it behooves us to inform ourselves about this ideology and to notice its many effects on our political life, and its plans for the nation if it gains even more power. 

I'd like to point today to two valuable forthcoming resources for those who want to know more about white Christian nationalism and U.S. politics. Jemar Tisby has just announced a new series of videotaped/podcast discussions about this topic entitled "White Nation Under God." The first episode in this five-part series will be broadcast on Wednesday, 11 November. You can access it either as a podcast at Jemar Tisby's Footnotes site, or on his YouTube channel.

And as Revealer editor Barry Krutzsch noted yesterday in an editorial statement in that publication, last month, a Pew Forum survey showed that 45% of Americans believe that the U.S. should be a Christian nation. As Krutzsch adds, "the survey’s findings are but one piece in the growing body of evidence that points to rising Christian nationalism." He offers the following definition of white Christian nationalism:

Christian nationalism is a pan-denominational movement that supports Christian political and cultural dominance and white supremacy, even if not every Christian nationalist is white. Christian nationalism has enabled everything from abortion bans, critical race theory bans, and bans on supporting transgender youth. White Christian nationalism played a role in the violence on January 6, and many worry it will contribute to worse violence in the coming years.

Because of the ongoing importance of this topic, the Revealer is hosting a virtual event on Christian nationalism, “Christian Nationalists, The Possibility of War, and the Future of American Democracy.” This event will feature Bradley Onishi, author of the forthcoming book Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism—And What Comes Next

A registration form for this virtual event, which is free and will provide an opportunity for real-time response and conversation about white Christian nationalism, is at this link

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