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As We Survey the Damage of Yesterday’s Violence, What Will Christian Nationalist Politics Look Like in 2021? New Report Offers Clues

…tection of youth from religion-based harm as areas of particular concern in 2021. With respect to the latter, child marriage; female genital mutilation; sex education; medical neglect due to beliefs prescribing faith healing only; anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy; promotion of Christianity in public schools; and the lack of sensible regulation of homeschooling are all singled out for attention. As the report states, “unfortunately, but unsurprisingly…

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2021 National Prayer Breakfast: A Kinder Gentler Christian Capitalism

…Stop the Steal” campaign until protestors stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Furthermore, while the NPB remains largely Republican run, twelve current Democratic members of Congress signed off on using their names as “honorary” representatives and senators for this year’s breakfast. In his bestselling book, The Family, and the Netflix documentary of the same name, Sharlet detailed how by “introducing powerful men to Jesus, the Family has mana…

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‘Cult’ Is an Inaccurate, Unhelpful and Dangerous Label for Followers of Trump, QAnon, and 1/6

…e terrorist actions in their attempts to create their desired collective salvation. On January 6, 2021, it probably seemed to a number of participants and supporters in the Euro-American Nativist Millennial Movement that they had finally achieved the critical mass of adherents to overthrow Congress. There are many varieties of millennialism. As I wrote in The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism: “A nativist millennial movement consists of people who…

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After Michael Jerryson (1974-2021) Nobody Will Ever Look at Buddhism the Same Way

…on had little interest in peace-making. Mostly they wanted to defend themselves and their Buddhist community, and many were armed in order to do so. What Michael discovered, as he explained in his RD essay, was “not that Buddhists are angry, violent people. But rather that Buddhists are people, and thus share the same human spectrum of emotions, which includes the penchant for violence.” Since then we have seen an abundance of other examples of Bu…

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Is Abortion No Longer Significant for Evangelicals — or Has it Just Become Like Water?

…cal realm and all its irreducible details and multiple voices. You are absolved of responsibility for the brown skin of Dreamers, the unwashed hair of refugees, the cry of bullied trans teenagers, the mourning songs from families of black men and women killed by police. Myopic and unwavering focus on abortion is the way to avoid the carnality of living, breathing beings. The way to get away from bodies. Away from the bodies of murdered children. A…

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Bill Mill-ennialism: Arkansas’ End Times Politics May Be Coming to a State Near You

…ure. The bill mill business NACL isn’t Rapert’s first dance. He’s been involved in the Christian Right bill mill business since at least 2015 when he was a founding member of the Arkansas Legislative Prayer Caucus and for which he served as Chair or Co-Chair from 2017 – 2020. But even during his chairmanship, the ambitious state senator was quietly seeking to form a bill mill and national network of his own along with then-Georgia Republican State…

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Exclusive: Christian Right Bill Mill, Project Blitz, Hasn’t Gone Away, It’s Just Gotten More Secretive

…itz brand, or some other combination of factors is hard to say. In 2020 and 2021, 24 of the bills introduced involved displays of In God We Trust in public buildings or on license plates, while 16 were largely about religious exemptions and state versions of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. “Project Blitz continues to push its harmful agenda of codifying Christian Nationalism,” Maggie Garrett, Legislative Director of America…

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America’s ‘Jesus Problem’ is Making Progressive Christians Complicit in Christian Supremacy

…oying Our Nation and Our Faith Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. Beacon Press July 6, 2021 Bad Faith: Race and the Rise of the Religious Right Randall Balmer Eerdmans August 10, 2021 What they share is a full-fledged takedown of white American evangelical Christian culture as purveyors and accomplices to the normalization of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and homophobia within civil and religious discourse. Rejecting the origin myth of the religious right as m…

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Will the Taliban Actually Remain Somewhat Moderate This Time?

…control as quickly as the American-supported Afghan government collapsed in 2021. In both cases the critical issue was a withdrawal of support from tribal warlords and regional leaders in what had been tacit support. The Taliban is mindful that this could happen again. An indication that the Taliban leaders are taking a more prudent course is its approach to the US evacuations at the Kabul airport. They appear to have been in no mood to confront t…

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After Orthodox Priest Suspended for ‘Stop the Steal’ Activity, a Renewed Spotlight on the Orthodox Far-Right

…far-right actors online, and those I have worked with in person, is the salvific potential of Putin’s new Russia. Those supporting Hodges often consider themselves both based (a term of praise used by the alt-right) and monarchists or tsarists, believing that there is prophetic potential for a new tsar to save the world. The Russian Orthodox Church, with its intimate support from Putin’s Kremlin, provides a seemingly safe political and religious…

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