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(New York) “God is calling us to take up the sword and fight, and Christ will reign in the state of Idaho. »

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Days before the state primary for which she is lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin spread the prophecy in hopes of persuading Republican voters to choose her as their gubernatorial nominee.

Despite this appeal and the support of Donald Trump, Mme McGeachin paid tribute to incumbent Republican Governor Brian Little on May 17. But the Idaho-elected official remains at the forefront of a politico-religious movement aimed at establishing the kingdom of God in the United States and establishing Christian values ​​as an integral part of American politics.

This movement, whose supporters deny establishing a theocracy, had its greatest electoral success on the same day that Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano won his state’s Republican primary for governor.

In November we will retake our state; my god will do it that way.

Pennsylvania State Senator and Donald Trump ally Doug Mastriano on the night of his victory

“Let us choose this day to serve the Lord,” he added, referring to November 8, 2022, the date of the midterm elections.

Doug Mastriano refuses to be associated with Christian nationalism, the ideology that experts say drives him as much as Janice McGeachin and her most staunch supporters. But he doesn’t hesitate to call a “myth” one of the pillars of American democracy, namely the separation of church and state that the First Amendment to the Constitution is supposed to guarantee.

Recently, Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert summed up in her own way the thinking of Christian nationalists on this principle, defined by two of its key Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The Church is to lead the government; The government should not lead the church. I’m sick of this fucking separation of church and state.

Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert addresses worshipers at a church in Aspen

Lauren Boebert received a standing ovation.

Less, more passionate

Christian nationalism has always been marginal in the United States. According to a 2017 poll by sociologists Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry, one in five Americans supports the foundations of this ideology, which attributes a divine mission to the United States in particular and seeks to declare that country a Christian nation.

A decade earlier, one in four Americans shared these ideas. Well, what the Christian nationalists have lost in numbers they have gained in fervor and violence, both in speech and in action.

Their presence among the January 6, 2021 rioters in Washington was likely larger than that of supporters of the QAnon conspiracy movement or members of extremist groups.

Moreover, religious sentiment is not exclusive to one or other of these groups. Before the storming of the Capitol, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers knelt in prayer. And the “QAnon Shaman” himself offered a heartfelt prayer in the Senate Chamber.

But the biggest change is undoubtedly that this fringe movement now has an ally in the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, whose power and influence enable several of its goals to be achieved. These include the abolition of same-sex marriage and the return of prayer in public schools.

“I’m glad that the [Cour suprême] has decided to join me among the FRANGE! Kandiss Taylor, Republican nominee for governor of Georgia, quipped on her various social networks on July 3, adding her campaign slogan: “Jesus, Guns & Babies. »

Kandiss Taylor released the news following Supreme Court rulings that ended constitutional abortion rights and opened the door to more government funding for religious schools and the return of prayer in public schools.

“A vision that privileges the tribe”

Within the “margin” from which Mme Taylor, some elected Republicans do not hesitate to claim Christian nationalism. Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is part of this group. She sees this ideology as a way to fight “globalists” and “lies” about gender identity.

in the The flag and the crossIn their brand new book, sociologists Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry insist on the “tribal character” of these “white Christian nationalists” who they say share anti-democratic principles and beliefs.

These are beliefs that we believe reflect a desire to restore and privilege the myths, values, identity, and authority of a particular ethno-cultural tribe.

book excerpt The flag and the cross Sociologists Philip Gorski and Samuel Perry

“These beliefs add up to a vision that privileges the tribe. And they try to put the other tribes in their place,” they emphasize.

In the eyes of sociologists, this tribe’s association with guns and the Second Amendment is no coincidence, though it may seem contradictory to Jesus’ message.

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