Washington Monthly Says Christians Are A Threat To Democracy
The traditional family unit. Knowing the difference between “right” and “wrong”. Understanding that we are created in the image of God (and not the other way around). These are the things that people like Nancy LeTourneau over at Washington Monthly believe.
In a recent op-ed, the outspoken liberal made the bold claim that “Christian Nationalism Is a Threat to Democracy”, insisting that Christians are somehow hellbent on destroying western civilization (and totally ignoring that Christians built said civilization).
First off, the obvious: The United States isn’t a democracy. That word gets used a lot, but a democracy involves the people voting on every single issue. We don’t do that. Maybe at the local level we do. MAYBE. But the United States is a constitutional republic. We have representatives that vote the way we want, and if they don’t, we vote in people that will.
That has to be stated, because “democracy” is mentioned throughout the piece, and as we just pointed out we aren’t a democracy. So, right there, the premise of the piece is misguided, if not flat-out wrong.
Nancy sets the tone early, calling Trump supporters “enablers”. From the jump we know where she stands:
It probably shouldn’t surprise us that, after hearing from witnesses who testified consistently that the president attempted to bribe a foreign head of state in order to get dirt on a political opponent, the needle hasn’t moved on those who oppose impeachment. We’ve been here before. On several occasions, hopes have been raised that this is the moment Trump’s enablers will finally abandon him. But it has never happened.
The notion that President Trump needed Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden- whose son has a crack habit, a secret “love child”, and a dubious business history we have only scratched the surface of- is idiotic. Maybe, just maybe, the Bidens are actually corrupt, but one thing is certain, NOBODY needs help getting “dirt” on creepy Joe.
Given that the president’s base of support comes primarily from white evangelicals, it is important to understand Christian nationalism in order to explain their loyalty. One of the court evangelicals, Franklin Graham, recently gave us a window into that world.
During his November 21 interview with Graham, Metaxas, a Salem Radio Network talk-show host, asked the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, “What do you think of what is happening now? I mean, it’s a very bizarre situation to be living in a country where some people seem to exist to undermine the president of the United States. It’s just a bizarre time for most Americans.”
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, responded, “Well, I believe it’s almost a demonic power that is trying—”
At which point Metaxas interjected, “I would disagree. It’s not almost demonic. You know and I know, at the heart, it’s a spiritual battle.”
As a Christian conservative, I’m thinking “they are right, there is a spiritual battle going on.” There are people literally fighting over the idea that they have the right to take life from an innocent unborn baby. There are people who, in the same breath, call out “gay conversion therapy” while simultaneously pumping kids full of hormones. If that isn’t a battle of the spirit, I’m not sure what is.
Nancy feels different, and is in fact threatened by the idea of Christians taking a stand for a change:
For these Christian nationalists, it’s not enough to say, “God is on our side.” If you don’t agree with them, you are engaged with a demonic power. There is no authoritarian tool more controlling than the one that wields the power to define the playing field like that. It is a pronouncement that leaves no room for debate or nuance. You’re either all in or all out. Anyone who buys into what they’re saying has no choice but to defend Trump. To do otherwise is a pathway to eternal doom with the devil.
Let’s see, if the choice is between baby killers and non-baby killers, I think the Christian thing to do, every single time, is side with the people who value babies. That doesn’t seem too difficult to understand, but here we are.
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Nancy then points to Rick Perry’s example of Old Testament kings as some sort of proof of the “evil” that lies at the heart of Christians:
He was comparing Trump to kings in the Old Testament and referred to God’s plan for those who rule over us. That goes to the heart of something Katherine Stewart wrote about Christian nationalists.
The great thing about kings like Cyrus, as far as today’s Christian nationalists are concerned, is that they don’t have to follow rules. They are the law. This makes them ideal leaders in paranoid times…
I have attended dozens of Christian nationalist conferences and events over the past two years. And while I have heard plenty of comments casting doubt on the more questionable aspects of Mr. Trump’s character, the gist of the proceedings almost always comes down to the belief that he is a miracle sent straight from heaven to bring the nation back to the Lord. I have also learned that resistance to Mr. Trump is tantamount to resistance to God.
This isn’t the religious right we thought we knew. The Christian nationalist movement today is authoritarian, paranoid and patriarchal at its core. They aren’t fighting a culture war. They’re making a direct attack on democracy itself.
Again, we aren’t a democracy, so… um… WRONG.
When you combine that with the belief among Christian nationalists that the only true religion is Christianity, you have the antithesis of democratic pluralism. Instead, you have authoritarian theocracy. That loops us back to Franklin Graham and the rest of the court evangelicals, who take it upon themselves to define who is on God’s side and who is doing the work of the devil.
Franklin Graham doesn’t define the side God is on. God doesn’t like baby killers. That’s pretty simple.
Nancy finishes with:
I’m not going to suggest that it is impossible for Trump’s supporters to change their minds. But when we watch them reject one rational case after another, it is important to understand the depths of what binds them, as well as the threat that poses to our democracy.
Again, WE DON’T HAVE A DEMOCRACY!
Oh, and she’s right. Trump supporters aren’t going to change their minds. We like our country. We want it to be better. We are tired of the left polluting the culture, and creating a generation of people totally reliant on others, and the government, just to get by. We are sick of seeing grown men lampoon as women, and be encouraged to engage with children. We are tired of homosexuality being promoted at every turn.
Most importantly, we are tired of people who hate God, and do it so openly.
Here are some verses on hating God:
For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
If I sharpen My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me.
Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.