23 September 2022

"Christian Nationalism" exemplified


Excerpts from an article at Insider:
A recent speech by Rep. Lauren Boebert — during which she invoked the end times and said it's time for Christians to "rise up" — demonstrated how Christian nationalist ideals, including some associated with violence, have made it to the halls of Congress.

"It's time for us to position ourselves and rise up and take our place in Christ and influence this nation as we were called to do," the Colorado Republican told the crowd at a Christian conference held by the Truth and Liberty Coalition in Woodland Park, Colorado, on September 9.

"We need God back at the center of our country," she added.
 
"We know that we are in the last of the last days," Boebert later said, referencing the belief held by some evangelical Christians that Jesus will return after a period of tribulation, or great suffering, and save believers. "But it's not a time to complain about it. It's not a time to get upset about it. It's a time to know that you were called to be a part of these last days. You get to have a role in ushering in the second coming of Jesus."

Boebert's comments expressing an intrinsic tie between the US and Christianity aren't new: In June she said she was "tired of this separation of church and state junk" and that "the church is supposed to direct the government." But by invoking the end times, Boebert is tapping into a side of Christian nationalism that has been associated with violence.
Photo credit Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Addendum:  this from the same woman -
Preaching from a Bible verse, Lauren Boebert got stumped by the meaning of “wanton killing” and pronounced “wanton” like wonton, the Chinese dumpling:

“I don’t know what a [wonton] killing is. I’m going to have to look that one up, but it sounds interesting.”

Vanity Fair argues that Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene make the case for Congressional IQ minimums.
As cartoon villains who vote against bills that benefit cancer patients. As bigots who vilify transgender people and want to criminalize transgender medical care. As bat-shit crazy lunatics who believe that Democrats are part of a satanic cult of pedophiles who eat children and that California wildfires are caused by Jewish space lasers. As people in charge of making laws who nevertheless say things like “gazpacho police,” when referring to the gestapo, “peach tree dish," when they mean petri, and “wonton killings,” when the word they were likely looking for was “wanton.”

13 comments:

  1. Nothing biblical about anything she is saying. The Bible does not give Christians any political "calling".
    The insanity however, is spreading I fear.

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  2. Also from Insider:

    "Christians against Christian nationalism say the ideology distorts both American and Christian values"

    https://www.businessinsider.com/christian-nationalism-distorts-american-and-christian-values-group-2022-9?inline-endstory-related-recommendations=

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    1. Yes. I think virtually all of the old-fashioned "mainstream" Christians I am friends with are tolerant of enthusiastic evangelists, but have no sympathy with the Christian Nationalists, who are a couple standard deviations out on the distribution curve of normality.

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  3. When I read about elected politicians such as these, I wonder if we should have an IQ test to vote. And then I read this:

    "The ‘Cost’ of Voting in America: A Look at Where It’s Easiest and Hardest"

    And I wonder about the wisdom of trying to make voting almost effortless.

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/09/20/us/politics/cost-of-voting.html?unlocked_article_code=io7aM2KK4YAaPcy_5GxxOtOn3HqPYJ4-WNj3DMYSTYRgH0TDMgQAy8dZWDj96bnQJdWNYMWnakSyhpmIvGaGeIfQt3ErWSCKOrcy9rRO4nCZSu5ZRICnp62f0NW2sonk4CRA_RSRmZjRF3z_rUroemVJRUxR13939hR-mF9jbSLAW3TOr7NiAgTB0kUXZ33fDi1XW_hHzgCvAR-_3V7cGaiYlnp_j9ZVCOW7KHioorCCVWlP0f9nDvxKlaqYI2TxIDu1E3KAI_ODZGEIPOfV9lcICg39daOHbOu2o1c9DF6DLbLVYpwiQBbe0R5nxKKhjuFCs8LqdkkgYWfly-j4jHshVtySt6oTs7iejw&smid=share-url?utm_source=digg

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    1. Allow me to trim that intimidating behemoth of a url for you:

      https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/09/20/us/politics/cost-of-voting.html

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    2. And allow me to provide a non-paywalled archive of the article, which is internationally accessible as well as free to all:

      https://archive.ph/AuMX5

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    3. Thanks for the shortened URL, but I think the long one gets you past the paywall.

      Also should have noted that I first encountered this article on Miss Cellania's always entertaining and informative blog.

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    4. Kolo, I didn't notice the "unlocked" in the url (you learn something every day is the motto of this blog). Mea culpa.

      I also find it interesting that the potential permutations in that long url (small cap/large cap/number/symbol) is probably equal to the number of atoms in the universe.

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  4. A Wonton Killing is the cull that usually precedes the Deep State deployment of The Gazpacho Police.

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  5. Do you suppose it's pure coincidence that so many of these gaffes are food-related? Gazpacho police, Peach Tree dish, Wonton killings... is the true target of Trumpublicans actually the International House of Pancakes?

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  6. The problem is that these people are interpreting the Bible, the exactly written words of God (by their own belief) for profit. The message has become whatever some knucklehead can come up with in order to sell: vitamins, politicians, freeze dried food, books, dvds, vacations, etc.

    They have truly figured out how to game the system. In the 1970's, there was a Chicago street Gang who figured out of they were a religious institution that it was near impossible to become the focus of wiretap surveillance. Same game different sales. Same ethics too.

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    1. “these people”. Interesting

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    2. ??what do you find interesting about those words?

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