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The “Christian nationalism” movement is coming and should “terrify” Americans concerned about democracy, according to a guest essay Tuesday in The New York Times.
Writer and author Katherine Stewart has argued that the fall of Roe v. Wade was only the beginning of a “more brutal phase of [Christian nationalist’s] aggression” against the rights of Americans.
“Breaking up American democracy is not an unintended side effect of Christian nationalism. It is the goal of the project,” she warned.
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To support his argument, Stewart claimed to have seen Christians using increasingly violent rhetoric and embracing “dominion theology” at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s recent Road to Majority conference. She cited speakers describing Democrats as “evil,” “tyrannical,” “the enemy within,” and engaged in “a war on truth” as examples.
But Stewart was most concerned that conservative pro-life activists were using what she saw as a “legal arsenal” of “weapons” to ban abortion and uphold Christian values, after the Supreme Court overturned Roe.
For siding with a public school football coach who was fired for praying after games on the football field, the reporter feared the court had “allowed religious proselytizing by public school officials” to “continue a war on individual rights” across the country.
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Stewart’s anxious article ended by telling Americans not to “underestimate” the movement’s “radicalism” because if they succeeded, there would be nothing left of democracy.
“Christian nationalism is not a way into the future. Its purpose is to gut democracy until there is only a thin cover left for the government of a supposedly well-meaning elite. , shrouded in morality bubbles and isolated from any real democratic checks on her power,” she wrote.
Other media also sounded the alarm about alleged Christian extremism after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
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A Washington Post columnist encouraged readers to fight back against the “Christian right,” while an MSNBC legal analyst claimed the court would tackle desegregation next.
Churches, crisis-ridden pregnancy centers and pro-life organizations have faced increasing attacks from left-wing abortion groups in recent months.
“The FBI has opened nearly 200 threat assessments since the Roe v. Wade decision was leaked in May,” Fox News reported.