Put me in that category.
Courtesy of the Morning Consult:
“Christian nationalism,” or the belief that the country is or should be a Christian nation that can often include social and political campaigns supposedly aimed at maintaining or reverting back to that status, is not a new phenomenon, but the fervor among its adherents grows stronger amid the United States’ shift toward a more diverse and secular country. A March 22-24 Morning Consult poll finds that nearly half of the voting public views that ideology as an important or critical threat to the vital interests of the country within the next 10 years.
Rachel Laser, president of the nonpartisan Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which opposes religion dictating public policy, said Christian nationalism is a threat because it takes up “efforts to restrict the space for religious pluralism in the country and give special privileges to a narrow segment of white Christians in America.”
“There is a strong movement to preserve white Christian power in America right now, and a real feeling of fragility about the changing demographics of America,” she said.
Christians in the United States, particularly white Christians, have faced declining numbers over the past few decades, just recently losing their status as a majority. Between 1996 and 2016, the share of the public who identified as white Christian dropped from 65 percent to 43 percent, according to public opinion shop PRRI. Scholars say that white Christians have lost their perceived standing as the country’s decision-makers amid their declining status, bolstering this form of nationalism.
Although Whitehead noted there is no raw data connecting white nationalism to Christian nationalism, he said the latter allows many whites who take up its cause to express anti-black prejudice, as well as other right-wing ideologies, without resorting to “radicalized language.”
Most upholding such conservative Christian values in this way wouldn’t consider themselves white nationalists, he said, “but enshrined in this idea of Christian nationalism is that the true American is the white American.”
I have been banging this particular drum for well over a decade now and have consistently linked white nationalism to religious fundamentalists.
They go together like peanut butter and jelly, essentially the sandwich makings for hate and rabid racism.
If you read any of the writings by white nationalists you will almost always pick up on a strong religious undertone, sometimes obvious and overt, and sometimes more subtle and subversive.
So do I think that Christian nationalism poses a threat in America?
Why do you think I named my website “The Immoral Minority?”