The ever-quotable and ever-controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene has a word of encouragement for Christian nationalists: You’re the hope of salvation for America.
Greene, a first-term Republican from Georgia, issued a video June 3 telling her supporters not to listen to all the leftists who are saying Christian nationalism is a threat to democracy. “If Christian nationalism is something to be scared of, they’re lying to you. They are lying to you on purpose.”
Greene, who is no stranger to alternative facts, is one of the few Republican elected officials willing to say out loud what critics have been warning about for the past six years: The conservative evangelical agenda that has taken over the Republican Party is, in fact, white Christian nationalism.
One of those leading the opposition to the Christian nationalist movement is Amanda Tyler, executive director of Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. She and BJC formed a group called Christians Against Christian Nationalism.
“BJC condemns U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s explicit embrace of Christian nationalism,” Tyler said. “Christian nationalism is not the same as Christianity. It demeans Christianity by using it as a proxy for a set of political positions and damages our political discourse by implying that one must subscribe to a certain set of Christian beliefs to be a ‘true’ American.
“Christianity and Christian nationalism should never be conflated, and a growing number of Christians are joining the Christians Against Christian Nationalism campaign to speak out about this harmful ideology,” Tyler added. “As Christians and as Americans, we must reject Christian nationalism and hold our elected leaders accountable when they endorse it.”
In her video, Greene claims Christian nationalism “will actually be the movement that stops the school shootings. This will be the movement that stops the crime in our streets. This will be the movement that stops the sexual immorality and teaches children and brings them up in in traditional families and loving homes. This will be the movement that protects kids’ innocence and nurtures them into responsible adults that grow up to be successful moms and dads wanting to pursue a family of their own.”
Liberals have attached the term “Christian nationalism” to conservative Republican politics in America today because “they can’t control it. They can’t control it and that’s what terrifies them the most.”
She further warned that “the media” will “lie about you and label Christian nationalism and they’re probably going to call it domestic terrorism.”
But the opposite is true, Green asserted. “I’m gonna tell you right now they’re the liars and if anybody’s a domestic terrorist it’s the radical left. They are the domestic terrorists. We could even say the Democrats are domestic terrorists because they funded them and they burned down our city streets and rioted in 2020, so if we’re going to put labels on people we should put labels where they appropriately belong not on Christians and not on people who love their country and want to take care of it.”
Despite Greene’s embrace of the fringiest of conspiracy theories and her frequent misuse of the English language, a challenge to unseat her in the recent Republican primary was unsuccessful. She serves one of the Congressional districts most overwhelmingly loyal to former President Donald Trump, who Greene believes actually won the 2020 election.
The day after releasing her Christian nationalism video, Greene continued the diatribe on Twitter, writing: “The same people saying ‘Christian Nationalism’ is dangerous are the same people grooming our children, pushing drag queen shows in elementary & middle schools, teaching gender lies and advocating teenagers go through genital mutilation. Tell me again who is dangerous.”
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