The news is out: [WASHINGTON (AP) — The Christian imagery and rhetoric on view during this month’s Capitol insurrection are sparking renewed debate about the societal effects of melding Christian faith with an exclusionary breed of nationalism.
The rioters who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, leading to federal charges against more than 130 people so far, included several people carrying signs with Christian messages, and video showed one man in a fur hat and horns leading others in a prayer inside the Senate chamber. They also included multiple current or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement, as well as a West Virginia state lawmaker.
The rise of what’s often called Christian nationalism has long prompted pushback from leaders in multiple denominations, with the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty forming the Christians Against Christian Nationalism coalition in 2019. But in the immediate wake of the insurrection, other Christian leaders spoke out to denounce what they saw as the misuse of their faith to justify a violent attack on a seat of government.]
“When politics merge with religion, the results can be devastating. Many times in history, the match to the fuse of the powder keg was a meeting between a corrupt leader and a religious racist bigot, to start the slaughter of a specific group of people, a genocide. It is still ongoing.” (“World super predators” @Amazon.com/books)
Trump has been accused of fomenting the insurrection on January 6th,2021; let’s not forget the pastors who preached the exact same words that came from Trump.