The Influence of Christian Nationalism on American Politics : 1A : NPR

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Christian nationalist support for Trump helped elect him to power.

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Christian nationalist support for Trump helped elect him to power.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania has not been shy about trusting his campaign rhetoric. When he won his primary in May, the Associated press described his victory party as a “evangelical worship.He referenced Bible scripture and warned of the “darkness” of Democrats. This rhetoric is just one example of a growing ideology among the GOP called Christian nationalism.

Sociologist Andrew Whitehead defines Christian Nationalism as “a cultural framework of trying to argue for a fusion between Christianity – as they define it – and American civic life”.

Christian nationalists played a role in electing Donald Trump as president in 2016, believing he was their only hope of keeping America Christian, NPR reported. And the symbols of Christian nationalism could be seen all over the capitol attack.

Investigative journalist Katherine Stewart called this ideology “one of trump’s most powerful weaponsShe and other experts warn that Christian nationalism is becoming more mainstream and dangerous — as this midterm election has proven with candidates like Doug Mastriano.

So what influence does Christian nationalism have on American politics? And what threat does it pose to democracy?

Andrew Whitehead, Catherine Stewartand Jemar Tisby join us for the conversation.

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