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Elections have consequences. Did they ever! We’ve seen them in spades last week, handed down by the Supreme Court. First, they decided that public tax money in Maine could be used in school voucher programs to send children to private religious schools. Second, they struck down a 1911 New York law that had allowed the state to deny a license to carry firearms outside their home without “just cause. Third, the Court overturned Roe v. Wade who, for fifty years, had granted women the constitutional right to abortion.

Thanks to DJT, there are now six members of the Supreme Court who have a vision of this nation at odds with a majority of its citizens. They want to enshrine in law the vision of America espoused by a coalition of evangelical Protestants and ultra-conservative Catholics, a group not very representative of the American population. Polls have consistently shown that more than 80% of white evangelical Christians voted for former President Trump. These electors considered him their leader; and Republicans still regard him as the leader of the Party. So what is their vision for the future of America? Knowing this tells you everything you need to know about who should be in power in Washington.

First, their vision is authoritarian. The Republican congressional leadership is afraid of Trump. They bow down to his every whim, not wanting to ruffle his feathers. Under this regime, we would have government by the personal whim of the leader, Trump. Second, their vision of America rejects the rule of law. Watch how their leader, the ex-president, lobbied local election officials after the 2020 election and state lawmakers, the Justice Department and Vice President Pence, all trying to overthrow the court findings, nullify legitimate recounts and alter the constitutional powers granted to the Vice President. Trump will not change. Third, the America they want to create would be a government of white men, by white men, for white men. Recall that after the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump said there were good people on both sides. And at the end of the day on January 6, when the then-president appeared on television, he bade farewell to those who had invaded the Capitol with “I love you”.

Sociologists Samuel Perry and Philip Gorski have pointed out that “the Holy Trinity of Christian nationalism [is] freedom, order and violence. Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty, observed in the Summer 2022 Report From The Capital: “What is obviously missing from this trinity is love, the centerpiece of the Christian life. When love is absent, hatred sets in, and it festers and kills.

Make no mistake, the main driver of Donald Trump’s rise to power is religious. In the aftermath of the January 6 uprising, the Religious Information Service issued this warning from researcher Robert P. Jones (CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, PRRI): that we should not “minimize the role that a disfigured form of white Christianity has played in this process”. day.” He continued, “If we don’t take these crosses, bibles, shofars, crests, t-shirts and flags seriously, we won’t understand the current threat to our democracy today.

Tyler later noted in his essay that what we saw that January day was “our faith masking itself in the ideology of white Christian nationalism… We understand that criticizing Christian nationalism is not anti-Christian. Indeed, it is our commitment to Christian values ​​– like love – that drives us to work to dismantle Christian nationalism.

Finally, there are many other Christianity than those represented by white Protestant evangelicals and ultra-conservative Catholics. We should not let a small slice of Christendom make the political decisions in this country. Or any country. According to the PRRI census 2020. . . only 14% of the American population identifies as white evangelical Protestants, and white Catholics make up only 12% of the population, while religiously unaffiliated make up 23% of the American population. As of 2013, citizens with no religious affiliation outnumber white evangelical Protestants, white mainline Protestants, and white Catholics. Since 1996, the percentage of the American population that identifies as Christian has fallen from 65% to 44% today.

So who’s running the show, the Trump show? Is this what you want? Whose government? By who? For who? It’s our choice, and we haven’t been choosing very well lately.

Dr. Conville is a professor of communication studies (ret.) and a longtime resident of Hattiesburg. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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