Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is busy securing the title of chief cheerleader for the GOP’s push to transform American democracy into a conservative Christian theocracy.
The Georgia Republican has for years supported the most despicable right-wing views, often under the guise of extreme religiosity. For example, she has referred to Christianity while waging bigoted attacks against Muslim congressmen such as Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, and has claimed that Christians have a divine duty to make a pilgrimage to honor the January 6 defendants to visit (whom they refer to as “patriots”). in prison while awaiting trial.
Greene is a self-confessed Christian nationalist, the term for those who believe the United States is divinely favored by God and want the country’s laws to be based on Christianity. She has spent the last few weeks encouraging other people to embrace the openly anti-democratic nickname as well.
On several occasions at the right-wing Turning Point USA conference over the weekend, Greene urged conservatives to embrace Christian nationalism, which, to put it bluntly, is what it is precise view that motivated murderous white supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan.
“We have to be the party of nationalism, and I’m a Christian, and I say it proudly, we should be Christian nationalists,” Greene said during an interview at the conference on Saturday.
Those comments echoed her remarks during a speech at the conference, in which she told a sea of mostly white attendees, “I also call myself a Christian nationalist — and that’s not a bad word.”
If you don’t get the hint, (white) Christian nationalism is her obsession.
“I have no problem saying I’m a Christian nationalist, and I think that’s an identity we should embrace,” Greene said during a live stream last week, making the ludicrous argument that extremist pro- Christian policies benefit all Americans, “regardless of how they vote.”
And during a livestream last month, Greene claimed nationalism is “a good thing” and that Christian nationalism is not “something to be afraid of.”
As a rule, none of us is well served by believing Greene’s claims to be true. je.
Fortunately, far more educated people have documented the Christian roots of American bigotry and violence. And the modern ties that bind are also clear. Today, the Christian nationalist movement is united around repressive ideas like repealing federal abortion laws, repealing elections that their supporters don’t like, and promoting racist conspiracy theories, including the “grand replacement theory” that allegedly inspired a suspect to become 10 Blacks gun down people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in May.
The fact that one of the Most anti-democratic members of Congress want to become the movement’s loudest cheerleaders tells us all we need to know about where Christian nationalism is headed.