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News Weekly Round-Up, July 1st – 5th, 2024

News Weekly Round-Up, July 1st – 5th, 2024.

The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

  • Media Matters for America: Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation, declared “We are in the process of the second American Revolution” after the Supreme Court immunity decision
  • The New Republic: Mark Robinson, the GOP nominee for governor in North Carolina, exclaimed “Some folks need killing!” in a speech at a small-town church
  • The New York Times: The blurring of lines between church and state and how faith is used as a tool and weapon in politics
  • Truthout: Christian Nationalism poses a threat to public education

Check out last week’s round-up!

News Weekly Round-Up, June 24th – 28th

News Weekly Round-Up, June 24th – 28th, 2024.

The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

  • Northeastern Global News:  Jeremy Paul, a professor of law at Northeastern, deemed Louisiana’s Ten Commandments ‘intimidating and coercive’
  • The Fayetteville Observer: Black, gay Fayetteville minister Mark Robinson details Christian Nationalism in North Carolina towards the LGBTQ+ community
  • Axios: Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled what would be the nation’s first publicly funded religious school unconstitutional
  • PBS: After the Oklahoma Supreme Court blocked public funding for a Catholic charter school, State Superintendent Ryan Walters mandates Bibles in every public school classroom
  • Rollingstone.com: RFK Jr.’s running mate, Nicole Shanahan, warns of ‘demonic’ influence in the government
  • U.S. Catholic: Reverend Jim Wallis, author of The False White Gospel, spoke on white Christian Nationalism on the Just Politics podcast (transcript included)
  • The Hill: The implications of Louisiana’s Ten Commandments law

Check out last week’s round-up!

News Weekly Round-Up, June 17th – 21st

News Weekly Round-Up, June 17th – 21st, 2024.

The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

  • CNN: A voucher program is sending taxpayer money to private religious schools
  • Louisville Public Radio: Women leaders and members oppose the Southern Baptist Convention’s priorities
  • The Hill: The ACLU, ACLU of Louisiana, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against a Louisiana law requiring the Ten Commandments in classrooms
  • VPM: The Extremely American podcast returns with a focus on the rise of Christian Nationalism in the college town of Moscow, Idaho
  • Politico: Michael Flynn, former Trump insider, is using harmful Christian Nationalist rhetoric to describe American politics
  • Axios: Louisiana becomes the first state to require the Ten Commandments be posted in all public schools
  • Newsweek: The Southern Baptist Convention voted to oppose in vitro fertilization (IVF)

Check out the previous round-up!

News Weekly Round-Up, April 22nd – 26th

MoD News Roundup April 22 – April 26 2024

The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

  • TheHumanist: New documentary, “Bad Faith” shows foundations and dangers of Christian Nationalism
  • Post: More on Trump’s threat to American Democracy
  • MSN: Documents reveal inner workings of Claremont Institute, a Christian nationalist and MAGA supporting org
  • TuftsDaily: Trump on selling bibles and the influence he has on Christian Nationalists.
  • BismarckTribune: the dangers of CN, what it is, and who opposes it
  • Christian Post: New Poll on Southern Baptist Church Goers and Their Opinions on Christian Nationalism
  • WXII12: Nonprofit Organization Faith Forward Warn about the Influence of Christian Nationalism on Upcoming Election
  • Midland Daily News: Rev. Canon Dr. Lauren R. Stanley Calls Out Trump for Perverting God Through Christian Nationalism

Check out last week’s round-up!

News Weekly Round-Up, April 15th – 19th

News Weekly Round-Up, April 15th – 19th, 2024.

The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS
  • SaltLakeCityTribune: Pat Bagley Christian Nationalism Cartoon
  • ChristianPost: Scholar with Family Research Council (FRC) criticizes New Haven Declaration
  • TheHumanist: National Day of Reason is on May 4th, continues America’s original efforts towards a secular democracy
  • The Conversation: Comparison to Reagan’s religious references in office to Trump’s Christian Nationalism Strategies
  • Julie Roys: Southern Baptists are pulling away from the idea of a Christian Nation
  • Baptist News: More reporting on the results from a new Lifeway Research survey on faith and politics relating to Southern Baptists and Christian Nationalism
  • ReligionUnplugged: Education on CN is dire; learning how CN fuels things like churches and the January 6th riot. 
  • AnaBaptistWorld: At Yale, Christian pastors sign a declaration opposing religious nationalism ahead of the 2024 election. 
  • EBar: A gay Baptist minister helps in the fight against CN that seeks to exclude LGBTQ people.
  • AmericansUnited: Summit for Religious Freedom calls out CN as a threat

Check out last week’s round-up!

    News Weekly Round-up April 8th-12th

    News Weekly Round-Up, April 8th – 12th, 2024.

    The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

    CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

    • SaltLakeTribune: Trump endorses “God Bless the USA Bible,” a book that combines the King James Version w/ US Constitution and Declaration of Independence
    • JulieRoys: Yale Christian Pastor signs Declaration opposing religious nationalism
    • BaptistNews: Being able to identify the warning signs of Christian Nationalism, as opposed to White evangelicalism
    • NBC24: Michael Flynn, former Trump insider, is using harmful Christian Nationalist rhetoric to describe American politics
    • ChristianPost: Interview with Jonathan Falwell weighs in on “good” vs “bad” Christian Nationalism
    • ChristianPost: A group of self-described ‘religious leaders’ denounces ‘religious nationalism’ by signing a declaration at the Yale Divinity School’s Center for Public Theology and Policy
    • ReligionUnplugged: Religious and political leaders across the spectrum warn against Christian Nationalism and its involvement in politics and Trumpism
    • TheNation: Faith leaders sign “New Haven Declaration” which is a call to reject Christian Nationalism
    • FaV: Expressing the serious ramifications of a Christian nationalist state and the statistics that say we are leaning that way

      The Pluralist Resistance Twitter List

      Looking to keep up with the latest news on Christian Nationalism? There is so much incredible work being done in the ecosystem of reporting and resistance efforts, our Twitter list is an amazing place to start! It brings together the insights of experts, authors, community leaders, organizations, and more to help you stay informed. Follow us on social media @USDemocracyLab and search our hashtag #PluralistResistance.

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      News Weekly Round-up April 1st-5th

      News Weekly Round-Up, April 1st – 5th, 2024.

      The Weekly Roundup is a student-led initiative of the Meanings of Democracy Lab highlighting the latest news about Christian Nationalism and resistance to it.

      CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM IN THE NEWS

      • MotherJones: Steve and Tracy Slepcevic, far-right extremists tied to Christian Nationalists and QAnoners, hosted a fundraiser for independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

      • BostonGlobe: Trump launches his campaign targeted at Christian Nationalists to “Make America Pray Again”

      • Variety: “The followers of Christian Nationalism want a theocracy. Stephen Ujlaki and Christopher Jacob Jones’s chilling film suggests that another Trump presidency could help them get it.”
      • CNN: Politics of religion – Trump “flirting” with Christian Nationalism and Biden criticized for being a “cafeteria Catholic”
      • Beacon: New book by Robert P. Jones exposes disturbing links to Christian Nationalism and White Supremacy
      • WashingtonTimes: ‘Christ is King’ slogan is being hijacked by the alt-right
      • Truthout: The Poor People’s campaign is working to give poverty a seat in politics, with an emphasis on religion in their work and fighting Christian nationalism
      • MSNBC: Morning Joe interview with Jim Wallis to discuss new book on rejecting Christian Nationalism
      • MSNBC: Trump criticized for getting too wrapped into a Christian Nationalist shtick

        The Pluralist Resistance YouTube Playlist

        As our team works to build a comprehensive database of the groups and leaders combatting (White) Christian Nationalism, we have compiled a YouTube playlist of videos created by those involved in this effort. Many of the videos feature experts on Christian nationalism in the US and discuss how people are working to resist its influence nationally and in local communities. 

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        Resistance to Christian Nationalism profiled in UConn Today

        A wooden cross sits on top of an American flag.

        Director Ruth Braunstein talked to UConn Today about the Meanings of Democracy Lab’s new project mapping the growing field of resistance to Christian Nationalism in the United States. Thanks to a new $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, Braunstein will scale up this work through a podcast and interactive web platform where users can explore various resistance efforts.

        The spread of Christian Nationalism is a source of bipartisan concern in American politics today, as it undermines the country’s foundational commitment to religious pluralism. As the UConn Today article explains: 

        Though [Braunstein] notes the country has not always lived up to its pluralistic ideals, she believes these ideals call Americans to create “a democracy where people of all religious faiths and no religious faiths are welcome to live in the way they choose — and not just welcome, but also part of the group of people who get to create that society.”

        Americans across the partisan divide and across religious communities believe in this vision, and they increasingly voicing concern about the influence of Christian Nationalism on US politics. Braunstein observes, “As Christian nationalism was gaining power and influence in American politics, it was also unleashing a wave of resistance.” 

        The project is the first of its kind to try to map this field of resistance, which:

        include[s] the “usual suspects” — “liberal religious groups, legal defense groups” — who have been resisting Christian nationalism for decades, “but also include[s] some new actors, including many conservative white Christians who were concerned about what Christian nationalism meant for both American democracy and American Christianity.” 

        Follow us online and @USDemocracyLab for the latest updates on the project. 

         

        Grant funding for this project comes from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program, through an initiative seeking to “Advance Public Knowledge on Democracy, Race and Religion in America.” 

        The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to deepen knowledge and understanding in pursuit of a more democratic and just world. Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., the Luce Foundation advances its mission by nurturing knowledge communities and institutions, fostering dialogue across divides, enriching public discourse, amplifying diverse voices, and investing in leadership development.