Democrat Lawmakers Attack Christianity Under the Guise of Christian Nationalism

At a Wednesday contentious House Oversight and Accountability Committee meeting, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle affirmed their commitment to religious freedom. Yet, sharp divides were evident regarding perceived threats to that freedom, both domestically and internationally.

As reported by Sojourners, the meeting was convened to discuss the Biden administration’s role in thwarting global religious persecution. It saw Republican members heavily criticizing the administration for what they perceived as its failure to address religious persecution overseas adequately.

Meanwhile, Democratic representatives voiced concerns about the rising tide of Christian nationalism within the country, emphasizing its potential threat to religious freedom and democracy at home.

Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) was particularly vocal about the issue. He differentiated between Christianity and Christian nationalism, stating, “Christianity is not Christian nationalism. I oppose my faith being used to whitewash a racist, violent, and dangerous ideology.”

Drawing attention to the upcoming fifth anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Frost underscored the dangerous role Christian nationalism has played in violent incidents nationwide.

Several witnesses at the hearing pointed out the alleged involvement of Christian nationalism in the Jan. 6 protest.

Amanda Tyler, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, testified that Christian nationalism acted as “a permissive structure and a uniting ideology” for those at the Capitol that day. She further asserted that some Christian nationalists mingle religion and politics to support their white supremacist beliefs.

Tyler’s comments were echoed by others who felt that the U.S. might struggle to credibly address religious persecution globally if it doesn’t address issues like Christian nationalism domestically.

“It’s crucial for our credibility… that we adhere to our values and standards about what religious freedom means,” Tyler remarked in a later interview.

“Christian nationalism is actually a good thing,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on X, then known as Twitter, in 2022. “It is an identity that Republicans need to embrace and I am being attacked by the Godless left because I said I am a proud Christian nationalist.”

The discussion took a heated turn when Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.) accused Republicans of supporting ties between former President Donald Trump and extremist groups, including Christian nationalists, neo-nazis, and white supremacist organizations.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) took offense, demanding specific evidence rather than broad allegations.

Despite the polarized debate around domestic threats like white supremacy and Christian nationalism, there was a unified sentiment regarding the importance of religious freedom.

Rep. Daniel Goldman (D-N.Y.) summed up the need for a “unified anti-hate platform among all religions, ethnicities, and races” to return to the country’s foundational principles.

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