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Book bans across the nation. Christian fundamentalism ascending. White supremacy running rampant. These are symptoms of a rising fascist politics in America. Reactionary political actors seek to reinforce white supremacy by erasing from public discussions any recognition of people of color, LGBTQ identities, and their struggles. One way this happens is through book banning, which More
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Public hearings by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have given Americans a much clearer understanding of all the ways then-President Donald Trump and his allies tried to keep him in power by overturning the results of the presidential election. Another public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, with the committee’s final report expected to be released later this year.
One force driving much of the effort to keep Trump in power, one which has not been explored publicly by the Jan. 6 committee but has drawn the attention of many journalists, scholars, and activists, was the political ideology of Christian nationalism. Christian nationalism is grounded in beliefs that the United States was founded by and for Christians, that being a “Christian nation” is central to national identity, and that it’s the job of activists and government officials to keep it that way. Under Trump, this ideology has woven its way into the broader religious-right movement and Republican Party, while far-right and white nationalist activists have made it a cornerstone of their movements.
Ahead of the insurrection, Christian nationalists promoted the belief that Donald Trump was chosen by God and that his opponents were opposing God in a spiritual war between good and evil—providing some insurrectionists with the belief that their storming of the Capitol was a righteous act.
Trump and Christian Nationalism
To understand Christian nationalism’s role in the efforts to overturn the election results, we need to first look at how Trump made it to the White House.
Conservative evangelical Christians are an essential part of the Republican Party’s base. When Trump became the GOP nominee in 2016, he knew he needed to address skepticism about his character and record. Trump allies gathered hundreds of religious-right activists for a meeting at which Trump offered them a deal: If they made him president, he would make them more powerful. And he would give them the Supreme Court of their dreams, one that would let them overturn Roe v. Wade.
Religious-right leaders took the deal. They told their followers that Trump was anointed by God, and that controlling the Supreme Court was more important than any concerns they might have about his character or positions on other issues. And it worked. Conservative white evangelicals turned out in force for Trump in 2016.
As president, Trump gave Christian nationalist leaders more power and access to power than they had ever had before. Federal agencies implemented the religious right’s anti-choice and anti-equality agendas. Trump gave televangelist Paula White a White House job that she used to promote Christian nationalist ideology—and his reelection. He gave them the kind of judges he promised and a Supreme Court that this year overturned Roe.
The 2020 Campaign: Trump’s Reelection Prophesied
Religious-right leaders and right-wing Christian media outlets did everything they could to get Trump reelected. Self-declared prophets announced that God had promised Trump a second term. Trump’s reelection was portrayed as the key to the nation’s spiritual revival. Megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin said that Trump’s loss would mean the end of freedom in America. Paula White denounced Trump’s opponents as demonic.
When Trump started to rage against state election officials’ plans to increase mail-in voting so that people could vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, religious-right leaders joined his attacks on that expanded access. Six months before the election, the leader of the pro-voting-restriction group True the Vote told a group of pro-Trump “prayer warriors” that the push to expand vote-by-mail was “from Satan” and that they were involved in a “spiritual battle” for “control of the free world.”
Millions of dollars were spent to get conservative white evangelicals to turn out for Trump—and they did, in even bigger numbers than in 2016. When he lost anyway, many of them threw themselves into his effort to overturn the election.
In God’s Name: Promoting the Big Lie and Fomenting Insurrection
As soon as it became clear that Trump would not accept his loss and would try to overturn the election results, his religious-right allies signed on to the Big Lie. They told supporters that Trump won the election by a landslide and that corruption, voter fraud, and the forces of Satan were trying to steal it from him.
For two months, Trump Republicans waged a campaign to overturn the election. Inside Trump’s team, lawyers and politicians plotted to sabotage the constitutional process for affirming the will of the voters. Meanwhile, far-right activists waged a “Stop the Steal” campaign to spread Trump’s Big Lie and pressure state officials and members of Congress to betray voters and keep Trump in power. Christian nationalists were at the heart of these interconnected schemes.
The multi-layered legal effort to overturn the election included Jenna Ellis, a Trump attorney and loyalist who once wrote a book arguing that “divine law” is “the only legitimate basis for constitutional authority.” On one of dozens of online prayer calls mobilized on behalf of Trump’s effort to keep power, religious-right author and radio host Eric Metaxas noted that the campaign to reverse the election was being led by “born-again believers” and “serious Christians” like Ellis, “Kraken” attorney Sidney Powell, and Trump team lawyer Lin Wood.
Meanwhile, so-called Stop the Steal events were rife with spiritual warfare rhetoric and threats of physical violence. Less than two weeks after the election, the so-called Stop the Steal campaign brought together members of Congress, conservative movement leaders, and Trump supporters for a large rally in D.C.; at night, violent rhetoric turned into violent skirmishes between far-right groups and counter protesters. The next month, in December, under the banner of Stop the Steal and Jericho March, a “prayer rally” on the National Mall united dominionist evangelicals, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians to promote the Big Lie and demand that Trump stay in power. “We’re marching for God,” declared event organizer Ali Alexander. “We are in a spiritual battle for the heart and soul of this country,” said former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who urged Trump to declare martial law rather than admit defeat. “God gave us Donald Trump,” screamed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, adding that satanic forces were trying to steal the greatest victory since 1776.
Also in mid-December, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins and other leaders associated with the secretive Council for National Policy signed a letter urging state legislators to override voters. “There is no doubt President Donald J. Trump is the lawful winner of the presidential election,” the letter declared. “Joe Biden is not president-elect.” We now know, thanks to the Jan. 6 committee, that current and former FRC officials were involved in the effort to get coup-promoting attorney John Eastman an audience with then-Vice President Mike Pence to pressure Pence to stop congressional affirmation of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
At Trump’s request, on the eve of the insurrection, as MAGA activists poured into Washington, D.C., Stop the Steal activists and others gathered for an hours-long rally near the White House. There, Christian nationalism mingled with conspiracy theories, threats of violence, and calls for war. “We’re here to serve notice because this is a demonic attack from the gates of Hell!” said South Carolina pastor and current congressional candidate Mark Burns. California pastor Ché Ahn, a leader of the dominionist New Apostolic Reformation, told the crowd that “we’re gonna rule and reign through President Trump and under the lordship of Jesus Christ.”
On Jan. 6, Christian nationalist pastor and White House aide Paula White opened Trump’s rally near the White House with a prayer, calling for God to give the assembled MAGA activists “holy boldness” and praying that “every adversary” would be “overturned right now in the name of Jesus.”
On the grounds of the Capitol, religious imagery was impossible to ignore, often mingled with fanatical devotion to Trump. “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my President,” proclaimed one flag. “Trump is President. Christ is King,” read another banner. Proud Boys knelt in prayer before members of the far-right group headed into the Capitol.
After insurrectionists had successfully battled police to break into the Capitol and members of Congress had been evacuated, insurrectionist Jacob Chansley led a prayer from inside the Senate chamber. He concluded:
Thank you for allowing the United States of America to be reborn. Thank you for allowing us to get rid of the communists, the globalists, and the traitors within our government. We love you, and we thank you. In Christ’s holy name we pray! Amen.
After the insurrection failed, Christian nationalist leaders and media outlets, including figures like Michele Bachmann and Lance Wallnau and programs like “Flashpoint” on Kenneth Copeland’s Victory Channel, began contributing to the cover-up almost immediately. “Prophet” Mario Murillo claimed on the evening of Jan. 6 that he knew “for a fact” that none of the insurrectionists were Trump supporters. Among the false claims presented to Victory Channel viewers as “confirmed” news: the insurrection was led by antifa activists who had been bused in by the FBI to infiltrate a peaceful rally.
Not everyone was on message: The morning after the insurrection interrupted but failed to stop congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election, the Dove Christian television network’s morning news program featured hard-right activist John Guandolo telling viewers that the insurrectionists showed “restraint” by not executing the “traitors” in Congress.
A month after the insurrection, the conservative American Enterprise Institute released survey data showing that white evangelical Protestants were far more likely to believe QAnon conspiracy theories, Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, and false claims that anti-fascist activists, not Trump supporters, were responsible for the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. About half of white evangelical Protestants “said the antifa claim was completely or mostly true.”
Religious-right leaders supported Trump Republicans’ efforts to prevent a congressional investigation of the events leading up to the insurrection. “What’s the point?” FRC’s Tony Perkins asked last year.
The Big Lie as Excuse and Voter Suppression
Christian nationalists have played an essential role in keeping Trump’s Big Lie alive, claiming in spite of all evidence that he was the legitimate winner of the election as many of them had prophesied. And many have rallied around a wave of voter-suppression legislation pushed by Trump Republicans around the country—legislation that disproportionately targets voters of color—and whose proponents justify it by pointing to the Big Lie’s success at sowing mistrust about election results.
By portraying the election as a spiritual war between good and evil, and claiming that the defeat of God’s favored candidate—Trump—would mean the end of religious liberty and the criminalization of Christianity, religious-right leaders fostered the sense that the end justified any means to keep Trump in power. Trump Republican officials, their political allies, and far-right activists from former White House aide Steve Bannon to white nationalist Nick Fuentes, invoked Christian nationalist language to fire up their followers.
This fall, Christian nationalists have rallied around candidates like Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor of Pennsylvania. The have embraced Dinesh D’Souza’s widely debunked “2000 Mules” movie and its claims to “prove” widespread voter fraud, and they have embraced the voter suppression and intimidation efforts that have been inspired by that propaganda.
It is important to note that many Christians, including some conservative Christians, reject the political ideology of Christian nationalism and the ways it has been enfolded into Trump’s MAGA movement.
Scholars have documented that Americans who hold strongly Christian nationalist views are also more likely to support authoritarianism and to believe that violence may be justified in the pursuit of political goals. That explains why Samuel Perry and Philip Gorski, authors of “The Flag and the Cross,” describe Christian nationalism as “a fundamental threat to democracy.” And it is why People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch continues to document the threats posed by Christian nationalism, sound the alarm about the potential for future right-wing coup attempts, and give people tools to defend democracy, pluralism, and freedom.
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The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church compared dying in the war against Ukraine to an act of “sacrifice” and that doing so absolved soldiers of their “sins.”
Patriarch Kirill I made his remarks on Sunday, days after Russia announced a “partial mobilization” of troops, and men continue to be seen fleeing the country to avoid the draft.
—Matthew Luxmoore (@mjluxmoore) September 26, 2022
“Many are dying on the fields of internecine warfare,” Kirill said, according to a translation by Reuters. “The Church prays that this battle will end as soon as possible, so that as few brothers as possible will kill each other in this fratricidal war.”
“But at the same time, the Church realizes that if somebody, driven by a sense of duty and the need to fulfill their oath … goes to do what their duty calls of them, and if a person dies in the performance of this duty, then they have undoubtedly committed an act equivalent to sacrifice. They will have sacrificed themselves for others. And therefore, we believe that this sacrifice washes away all the sins that a person has committed,” he said, according to Reuters.
Kirill is known to be a supporter of President Vladimir Putin and of the invasion of Ukraine.
He previously justified the war as a fight against “excess consumption” and “gay parades” infiltrating Ukraine, according to The Orthodox Times. Kirill has also described Putin’s leadership as a “miracle of God.”
Putin announced on September 21 a “partial mobilization” of 300,000 military troops — an act seen as an escalation of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Lines of cars have packed Russia’s borders with Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and other countries, according to The Associated Press.
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A majority of Republican voters favor establishing a national religion in the United States of America, according to the results of a survey conducted by Politico and the University of Maryland that was published on Wednesday.
The poll contained two key questions.
The first asked respondents if they believed that the Constitution allows for an official state religion.
Forty-three percent of Republicans said yes and fifty-seven percent said no.
The second question was if those polled would “favor or oppose the United States officially declaring the United States to be a Christian nation?”
Sixty-one percent of Republicans said they would, while only thirty-nine percent said that they would not.
The First Amendment to the Constitution explicitly forbids such an action:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Politico nonetheless noted in its report that “appeals to Christian nationalism have a long tradition in American history, though they have usually operated on the fringes. But the increasingly mainstream appearance of this belief in GOP circles makes sense if you look at new public opinion surveys. Our new University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll suggests that declaring the United States a Christian nation is a message that could be broadly embraced by Republicans in the midterms and 2024 presidential race. But our findings also see limits to its appeal — and over the long-term, Christian nationalism could be a political loser.”
It added that “much of the support for declaring the U.S. a Christian nation comes from Republicans who identify themselves as Evangelical or born-again Christians: Seventy-eight percent of this group support the move compared to 48 percent of other Republicans. Among Democrats, a slight majority of those identifying themselves as Evangelical or born-again Christians also backed such a declaration (52 percent), compared to just 8 percent of other Democrats.”
MIAMI — Republican politics may be about to get a lot more churchy than they already are. On Monday, the second day of the National Conservatism conference here, conference organizer Yoram Hazony, chair of the Edmund Burke Foundation, called on conservatives, repeatedly, to “repent.” This chastisement was focused in large part on what Hazony — also the author of “The Virtue of Nationalism” and the recent “Conservatism: A Rediscovery” — considers excessive squeamishness on the political right to discuss what he sees as the Christian roots of the United States.
This might come as a surprise to many Americans who have watched the increasingly overt and forceful alliance between the Republican far right and Christian nationalism. But Hazony envisions something on a broader societal level: the restoration of Christianity as the “public culture” of America, meaning that Christian values and observances are assumed to reflect the will of the majority, and while non-Christians should not face active discrimination they also should not expect to see their values reflected in the public square. Hazony himself is Jewish, but has argued for the past several years that only such a restoration of public Christianity — through things like a return to Bible instruction in public schools — can stave off the threat of “woke neo-Marxism.” Toward that end, he argued, Republicans need to be even more explicit than they already are.
“When politicians come and stand on this stage,” he asked, “do they mention the Bible? No, never.” He continued, seeming to directly reference a quote from the speech that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had delivered on the opening night of the conference: “Do they mention God? Yes, yes they do. They’ll always say the same thing: ‘Well, our rights come from God, not government.’ OK, fair enough. Can you tell me, when did God give you those rights?” There was an answer to that question, he continued: “We got these rights from God in the Bible.”
An hour later, when Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley took to the stage, he eagerly obliged, delivering a speech that might as well have been a sermon.
In 2021, when Hawley last spoke at NatCon, he drew nationwide headlines for his declaration that “the Left” sought to “unmake manhood” and create “a world beyond men,” and widespread mockery for his contention that feminist critiques of masculinity had led to a generation of young men addicted to video games and pornography.
This year, Hawley said, he was focused on the left’s “efforts to unmake history.” But after the standard conservative reference to 1776 and the contention that “the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God,” Hawley went a step further, saying that notion “comes from the Bible” and that, in fact, America’s founding had only been possible because of the Bible.
“We are a revolutionary nation precisely because we are the heirs of the revolution of the Bible,” Hawley said, in a clear response to Hazony’s challenge that was echoed by other speakers throughout the day. “This was a revolution that began with the founding of the nation of Israel at Sinai and continued with the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in the days of ancient Rome.”
“Without the Bible, there is no modernity. Without the Bible, there is no America,” Hawley claimed. “And now our biblical inheritance is again at the center of our politics. It is the question of the age.” The “woke left’s” campaign to “remake” the country, he continued — from the “1619 Project” to trans rights — was actually targeting “the inheritance of the Bible.”
“What they particularly dislike about America is our dependence on biblical teaching and tradition,” Hawley said. “What they particularly dislike about our culture is the Bible. And now they want to break that influence for good.”
If the tone of that speech seems unusual for a U.S. senator, it fit in at NatCon, which included other talks with titles like “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Christian Nationalism,” “How Christian Conservatives Beat the UN and How You Can, Too,” “A Christian Case for an ‘America First’ Government,” and four separate panels considering the respective roles of both the Protestant and Catholic versions of faith within the movement. On Tuesday morning, Daily Wire media host Michael Knowles delivered a plenary address making the case that “the traditional definition of the United States” is inarguably “Christian nationalism.”
Hawley went on to speak at length about scripture, invoking biblical stories of Abraham and Jesus, and told a story about early Christians in the Roman empire who drove an axe into the head of a statue of a “pagan” god, supposedly leading to “thousands of rats…surging out of the rotten insides.” That, he continued, was akin to NatCon’s political enemies today.
“The woke left, they seem powerful, and maybe they are,” Hawley concluded. “Opposing them might cost us much, but the truth is worth any cost.” Invoking the biblical through-line that, “though the God of the universe could have accomplished his purposes entirely on his own, he chose instead to call us to do his work with him,” Hawley exhorted the audience to “count the cost and take our stand, and we will turn the tide.”
There is perhaps nobody more responsible for the widely held belief among right-wing activists that the United States was founded to be an explicitly Christian nation than religious-right pseudo-historian David Barton. Despite the fact that Barton’s misuse and misrepresentation of both American history and the Bible have been well-documented, his work has played a key role in laying the foundation for the Christian nationalist worldview being widely espoused today by Republican leaders and their right-wing political allies.
Recently, Barton delivered a presentation at Radiant Church in Colorado which provided a helpful example of how he misrepresents history and scripture to create false impressions that support his Christian nationalist political agenda.
In his presentation, Barton focused on a speech delivered on June 28, 1787 by Benjamin Franklin during the Constitutional Convention, in which Franklin suggested that those gathered turn to God in prayer for help in drafting the Constitution:
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own want of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.
I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without [H]is notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without [H]is aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without [H]is concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.
In Barton’s telling, “there were 14 Bible verses that [Franklin] quoted” in this one short speech. Barton claims that while Franklin is generally considered to be one of the least religious of the Founding Fathers, he delivered a speech filled with Bible citations, which Barton claims is proof that the Founding Fathers were all deeply religious men who intended to create a Christian nation.
“If that is the least religious, what does the most religious look like?” Barton asked rhetorically, analogously arguing that even in the church audience listening to his presentation, someone is the least religious person there but “maybe that just means you’re 99.6 percent Christian when everyone else is 99.7 [percent].”
Barton’s claim that the Founding Fathers were all so deeply knowledgeable of the Bible that Franklin could simply rise and extemporaneously deliver a speech filled with biblical citations is undercut by fact that “a copy of the speech” exists “among the Franklin Papers in the Library of Congress.” Barton also intentionally fails to mention that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention chose not to heed Franklin’s call to prayer and adjourned without taking any action on his suggestion. As historian Richard Beeman recounts in his book, “Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution“:
At the conclusion of the day’s session in which the delegates rejected his suggestion, [Franklin] scrawled a note on the bottom of the speech he had written expressing his incredulity: “The convention, except three or four persons, thought prayer unnecessary!”
It is also worth taking a closer look at Barton’s claim that there were 14 Bible verses quoted in Franklin’s speech. Helpfully, Barton flashed an image on screen listing all of the verses supposedly quoted by Franklin, making it easy to compare his claims to the actual speech.
Technically only one actual Bible quote appears in Franklin’s speech: “Except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it” is a quote from Psalm 127:1.
Strangely, regarding Franklin’s assertion that “a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice,” Barton credits Franklin as quoting two New Testament passages that basically say the same thing.
Luke 12:6: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.
Matthew 10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
While it is hard to understand how this one Biblical allusion in Franklin’s speech can count as two quotes from the Bible, it is even harder to understand how Barton justifies crediting Franklin with quoting four Bible verses simply for using the word “byword.”
1 Kings 9:7: I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples
Psalm 44:14: You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us.
2 Chronicles 7:20: I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
Deuteronomy 28:37: And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead you away.
Barton is on somewhat firmer ground with some of his other citations, such as Franklin’s use of the phrases “Father of lights,” which mirrors James 1:17, “groping as it were in the dark,” which mirrors Job 12:25, and the reference to the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11.
As for the other four Bible verses Barton lists, we can only guess at what passages from Franklin’s speech he is citing.
Daniel 4:17 says that “the sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men,” which perhaps Barton thinks Franklin was referencing by asserting that “God governs in the affairs of men”?
Maybe Barton thinks that Franklin’s statement that God will “illuminate our understandings” is a reference to James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”?
As for “it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another” from Psalm 75:7, and “the Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life” from Psalm 121:7, we don’t really know what parts of Franklin’s speech supposedly quotes this passage.
Regardless, there are nowhere near 14 Bible verses quoted in Franklin’s speech; there was one literal quote, a few allusions, and some language that Barton simply unilaterally decided were Bible quotes because of vague similarities between the two.
The most telling thing about Barton’s misrepresentation of Franklin’s speech is that the speech itself was unmistakably religious, as Franklin was overtly urging the delegates at the Constitutional Convention to turn to God in prayer. But that isn’t enough for Barton, who needlessly exaggerates and misrepresents what actually happened and does so because he is not a historian who is concerned about accuracy, but is instead an ardent religious-right activist who is interested primarily in misusing history and scripture to promote his partisan political worldview.
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While the Christian Right has been an increasingly powerful factor in American politics for decades,…