As I said earlier, it is important not to accept this Roe decision as normal, or as status quo. The Christian Nationalists have no intention of stopping here, no intention of letting those of us still living in free states live our lives as we wish. They intend to stomp on us all unless we conform to their religious dictates—no feminists, no queers, no history or discussion of the lives of people of color, certainly no movement forward on issues of equality and justice for workers, families, or those who live in poverty.
This New York Times article reports on their intentions very clearly.
Gift link, should get you past the paywall for the next week or two:
Christian Nationalists Are Excited About What Comes Next
The Supreme Court’s decision to rescind the reproductive rights that American women have enjoyed over the past half-century will not lead America’s homegrown religious authoritarians to retire from the culture wars and enjoy a sweet moment of triumph. On the contrary, movement leaders are already preparing for a new and more brutal phase of their assault on individual rights and democratic self-governance. Breaking American democracy isn’t an unintended side effect of Christian nationalism. It is the point of the project.
And much as happened with the alt-right and QAnon types of ideologies, Christian Nationalists recruit with propaganda in the social media spaces where young people spend much of their time, and where they can perhaps be influenced to join in the hate. Please be aware that this is going on, every day.
Christian nationalists believe that their country’s policies and laws should reflect evangelical Christian values, and culture war issues like LGBTQ rights, “critical race theory,” or immigration, are regarded as signs of moral decay that imperil their nation’s future.
Christo-fascists take that one step further, and believe that they’re fighting primordial battles between West and East, good and evil, right and left, Christians and infidels. These two labels, however, sometimes overlap….
It’s no accident that this community is expanding on TikTok, of all places, according to Thomas Lecaque, an associate professor of history at Grand View University in Iowa who focuses on apocalyptic religion and political violence. “You build your audience with a young demographic, and then you spread your ideas that way. This is how you build the next generation of fascists,” he said.
It is essential that we fight back in the upcoming elections, but also with our bodies, our voices, our money, as well as with our votes. Protest, talk with your friends and family, write and call your Congresspeople, and let everyone know you are paying attention.
I think there is actually a good chance we can hold the Senate this fall, and I’ll say more about that soon.