A photo of Jacob Rosecrants with the title secularist of the week and a photo of Kevin Roberts with the title theocrat of the week

Heritage Foundation threatens ‘revolution,’ state rep. denounces Christian nationalism

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FFRF Action Fund’s “secularist” this week is a state representative denouncing the extremist Project 2025 and Christian nationalism while the “theocrat” is spearheading that very project.

Since 2021, our “Theocrat of the Week,” Kevin Roberts, has served as the president of the Heritage Foundation. Heritage is the think tank behind Project 2025, which wants to restructure the U.S. government during a possible second Trump term (or whenever the next conservative president takes power). 

Project 2025 is a “$22 million presidential transition operation at a scale never attempted before in conservative politics.” It includes a 920-page plan to remake America into a Christian nationalist, authoritarian nation headed by an all-powerful president. It would trample the separation of state and church, the rule of law and countless civil rights, including reproductive rights, LGBTQ-plus rights and many others. It would restructure the U.S. government by replacing career civil servants with Trump loyalists and dismantling various democratic institutions. Project 2025 is meticulously planned and covers a widespread conservative, Christian nationalist agenda. Its danger cannot be overstated.

Roberts appeared as the point person for Project 2025 on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast last week, joined by former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (since Bannon reported to prison a few days ago). While celebrating the Supreme Court’s radical ruling that presidents have presumptive immunity for all official actions, Roberts said, “Let me speak about the radical [left],” before claiming that the left “has taken over our institutions” and the reason progressives are “apoplectic right now … is because our side is winning.”

Furthering fears of authoritarianism, Roberts declared: “We are in the process of the second American Revolution, which will remain bloodless if the left allows it to be.” Clearly, Project 2025 and Christian nationalism plan to take power by any means necessary. 

During his podcast appearance, Roberts also professed that the “second revolution” will be complete by 2050, coinciding with a new “great awakening” that will center God in America. Roberts claimed, “God’s law can, in fact, be a huge influence on the civil laws,” and that America’s “definition of ‘freedom’ is not the freedom to do whatever the heck we want, but the freedom to do what we ought.” Here, Roberts obviously wants to dictate American freedom according to his religious dogma. Amid backlash, Roberts doubled down by taking to X to post the same “second revolution” declaration and warn that “the left may not allow a peaceful transfer of power.” 

The Biden campaign was quick to denounce Roberts, stating on July 3: “248 years ago tomorrow America declared independence from a tyrannical king, and now Donald Trump and his allies want to make him one at our expense … they are dreaming of a violent revolution to destroy the very idea of America.”

In response to more and more voters voicing their worries about the Christian nationalist plot, Trump is trying to distance himself from Project 2025. Trump claims he knows nothing about the plot (while in the same breath saying he disagrees with parts of it) and is not connected to the think tank in any way. This is not true. Myriad Project 2025 leaders previously served in Trump’s administration, and Trump himself even praised Roberts during his keynote address at the Heritage Foundation’s annual leadership conference in 2022, a few months after Roberts became the organization’s president. Trump raved: “He’s going to be so incredible. I know that for a fact, because I know what he did and where he came from, and he’s going to be outstanding.” 

“For nearly 50 years, this legendary institution, which is what it is, has been at the forefront of the conservative movement, helping lead the fight to defend our cherished American history, culture and traditions,” Trump continued. Roberts, for his part, declared in a January interview that he believes Heritage’s role in the current political climate is “institutionalizing Trumpism.”

Meanwhile, Oklahoma state Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, representing the 46th District, is our “Secularist of the Week” for standing up against Christian nationalism and Project 2025. Rosecrants recently took to X to spread awareness about these issues. 

Last Friday, Rosecrants reposted a thread detailing various Project 2025 provisions and added his own commentary: “Please read this thread about the nightmare awaiting America with Project 2025 and spread the news about it! Also, even though Trump may deny that he’s all about it, he also lies 95% of the time he speaks or posts anything.” This, of course, refers to Trump’s attempts to distance himself from Project 2025. In another X post, Rosecrants highlighted Rev. Benjamin Cremer’s assertion that “Opposing Project 2025 isn’t partisan. It’s patriotic.”

Rosecrants has also proven he is staunchly against the Christian nationalism in Oklahoma that Oklahoma’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters, a frequent opponent of FFRF, is propagating. In late June, Walters mandated that all Oklahoma public schools incorporate the bible and the Ten Commandments into their curriculum. Rosecrants recently posted on X: “Evidence points to many of the founding fathers as being deists, those who believe in a supreme creator, but who doesn’t intervene in the universe or have contact [with] humans. That’s not Christianity. This whole Bible in the public schools thing is Christo-fascism, nothing more.”

Rosecrants again posted on X: “We already know that the state superintendent doesn’t care about the children and parents of Oklahoma. … His enlisting of out-of-state extremists behind Project 2025 to revamp … standards in social studies only further proves this. The state superintendent says Oklahomans want to erase the line between church and state, but that is simply not true. Oklahomans are disgusted by his blatant disregard of the Constitution.”

Rosecrants further addressed this unconstitutional mandate by posting a thread on X containing advice for Oklahoma’s teachers and reflections on Walters’ Christian nationalism. Rosecrants wrote: “But can you imagine the repercussions and backlash from a majority of the public to see a public school teacher losing their teaching license … for NOT having a freakin Bible in their classroom and NOT teaching out of it? There would be a full-on uprising of teachers, they wouldn’t be alone, and the Constitution would be on their side.” Rosecrants continued: “Christo-fascism and the erasure of the line separating church & state are extreme ideas, supported by a very loud, well-funded, and organized minority. The massive majority of Oklahomans, including most Christians, don’t support any of it.” 

We are extremely thankful to have a state representative like Rosecrants vocally denouncing Walters and Roberts’ Christian nationalism. The most dangerous facets of Project 2025 and Christian nationalism will need to be repeatedly publicized and denounced leading up to November. 

FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.