A screenshot from the talk mentioned. A man is holding up a cross.

‘Welcome to the end of democracy’ — Christian nationalism watch

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“Welcome to the end of democracy.” 

So said a speaker holding up a cross at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week.

“We’re here to overthrow it completely,” added conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec. “We didn’t get all the way there on Jan. 6th, but we will endeavor to get rid of it and replace it with this right here [the cross].” Behind him, former White House adviser Steve Bannon was heard agreeing, “All right! Amen!”

Posobiec belatedly claimed that his remarks were meant to be satirical. But, as the collaborative report by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Baptist Joint Committee on the Jan. 6 attack documented, Christian nationalism was the commonality that united the insurrectionists. 

 “After we burn that swamp to the ground,” Posobiec continued, “we will establish the new American republic on its ashes, and our first order of business will be righteous retribution for those who betrayed America.” He called on CPAC attendees to “fight” and to support “each of every J6-er,” receiving a standing ovation from many in attendance, according to NBC News

Posobiec’s remarks concluded with a statement in tune with fanatical Christian nationalism: “That’s right, because all glory is not to government, all glory to God.” His CPAC audience loudly applauded. 

A few days later, Donald Trump also addressed CPAC, but his address before the National Religious Broadcasters last Friday is where he made his most emphatic Christian nationalist pledges. Unlike Posobiec, Trump didn’t openly talk about overthrowing democracy, but he didn’t have to. Project 2025 is set in place to do so. The project’s Mandate for Leadership states that “freedom is defined by God, not man.” As Politico recently reported, the Center for Renewing America think tank is busily crafting a list of top priorities for Trump, and “‘Christian nationalism’ is one of the bullet points.” Other items include invoking the Insurrection Act on his first day to quash protests. 

So while Trump is leaving the details of his second administration to a bunch of these Christian nationalist groups, he was very eager to outline how he’s toeing the line in his speech to the religious broadcasters. He made Christian nationalist comments front, left and center in his speech — except for the many digressions complimenting himself and  bewailing his persecutions and the “big hoax.” Doing his own imitation of a martyred Jesus, he even told the crowd, “I’ve been indicted for you.”

Among his many pandering remarks:

Trump asked how many people in the room — at this famously evangelical event — were Catholic. To no surprise to anyone but him, very few indicated they were. He claimed abortions are occurring after birth. He referred to “J6 hostages.” He said, “You’re gonna believe in God because God is here and God is watching. And God probably can’t believe what he’s seeing!” The Independent, which commented on many of his misstatements, called the following remark his most unclear: “I will protect the content that is pro-God. We’re going to protect pro-God context and content.”

Ironically and sadly, Trump is right about one thing: “The greatest threat is not from the outside of our country — I really believe it is from within,” he said. “It’s the people from within our country that are more dangerous than the people outside.” 

I take that back. He made a second correct observation in his speech to the religious broadcasters: “What a difference a president makes.” 

Yes, Trump has certainly proved that to be true — and it’s why secularists and anyone who wants to preserve our democracy must rally to defeat Trump and get out the vote. Because none of us will “welcome” the end of democracy. 

P.S. It’s shocking that in less than a week, two Christian nationalists in power have talked about “God’s wrath” as if U.S. law were based on it. First came the notorious Feb. 15 decision by the Alabama Supreme Court essentially closing down IVF treatments in that state because “extrauterine children” are being killed and to avoid incurring “the wrath of a holy God.” Now it’s been revealed that on Feb. 21, House Speaker Mike Johnson, when meeting with Broome County sheriffs in Binghamton, N.Y., said law enforcement is a responsibility outlined in the bible and that law enforcers are “God’s agents of wrath.” It’s time to be seriously alarmed.

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