I’ve got to admit, I’m getting really fucking sick and fed up with those two words, Christian Nationalism. You know what those two words are? A totally political construct. Not only is there no constitutional basis for the phrase, but every time some GOP scumbag utters it, he or she is literally betraying their oath to serve and protect the constitution.
Let’s take ’em in reverse order, shall we? Let’s start with the word nationalism. Let’s be clear here, in the United States, there is no room for the word nationalism. Because unlike almost every other nation on earth, if you’re not a Native American, this isn’t your nation. We are a nation of immigrants, originally we all came from somewhere else. And the only ism there should be in this country is patriotism for the country that welcomed us in and gave us a shot.
Now let’s deal with that sticky Christian wicket. These GOP douche nozzles that love to spout their claptrap about the United States being founded as a white Christian nation are simply using an age old dog whistle to curry far right racist and religious zealot votes. Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit! Most of the founding fathers of this republic came here fleeing religious persecution in their native lands. Not only does the US Constitution forbid a religious test to qualify for government service and office, they took steps to ensure that all religions got the same freedom to practice their faiths that the founding fathers were after themselves. The two words Christian Nationalist are totally incompatible with our constitution.
Here’s what the two words Christian Nationalist mean when you strip away all of the political sophistry and bullshit. They are a far right political fire alarm for every racist or low education far right religious zealot to make them feel better about their piss poor lives. The logic is simple, I’m a Christian, and this is my nation, so I’m a Christian Nationalist, which makes me mentally and religiously superior to all of these other races and religions wandering around out there. After all, it’s our nation, we just let them hitch along for the ride.
I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we take the Christian Nationalists, and combine them with the far right militias, and call them by 2 other words instead. I’m thinking of Domestic Terrorists. I like the ring of that, because that’s what they are. Christian Nationalists don’t have a Christian bone in their bodies. They use the cloak of their Christianity to give them license to hate and strike out at anybody who is different from them. Because they’re the root of all problems, aren’t they?
And don’t even get me started on the far right militia groups. Their use of the term militias is an overt reference to the constitutional phrase Well regulated militias. But they’re not well regulated, and they’re not militias. What they are is domestic terrorist cells. Just look at the inane screeds and infantile blather they engage in. They claim to be true patriots, defending democracy from a government that has turned imperial. And their only goal is the overthrow of the US government. Read the mentality as follows, I’m a total loser, and my life is in the shitter, so it’s all the gubbmint’s fault for giving all the help to minorities and gays. Time to overthrow the gubbmint, and take back out White, Christian nation! Helpful hint. Try a bar of soap, ashower, a shave, a GED, and a job, and see if things don’t look up for ya!
The 1st Amendment of free speech is the crown jewel of our constitution. But it has also been misread and misapplied that it is muddied. The only thing the 1st Amendment does is to protect citizens from government retribution from expressing their feelings about the government. But when those citizens turn into organized cells or organizations, with their sole purpose being the overthrow of the duly elected government, then they become domestic terrorist groups. And congress must find a way to deal with this threat. Believe me, I’m well aware of the fallacies of the politicians in the US Congress. I screamed and wailed, and gnashed my teeth at the passage of The Patriot Act. But there has to be a solution. Because the implication is clear, when you stop being a citizen, standing on a soapbox and shouting through a bullhorn, and instead organize into a group to overthrow the government, you’re not a citizen anymore, you’re a domestic terrorist. And law enforcement and the FBI must have a way of keeping the rest of us safe from you.