There is no greater threat to American democracy today than Christian nationalism. Ahead of the midterms and looking beyond, Interfaith Alliance is working to sound the alarm on this dangerous ideology and equip members of our community with the tools to further a more inclusive vision of religious freedom.
As Interfaith Alliance strengthens these efforts, drawing on three decades of work combating the Religious Right, we’re also excited to welcome our new president and CEO Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush as host of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast. This week of State of Belief, we’ll explore what Christian nationalism is – and what each of us can do to combat it in our own communities.
Christian nationalism may draw on the symbols and language of Christian religious life, but make no mistake – the “Christian” elements of this ideology are more about identity than religion. Its ultimate goal is power for a particular group of Americans, at the expense of all others. Renowned experts on Christian nationalism Dr. Andrew Whitehead, award-winning author and scholar, and Dr. Sabrina Dent, president of the Center for Faith, Justice, and Reconciliation, will join Paul to discuss this rising movement and the danger it poses not just ahead of the midterms, but for democracy writ large.
The pernicious influence of Christian nationalism can be felt outside the ballot box, and in our everyday lives. One major way the Religious Right is working to build its narrative is by censoring anyone whose worldview dare diverge from theirs. Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and Marshall Plan for Moms, and Skye Perryman, president and CEO Democracy Forward, will be with Paul to discuss the cultural impact of Christian nationalism and how we can combat it.
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