For those whom this is confusing: condemning white Christian nationalist politics is not “anti-Christian.” Christian Nationalism in the United States began in the early 1940’s out of anti-Semiticism, then evolved into staunch opposition to Irish immigration, Catholic influence, desegregation, interracial marriage, voting rights, racially integrated public education, homosexuals, and — while remaining pure to many of those aims — now targets Mexicans and Muslims.
Steve King’s racially charged, white supremacist tweet,”We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and his want for an America “that is just so homogeneous that we look a lot the same,” was explained by CNN’s Ruth Ben-Ghiat:
“Today’s racists… believe in population management as the way to save white Christian European society. This is the context for King’s tweet… ‘culture and demographics are our destiny.’ Persecution from below and state action from above (deportations to get people out, bans on letting people in) will, over time, reduce the number of undesirables able to pollute the genetic pool.”
Ben-Ghiat cites a shocking fact: “Over one week in January 2016, 62% of Trump’s tweets had white nationalist origins or connections.” The broker of these connections — former Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon — was rewarded with unparalleled advisory power in the administration. It’s not surprising that Trump and members of his staff have quickly moved to put the power of the state behind the denigration of all that is nonwhite.”
Unless you’re a member of the Klan, White Christian Nationalism should appear a pretty damning view of the Christian faith. Make sure you’re clear on what White Christian Nationalism is: racists using the Christian faith as legitimacy to promote white supremacist policies. Admittedly, evidenced by their near unified support of White Christian Nationalist politics, that includes the vast majority of White Conservative Christians.
This is the logical dilemma. You can either deduce that those who support White Christian Nationalist policies well-represent Christianity or you can reject what they regard as a “Christian worldview” and deny them Christian legitimacy. Those of us who deny ISIS the legitimacy of being Islamic are well-practiced at this. But it’s a nuance which isn’t always easy to convey in this highly polarized, highly abnormal political climate at the zenith of racial and religious resentment.
Condemning the scourge of White Christian Nationalism is a generational choice. All Christians should resist the urge to be complicit. When you condemn, appropriately, in the harshest possible terms; Donald Trump, Steve King, Steve Bannon, Neo-Nazis, the KKK or the majority of Conservative Christian politicians and their constituents who explicitly or complicity support White Christian Nationalist views and policies, that’s not anti-Christian, that’s staking your claim as a decent human being on the right side of history.