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A National Hymn Would Create Religious Divisions
Democrats shouldn't promote Christian Nationalism.
Residents of Parkersburg, West Virginia believe they’ve spotted former councilman Eric Barber in images from within the Capitol during the insurrection. Barber admitted he was at the protest, but claimed he did not enter the building. You tell us whose pants are on fire:
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn is set to introduce a bill that would make a song of liberation for Black Americans, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the “National Hymn.” While Clyburn’s effort to bring the nation together through music and culture is a worthy one, the lyrics are blatantly Christian in nature, as hymns are, and would be doing a disservice to the religious diversity of our country. We should be moving away from Christian Nationalism, not leaning into it.
Barry Croft, one of the men indicted in the plot to kidnap and kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, claims he was “granted permission from God to commit murder.”
Incidentally, members of Croft’s right-wing militia group, the 3 Percenters, who were not arrested in the Whitmer plot went on to participate in the U.S. Capitol attack.
Nearly 60 elderly men were finally extended justice for the sexual abuse they endured in the 1940s and 1950s at the hands of a Catholic orphanage. The lawsuit, brought forth by four anonymous plaintiffs, has been ongoing since 1999 up until this week when the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the Church’s appeal.
Make no mistake: Christian Nationalism was at the forefront of the hate and violence we witnessed in D.C. last week. The New York Times lays it all out in How White Evangelical Christians Fused With Trump Extremism:
The presence of Christian rituals, symbols and language was unmistakable on Wednesday in Washington. There was a mock campaign banner, “Jesus 2020,” in blue and red; an “Armor of God” patch on a man’s fatigues; a white cross declaring “Trump won” in all capitals. All of this was interspersed with allusions to QAnon conspiracy theories, Confederate flags and anti-Semitic T-shirts.
Finally, we need more songs: