61 Percent of Republicans Think US Should Be Declared a Christian Nation

An alarming new poll finds that a comfortable majority of Republicans think that the U.S. should be declared a Christian nation in a show that GOP leaders’ propaganda campaign to normalize and advance fascism has caught hold among the party electorate.

The poll was conducted by the University of MarylandIn May published by PoliticoOn Wednesday, 61 percent of Republicans favored declaring the U.S. Christian nation. 39 percent opposed. Only 17 percent support the idea among Democrats, while only 38 per cent of respondents supported the idea in general.

This is despite declaring Christianity the national religion being blatantly unconstitutional. The First Amendment states that U.S. lawmakers “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”

Most of the poll’s nearly 2,100 respondents acknowledged this, though Republicans did so at a much lower rate than others, at 57 percent compared to 70 percent of all respondents. It is still striking that so many Republicans support such a move, despite it being unconstitutional, especially for a party like the Republicans. before Donald Trump, largely viewed itselfas the primary supporter for the Constitution (even though that may not be the case). has never It was really true, either).

It is alarming that there is so much support for Christian nationalism. Christian nationalism has become a reality. dangerous ideology closely associated with — or even identical to — white supremacy, Corporate oligarchyAnd fascism; A modern example is religious nationalism Zionism and Israel’s quest to Violently suppressPalestinians and strip them from their humanity.

The ideology has been PushTrump and his allies in the recent years and has even Openly accepted by the party’s most extremist members, including white nationalist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). Position of modern Christian nationalists people of color and LGBTQ people as enemies of civil society, variously asserting that social justice movements are attempts to end Christian “heritage” and the white race.

Indeed, the poll found that those who support Christian nationalism are highly likely to harbor “white grievance” over their status in the U.S. About 59 percent of those who say that white people are facing increased levels of discrimination — not true by nearly any metric — say that the U.S. should be a Christian nation.

Research has found that identifying with Christian nationalism is highly correlated with support for political violence — and, indeed, horrific recent events demonstrate the rise of the Christian nationalist movement on the right.

In May, a racist mass shooter opened fire in a Buffalo grocery store in a predominantly-Black neighborhood, New York. Ten people were injured and three others were hurt, had linksExperts say that Christian nationalism is a viable option. Christian nationalists, too showed up in drovesThey attempted to violently overturn 2020 elections by citing God and Christianity in their anti-democratic attack at the Capitol on January 6.

The ideology is also at least partially responsible for recent attacks on peoples’ rights. Anti-LGBTQ lawsThese sentiments are often promoted in the name Christianity, as in a recent lawsuitBy Christian plaintiffs to allow employers the right to deny coverage for HIV medication in their health insurance plans. This is disproportionately affected gay and bisexual men.

Of course, the repeal of abortion protections was under Roe v. WadeIt was a major triumphThis summer, Christian nationalism was a major issue. It stripped hundreds of millions of people of their right to choose whether or not they want to become pregnant. putting millions of lives in danger.

There is some consolation for those concerned by the rise in Christian nationalism. The poll found that older Republicans are more likely than younger ones to want the United States to be recognized as a Christian nation. This is compared to the 71 percent and 72 per cent of the baby boomers and the silent generation. About 50 percent of respondents, including Generation X, millennials as well as Generation Z, support Christian nationalism.