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Sun Feb 25, 2024, 02:03 PM Feb 25

How a conservative Christian movement became an important part of Trump's political strategy


The Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol fits into a larger "Christian insurrection," according to freelance journalist Elle Hardy.

Hardy has followed the so-called Seven Mountain Mandate, or 7M, a conservative Christian movement that she says believes in a "God-given authority" to "take over the world."

"You can see a lot of shades of the Tea Party in this, which starts organizing at a very local, micro level. Start making a fuss in your workplace if you don't believe that it's being Christian enough — if they're not flying the flag or allowing you to pray or things like that," she said.

"Whatever it takes is the basic idea, and they will play a long game."

It boasts some high-profile adherents, including U.S. President Donald Trump's spiritual advisor Pastor Paula White.

I also heard this morning on NPR's On The Media an interview Christian Nationalism is Reshaping Fertility Rights Matthew D. Taylor [@TaylorMatthewD], senior scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, & Jewish Studies, on how a particular strain of Christian Nationalism, once on the fringe of America’s religious landscape, is slowly emerging as a political force. You can listen to it here: https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm

The interview was very disturbing.
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