Christian Nationalists Running for President

Kentucky Clerk Kim DavisDo you ever worry that Sharia law is coming to the United States? If you are like most Americans, you don’t even know what Sharia law is — other than some Muslim equivalent to Levitical laws. Regardless, most people don’t worry about Sharia law because, well, there are very few Muslims in America. In fact, there aren’t many more Muslims than there are Hindus. Worrying about Sharia law is about as rational as worrying about Vishnu law. Of course, no one worries about Vishnu law or Buddha law or whatever. There’s really only one group that worries about Sharia law in the US: fundamentalist Christians.

Not surprisingly, it is a matter of projection. You know how it goes. Ever since Watergate, the Republicans have been obsessed with fake scandals involving Democrats because they just know the Democrats must be up to the same things they are. Or look at organized voter fraud. Every time an actual case comes up, it turns out to be Republicans. This is why Republicans know there is widespread voter fraud: because they’re doing it! And when it comes to worries about Sharia law, it comes from the Christian nationalists — because they want nothing so much as to force Biblical law onto our nation.

Case in point: Kim Davis. She’s the charming woman who refused to grant any marriage licenses because God’s law trumped the law she was paid to administer. Well, recently, the Associated Press got its hands on her office email (it is available by Kentucky law). And it shows a woman who is deeply delusional. For example, “I know it, but God is still alive and on the throne!!! He IS in control and knows exactly where I am!!” I still find this kind of thing odd. In the past, people thought that God actually helped them, say, win a war. Now, it doesn’t matter how low they sink, they still think God has their back.

But this is the kind of thing that really disturbs me, “September 1 will be the day to prepare for, if the Lord doesn’t return before then.” For one thing, it is such hubris. As if God really does circle around the trials of Kim Davis’ life. This is what Jesus has been waiting all these years for: someone like Kim Davis to step up and take a bold stance against secular marriages that most churches don’t respect. This is, in fact, my biggest complaint about American Christians: this unwarranted certainly that comes ultimately from them believing what others have told them. Does the Bible say that the soul enters the fetus at conception? No. It’s just something a preacher they trust says.

What’s terrifying is that Kim Davis is not just some freak. We have four men (Of course!) running for the Republican presidential nomination who are also Christian nationalists: Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal. And most of the rest of them support the same policies, and would doubtless become Christian nationalists if they saw it as a way to win the Republican nomination. And it is certainly possible that one of these men could become president. Like I said: terrifying.

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