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White Evangelical Christians and their Ancestors

QAnon at the riot

The cult-like conspiracy system and conservative Christianity are influencing one another and creating potentially violent fanatics under the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic fallout.  Both movements are angry and bitter over former president Donald Trump’s election loss —

QAnon at the riot

Many white Christian evangelicals were QAnon followers at the Jan 6 riots shouting for the death of Mike Pence

which they believe was fraudulent. “Older members would ignore Black Lives Matter and instead say we had to focus on sex trafficking,” said Jared Stacy, who led a Southern Baptist church in Virginia until recently moving to Scotland with his family. “It’s like 2020 just exposed so many undercurrents that were already there and growing. How could I compete with an hour of a sermon on Sunday with a person who was committing hours and hours to media and information on YouTube and Facebook?”1

When asked about the QAnon conspiracy theory that political leaders run a sex trafficking ring, Peters of the Patriot Church in Knoxville, Tenn., wouldn’t disavow it. Peters also knows that many Protestant

Christian terrorist and white supremacist pastors promised the USA would become a theocracy.

pastors were at the riot and shouting and shoving to overthrow the government and installing a dictator who they believed would be “more Christian.” The Protestant evangelical white Christian ministers hailed a return to a previous (non-existent) Christian theocracy where pastors would rule and not senators or representatives. It was to be a reborn again Jean Calvin Geneva where executions for Jesus would become a regular feast for the white Christian evangelical faithful when heretics would be roasting on an open fire when found and condemned by a tribune of pastors.

“I don’t know if they’re right or wrong — I have no evidence personally to go one way or the other,” Peters said. “Let’s investigate that instead of investigating preachers who were at the [Jan. 6] rally as if we started some sort of insurrection.” Peters was among those who participated in the Jan. 6 rally to “re-elect” Donald Trump.

White Christian evangelicals for Trump

White Christian evangelicals riot for god’s Chosen One: Trump

What can come off as a benign plea of ignorance and a feigned desire to learn the truth is enough to keep the theory going — and have it gain steam. According to a recent study by Lifeway Research, 49% of Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregations repeating baseless conspiracy theories.2

The majority of the domestic terrorists were white evangelical fundamentalist Christians

“Religious terrorism tends to be more lethal, because people believe they’re serving a higher purpose by committing acts of violence, as opposed to secular groups or ethno-nationalists who are fighting over territory or land,” said Colin Clarke, a senior research fellow at The Soufan Center. “You can’t negotiate with these people, and you especially can’t negotiate with QAnon, because how do you assuage grievances that don’t exist?” former GOP congressman, Denver Riggleman, sees parallels between the Qanon radicalization of evangelical Christianity and radical Islam, and he’s afraid white evangelicals are being increasingly drawn into a “messianic” and “apocalyptic” cult.

Hitler and Trump had evangelical leaders support their death camps and family separation policies.

“This has grown well beyond just something that we can categorize as QAnon,” said Riggleman, now a chief strategist with the Network Contagion Research Institute after losing his seat to a right-wing primary challenger. “It’s almost become a conspiracy industry that is evangelical.” This was how Hitler got his white Christian Evangelicals to serve as his prison guards and soldiers in his army.3

White evangelical carrying a Bible to the riot of Jan 6, to testify overthrowing the government was the will of Jesus.

The reality of the white Christian evangelical fundamentalism extremists was graphically seen in the number of Protestant ministers who joined the rioters, as well as the numerous prayer sessions beseeching their god to  give them the power to  hang Vice President Mike Pence and assassinate  Democrats — a regular call by Boebart (R-CO) and Greene (R-GA) who encouraged the domestic terrorists to carry their bibles into the “holy war” to topple the “anti-Christian” Joe Biden (in fact, a devout Roman Catholic) who they were claiming was stealing the election in the name of Lucifer.

On the Jews and Their Lies a book by Martin Luther, 1543

In 1543, Martin Luther wrote a hate-filled pamphlet of 65,000 words entitled Von den Jüden und iren Lügen written when his efforts to convert Jews failed. To explain his usual shortcoming and refusal to accept differences in people, Luther called for their persecution,4 arguing that their schools and synagogues be set on fire, and their homes and prayer books be burned, calling for “these poisonous envenomed worms” to be expelled for all time, and no one should protect them.4 If the Jews refuse to go the real German people “are at fault in not slaying them.”6 Luther’s words struck at the heart of white Christian Germans, who feared the “dark Jew” who had invaded their land and crossed their borders–even though many Jewish people had been living there for hundreds of years. Luther’s racism, lies,7 and bigotry spilled over and captured the minds of “Nordic” Germans who resented the dark-haired, brown-eyed Jew for centuries and Luther’s pamphlet was held up at Nazi rallies and preached from Lutheran and other Protestant pulpits.8 The words are identical to the anti-Semitic misogynist Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) who cherished his visit to Hitler’s site9 that has led at least one Protestant minister to attempt to complete Luther’s work and convert a rabbi to Jesus (who was also a rabbi and never a Christian).10

Boebart-Cawthorn-Greene US Representatives who welcomed and encouraged the overthrown of the USA Jan 6, 2021.

Cawthorn has his hating anti-Semitic, misogynistic (he has been accused by many women of inappropriate touching, and padding his resume with lies11), and homophobic equals in Lauren Boebert (R-CO), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) getting rabbis and other Jews to demand their seeing in the seditious trio QAnon ideology “anti-Semitic and antidemocratic nonsense that is responsible for a rise in anti-Semitic violence and deadly antidemocratic insurrectionism aimed at overturning free and fair elections.”12 Rabbis have noted “In addition to her support of QAnon, a completely false conspiracy theory with anti-Semitic elements, Rep. Greene has indicated support for bizarre theories about Jewish-controlled space lasers being responsible for forest fires. It is not hard to draw the connection between the increase in public officials supporting such hateful nonsense and the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks and violence over the last several years. Jewish history, unfortunately, offers us too many examples of inflammatory language and conspiracy theories ultimately turning into violence. We must cut off support for conspiracy theories before they lead to even more violence than we have already seen.” Luther’s hatred and bigotry is alive and growing in the Republican Party and its support for the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, American Nazis, and KKK the vast majority being white evangelical “Christians” who would  be clones line them: misogynists, homophobes, xenophobes, white nationalist/supremacists, bible-believing bigots quick to outlaw interracial and same-sex marriages, outlawing all abortions, mandating Christian prayers and bible studies in all schools, closing all borders and building a wall separating the United States of Mexico from the northern states while rounding up all Latinos and their children and grandchildren for deportation.13

  1. https://www.npr.org/2021/02/21/969539514/disinformation-fuels-a-white-evangelical-movement-it-led-1-virginia-pastor-to-qu.
  2. https://lifewayresearch.com/2021/01/26/half-of-u-s-protestant-pastors-hear-conspiracy-theories-in-their-churches/.
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/qanon-march-4-white-christian-evangelicals-b1812490.html.
  4. “Luther, Martin”, Jewish Encyclopedia. See also the note supra referring to Robert Michael.
  5. “Luther, Martin”, Jewish Encyclopedia. See also the note supra referring to Robert Michael.
  6. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, cited in Michael, Robert. “Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews,” Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343–344.
  7. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, 154, 167, 229, cited in Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, p. 111. Oberman, Heiko. Luthers Werke. Erlangen 1854, 32:282, 298, in Grisar, Hartmann. Luther. St. Louis 1915, 4:286 and 5:406, cited in Michael, Robert. Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 112-113.
  8. Luther, Martin. On the Jews and Their Lies, cited in Michael, Robert. “Luther, Luther Scholars, and the Jews,” Encounter 46 (Autumn 1985) No. 4:343–344. and Ellis, Marc H. “Hitler and the Holocaust, Christian Anti-Semitism” Archived 2007-07-10 at the Wayback Machine, Baylor University Center for American and Jewish Studies, Spring 2004, slide 14. Also see “Nuremberg Trial Proceedings” Archived 2006-03-21 at the Wayback Machine, Vol. 12, p. 318, Avalon Project, Yale Law School, April 19, 1946.
  9. https://www.timesofisrael.com/gops-cawthorn-who-sparked-row-with-visit-to-hitler-site-wins-us-house-race/, and https://www.jta.org/2021/02/08/politics/following-a-string-of-controversies-madison-cawthorn-meets-with-his-jewish-constituents; cp. https://discourseblog.com/madison-cawthorn-conversion-jews/
  10. https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2020/12/11/hanukkah-message-christians-like-madison-cawthorn-conversion-north-carolina-nc/3873206001/.
  11. https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/03/02/madison-cawthorn-accused-of-sexual-harassment-falsifying-his-biography, including lying about being accepted at the Naval Academy whereas he been rejected by the academy before his accident.
  12. https://truah.org/press/rabbis-call-for-expulsion-of-reps-marjorie-taylor-greene-lauren-boebert-and-other-legislators-supportive-of-qanon/. Cf. https://www.salon.com/2021/01/21/newly-elected-gop-members-deny-giving-reconnaissance-tours-before-capitol-attack-so-who-did/.
  13. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/in-trumps-vision-of-a-white-america-immigrants-should-be-grateful-and-servile/2019/07/18/0afb70c6-a8e3-11e9-a3a6-ab670962db05_story.html and https://time.com/5628283/trump-tweets-racist-white-america/ and https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/09/problems-white-people-america-society-class-race-214227 also https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/dahleen-glanton/ct-racism-white-people-george-floyd-20200531-tmdbj52ownc7fegdargh75k4qq-story.html; cp. https://www.quora.com/What-would-an-all-white-America-be-like.

3 comments to White Evangelical Christians and their Ancestors

  • Paul Pearson  says:

    Let’s not forget their leader, DJTrump, used to keep a copy of Hitler’s collected writings at his nightstand.

    We have to ask ourselves if we really want an America in the fashion of the Dark Age mentality some fundie xtians want for not just themselves, but everyone. That is why I volunteer for AU.org locally.

    Peace.

  • Arthur Frederick Ide  says:

    Ivana Zelníčková was born on February 20, 1949, in the Moravian city of Zlín, one of DJT’ wives wrota about hubby keeping Hitler’s speeched on his night stand in their bedroom. He told Vanity Fair magazine: “Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”); https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2015/08/donald-trump-marie-brenner-ivana-divorce; cp. https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-ex-wife-once-said-he-kept-a-book-of-hitlers-speeches-by-his-bed-2015-8

  • J Besse  says:

    Many people today are pretty much worn down when it comes to our politics. They cannot see any benefit to them personally with just about every thing the politicians do. The do not understand the system. The do not understand the Constitution. Since the pretty much slept through high school have never learned what our freedoms are or how we got them.
    And because of this, the are reaching for an safety line for anyone who will throw it. Enter Donald the”Duck” trump. Promise them everything they want (to hear).
    It’s easy. As I said once before, If you bucket is empty you can fill it with anything you want. Same is true of the brain cavity. When it’s empty, it can be filled with anything.
    I give you the contemporary voter.

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