The woke left is freaking out over what they are calling the newest Christian nationalist state. According to the latest from the New York Times, this state has taken a hard turn towards the Christian right. We are going to find out where, and most especially, why, when it comes to the rise of Christian nationalism, this state is just the beginning.
– Montana’s political landscape has shifted from a more libertarian-leaning to a strong Republican dominance in recent years.
– Many Republican state lawmakers in Montana have taken “biblical citizenship classes” to learn fundamental principles of government.
– Christian nationalism is becoming mainstream in red states, with over 60% of Republicans ascribing allegiance to such principles.
The state of Montana has been designated by the woke warriors over at the New York Times to be perhaps the most stellar example of the rise of Christian nationalism inside the US. The Times notes that Montana’s political landscape has traditionally been characterized by what many would call a more libertarian bent, with elections often ticket-splitting between Democrats and Republicans. Before 2000, Montanans voted for the Democratic presidential candidate about 30% of the time, and in 2008, Obama came within one point of winning Montana.
In recent years, the Republican Party has surged to completely dominate the state. In the last midterm elections, Republicans just won a supermajority in their state legislature for the first time in Montana’s legislative history. They won 70 of 100 House seats and 33 of their 50 Senate seats. These aren’t the typical milquetoast RINO Republicans like the mealy mouse frauds we see in Texas. These are Republicans who are led by Governor Greg Gianforte, who is a solid Christian conservative. He has served on the board of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and he has helped lead the Republican Party in Montana to implement some of the most conservative Christian legislation in the nation.
Montana has passed legislation banning transgender reassignment surgeries for minors as well as trans athletes from female sports teams. Montana has increased tax credits for private Christian schools and implemented numerous anti-abortion laws. According to the New York Times and their interviews with several Republican state lawmakers, almost all of them were taking what’s called “biblical citizenship classes” such as the one popularized by Rick Greene’s Patriot Academy. Rick Greene is a former Texas legislator.
To learn the basic biblical principles of government, it is fundamental to understand the accommodationist conception of church/state relationship. It is widely recognized among legal scholars and historians that most of our Founding Fathers were accommodationists when it came to the relationship between church and state. This means that they believed that church and state should work together for the betterment of society. It was modern leftwing liberalism that took that accommodationist vision of church and state away from us and imposed a separationist view, which has completely crumbled in a state like Montana. We are also seeing it crumbling throughout the nation.
Woke secular liberals were shocked by a recent study from the Public Religion Research Institute that asked 5,000 respondents representing all 50 states if they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements representative of Christian nationalist sentiments such as ‘The U.S. government should declare America a Christian nation,’ ‘U.S. laws should be based on Christian values,’ ‘If the U.S. moves away from our Christian foundations, we will not have a country anymore,’ ‘Being Christian is an important part of being truly American,’ and ‘God has called Christians to exercise dominion over all areas of American society.’
The results were particularly terrifying for secular liberals. According to the study, 30% of the American public as a whole either agrees or strongly agrees with every single one of those statements. When Republicans were polled, according to a recent University of Maryland study, a supermajority, 61% supported the formal declaration of the United States as a Christian nation. What’s even more fascinating is that nearly 20% of Democrats would like to see America declared a Christian nation.
Christian nationalism is becoming so mainstream that even Vivek Ramaswamy, a self-professed Hindu, is being faulted by the woke media for embracing Christian nationalism. What’s happening in Montana doesn’t look odd considering the shifts we are seeing nationwide toward a resurgence of tradition and religion. Christian nationalist sentiments are shaping virtually every red state in the nation with over 60% of Republicans ascribing allegiance to Christian nationalist principles. Woke liberals are terrified by this trend, and it is continually growing!
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