I've been calling it Christophobia since my earliest days on the old SS Forum. It's a real thing.
Secular progressives have been fearful of Christians who live their faith organically...holistically...building their political beliefs and faith from the same place deep within them.
The linked article is as antichristian and phobic as any as I've read in a looooooooong time. And, it's from the effin AP!, not a common source of wackadoodlism.
Interestingly, just this past week I've received pushback for suggesting that Nancy Pelosi's religious beliefs and her position on abortion should be consistent. Come to find out. Blue MAGA Swampcultists think that if a person is foolish enough to believe in God, religious speculation should submit it political ideology.
Our own Donna is fairly open about the fact that she's convinced that Christians who live their faith in their political commitments hope to create a worldwide theocracy.
You theophobes, specifically Christophobes, seem to quiver increasingly. Funny.
As far as the article is concerned,
Christian nationalism on the rise in some GOP campaigns
Mastriano opened his remarks by evoking Scripture: “God uses the foolish to confound the wise.” He claimed Pennsylvanians’ freedom would be “snatched away” if his Democratic opponent wins in November, and cast the election in starkly religious terms with another biblical reference: “Let’s choose this day to serve the Lord.”
Mastriano, a state senator and retired Army colonel, has not only made faith central to his personal story but has woven conservative Christian beliefs and symbols into the campaign — becoming the most prominent example this election cycle of what some observers call a surge of Christian nationalism among Republican candidates.
...scholars generally define Christian nationalism as going beyond policy debates and championing a fusion of American and Christian values, symbols and identity.
Mastriano “is a unique case where he really does in his speeches highlight this apocalyptic idea” where his supporters and causes are on God’s side, said Andrew Whitehead, sociology professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and co-author of “Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States.”
Christian nationalism is emerging alongside and in some cases overlapping with other right-wing movements, such as the conspiratorial QAnon, white supremacy, and denialism over COVID-19 and the 2020 election. Christian prayers and symbols featured prominently in and around the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection there.
These are exerpts from article teaming with paranoid, phobic, deranged rants.
Pennsylvania’s Doug Mastriano won surprisingly big in the GOP primary, despite the fact that several of his opponents ganged up on him in the end, falling in line behind one candidate. Mastriano kicked butt. (pb didn't vote for Mastriano.)
Mastriano is about as populist MAGA as, say, Pocahontas is as a secular Blue MAGA Swampcultist. Fervent, committed, but not over the moon crazy, like Bernie and AOC are on the left.
But, bahahahahahahahahahaha, he's nuthin more than a conservative man who organically connects theology and politics.
Nothing to fear. Unless, of course, you are deranged.
Also, pb will be STUNNED if he wins in November...even in a red wave year.