Letter: In response to “The Rise of Christian Nationalism” by Barbara Thomson



As a lifelong Democrat and someone who has identified as a liberal Christian his entire life, I have been both confused and concerned by the political polarization that has developed over the past few years. So much so that I contacted Barbara a few months ago. I wanted to better understand why his church was so vocal, especially on the polarizing issues of race and gender identity. I made it clear that I didn’t want to be canceled or rejected by my community for having an opinion.

The belief that this is all a “conservative white Christian” agenda is a dangerously irresponsible and unsubstantiated claim. Many of my relatives are immigrants. Latin and Asian immigrants are statistically very Christian. Other immigrant populations are Muslim, but are nonetheless traditionally religious. The vote of African-American communities also generally distorts religions.

It seems obvious to me that forcing narratives around gender identity and the decriminalization of crime alienates traditionally liberal demographics. As a result, we are in danger of losing hard-earned ground – not least reproductive rights.

Barbara’s noble intentions to create a more tolerant world have somehow veered off course into a more extreme form of “virtuous leftism” that does more to nudge traditionally liberal voters to the right. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon.

I fear the approaching “red wave” and what it means for the future of society. However, I don’t blame white conservative Christians. I blame the ideologues on both sides who continue to force people to choose a side – and to choose a side they will choose.

James Butler


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