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The insurgents also put up a cross.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ '๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ' ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‰๐š๐ง. ๐Ÿ” ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐”๐’ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ฅ

In addition to symbols of white supremacy, many of the rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6 carried signs bearing religious messages, such as โ€œJesus Savesโ€ and โ€œIn God We Trustโ€ while others chanted โ€œJesus is my savior and Trump is my president.โ€ In a video interview, one of those who breached the Senate floor describes holding a prayer to โ€œconsecrate it to Jesusโ€ soon after entering.

Many white evangelical leaders have provided religious justification and undying support for Trumpโ€™s presidency, including his most racially incendiary rhetoric and policies. But as a scholar of religion, I argue that a particular segment of white evangelicalism that my colleague Richard Flory and I call Independent Network Charismatic, or INC, has played a unique role in providing a spiritual justification for the movement to overturn the election which resulted in the storming of the Capitol.

INC Christianity is a group of high-profile independent leaders who are detached from any formal denomination and cooperate with one another in loose networks.

๐๐ซ๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ

In the days and hours leading up to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 the group Jericho March organized marches around the Capitol and Supreme Court building praying for God to defeat the โ€œdark and corruptโ€ forces that they claimed, without evidence, had stolen the election from Godโ€™s anointed president โ€“ Donald Trump.

Jericho March is a loose coalition of Christian nationalists formed after the 2020 presidential election with the goal of overturning its results. Leading up to and following the Capitol violence, their website stated: โ€œWe are proud of the American system of governance established by our Founding Fathers and we will not let globalists, socialists, and communists destroy our beautiful nation by sidestepping our laws and suppressing the will of the American people through their fraudulent and illegal activities in this election.โ€ This statement as well as others were removed some time after the Capitol riot.

Jericho Marchโ€™s main activity has been organizing prayer marches around Capitol buildings around the nation after the election, imitating the โ€œbattle of Jerichoโ€ in the Bible. In this biblical battle God commanded the army of his chosen people, the nation of Israel, to blow trumpets and then march around the city walls until God brought the walls down and allowed Israel to invade and conquer the city. According to the Bible, this was the first battle that the nation won in its conquest of Canaan, the โ€œpromised landโ€ that it occupied afterward.

Jericho Marchโ€™s activities culminated in a large prayer rally on Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C., that included prayer marches and speeches on the mall by convicted and pardoned former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Trump-supporting founder of MyPillow Mike Lindell and far-right Oathkeepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes.

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by Anonymousreply 2601/15/2021

Evangelicals, of course. The bane of this country's existence.

by Anonymousreply 101/13/2021

This needs more exploration because why would people be so passionate over that obese evil man? I watched one video where some woman was marching to the Capitol and she kept saying, "Praise Jesus, praise Jesus, Jesus is Lord."

These Christian groups need to be exposed, called out by the Christian establishment and denounced. And have their tax shelters taken away. The GOP and Trump have used these people. But it's also convenient for these white entitled people to use Religion and Jesus for their "Righteous" cause so they don't feel guilty associating themselves with White Supremacy.

by Anonymousreply 201/13/2021

[quote] A group of INC โ€œprophetsโ€ proclaimed Trump to be Godโ€™s chosen candidate, similar to King Cyrus in the Bible, whom God used to restore the nation of Israel. After their prophesies of Trumpโ€™s winning the election came true, these โ€œprophetsโ€ became enormously popular in INC Christianity.

Omg, they are so delusional. He's the most sinful and corrupt being in the world. They got conned big time.

Maybe Trump was meant to be here to expose the rot in the political system. It really woke up people to realize how precious and fragile our Democracy is.

by Anonymousreply 301/13/2021

All theyโ€™ve done is turn off tens of millions of people to their cause. Permanently. Like if that was there intent then BRAVO, job well done!

Way to go โ€œChristiansโ€. All those souls that wonโ€™t be coming to Jesus!

by Anonymousreply 401/13/2021

Tell them I've forsaken them.

And that I chose YOU to tell them.

by Anonymousreply 501/13/2021

This is why WE hate THEM.

by Anonymousreply 601/13/2021

In God We Trust.

Don't use dollars bills if you don't trust God.

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by Anonymousreply 701/13/2021

Theyโ€™re all freaks.

by Anonymousreply 801/13/2021

R7, who uses cash anymore?

by Anonymousreply 901/13/2021

Nothing says Christianity like violent insurgence and hate.

by Anonymousreply 1001/14/2021

Fuck these bitches.

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by Anonymousreply 1101/14/2021

[quote]Like if that was there intent then BRAVO, job

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 1201/14/2021

So basically American Taliban

by Anonymousreply 1301/14/2021

It would be wonderful if they started crucifying each other, to experience Jesus' pain. I would gladly help build the crosses. Or perhaps the National Zoo could lend some lions and tigers, so that these folks can experience true martyrdom.

by Anonymousreply 1401/14/2021

Why won't anyone call them "Radical Christian Terrorists"? This was a BIG FIUCKING DEAL for the Rep pigs during the Obama years.

President Barack Obama's refusal to identify radical Muslims as the perpetrators of acts of jihad around the world, referring to them only as extremists with no mention of their religion, is some sort of "bizarre, politically correct doublespeak ... simply not befitting a commander in chief," Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday on Fox News' "The Kelly File."

It's stupefying, according to Cruz, that the White House could hold a summit on b;a b;a b;a b;a

by Anonymousreply 1501/14/2021

As Dostoevsky recognized some 150 years ago, these same people would have put the real Jesus Christ on trial and called for his execution.

by Anonymousreply 1601/14/2021

[quote]It's stupefying, according to Cruz, that the White House could hold a summit on b;a b;a b;a b;a

Huh, R15?

by Anonymousreply 1701/14/2021

I'm not r15, but is there really someone who can't figure out bla bla bla bla?

by Anonymousreply 1801/14/2021

Theyโ€™re trash, darling.

by Anonymousreply 1901/14/2021

Sinclair Lewis said "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

by Anonymousreply 2001/14/2021

[quote]is there really someone who can't figure out bla bla bla bla?

It doesn't say 'bla bla bla bla,' R18.

by Anonymousreply 2101/14/2021

๐–๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ž๐๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐ž ๐‡๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐ฒ

In the past few days, Iโ€™ve seen all kinds of statements from Christian leaders trying to distance themselves from the violent mob at the Capitol. Christian writers known for their thoughtfulness lament that โ€œsomehowโ€ white supremacy has crept into our churches, and the faculty of a major evangelical institution put out a manifesto saying that the events at the Capitol โ€œbear absolutely no resemblance toโ€ the Christianity they teach. That mob, theyโ€™re telling us, is a fringe element. Theyโ€™ve radically misunderstood the real message of American Christianity.

This could not be further from the truth.

I believe the mob at the Capitol has radically misunderstood the teachings and life of Jesus. But it is an absolutely logical conclusion of white American Christianity.

Hundreds of years ago, the Church laid the foundation for the theft of the Americas, enslavement of Africans and Native Americans, and centuries of brutal colonization worldwide, with the doctrine that it was O.K. to take land and liberty from people who were not Christian.

Within their first decade on this continent, the holiness movement of the Puritans, who told themselves theyโ€™d come to the โ€œnew worldโ€ to spread the gospel, had virtually exterminated the Pequot people, and enslaved many survivors. And Roger Williams, the Massachusetts minister who became the first advocate for religious freedom and the separation of church and state, was banished from his colony by his fellow Christians for objecting to government attempts to enforce the first four of the Ten Commandments, refusing to swear an oath of loyalty to the government of Massachusetts and saying grace over his meals at the wrong time. Alone and sick, he fled into the New England winter, which almost killed him. Though his fellow Puritans gave lip service to the idea that they had come to the continent to share the light of Christ, he was the only one who bothered to learn local customs or languages. Saved that winter by the Narragansett people, he was without a church home when he died years later.

Williamsโ€™ doctrine of the separation of church and state was eventually inscribed in the American Constitution. And Thomas Jeffersonโ€™s Declaration of Independence reflects the strong influence of Christianity in the American colonies, by rooting the rights it demands in our status as creatures of God. But the Declaration of Independence also describes Native Americans as โ€œmerciless Indian savages,โ€ and the Constitution defined African-Americans as only three-fifths of a person. Despite Americaโ€™s early public piety, this country is explicitly founded on the idea that the people who built its farms, roads, cities and wealth, without freedom or payment, are not quite human. And despite Jeffersonโ€™s rousing insistence on the equality of โ€œmenโ€ in the eyes of God, his own wealth came mainly from a factory he staffed with enslaved children.

Sentimental depictions of Christian faith among enslaved people are popular with American Christians, and the rich tradition of gospel music, perhaps Americaโ€™s greatest contribution to world culture or the church, was unquestionably created by people living in American slavery. But people in slavery in America did not start becoming Christian in large numbers until around 1800, because American slave-holders avoided sharing Christian teaching with the people they enslaved, so that they wouldnโ€™t find themselves in the position of holding fellow Christians in slavery, which might force them to give up their โ€œproperty.โ€

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by Anonymousreply 2201/14/2021

Okay, it was appalling, it was disgusting... how long do we have wallow in this? Some will get prosecuted, most won't.

Trump will not. He'll cry free speech and escape justice, even though he was the mastermind behind it (what do you think they've been doing for two months?).

There won't be any more of these. They made their point. They're not going to walk into a trap; criminals need the element of surprise.

Make everyone who voted for Trump (was it 75 million?) send in one dollar to pay for the damage.

by Anonymousreply 2301/14/2021

[quote]There won't be any more of these.

No one can guarantee that, R23. Online activity in terms of planning is still rising. And a certain amount of focus has shifted to state capitols.

It's a matter of concern that Team Biden still want to hold the inauguration outdoors.

by Anonymousreply 2401/14/2021

These assholes are with us forever. To minimize their threat is kind of murderous.

by Anonymousreply 2501/14/2021

[quote] There won't be any more of these. They made their point. They're not going to walk into a trap; criminals need the element of surprise.

The ONLY people who were surprised on that day appeared to be the Capitol police (if you believe what they say).

Everyone else saw all the posts, most from trump himself, exhorting them all to a โ€œrallyโ€ that is going to be โ€œwildโ€ beginning a month ago where โ€œweโ€™ll stop the steal.โ€ Cโ€™mon.

by Anonymousreply 2601/15/2021
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