Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Christian Right
As Presidential candidate Donald Trump courts white nationalists from such organizations as the American Freedom Party, a review of Christian white supremacy in the US seems timely. In this second issue of INSiGHT, we examine religious hysteria in America, and the spiritual warfare of Puritanical conservatism against socialism and the indigenous peoples’ movement.
With candidate Trump and the Tea Party on a rampage to reassert Christian white supremacy in American public institutions, it behooves us to understand the Puritan roots of this holy war. Digging deeper into Christian white supremacy, we spotlight the reemerging anti-Indian movement in the US, by examining its driving force of Christian Identity doctrine.
As implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples becomes a significant basis for the exercise of jurisdiction by indigenous nations in Canada and the US, the most virulent opposition will come from the true believers of Christian Identity. Understanding this milieu, and how it relates to other sectors of Christian white supremacy and the anti-Indian movement, is essential to effective human rights organizing and the future of democracy.