Americans are worried about Christian nationalism. The church should take that as a wake-up call.

(American Magazine. Kathleen Bonnette).

A recent story in Politico by Alexander Ward and Heidi Przybyla (“Trump allies prepare to infuse ‘Christian nationalism’ in second administration”) and the kerfuffle it has animated in Christian spaces is in need of some nuance.

The authors warn of the dangers of a Christian nationalist agenda; they also highlight documents indicating that Christian nationalism would be an explicit policy priority of the administration if Donald J. Trump is again elected president. Mr. Ward and Ms. Pryzbyla worry that Russell Vought, a prospective chief of staff in a second Trump administration, “and his ideological brethren would not shy from using their administration positions to promote Christian doctrine and imbue public policy with it.” They also note that Mr. Vought “makes clear reference to human rights being defined by God, not man.” In a later interview on MSNBC, Ms. Pryzbyla went further, stating that the belief that rights come from God, rather than human authority, makes one a Christian nationalist.

Some Christian political activists, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Brian Burch of Catholic Vote, cried foul, saying that the MSNBC interview in particular is evidence that Christianity is under attack.

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