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A New Survey on Christian Nationalism
March 07, 2024
We discuss a new national survey that provides insight into the beliefs behind Christian Nationalism.  Then, a new wave of interfaith activism is calling for a ceasefire in Palestine.
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. Photo courtesy PRRI
Unpacking Christian Nationalism March 07, 2024
Dr. Robert P. Jones joins the program to discuss the latest research documenting the rising influence of Christian Nationalism in some segments of American politics.  Jones details the methodology and criteria used to measure and estimate the proportion of Americans who sympathize or adhere to five core beliefs and those who are skeptics and rejectors of this religious, political ideology. Jones discusses the interplay of race, religion, and partisan identity and why certain wedge issues are salient in today’s political climate.  He notes that among the findings, perhaps most disturbing, is evidence of a growing acceptance of political violence among those who are adherents and sympathizers of Christian Nationalism.  The unwillingness to see one’s political opponent as a fellow citizen but rather as an existential enemy poses a severe threat to democracy, in Jones’s view.

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., President and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is the author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity and The End of White Christian America, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

PRRI's entire report, Support for Christian Nationalism in All 50 States, is available on its website.

Faith leaders artists and activists participate in Pilgrimage for Peace. Photo by Joe Piette via Flickr, courtesy Al Jazeera, and used under a Creative Commons By Attribution license.
The Pilgrimage for Peace March 07, 2024
As the United States vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, a group of multifaith peace activists began a journey from Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church heading for the White House.  Several national organizations supported the effort, including the National Council of Churches, the AME Conference, and Rabbis for Ceasefire.  

In this episode of The Take podcast from Al Jazeera, Malika Bilal offers a closer look at the history and advocacy of Black churches in calling for peace in Gaza with Rev Stephen A. Green, an ordained minister and one of the nation's leading human and civil rights leaders.

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
 used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

All additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.