Thank you to all who joined us Sunday, December 3rd, for Senator John Marty’s presentation on the work he and other Minnesota legislators are doing to counter the rise of Christian Nationalism in Minnesota. We had a great turnout with nearly 100 people! The caucus Senator Marty co-chairs opposes religious discrimination and works to uphold the constitutional separation of church and state.
You can view the recording of that presentation HERE.
This presentation and discussion build on Nativity’s October series on Standing Up to Christian Nationalism, which ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton calls a “perversion of the Gospel and a threat to our democracy.” We invite the Nativity community to continue to learn and envision opportunities for loving, collective action against the Christian Nationalist movement.
You can view all the recordings of our past events for this ongoing initiative HERE.
Christian nationalists assert that the U.S. was founded as a Christian nation and should remain one. They push to move the country from a democracy to a theocracy where (right-wing, often white supremacist) “Christian” beliefs are imposed on others. Senator Marty states, “Christian nationalists have been getting more and more vocal, and if they’re going to organize to move that agenda forward, we better be aware of what they’re doing and speak out on it.”
In Minnesota, there is a growing political push towards Christian Nationalism, including promoting anti-LGBTQ legislation, posting “In God We Trust” signs in public schools, and opposing Minnesota Historical Society efforts to educate people on perspectives that the Legislative Prayer Caucus opposes.
John MacLeod, Grace Gee, Don Tastad and Jerry Hoffman are members of a Nativity task force organizing efforts to inform others about the agendas of Christian Nationalism and opportunities for education and action. For information on how to get involved, contact Jerry Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Grace Gee (email@example.com).