Colson: A Late Dispatch from Wisconsin

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Well, I did.

For a number of reasons, I am officially now a resident of a small village in south-central Wisconsin just 20 miles south of Madison, which is a blue island in a very red sea of ​​MAGA-heads.

The move was arduous, the installation was a bit chaotic, but our new home is working pretty well despite a few speed bumps in the form of missed deadlines and broken promises from the builder.

I’m sorry for the delay in this dispatch, but I’ve been a little too distracted to start anything over the past month.

But, hey, so good at this point, and I continue to keep an eye on Colorado politics, particularly the increasingly bizarre outbursts of Colorado’s self-aggrandizing incumbent in the third congressional district, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Silt, a Trump-loving, insane, undereducated right-wing maniac.

Specifically, I was puzzled, at best, and generally outraged, by his recent efforts to recast himself as a “Christian nationalist,” which is an odd combination of ersatz bible and pure opportunism.

Boebert’s statements along these lines are so far out in left field that even some Republicans have shown signs of Boebert fatigue.

And the same is true even for some of the very people she claims to be courting – genuine religious commentators fear that she and other “Christian nationalists” are perverting everything from the principles of Christianity she professes to hold, to the words enshrined in our national founding documents, including the United States Constitution.

Completely misrepresenting parts of the Constitution, Boebert said that instead of separating church and state, as the Constitution provides, “the Church should run the government. The government is not supposed to run the church…. I’m sick of this separation between church and state junk.

The points she completely overlooks, of course, is that the Constitution nowhere says the state shall “run the Church”, but rather contains language aimed at keeping the Church out of government business. .

Although the Constitution nowhere contains, as she and others have strongly pointed out, the words “separation of church and state”, it explicitly and implicitly advises against authorizing the precepts and doctrines of religion close to the creation of laws and regulations overseeing the governance of our country.

First, as noted in a column by Baptist scholar and activist Marvin A. McMickle in The Christian Citizen and the online publication Baptist News, the Constitution states that “Congress shall not pass any law respecting the establishment of a religion… nor will it prohibit the free exercise of it. »

The meaning here is obvious: religion and government must be entirely separated so that no sect or creed can ever become the law of the land.


Additionally, as McMikle points out, there is Article VI, Clause 3 of the Constitution, which states, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification for any public office or trust in the United States.”

Because we as a nation come from many different backgrounds and religions, we should not expect one particular belief to take precedence over another.

As a rule, religious groups are at least partly based on the idea that their beliefs are preeminent and special, and the religious referents of nationalists and Christian fundamentalists aim to place their own beliefs and creeds above all others . All you have to do is listen to them and you detect whiffs of “justice” superiority everywhere.

“Not only is Christian nationalism bad political philosophy, but it is also faulty Christian theology, asserting that God has a special connection with the United States. Christian nationalism seeks to take a global religious faith centered on love and the grace of God, and on caring for one another and the most needy among us, and transforming that faith into an ideology that would allow an extremely conservative group of people to impose their political agenda on the nation and the world,” McMickle states emphatically.

It’s time to defend Christianity against Christian nationalists, McMickle continues. “What seems like a fringe movement in American politics today may become a danger to religious liberty tomorrow for all Americans when state power is used to advance the work of any group that claims to speak on behalf of of the whole church…. If we are not careful, this nation could face a return to a form of religious intolerance not seen since the founding of the Colony of Virginia in 1606, when all settlers were required to be educated in the one true religion.

McMickle is right, and the Republican Party seems to be just as determined to stage a political coup as it is to stage a religious takeover of this country, and if they succeed, the result will be nothing we can recognize as the states -United of America.

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