Letter: Christian Nationalism is a cancer upon the land
David Hanson writes that Christian Nationalism "is a vile bastardization of what it means to be an American and a Christian."
For the ignorant, the term Christian Nationalist sounds darn right patriotic. After all, we all love America (no matter what certain politicians say about those of a liberal bent), and most of the country is Christian. Christian Nationalism, however, is a vile bastardization of what it means to be an American and a Christian.
Christian Nationalism is the idea that America is not only a great country but better than all other nations...to their exclusion and detriment. It also promotes the idea that Christianity should trump the Constitution as the law of the land and America should be governed according to certain interpretations of the holy scriptures.
Not being a Christian Nationalist does not mean a lack of love and admiration for America, but simply the recognition we love our country just a as much as others love theirs – and this echoes Jesus' admonition to "love your neighbor as you love yourselves." Nationalism informs us to love ourselves and not our neighbor.
Nationalism always causes wars...hot wars, culture wars, wars of territory and ideology. It is a cancer upon the nation.
David Hanson is a resident of Pelican Lake, Minn,
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