The Left’s Latest Attack on Christianity

In a paroxysm of panic about Americans’ rejection of the Biden administration’s policies of open borders, rampant crime, runaway inflation and profligate spending on foreign wars, the Left has decided that the real cause of the widespread dissatisfaction and demand for policies that place Americans first is “Christian nationalism.”

They’ve been tossing this term around for a while, but it has picked up steam in recent weeks. It attracted widespread attention last week when Politico reporter Heidi Przybyla appeared on MSNBC to expound upon the article she penned warning of the presence of “Christian nationalists” in America who are flexing their political muscles. During her MSNBC appearance, Przybyla explained ominously that “Christian nationalists” believe that (wait for it) “our rights as Americans — as all human beings — don’t come from any earthly authority. They don’t come from Congress; they don’t come from the Supreme Court; they come from God.”

Across traditional and social media, plenty of people piled on to mock Przybyla for her historical illiteracy. The Declaration of Independence refers to the right of self-governance to which “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” entitle mankind. It goes on to declare as “self-evident” that “all men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” and that the role of government, properly constituted, is to “secure” those rights. In fact, the document states expressly that when “any Form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

These principles — upon which our nation was founded — are contained within the philosophy of law known as “natural law,” which — contrary to Przybyla’s suggestion (she referred to it as “a pillar of Catholicism”) — does not trace its origin to Christianity, but at least as far back as the classical Greek tradition. Przybyla admitted “that so-called ‘natural law'” was great insofar as it was used by Martin Luther King Jr. to advance the cause of civil rights for Black Americans. But in defense of human life? Unborn children? Marriage and the family? Quelle horreur!

In fact, much more is embedded in Przybyla’s comments. She purports to distinguish between ordinary Christians and “Christian nationalists.” But this distinction is specious for at least two reasons.

First, the implicit assumption is that the sort of Christians who are inoffensive and unthreatening are those who do not expect American society or government to reflect their values. This is — to say the very least — hypocritical coming from those on the political and cultural Left who demand that American culture and government reflect theirs.

Secondly, the epithet “Christian nationalist” will not remain confined to what are currently being called “extreme” viewpoints among Christians. The Left will do what it always does: (1) coin a new term; (2) gin up public hysteria about its definition, and then; (3) having created widespread negative consensus around the term, expand its application to encompass many more people. We have already seen this done with “racist” and “white supremacist,” which at one point referred only to Nazi skinheads and others who literally espoused the genetic supremacy of people who trace their origin to northern Europe, but then got stretched out and mashed up into terms like “white privilege” and “systemic racism,” which somehow apply to just about anyone (including conservative Black people) the Left wants to smear.

An article posted last year on CNN provides proof. First, it inserts “White” into the description. So “Christian nationalism” becomes “White Christian nationalism.” Then it refers to these views as a “deviant strain or religion” that has “infected” U.S. politics. Finally, it reports on a 2023 poll in which two-thirds of white evangelical Protestants “qualified as sympathizers or adherents to Christian nationalism.”

Wait, what?

What does it mean to be a “sympathizer”? It means that those polled “mostly agree” with statements like “U.S. laws should be based on Christian values” or “If the U.S. moves away from our Christian foundation, we will not have a country anymore.”

Statements like those are deliberately crafted to create a particular result. The average American who knows the content of the Declaration of Independence would have little difficulty agreeing that our laws are based — and therefore should be based — on Christian values. And as for “not having a country anymore,” that language is just sloppy, since it’s impossible to tell what those polled meant by agreeing. By way of example, North Korea is a country, but few Americans would want to live there — including those foaming at the mouth about “Christian nationalism.”

In point of fact, there is no United States of America — at least as it was designed and as we have known it — without natural law. In place of the internal restraints on antisocial behavior provided by widespread religious belief, the Left instead argues — always — for the growth of government to rein in the chaos created by their own encouragement of license. We need only look at our cities to see what this has wrought.

Those who are not Christians cannot dismiss these threats as irrelevant to them. This isn’t just an attack on Christianity; it is an attack on Judeo-Christianity, and the Left’s shocking attitude toward Jews and Israel has been on display for months. And as for believers of other faiths, they are also potential targets. Ultimately, the war against Christianity and “natural law” is a war against anyone who dares suggest that government is subordinate to anything — including God.

Whatever our religious differences, we must unite behind the common principles upon which America was founded, and defeat those who would dissolve them. Benjamin Franklin’s advice to his fellow founders is just as applicable now as it was then: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”

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Laura Hollis

Laura Hirschfeld Hollis is a native of Champaign, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. Hollis' career as an attorney has spanned 28 years, the past 23 of which have been in higher education. She has taught law at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has nearly 15 years' experience in the development and delivery of entrepreneurship courses, seminars and workshops for multiple audiences. Her scholarly interests include entrepreneurship and public policy, economic development, technology commercialization and general business law. In addition to her legal publications, Hollis has been a freelance political writer since 1993, writing for The Detroit News, HOUR Detroit magazine, and the Christian Post, on matters of politics and culture. She is a frequent public speaker. Hollis has received numerous awards for her teaching, research, community service and contributions to entrepreneurship education. She is married to Jess Hollis, a musician, voiceover artist and audio engineer, and they live in Indiana with their two children, Alistair and Celeste.

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  1. Very good article Laura. Those that call us Christian Nationalists, I call AntiChrist Nationalists. Some have asked me “why Republicans and Democrats can’t meet in the middle?” I replied, “Because Socialism has nothing in common with freedom! How can control over everything meet in the middle with freedom to choose?” I have seen many changes over my 69 years. But I never dreamed it would be this bad.So much hatred and meanness from the left. Even seniors being assaulted for no reason and without provocation waiting at a bus stop. And the “my body, my choice” crowd forgets that body was created by God and a woman has a responsibility for that infant in her belly and will have to answer for taking that life to God. I don’t understand how when a woman pregnant gets murdered and the killer gets charged with two murders, but when a woman has an abortion it’s not a murder? I believe we have seen nothing yet! Things are really going to get bad with the influx of all the migrants flooding into the U.S. during Biden’s debacle. When lawless people come into a law abiding country and treat it like the country they came from, either they abide by our laws or they turn it into the third world country they came from. I apologize for the rant. I am just concerned about my children and grandchildren. I am coming to the end of my journey and most of my friends are on the other side already. When you get to the point of feeling you don’t belong in the current society and long to see those that have gone before you you are no longer enjoying life like you once have, you start looking up, “for your redemption is drawing near.” I really enjoyed your article and I am grateful there are still Americans as yourself who tell it like it is. The greatest hindrance to turning things around is the media I believe. If that can change, the country can change. God bless!

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