As you may know, Bryan used to be a director of the American Family Association. Any outfit with the word “Family” in its title, but not “Planning,” is either creationist or it’s connected with Charles Manson. Now he’s just a radio talk show host.
We found Bryan’s latest column at a website called OneNewsNow, which says it’s the website of the American Family News Network (AFN), a national Christian news service. His column is titled In defense of Christian nationalism. They have a comments feature, with no comments yet. Here are some excerpts from Bryan’s column, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I am a Christian nationalist because the Founders were. [What?] The Founders established a nation grounded and rooted in Christianity, Christian principles, and a Christian worldview. They enshrined their view of what a Christian nation looks like in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Balderdash! First, the Declaration isn’t the law of the United States –it’s a political declaration. Second, Jefferson (the Declaration’s author) was no fundie theocrat, and his reference to the Creator was defined in the sentence that immediately preceded its use: ” … the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them … .” Third, the Constitution isn’t a theocratic document — not in the slightest. We’ve discussed all of this before — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? Bryan is off to a great start. Then he says:
I use the term “constitutionalist” synonymously with “Christian nationalist,” because our constitution is the constitution of a Christian nation, and could only be the constitution of a Christian nation. Our Constitution is shot through, warp and woof, with the thinking of Christian statesmen who shared a deep-dyed view of the world, soaked deeply in the Bible.
If you want to see what the constitution of a Christian nation looks like, read one or two of the colonial charters we linked to in Is America a “Christian Nation”? In contrast to those, the US Constitution is flamingly secular.
Bryan goes on and on, but we’ve been there before so we won’t bother with any more excerpts and rebuttals. He finishes with this:
So, my friend, whether you know it or not, if you believe in a God who is the Creator of all men who are made in the image and likeness of God, you are a Christian nationalist. If you believe that our rights come from Him and not from our government, you are a constitutionalist. And you may stand proudly in the lineage of the men who founded our nation and our Constitution upon the Rock. Welcome to the club.
It’s always interesting to see what creationists are like in their political views. And it’s also a bit frightening. Fortunately, theirs isn’t a majority view.
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