#1286 The Rise of Christian Nationalism

Air Date: 7–2-2019

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Today we take a look at the ways in which Christians are being rallied to see themselves as the true victimized minority in America, a key component to stoking right-wing nationalism

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Ch. 1: Rise of the Christian Taliban - The Intercept with Mehdi Hasan - Air Date 6-20-18

Mehdi Hasan is here to warn you about a growing threat to the laws and values of the United States from a group of religious extremists and fanatics.

Ch. 2: Reverse Discrimination Isn't A Thing - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 4-11-19

The religious right claims reverse discrimination in that they are being unfairly required to exist in the same world as trans people

Ch. 3: Is Mike Pence Christian? - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 4-15-19

Mike Pence argues that to be a Christian one must discriminate against gay people, prevent women from getting abortions or birth control, support tearing refugee children from their parents and prevent the working poor from having access to healthcare.

Ch. 4: Mike Pence Whines Over How Hard It Is To Be Christian - The Majority Report with Sam Seder - Air Date 5-18-19

Mike Pence insists that it's the Christians who are being discriminated against.

Ch. 5: Educating and Engaging with Lyra McKee - This Way Out - Air Date 4-29-19

Lyra McKee (full TEDx talk) shares her experiences transforming lives with conversations in religious spaces

Ch. 6: Master Plan to Dismantle LGBTQ Rights - Boom! Lawyered - Air Date 4-25-19

What are the LGBTQ cases heading to the Supreme Court? It's 2019 and people can be fired for not adhering to heteronormative gender ideas. Corporate, Christian, Conservative resistance is damaging and disgusting.

Ch. 7: House Passes the Equality Act - This Way Out - Air Date 5-20-19

The House passes the Equality Act in an effort to stop LGBTQ discrimination and ensuring their freedoms. GOP is pushing back with the fallacious idea that white Christians are being discriminated against.

Ch. 8: Demand the Senate Pass the Equality Act & Protect Trans Health Rights - Best of the Left Activism

Take action! Click the title and/or scroll down for quick links and resources from this segment.

Ch. 9: Speaker Ryan Firing Chaplain is True Attack on Religious Liberty with Dr. Reverend Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove - Thom Hartmann Program - Air Date 5-1-18

Republicans are always claiming that everything progressives do is an attack on religious liberty, even sometimes just existing by some people is seen as an attack on "religious freedom'... in the meantime, Republican speaker Paul Ryan fires a religious leader fires a Chaplain over politics?


Ch. 10: From depression to anxiety - Corey from New Jersey

Ch. 11: Prisoners dilemma and the presidential election - Heather


Ch. 12: Final comments on the overthinking many do during primary elections


Tell the Senate to Pass the Equality Act

Protect Trans Health: Comment on Trump’s Discriminatory Rule


7 maps show the mess LGBT laws are in the USA (USA Today)

The Senate should stand up for all Americans and pass the Equality Act (Rep. Patrick Maloney in The Hill)

A History of Federal Non-Discrimination Legislation (93rd - 114th Congress) (Human Rights Campaign)

Why Trump Is Rolling Back LGBTQ Health-Care Protections (The Atlantic)

The Trump Administration Will Allow Health Workers To Refuse Abortion And Sex Reassignment Services (Buzzfeed)

Black Trans Women Are Being Murdered in the Streets. Now the Trump Administration Wants to Turn Us Away From Shelters and Health Care. (ACLU)

Researched & written by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman 

MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):

  • Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr 
  • Entrap - Darby
  • Quaver - Codebreaker
  • Astrisx - Bodytonic
  • Dirtbike Lovers - Desert Orchard
  • Eventual Victory - Codebreaker
  • Gusty Hollow - Migration
  • Minutes - Pacha Faro
  • Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
  • Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Pat Connor
    commented 2019-07-03 16:03:29 -0400
    I would love to call in a response to feeling depressed and anxious but I’m afraid I will get stage fright and sound like an idiot so I will respond here. Getting old is mostly a huge drag but there is one good aspect and that is perspective. In the early 80’s I was active in the “anti nuclear” movement. You have no idea how hopeless that felt. Then I heard a priest in the cause speak and he told about a first grade class he had talked to. He asked them if they were worried about nuclear war and most of the class raised their hands. Then a little girl raised her hand and she said “I’m not afraid because my mommy and daddy are fighting for peace and I think they’re going to win”. Well guess what? She was right. The Berlin Wall, which had been up my entire life, fell in the late 80’s. Obviously, discouraging things have been building back up over the past 30 years. I’m just here to say that things have looked utterly hopeless before but people working on the side of justice and peace made a REAL difference. The main thing giving me hope now is the sunrise movement and seeing people like AOC and Mayor Pete getting elected and being heard.
    I think we’re going to win.✌🏻
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