Christian nationalism and Rapture are trending. Why?
Christian nationalism was trending on Twitter, yet again, Monday morning. This isn’t the first time the term has trended on Twitter. Reckon dove into the headlines to show you what’s happening around the world and why it’s on the internet’s mind.
Elections in Italy and Sweden: Europe’s far right movement
Preliminary results from Italy’s national elections show Giorgia Meloni as the anticipated winner, setting on course to likely become Prime Minister of Italy. She likely won’t be named prime minister until October, BBC reported.
Results from Sweden’s Sept. 11 election found the country forming a new far-right government expected to take over national politics, much like what happened in Italy over the weekend.
“The main point about the far right at the European level is that it’s not the story of a resurgence. The story of the far right in Europe is very much a story of continuity. What we have seen and what we are seeing in different countries are new variants of an old story of something we have been seeing for quite a few decades,” Pietro Castelli Gattinara, associate professor of political communication at Université Libre de Bruxelles told Vox.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis is the latest major GOP republican to make statements indicating his alignment with Christian nationalist ideas. DeSantis, who political analysts expect to run for president in 2024, has made several statements aligning himself with other openly Christian Nationalist GOP politicians including Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The Miami Herald published an editorial piece this weekend highlighting DeSantis’ alignment with Christian Nationalists and urged Democrats to “get real about religion.”
The piece highlights DeSantis’ comments at far-right Christian Hillsdale College in February, when he said: “Put on the full armor of God. Stand firm against the left’s schemes. You will face flaming arrows, but if you have the shield of faith, you will overcome them, and in Florida we walk the line here. And I can tell you this, I have only begun to fight.”
Most Christians want to declare America a Christian Nation
Recent results from the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll found a majority of Christians say America should be declared a Christian nation.
According to poll results from the question “Would You Favor or Oppose the United States Officially Declaring the United States to be a Christian Nation?”, 61 percent of Republicans supported declaring the United States a Christian nation.
The poll also found 57 percent of Republicans said Christian Nationalism was unconstitutional, but they still supported Christian Nationalist ideas.
This isn’t the first time the topic has been trending on Twitter, and some people who’ve been studying the phenomenon for decades are quite frankly, tired of the surprise of it all.