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Why Josh Hawley’s ahistorical ‘Christian nation’ nonsense matters

July 10, 2024, 9:00 AM EDT
By Steve Benen

From Connie Jensen Facebook Page

Sen. Josh Hawley not only falsely claimed that the U.S. is a "Christian nation," he went on to endorse a right-wing concept called “Christian nationalism.”

On the Fourth of July last year, Sen. Josh Hawley stumbled into a mess of his own making. The Missouri Republican — who majored in history at Stanford before getting a law degree from Yale — honored Independence Day by publishing a tweet that quoted Patrick Henry claiming that the United States was “founded ... on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Henry, however, never said any such thing: Hawley was actually quoting a report from a white nationalist publication that ran in 1956 — more than a century and a half after the Founding Father’s death.

With this recent history in mind, it was striking to see the far-right GOP senator make a similar mistake almost exactly a year later. HuffPost reported:

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is under fire after a speech Monday night in which he advocated “Christian nationalism” for the good of the nation. The Missouri Republican was speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., when he attempted to put a positive spin on “Christian nationalism,” a far-right ideology that promotes the belief that America was founded as a Christian nation and that policy should be decided using a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible.

The Republican lawmaker wasn’t exactly subtle in his messaging.

Josh Hawley seen fleeing pro-Trump mob he 'riled up' with fist salute.
 Jan. 6 footage

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