Straight White American Jesus
Explaining White Evangelicals and Politics
Old School-The Orange Wave, Ep. 7
July 28, 2020 10:59 AM PDT
If you want to take the country back for God, if you want to have dominion over every level of society, if you want to ensure a white Christian patriarchy rules over the land--you have to start with the children. Christian school movements are part of the fabric of the Religious Right. On this episode, Brad examines why the Christian schooling movement--including homeschooling--took off in the 60s, how it has shed government oversight, and what effects its having on our public education system and our public square. This episode features interviews with Dr. Chrissy Stroop and Scott Okamoto.Weekly Roundup: I Can't Kneel - I'm a Christian
July 24, 2020 12:21 PM PDT
Dan talks about his house, or at least television, being struck by lightning. He and Brad then discuss Trump's messaging failures, Biden's candidacy as an appetizing saltine cracker, the scary situation in Portland, a baseball player who can't kneel for Black lives "because he's a Christian," the dangerous push to open schools no matter what, and AOC's absolute fire on the House floor.Sexless Ed: The Orange Wave, Ep. 6
July 20, 2020 03:30 PM PDT
You might be surprised to learn that the history of sex ed in the USA is a religious history. Christians were not always the enemies of science-based sex education programs. But during the 1960s, the Religious Right began a war against comprehensive sex education. Since then, it has been able to implement abstinence-only sex ed programs through tens of millions of dollars in federal funding. Where did this war start? Who are its major players? And why are evangelicals so afraid of condoms? This episode include an interview with Dr. Kristy Slominski, Assistant Professor of Religion, Health, and Science at Arizona University, and the author of the forthcoming book Teaching Moral Sex: An American Religious History of Sex Education.Weekly Roundup: The Science Shouldn't Get in the Way
July 17, 2020 11:57 AM PDT
Brad tells a story of scowling at a Supreme Court justice at the super market. Dan reveals he worked in Yellowstone National Park with Bill Clinton. They then discuss Trump's abysmal poll numbers and their causes: the anti-science approach to schools re-opening and the CDC; the anti-teacher approach to education; the deployment of secret police in Portland; the white nationalism of Tucker Carlson. All of this is discussed in the context of Christian nationalism.Weekly Roundup: We Didn't Start the Ire
July 10, 2020 02:52 PM PDT
Dan tell us why he hates the beach. Brad finishes his weeping on election night story. Then, they discuss Trump's Christian nationalist Confederate strategy (5:03), the Ministerial Exception expanded by SCOTUS (20:46), Religious Institutions receiving COVID relief money (29:24), Betsy Devos' attempt to weaken public schools, Dominionism, and the Religious Right's claim that abortion = slavery.Non-Biblical Christian Manhood: The Orange Wave, Ep. 5
July 06, 2020 01:23 PM PDT
Since the mid-twentieth century, evangelicals and others on the Religious Right have looked to Hollywood, rather than the Bible, to construct their visions of "cowboy masculinity." It started with John Wayne and Ronald Reagan, then moved to Mel Gibson and others. On the political side, tough guys like Barry Goldwater and Donald Trump were favored over more reflective leaders like Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. Conservative women, such as Phyllis Schlafly and Maribel Morgan, provided the tools to construct a corresponding submissive femininity. The militant masculinity of the Religious Right is a key component to their love for strongmen leaders, willingness to engage authoritarianism over democracy, and desire to return the country to a white Christian patriarchy. This episode features an interview with Dr. Kristin Kobes du Mez, the author of the new book: Jesus and John Wayne: How Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation."Weekly Roundup: Celebrating Freedom?
July 03, 2020 11:47 AM PDT
With Dan on vacation, Brad opens the episode with a hilarious story from Obama's election night in 2008. He then conveys insight from Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave is Fourth of July?" This leads to discussion of two distressing stories. One, (15:00) the Scotus decision in Espinoza v. Montana, which opens the doors for collapsing the barrier between church and state, and will funnel money to religious schools rife with abuse and scandal. Then, (26:05) the scandal at Menlo Church where the head pastor John Ortberg knowingly allowed his son to have access to youth after his son admitted to feelings of sexual attraction to children. Brad then transitions (33:12) to discussing the symbolic gestures evangelical churches are making on race and the call to do more by scholars like Glenn Bracey. Brad touches on Robert Jones' idea that White Supremacy is a public health threat because it makes white folks feel invincible--even against COVID. Finally, (42:07) Brad discusses why Trump is losing voters and what the data says about his polling on COVID, race, and other issues.
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July 01, 2020 01:30 PM PDT
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Dan and Brad hosted a live meeting with SWAJ listeners. We had a great discussion of important questions. They are listed below:
Questions for SWAJ Q+A, June 30, 2020:
Randall Balmer’s three point definition of evangelical does not directly mention a belief in Hell or an afterlife. The evacuation plan seems to be such a focus in many churches and I believe this is foundational to many conversions, ie, the fear of spending eternity in a firey Hell or the promise of spending eternity in a heavenly mansion. Has there been any research as to how many people are converted out of fear, especially children?
Would you consider the Great Commission a form of colonialism for Christian Nationalists?
How did you choose your show music?
2. What does faith mean to you?
3. What kinds of research from other PhDs in your field do you hope to see coming out of the movement for Black lives?
4. The conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist convention - where did all those pastors, church members, and churches go that were either excommunicated or willingly left the SBC? Did they have any impact on evangelicalism, or did they just get out? Did they become a part of the religious left?
5. Has understanding about the origins of the religious right helped you to communicate with people still heavily involved in it?
6. Is it possible to be both libertarian and ethically concerned with social justice? Or do libertarian ideals always = alt right?
7. Does populism result in authoritarianism? I ask because of this op-Ed by Francisco Toro https://tinyurl.com/y8ql725r
8. Obviously American leadership contributes to our anti-science COVID tsunami. But rank and file citizens are the actual problem. Does Europe not have these people? Is the Brexit crowd an anti-mask crowd? Europe has an anti-vax movement. Why not this other garbage?
9. A question for your Q&A: how much did the interest in your podcast from outside the US surprise you?
10. I'm curious about your knowledge of the Falkirk Center at Liberty U?
11. What made the charismatic and neo-pentecostal churches embrace right wing politics??
12. In the past you mentioned 'non church going, self identified Evangelicals'? Can you expand on that, it doesn't make sense to me.Weekly Roundup: Should the White Jesus Statues Come Down?
June 26, 2020 01:30 PM PDT
Brad and Dan discuss the catastrophic effects of the politicization of COVID-19 and public health (6:15), the ways it has decreased Trump's ability to get others to live in his reality and how its affecting poll numbers (18:07), and the debate about taking down White Jesus statues/pictures (30:07). They explain why the fear that the canceling of Confederate monuments will lead to the canceling of Christianity reveals the white supremacy at the heart of many constructions of Christianity.
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June 23, 2020 04:21 PM PDT
Brad explores the alliance between the alt-right and the Religious Right in and through Trump's presidency. In tracing this story, he uncovers how and why the Religious Right now looks to Putin's Russia, Orban's Hungary, and other autocratic regimes as the City Upon a Hill that the USA used to be. This episode features an interview with the renowned journalist Sarah Posner, author of Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump.
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An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of white Evangelical Christians by two ex-evangelical ministers-turned-religion professors. If you have ever wondered what social and historical forces led white evangelicals to usher Donald Trump into the White House this is the show for you.
As former insiders and critical scholars of religion, Dan Miller and Bradley Onishi have a unique perspective on the Religious Right. Guests have included Chrissy Stroop, R. Marie Griffith, Janelle Wong, Randall Balmer, Katherine Stewart, and many others.
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