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Posted inLatest research

Yikes: 45% of Americans say the U.S. should be a ‘Christian Nation’

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new survey out today from the Pew Research Center finds that nearly half of all Americans, 45%, believe we ought to live in a “Christian Nation.” They disagree, however, on what that means in practice, and most Americans still believe church and state should remain separate. The phrase “Christian nation” is not meant to […]

Posted inPolitics

Church-shopping for Christian Nationalism

Reading Time: 7 minutes A Washington Post opinion piece titled “America’s religious divide isn’t really about religion” looks at the intersection of politics and religion—much of what we concern ourselves with here at OnlySky—and how, given how “religious” and evangelical politics has become, it’s easy to lose sight of “authentically religious voices.” The relationship between religion and politics is […]

Posted inPolitics

Sumner County (TN) adopts rules based on myth of ‘Judeo-Christian values’

Reading Time: 4 minutes On October 17, the Sumner County Commissioners in Tennessee voted to codify a new set of “Standing Rules and Procedures” to guide their meetings that references their allegiance to “Judeo-Christian values.” The updated rules of conduct for a local government meeting wouldn’t be much interest to anyone outside the community—and arguably very little within the community—but […]

Posted inNonreligious News

Scaling the summit for religious freedom

Reading Time: 3 minutes What do reproductive rights, marriage equality, and gender-affirming care have in common? We know that they are freedoms that conservatives are trying to strip from everyone, but there is one crucial thread tying them all together. They are all under threat because of a group pushing for Christian supremacy to advance their own interests: Christian […]

Posted inPolitics

MN lawmakers’ ‘Secular Government Caucus’ will combat Christian nationalism

Reading Time: 6 minutes A “Secular Government Caucus” is coming to the Minnesota state legislature, thanks to four lawmakers who want to protect church/state separation and push back against the forces of Christian nationalism. Perhaps even more stunning? This morning’s announcement reveals that 20 of their colleagues will be joining them. “We are troubled by the efforts from some […]

Posted inLaw

In stunning reversal, TX judge can continue his coercive courtroom prayers

Reading Time: 7 minutes Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of Wayne Mack, a Texas judge who opens each courtroom session with coercive Christian prayers, reversing an earlier decision against him. It’s the latest example of a conservative court further eroding church/state separation in favor of performative Christianity. This isn’t even a complicated case. […]

Posted inBooks

‘American Crusade’: How the Supreme Court is weaponizing Christianity

Reading Time: 6 minutes Three years ago, constitutional attorney, atheist, author, and “fake Christian” Andrew Seidel wrote about the threat of Christian nationalism in his book The Founding Myth, arguing that we were never a “Christian Nation” in any real sense of that phrase. Yet even though we weren’t founded as a Christian country, and even though we won’t […]

Posted inPolitics

Southern Baptist leader: Christians who don’t vote Republican are ‘unfaithful’

Reading Time: 3 minutes Earlier this week, during the “Pray Vote Stand Summit” in Georgia, hosted by Christian hate group Family Research Council, Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told the audience that they had a religious obligation to vote a particular way or else they were being “unfaithful” to God. It was a […]

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