Session 4: The Link between Supremacy and Religious Liberty, Part 2b


Reflection

What is the link between historical racial supremacy and modern day harmful Religious Liberty laws?

Birth of a Nation

D.W. Griffith’s 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation” centered during one of the most divided periods of our nation’s history – The Civil War and Reconstruction. The film is a story of a group of men, dissatisfied with the government interference in their “private” business affair (that is, slavery). They met in secret in order to devise of plan to maintain their power and preserve their “way of life” through fear tactics and violence.

Christian Dominionism (the belief that “America is a Christian nation”)

In 1994, fifty-five fundamentalist Christian leaders assembled secretly behind locked gates to plan their ‘short term’ solution for the problem of lesbian and gay Americans.[6] Their plan was to preserve their “way of life” by promoting a Conservative Christian supremacy that would expand its influence into government, business, medical practice, education and religion. The goal was for their supremacy to be solidified as a matter of public policy and law. While they did not encourage direct violence against LGBTQ people, they have mischaracterized these individuals, and this has led to the spiritual, emotional, and physical death of those who have been the victims of their “moral” campaign. According to the Pew Research Center (2014), the “U.S. is a Christian-dominated society.” Since Christians are in the majority, it is disingenuous to claim that they are a marginalized group and thus the victims of oppression. We need to understand being Christian as “Christian privilege” much the same way that one has other privilege and power based on being a member of the dominant group.


Questions: Supremacy and Dominionism

  1. How has white supremacy been a dominating force in America?
  2. How has Christian Dominionism influenced American society?

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Notes

[6] Mel White, Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells to Deny Gay Equality (New York: Magnus Books, 2006): 121.