So I was reading this article from The Nation, and it got me thinking. As a nation, we’re leaning more and more into a theocratic oligarchy tinged with fascism. The increase in the militarization of police isn’t just a major concern, but of citizens in general, who seem to be edging over to the more authoritarian side of the spectrum. They talk freedom, but they’re pushing conformity while demanding rigid adherence to a warped sense of patriotism.
The church and the state are becoming more and more friendly towards one another, and both have decided that what they consider immoral should be made illegal (that which they haven’t already). Just this past week, Trump spoke at an anti-LGBT gathering this week, one consisting of a number of hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (a civil rights organization going back to the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.) and made the statement “I pledged that in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before,” Trump said. “Above all else in America, we don’t worship government. We worship God.”
I worry for myself, and for my LGBTQIA+ friends and allies. I worry for those outside of white, protestant Christianity. Combine the militarization of the police, the incestuous relationship between church and state, and now a President who vows to defend the one true God, and I can say that we live in dangerous times, my friends. Dangerous times.