If you’ve ever wondered why Americans most economically hurt by Trump are some of his most adoring supporters, here’s your answer: religious nationalists see him as a fierce leader. They believe God sends such kings to rule us. Author Katherine Stewart explains the mystery of why they punch above their real political weight in this discussion of her new book The Power Worshippers; Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She explains that this new nationalism is part of far right ethno-states emerging worldwide. Distinct from the culture war of the past, this is a political war, with churches being used for political organizing.  The cultural struggles, such as abortion and gay rights, were seized upon as a way to create this new nationalism which is ensconced in the White House, the Dept of Justice, the Dept of Education, etc. Stewart argues that it feeds on the failure of our infrastructure, healthcare system, and social safety net. But traditional Americans can fight back and win

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