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An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of Christian Nationalism and Evangelicalism 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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Straight White American Jesus Bradley Onishi + Daniel Miller

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An in-depth examination of the culture and politics of Christian Nationalism and Evangelicalism 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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    It's In the Code, Ep. 4: Cool Kid Church

    It's In the Code, Ep. 4: Cool Kid Church

    What is “cool kid church?” It’s the gleaming church-that-doesn’t-look-like-a-church in suburbia. It’s the church with the pastor who’s just a “cool guy” talking with the congregation. It’s the church of modern consumer capitalist America. It’s the church of American suburbia and the upper middle class, preaching a Christian message that provides meaning without producing undue comfort. It’s the church that emphasizes a “relevant” Christianity that will speak to you “no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.” But what do we find as we decode cool kid church? That’s the topic of this episode.
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    The Post-Roe Landscape and the Fissures in the Anti-Abortion Movement

    The Post-Roe Landscape and the Fissures in the Anti-Abortion Movement

    Brad speaks with Teddy Wilson of Radical Reports about the trickle down effect of overturning Roe. They discuss how this will lead to an expanded police state that surveils women who have miscarriages, stillbirths, and abortions. They dig into how certain states will try to punish women who have abortions or who cross state lines in order to receive care. They discuss what might be next in terms of contraception bans, outlawing IUDS, and even IVF.
    The second part of the discussion turns to the fault lines in the anti-abortion movement and how overturning Roe may uncover them. While the overturning of Roe has led to despair for many, it may also open up horizons for countering the anti-abortion movement at a time when it feels victorious.
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    • 39 min
    Weekly Roundup: So Pro Life They'll Let You Die

    Weekly Roundup: So Pro Life They'll Let You Die

    Brad and Dan continue to discuss what the post-Roe landscape looks like. They begin by going through a new article by Katherine Stewart and the New Republic. Stewart shows how Alito uses the argument from history to take women's rights away in the future. She compares it to the Dred Scott decision and argues that Alito smuggles in a White Christian nationalist framework into his legal opinion.
    Katherine Stewart's article: https://newrepublic.com/article/166404/christian-right-roe-alito-abortion
    This leads to analysis of the various calls for civility when protesting the overturning of Roe. Since protesters began going to the houses of SCOTUS justices, there have been calls for civility. Brad reminds us that when those in power call for civility, they are not asking you to be good citizens, but obedient ones.
    Tim Alberta at the Atlantic: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/06/evangelical-church-pastors-political-radicalization/629631/
    Dan then leads the discuss through a long new article by Tim Alberta at the Atlantic on the radicalization of evangelical politics and what it looks like on the ground.
    The episode finishes with both hosts offering a scathing critique of a new anti-abortion oped at Newsweek.
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    It's In the Code, Ep. 3: It's All in God's Plan

    It's In the Code, Ep. 3: It's All in God's Plan

    “It’s Part of God’s Plan”
    “God has a plan for your life.” “It’s all part of God’s plan.” How do we decode common religious sentiments like these? Are they sources of hope? Affirmations of a loving and caring God? Sources of solace in difficult times? They can be all of these things. But they can also have a darker side, legitimating authoritarian religious institutions and individuals. They can shut down dissent, questioning, and calls for social justice in name of existing structures of power. In this episode, Dan decodes the complex and often damaging dynamics at work in such sentiments.
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    • 27 min
    The Orange Wave, Ep. 4: It's Not Democracy. It's War

    The Orange Wave, Ep. 4: It's Not Democracy. It's War

    In the wake of the 1964 Goldwater campaign, three young men decided to start the Council for National Policy in order to take back the country for God--and themselves. They joined forces with an army of clergy, big donors, and media moguls in order to take back America. This "shadow network," as the journalist Anne Nelson calls it is the secretive, but pervasive force that has overtaken the GOP and infiltrated every level and every corner of this country's politics. Interview: Anne Nelson, author of Shadow Network, and faculty at Columbia University.
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    The Orange Wave, Ep. 6: Non-Biblical Christian Manhood

    The Orange Wave, Ep. 6: Non-Biblical Christian Manhood

    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."
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Five stars

Definitely my favourite podcast on this subject. Both presenters clearly know their stuff and its good to hear it through the lens of people raised in the tradition we’re discussing. Some great guests and the episode on Steve Bannon is well worth seeking out.
My go-to pod to find out what new madness the radical right are up to. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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Informative

One of my favourite podcasts. I learn so much! I’m from the UK but still find the topics relevant and interesting.

A$AP Joel ,

A vital podcast for todays world

For anyone interested in contemporary America and it’s treatment of all minorities; LGBTQ+, black and brown communities, immigrants and including oppression of women, this podcast is essential because of Presenter Brad Onishis particularly appealing and engaging delivery. His regular interviews and introductory expositions on these topics are carefully considered and highly thought provoking. Elements of contemporary America regularly displays the worst aspects of the human condition but this podcast provides helpful clarity and explanation from a particularly humane perspective. Join the conversation!

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