I thought Hillary Clinton was flat wrong when she said electing fascist Giorgia Meloni prime minister of Italy would be “certainly a good thing” just because Meloni would be Italy’s first female prime PM. I think South Dakota’s Family Heritage Alliance is just as wrong to celebrate fascist Meloni’s election victory just because she’s a nominal Christian:
Meloni is an excellent example of how good policy is still good politics. She has promised to offer women real help and fund “alternatives to abortion.” She is boldly speaking out for Christian values, stepping up to put good policy into action, and being rewarded politically because of it. That’s why her 2019 video that’s currently making the rounds is firing up Christians and pro-family advocates all around the world.
This is the kind of bold leadership that conservative Americans are looking for. As Joseph Backholm writes, “Those on the political left are not only becoming detached from Middle America, they are also losing their influence over politicians they once controlled.” In the U.S., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a clear example of this. After Disney protested Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill, Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down and fought back. He signed the bill into law and continued to vouch for parent’s rights. He even condemned the company and exposed its hypocrisy – and his popularity only continued to soar.
…Hopefully, Meloni’s victory is a sign of what’s to come in our upcoming fall election and a global return to pro-family values. We need strong Christ-centered leaders like her who aren’t afraid to stand up to the left’s radicalism and proudly support the family unit, parental rights, and the unborn.
We need to stand behind candidates who will speak the truth and send the same message that Meloni is sending to Italy: “Yes to natural families, no to the LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology, yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death” [Norman Woods, “Italy’s New PM Shows That Good Policy Is Still Good Politics,” Family Heritage Alliance, 2022.09.30].
Woods cites Joseph Backholm, who is keynoting FHA’s Stand banquets later this month. Backholm is among those Christ-centered leaders who can’t bring themselves to boldly speak out for Christian values when their own Republican candidates violate them:
Meloni is living with a man outside of wedlock. I’m not sure how that affirms the “natural families” Woods says Meloni stands for.
Backholm and Woods help us understand that South Dakota’s Christian nationalists are not really committed to Christian values as much as they are committed to gaining power and using government to control people. When Christians celebrate Meloni’s right-wing politics, they fall for the seduction of worldly power against which Christianity warns.
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Jason Blakely, an associate professor of politics at Pepperdine University, told me that nationalism as an ideology “is in very tense philosophical relationship with Christianity.”
“This is partly because Christianity calls for universal belonging and solidarity, whereas nationalisms very frequently devolve into ethnic exclusions,” Blakely said.
“But it is also because nationalism’s idealization of collective identity into a kind of spirit or geist often supplants worship of a Christ who calls out people from all nations, with a group identity that receives privileged status,” he continued. “Although it is not always the case, nationalism in practice often involves a kind of collective self-deification. The Holy Spirit is then eclipsed by the Spirit of the Nation or Ethnic group” [Michael Sean Winters, “As Italy Turns Right, a Reminder: Christian Nationalism Always Turns Out Badly,” National Catholic Reporter, 2022.10.03].