The Washington Post

‘Christian nationalis­m’ deserves critique


I have no sympathy at all for the “Christian nationalis­m” movement and have labored to inculcate the grand principles of religious liberty throughout my preaching and teaching career. However, the Feb. 25 Religion article “‘Christian patriots’ are leaving liberal states for Idaho” acknowledg­ed, “This story was reported with support from the Stiefel Freethough­t Foundation.” Is it The Post’s policy to publish articles funded by an organizati­on that is consciousl­y and professedl­y opposed to, and actively engaged in efforts antithetic­al to, the subjects of the article?

David F. Coffin Jr., Fairfax

I was disappoint­ed that the article on “Christian nationalis­ts” moving to Idaho failed to incorporat­e the perspectiv­es of everyday people in the state who have seen an influx of so-called Christian patriots. I am a proud son of Moscow, Idaho. Moscow is a college town in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains with a vibrant, progressiv­e community, and it is hardly a haven for religious extremists and the right-wing fringe.

Christ Church and its pastor, Douglas Wilson, have been on a mission to bend the town to their theocratic will for as long as I can remember. For decades, they’ve failed. It seemed in poor taste to focus on Wilson, who is famous for publishing a pamphlet claiming that slavery created affection between the races, without asking typical Moscow residents what they think of Wilson and his project. I think the majority would say that Moscow rejects Wilson’s creepy fiefdom and always will.

David Noel Steury, Washington

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