Brad and Dan begin by discussing the polar opposite speeches given by Biden and Putin on the eve of the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Brad analyzes Putin’s culture war rhetoric, showing how and why it mirrors the family values and queerphobic rhetoric of American Christian nationalists. Dan points out the symbolic significance of Biden giving his speech in Warsaw and what it mean moving forward.
In the second segment the hosts breakdown the SBC’s expulsion of Saddleback Church from the denomination. For both of them this spotlights the toxicity of complementarian theology and the tragedy of the sex abuse scandals in the SBC.
In the final segment, Brad points to two examples of right-wing takeovers of local government by Christian nationalists – one in Michigan and another in Idaho. The takeaway is that Covid played a huge effect on religion, politics, and migration in the USA – mobilizing an army of local culture warriors who are now taking the reins in towns all over the country.
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