Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Weekly Roundup: Pretty Fly for a White Guy

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We begin this episode by discussing the VP debate, particularly Mike Pence as a familiar type: The White Evangelical pastor. 

We then discuss a cluster of issues surrounding science and COVID–Trump’s use of medicines that made from aborted fetuses (a big deal to the Religious Right, supposedly), the New England Journal of Medicine’s endorsement of Biden, and the general ignoring of scientific counsel on the part of the Trump administration. 

We also analyze Senator Mike Lee’s comments that democracy is not necessarily the best form of government–statements in line with Dominionist theology and part of what Brad calls “the dangerous allure of totalitarianism.” The danger of these comments was brought into stark relief when news of a kidnapping plot against Governor Gretchen Whitmer emerged. While the major media outlets won’t call it what it is, we will: this was an act of homegrown White terrorism and it is related to Trump’s call to “liberate Michigan!” 

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