Brad begins by discussing the history of Murfreesboro, TN, where a city ordinance banned homosexuality in public. As Brad recounts, this isn’t the first time the city has been in the news. A decade ago, citizens tried to prevent the construction of a mosque on the grounds that Islam isn’t a religion. Brad draws on scholarship to outline how Christian nationalists employ a framework wherein the USA should be a place of limitless freedom for them, and limited life for everyone else.
In the second segment he dissects Trump’s vermin comments – and how they connect to Nazi rhetoric. For Brad the local and the national collide in the Murfreesboro ordinance and Trump’s dangerous rhetoric. It is a mater of little fires everywhere preparing little fascists everywhere to accept fascism everywhere.
In the final segment, Brad offers a positive story – the faith of the UAW boss Sean Fain and what it means for “branding” faith in the Midwest and beyond.
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