January 6 riot named major religious event | Featured Columnist


For reporters who braved the chaos, the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill offered a buffet of weirdos – a crowd of Proud Boys, QAnon Prophets, ex-US servicemen and radicalized supporters of Donald Trump who turned are crushed through the security lines and, thus, into history.

Many protesters at the Save America legal rally carried placards, flags and banners with slogans such as “Jesus is my Savior, Trump is my President” or just “Jesus 2020”. In this context, “Jesus saves” took on a whole new meaning.

Some of this symbolism was washed away in the illegal attack on the United States Capitol.

In its poll of major religious events in 2021, members of the Religion News Association offered this description of the main story: “Religion takes center stage in the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol. United by pro-Trump insurgents. Some express Christian prayers, while others display Christian or pagan symbols and slogans inside and outside the Capitol.

Consider, for example, Jacob Anthony Chansley – or Jake “Yellowstone Wolf” Angeli. With his coyote skin and buffalo horn headdress; red, white and blue face paint; and Norse torso tattoos, self-proclaimed shaman QAnon, UFO expert, and metaphysical healer became the instant superstar of this mix of political, religious, and digital conspiracy theories.

“Thank you, Heavenly Father… for this opportunity to defend our God-given inalienable rights,” he said in a video of his remarks in the US Senate from the Vice President’s chair.

A big question to be answered, in future trials and the United States House Inquiry, is whether it is true – as the New York Times claims – that “the most extreme corners of the world?” support for Trump have become inextricable from parts of white evangelical power. in America.”

Here is the rest of the 2021 RNA Top 10 list:

2. In Afghanistan, Taliban forces reimpose strict Islamic rule after US troops withdraw.

3. The United States Supreme Court examines the Mississippi case to overthrow Roe v. Wade and the current legal culture of abortion rights in the United States.

4. Thousands of government and private sector employees are calling for religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandates, raising tough questions about religious freedom.

5. Joe Biden becomes the second Catholic President of the United States, sparking controversy with his public displays of faith – mixed with words and deeds supporting abortion rights, same-sex marriage and evolving forms of the theory of kind.

6. Gallup reports that the membership of US faith groups fell below 50% for the first time in the eight decades that the organization has studied this issue.

7. The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect religious life, with in-person worship levels remaining below pre-2020 levels.

8. In Canada, investigators uncover hundreds of anonymous graves in former residential schools for Aboriginal children, focusing their criticism on the religious groups in North America who operated such schools.

9. Famous Bible teacher Beth Moore cuts ties with the Southern Baptist Convention’s editorial branch, dismayed by what she calls “sexism” and “misogyny” within the SBC.

10. Though reeling from resignations and leaked emails, the Southern Baptists reject a push to the right at their annual convention and approve an inquiry into its executive committee’s handling of sexual abuse accusations.


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