Religious and Racial Equality

White Christian Nationalism: Rewriting History and the Constitution

White Christian nationalism is the dangerous belief that America is – and must remain – a Christian nation founded for its white Christian inhabitants, and that our laws and policies must reflect this premise. Denying the separation of church and state promised by our Constitution, white Christian nationalists oppose equality for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and the nonreligious.

Americans United has been fighting white Christian nationalism under its various names and guises for decades, and we have won key battles in legislatures and the courts. We believe that only separation of church and state protects the free exercise of religion and a government of, by, and for the people. All people.

What you need to know

Christians Call Out White Christian Nationalism

More than 400 Evangelical leaders condemned the “heresy of Christian Nationalism” after the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The insurrectionists prominently displayed crosses and other Christian symbols, and also led prayers for victory in Jesus’ name at the Senate podium.

White Christian Nationalism and Voter Suppression

The 20 percent of white Americans who strongly embrace Christian nationalism – about 30 million adults – are more likely to believe that we make it “too easy to vote” in the U.S.

Stopping the “Blitz”

Americans United has been shining a spotlight on Project Blitz since its inception. We’ve forced underground this still-active white Christian nationalist effort to impose a narrow set of religious beliefs onto the rest of us through passage of increasingly ambitious and discriminatory state laws.

BREAKING:

AU calls out leaked supreme court opinion overturning abortion rights as a religious extremist assault on our democracy

"The end of Roe is just the beginning. Next on the hit list are a broad array of protections for personal liberty."—Rachel Laser, AU's CEO and President

Read our statement here