Jim Jordan’s Curious Rise: A Tale of How Christian Nationalism Consumed the GOP

Jim Jordan’s Curious Rise: A Tale of How Christian Nationalism Consumed the GOP

In a new commentary published by Salon, Amanda Marcotte writes about the entanglement of Jim Jordan, the Republican party, far-right ideology, and Christian nationalism. Despite losing his first two votes for House Speaker, Marcotte notes the significance of the vast majority of Republicans backing him. Former Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL) has stated that Jordan believes he is a “Christian nationalist fighting the dark forces.” PRRI research finds that Christian nationalism adherents support the idea of America being a “promised land” for white Christians over a multi-racial, multi-faith, pluralistic democracy.


How the ‘Sex Act’ Has Become a Potent Weapon for Book Banners in Iowa

In an opinion column for The Washington Post, Greg Sargent writes about an Iowa law signed in May banning books that contain a “sex act” and how the vagueness of the provisions has led to the removal of hundreds of books overall, including 68 books in the last week. The books include “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison. Meanwhile, Scholastic recently announced that its book fairs would now contain separate sections for some titles about sexuality, gender, and race. PRRI research finds that 79% of Republicans agree that public schools interfere too much with parents’ rights to determine what their children are taught.


Border Cities See Homicides Rates Drop

Russell Contreras at Axios reports that according to the latest FBI crime data, several communities along the U.S.-Mexico border saw homicide rates fall last year to levels that are well below the national average. Russell notes that GOP presidential candidates have often portrayed border communities as lawless and crime-ridden. An Axios analysis of the FBI data found that eight U.S. border communities on average had a homicide rate of 4.2 per 100,000 residents, compared to 6.3 nationwide. PRRI research finds that a majority of Americans (60%) favor accepting more refugees from Ukraine, compared to 45% who favor accepting more refugees from Afghanistan.


Palestinian Americans Decry Demonization in Media Amid Rising Fear of Hate Crimes

At Religion News Service, Kathryn Post and Roxanne Stone write about the rising fear of hate crimes among Palestinian and Muslim Americans since Hamas’s attack on southern Israel. Facing an increase in Islamophobic incidents across the country, including the killing of Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6-year-old boy stabbed inside his home in a Chicago suburb, Palestinian Americans point to inaccurate media coverage for stirring animosity against anyone perceived as Palestinian, Muslim, or Arab. In the U.S., some Jewish groups have spoken out, condemning “Islamophobia, anti-Arab hate, antisemitism, and all forms of bigotry,” even as antisemitism is also on the rise.


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