Three Pennsylvania Mennonite pastors and a conference minister were among 77 clergy who signed an Oct. 18 statement in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star denouncing Christian nationalism ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. midterm elections.
The statement defined Christian nationalism as an ideology that “demands Christianity be privileged by the state and implies that to be a good American, one must be Christian. It often overlaps with and provides cover for white supremacy and racial subjugation.” This is often done through efforts to make voting more difficult for certain groups of people.
The concept has garnered extra attention in Pennsylvania, where Doug Mastriano is the Republican nominee for governor. Mastriano is an outspoken Christian endorsed by Donald Trump who has been described as a proponent of Christian nationalism and been linked to a CMC congregation (formerly Conservative Mennonite Conference).
The statement equates Christian nationalism with idolatry because Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
Anabaptist signers included Jay Bergen of Germantown Mennonite Church in Philadelphia, Dave Swanson of Pittsburgh Mennonite Church, Amy Yoder McGloughlin of Frazer Mennonite Church, Drick Boyd of West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship and Stephen Kriss, executive minister of Mennonite Church USA’s Mosaic Mennonite Conference.