Right-wing Christians have been plotting their takeover of the U.S. government for nearly 50 years — and the rise of Donald Trump and his evangelical sidekick, Mike Pence, have finally set up “the tragedy playing out right now.”
Kieryn Darkwater is a transgender former evangelical “Christofascist” who grew up in the Quiverfull movement and uses “they” as a personal pronoun, wrote about their experience as a homeschooled right-wing political activist for the website Autostraddle.
“I watched the Tea Party takeover and was surprised no one saw it coming,” Darkwater wrote. “After all, this was part of the plan. Trump being elected is also part of the plan, although not Trump specifically; the true goal is Pence.”
Evangelical conservatives started taking over local Republican groups in the 1970s and setting up right-wing advocacy groups to push their agenda into the mainstream — which, of course, is the standard form political activism — while all along training their children in home schools and church groups to fight in the “culture wars.”
“It’s a loose and ambiguous term that basically means anything or anyone that doesn’t align with this very specific view of Christianity must not be allowed to continue,” Darkwater wrote.
The Christian right hopes to overturn court decisions protecting reproductive rights and non-discrimination on race, and Darkwater warned that these religious extremists intend to amend the U.S. Constitution to legalize discrimination against women, people of color and LGBT people .
“The only way to do this is to infiltrate the government,” Darkwater wrote, recalling the training and activism they took part in as a teenager.
“We were sneaky and polite Trojan horses,” Darkwater wrote. “We had an agenda. Yes, even as 15-year-olds.”
Right-wing Christians have wanted someone like Pence in the White House for years, but a hardline religious conservative hasn’t even been able to win the GOP primary — until Trump emerged as a blank slate with no real principles beyond his own self-aggrandizement.
“They know Trump is easily manipulated and will change his mind with the wind if it makes him feel more powerful and famous,” Darkwater wrote. “Trump couldn’t care less about policy, a fact he’s made quite obvious. The Right has given a tyrant power and fame; he will do whatever they want him to do in order to keep it.”
With Trump apparently willing to sign anything Pence and congressional Republicans hand him, Darkwater wrote, right-wing Christians see an opportunity to finally take over the U.S. government with an army of homeschooled religious extremists.
“Those of us who didn’t leave the far Right are being elected to federal positions or are taking over states and cities,” Darkwater wrote. “With Pence in office, even the reasonable-seeming incumbents – who have been and are still at the mercy of the Tea Party – are growing more bold in their attempts to further the Christofascist agenda: To Take Back The Country For Christ.”