“There better be accountability. Yeah, there better be,” Greene responded. “Yes, I think there will be accountability, and it needs to be severe. This should never be allowed to happen, and they’re abusing their congressional powers. They’re abusing committee powers, and this is political persecution.”
Greene reiterated her vision for Christian nationalism in an address she gave at Turning Point’s student conference.
“Now if the Republican Party becomes a party that actually does the things we say we’re about, then we are going to be a party for nationalism. Isn’t that right,” Greene said. “But then I think there’s another element we need to have—and I’m a Christian. How many Christians do we have here?”
Many within the crowd began cheering.
“So, you see, I also call myself a Christian nationalist,” Greene said. “And that’s not a bad word. That’s actually a good thing, right? And there’s nothing wrong with leading with your faith, because we should lead with our faith. Because if we’re doing that, then we’re doing the right thing. It doesn’t mean we’re perfect. It just means we’re doing the right thing. And I think that’s what the Republican Party needs to be about.”
While Greene’s public affirmation of Christian nationalism is among the most explicit the nation has seen from a prominent Republican elected official, others have expressed sympathy for Greene’s line of reasoning.
In June, fellow Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert told a Colorado church that she is “tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.”
“The church is supposed to direct the government,” Boebert said in that address. “The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our founding fathers intended it.”
Prominent faith leaders have also recently advocated against the separation of church and state, including Robert Jeffress of Dallas First Baptist Church. In an Independence Day weekend sermon, Jeffress argued that the American value of separation between church and state was to blame for the American crises of gun violence, racism, and abortion.
“What happened was we allowed the liberals, the left, the progressives, the humanists, the atheists to pervert our Constitution into something the founders never intended it to be,” Jeffress said.
Though Jeffress advocates for the legal prioritization of Christianity in America over and against other faiths, he still rejects the term Christian nationalism, having said, “God is no respecter of people or nations. God says, ‘Any nation that reverences God will be blessed by God. And any nation, including the United States, that rejects God will be rejected by God. Blessed is the nation—any nation—whose God is the Lord.”
Nevertheless, if Greene’s remarks spark a pivot in Republican messaging to openly embrace and endorse Christian nationalism, it remains to be seen if Republican pastors and faith leaders will follow suit.