For those of you who might not know, I reside (reluctantly) in rural southeast Missouri, so I’ve been able to vote against Josh Hawley in both his election runs (state attorney general & U.S. senate). Not that my blue vote really matters in my red state and even redder small town. Until the 2020 election cycle I did not really disrespect him much, as I believed he was mostly harmless – a very literate, very effective speaker, albeit for the other side of my aisle. I wasn’t paying close enough attention. I should have been listening to what he says to fellow christians in very christian settings. His astonishingly tone-deaf continuation of his speech after the insurrection last week peeled back his shiny veneer of course, but it didn’t really expose what runs deeper and more dangerous within him: His deeper quest for a christian nationalist United States chills me. I hope you will read THIS PIECE by Katherine Stewart in today’s New York Times that very effectively exposes his fundamental beliefs.
(The Times has a paywall which sometimes restricts whether you can read its articles. I haven’t found it on any non-paywalled site yet.)