These people are no different than any other strong man banana republic. They still think and support that the election was stolen, that regular people know more than the official republicans running the elections, and tRump is the one true now and future king. Why tRump with all his faults, well the anti-Christ is a powerful hypnotizer. Hugs
They want a military take over and there is no way to reach these people. They are spreading and they are a threat to normalcy, democracy, and sanity. Hugs
Fritz Berggren’s hundreds of blog posts, videos and podcasts date back several years.
A State Department official for several years has been publicly calling for the establishment of Christian nation-states, warning that white people face “elimination” and railing against Jews as well as Black Lives Matter and other social movements.
Fritz Berggren, a mid-ranking Foreign Service officer, openly uses his name and image as he espouses these and other controversial views, according to a review of his online postings. Current and former State Department officials noted the connection to POLITICO in recent days.
“Jesus Christ came to save the whole world from the Jews — the founders of the original Anti-Christ religion, they who are the seed of the Serpent, that brood of vipers,” states an Oct. 4 blog post signed “Fritz Berggren, PhD” and titled “Jews are Not God’s Chosen People. Judeo-Christian is Anti-Christ.”
“They murdered Jesus Christ,” the 5,300-word post continues, “How then can they be God’s chosen?”
Berggren’s voluminous output dates back to at least September 2017, according to the archives of his website, Bloodandfaith.com. An about page for the site, also signed “Fritz Berggren, PhD,” offers what appears to be a manifesto of sorts. Like several of his other posts, it includes a video of Berggren expanding on his views.
“The goal of the Left is to destroy blood and faith so that (Marxist) religion alone becomes master and enslaver of all,” Berggren writes. “Europeans must reclaim their blood and faith, just as Blacks are proud and hispanics have very strong blood identity organizations.”
Two days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, another post signed by Berggren declared: “Notes on the events of January 6. The illusion of a participatory democracy has been burst. You already live in a cult/theocracy — I offer you Christian liberty in a Christian nation.”
President Joe Biden has made diversity a priority for his administration and has sharply criticized anything that smacks of white supremacy and anti-Semitism. The Pentagon already has launched a campaign to root out white nationalists and other extremists in the military. While there’s no similar effort underway in Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he is creating a new position, chief diversity and inclusion officer, to promote that ideal.
According to a directory viewed by POLITICO, Berggren is currently assigned to a State Department unit that handles special immigrant visas for Afghans. His previous positions have included serving as a financial management officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, according to an older directory.
Asked about Berggren, a spokesperson for the State Department declined to say whether his remarks had led to internal disciplinary measures of any kind. “We will not comment on internal personnel matters beyond saying that these are personal views and do not represent those of the State Department,” the spokesperson said. “As a department, we embrace and champion diversity, equity and inclusion as a source of strength.”
Exactly when Berggren entered U.S. diplomatic ranks wasn’t clear, but he is listed as a Foreign Service employee on congressional documents at least as far back as 2009. His sparse LinkedIn account describes him as an “FSO” — a Foreign Service officer.
Berggren did not reply to messages sent to his work and personal email addresses nor to ones sent through LinkedIn and his Blood and Faith website. Phone numbers listed for him did not work.
Free speech vs. a diplomatic problem
The State Department’s options for addressing Berggren’s online postings may be limited.
There are rules that govern diplomats’ on- and off-duty behavior that could be grounds for punishment or dismissal in similar instances — rules that can differ based on whether a person is serving overseas or in the United States. But the federal government, for First Amendment reasons, is not supposed to dictate its employees’ religious views.
According to a former State Department attorney, if Berggren can show that he never used work time or U.S. government equipment to craft his writings and recordings, he might fall in a gray area in terms of whether or how the department could discipline him. The former attorney did not have direct knowledge of the case and requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. POLITICO found no examples of Berggren identifying himself as a State Department official in his online commentary.
The Blood and Faith site was updated just this week with posts that take shots at Jewish people, the United Nations and the LBGTQ community, among others.
The blog’s archives date to Sept. 16, 2017, and they include around 300 posts that tackle topics ranging from theories about Christian violence to the importance of bloodlines. Many of the posts link to videos as well as podcasts in which Berggren discusses his beliefs.
Berggren often rails against “the Left” along with movements like Black Lives Matter and Antifa and organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League.
“Anti-Fa/BLM is not the resistance — they are the establishment,” he writes in bullet points on a Sept. 12, 2020, post that includes a video segment. “The resistance could be White men and Christians if we man up to it.”
A major theme across Berggren’s online output is the necessity of creating explicitly Christian countries. He refers to Jesus Christ as a revolutionary icon, dubbing him “Rebel Leader One” in some posts. “The revival of Christian nation-states is required for the advancement of Truth,” he writes in one section of his Blood and Faith site. “There is no substitute for the public acclamation of Jesus Christ as the King and Lord of a nation.”
A significant chunk of Berggren’s commentary appears focused on the fate of white people, especially those of European and Christian descent.
In a Oct. 24 post titled “The Demon-God of Diversity,” he states: “The world gasps in horror with each new ‘endangered’ sub-species, but cheers the elimination of White culture from whole regions of the earth. This will not stop until White people stop it — we have been handmaidens to our own demise.”
At least one video of Berggren found online is less controversial.
He appears in a brief Department of Defense clip urging people to “track Santa” through a popular project of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
A coalition of evangelical Christian leaders is condemning the role of “radicalized Christian nationalism” in feeding the political extremism that led to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
In an open letter, more than 100 pastors, ministry and seminary leaders, and other prominent evangelicals express concern about the growing “radicalization” they’re seeing, particularly among white evangelicals.
The letter notes that some members of the mob that stormed the Capitol carried Christian symbols and signs that read, “Jesus Saves,” and that one of the rioters stood on the Senate rostrum and led a Christian prayer. The letter calls on other Christian leaders to take a public stand against racism, Christian nationalism, conspiracy theories and political extremism.
The letter reads, in part:
“We recognize that evangelicalism, and white evangelicalism in particular, has been susceptible to the heresy of Christian nationalism because of a long history of faith leaders accommodating white supremacy. We choose to speak out now because we do not want to be quiet accomplices in this on-going sin.”
“Baptizing” extremism with religion
“I am not trying to assign to people something that they didn’t want assigned to them — that they were moving and marching in Christ’s name,” organizer Doug Pagitt said during a recent Zoom call with other signers of the letter. Pagitt, who leads the progressive evangelical group Vote Common Good, highlighted the prayer shouted from the Senate rostrum, which was conducted in a style typical of many charismatic and evangelical churches.
“People from our very communities called people to this action in the days before, unleashed them into the Capitol, and then chose to baptize that action in the name of Christ,” Pagitt said. “And this is our time where we need to stand up.”
White evangelical Christians made up a critical part of Trump’s base, and a majority supported him in both 2016 and 2020. A recent survey by the American Enterprise Institute found that 3 in 5 white evangelicals believe — falsely — that President Biden was not legitimately elected.
Prominent white evangelical leaders have been among Trump’s most vocal supporters. Several, including Ralph Reed of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Dallas-based pastor Robert Jeffress, have condemned the insurrection but remained steadfast in their support for Trump.
Signers of the open letter calling out Christian nationalism include Jerushah Duford, a granddaughter of the evangelical preacher, the late Rev. Billy Graham. In an interview with NPR, Duford said she was “heartbroken” by the events of Jan. 6, a feeling she said she experienced throughout the Trump years as she watched many white evangelical leaders align themselves with him.
“It felt like this was a symptom of what has been happening for a long time,” she said.
“White evangelical brothers and sisters, where are you?”
During last week’s Zoom call, Mae Elise Cannon, of the ecumenical group Churches for Middle East Peace, called out unnamed evangelical leaders who she said have declined to sign, citing concerns including how it would go over with their churches or religious organizations.
“White evangelical brothers and sisters, where are you?” Cannon said. “There’s a few of us on this call today, but let me tell you how many people said ‘no.’ “
Another signer, Kevin Riggs, pastors a small church near Nashville affiliated with the Free Will Baptist denomination, which he describes as “to the right of everybody.” Riggs said in an interview with NPR that he may receive pushback from other pastors for signing the statement, but he expects his congregation, which devotes much of its time to working with people facing homelessness, incarceration and addiction, to support him.
“I wanted to sign this statement just to say that Christian nationalism is not only wrong, but it’s heretical,” Riggs told other leaders on the Zoom call, adding that evangelical leaders must take responsibility for “rooting out this evil in our churches.”
After Gab CEO Andrew Torba posted his ideal view of the nation with the map of Jesusland, he created a wave on social media. In no time, Jesusland went trending as social media users supported, mocked, laughed and even confusedly asked “what is Jesusland?”.
The map of Jesusland divides the United States and Canada into ‘The United States of Canada’ and ‘Jesusland’ implying a political divide between the northern and southern regions of North America. Twitter user PatriotTakes took to the social networking site to share the image posted by Torba.
“In case you were wondering what Gab CEO Andrew Torba wants, take a look. He posted this 3 hours ago,” the tweet read alongside the map of Jesusland highlighting the red and blue political divide of the nation.
But before we get to how the Internet feels about this, we must answer confused users. “ayo whats “Jesusland” is this some Disney land sort of thing?? /j,” one user asked while another wondered: “jesusland sounds like a really cool new amusement park, do they have any rmcs?”
What is Jesusland?
Unlike the first impressions of the name, Jesusland is nowhere close to an amusement park. In fact, if you see the breakdown of the division of the states, it is easily quite a scary proposition. “Jesusland sounds like an awful amusement park,” one user tweeted.
Shortly after the 2004 US presidential election, after George W Bush‘s victory, the Jesusland map was created as an internet meme in order to satirize the red/blue states scheme by dividing the United States and Canada into “The United States of Canada” and “Jesusland”. According to Freakonomics, it portrays the John Kerry-voting states joining Canada rather than suffering another four years of George W Bush.
The map implies the existence of a fundamental political divide between contiguous northern and southern regions of North America. The popular Internet meme, which resurfaces every few years, is in the form of a map of the US and Canada and depicts a new hypothetical national border between the two countries.
The “blue states” from the 2004 election — New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, the Pacific coast and the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — have been merged with Canada to form a single contiguous nation of more than 170 million inhabitants.
This land is labeled the “United States of Canada”. The remaining “red states” are labeled as “Jesusland”. The Freakonomics blog stated that the map reflected the “despair, division and bitterness” of the election campaign and results. The internet today is having a field day with the meme. “Botox AND Jesusland. What a time to be alive,” a user tweeted.
And it continued. “You will refer it it as just ‘Canada’ You’ll switch to the metric system The government will be a parliament based Every new province will be issued a hockey team.” Another wrote: “Jesus would be lynched by ‘Christians’ if he showed up in #Jesusland.”
“I feel like most of the inhabitants of “Jesusland” are gonna be awfully disappointed to find out what Jesus really looked like, according to recent AI compositing…” a user posted. “I’ll gladly live in the US of C to avoid Jesusland. Mostly because, I suspect, even Jesus wouldn’t be welcome in Jesusland,” another added.
But the meme also made many angry. “I can’t tell you how much stupid shit like this pisses me off. There are millions of Black, brown and Indigenous people living in ‘Jesusland’ who bust their asses to make some of these places better but instead of addressing barriers they just want to write us off,” one tweeted.