The Chicxulub Crater in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula was formed about 65 million years ago by an asteroid impact. This cataclysm was believed to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs and countless other species.
This mass extinction event was first theorized by scientists in 1980 and confirmed in the early 1990s. Beginning in December 1995, NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory conducted the program to track asteroids near Earth (NEAT), scanning the sky for near-Earth objects. No one was sure what we might have done about any negative information NEAT might have provided, but it nevertheless seemed prudent to keep an “eye on the skies.”
Journalism as a study and profession is the “program,” so to speak, that investigates societies for potential calamities. Currently, Christian nationalism is the societal asteroid that many journalists are tracking. It is prudent to do so because Christian nationalism is a cataclysm in the making.
The extinction of democracy is well within the realm of the possible.
The Ottawa Impact is an analogue of space dust, sucked into the wake of the Christian nationalism movement as it rushes along. The Ottawa Impact is limited in scope, but absolutely integral to the larger theocratic plan.
In our Constitution, “freedom of religion” is shorthand for a right conferred by secular authority. The founding fathers as a group were not a church designed or composed of a deliberative assembly. Mortal men conferred rights on other men (except non-males and non-whites).
Not part of the original Constitution – which focused only on secular matters related to the organization and execution of the governance of the new nation – this right is enshrined in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. .
The relevant text reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This was intended as a prohibition, prohibiting any prescriptive action contemplated by the secular government. This was not a license to presume a preference for any particular religion, indeed one belief over another, Christianity being one of them.
While certain invocations of “God” or “the year of Our Lord” or “creator” appear elsewhere in the text of the Constitution, these references only reflect a given writer’s personal inclinations toward the faith. They are not an endorsement of Christian belief. In fact, many of the Constitution scribes, including Thomas Jefferson, were deists, holding beliefs about God that were inconsistent with Christian doctrine.
Unsurprisingly, secular primacy is incompatible with the ethos advocated by the Ottawa Impact. Their so-called “contract” is laced with nationalistic Christian overtones. Vagueness is its hallmark and ignorance of the authority of the county commission its defining attribute.
Non-existent is any notion or respect for those who, like Jefferson, do not adhere to Christian dogma. For parents who value a public education for their children that draws on science and history, not Christian sensibilities. Who believe that biological realities, constructive criticism and widely diverse points of view are essential to understanding the real world in which their children must live.
Parents who shun the idea that such education is somehow “grooming” or “indoctrination”.
Parents who, despite their own personal disadvantages, support public responses to a health pandemic that has, to date, killed more than one million Americans. Who greatly appreciate preventive measures – such as mask mandates – that protect their children from infection, especially those carried by other unvaccinated children.
Parents who support the tireless and unrecognized (but too often decried) efforts of officials responsible for implementing and maintaining health directives never considered before. Or at least not since the Spanish flu decimated world populations at the turn of the last century.
Take note, fellow citizens, that the goal of the Ottawa Impact, like that of Christian nationalism, is nothing less than the forced injection of their favorite deity into secular governance. Which, by definition, means the exclusion of all other deities.
As of August 2, 2022, election, there were 230,881 registered voters in Ottawa County. In this election, a single Ottawa Impact candidate for County Commissioner garnered more than 5,200 votes. The midterm primaries are marked by a very low turnout.
Let’s see how Christian nationalists fare in November – as many other voters survey the political firmament.
— Community columnist Richard Wolfe is a resident of Park Township. Contact him at email@example.com.