—  The Authoritarian Threat of Christian Nationalism | Bradley Onishi | Weekly Sunday Gathering —  Baker Ripley, 6500 Rookin St, Houston, TX

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Main Topic:  The Authoritarian Threat of Christian Nationalism

Main Speaker: Bradley Onishi

Music: Robert Kuhn

Main talk Summary: 

Brad will be speaking on the history of White Christian nationalism with since the 1960s, with a focus on the authoritarian turn the movement took in the late 1990s. Why do so many American Christians fetishize Putin as a leader? What is with the fascination with Russia as a "Christian nation?" Brad will show how Christian nationalists fantasize about the United States becoming more like Putin's Russia - and the terrifying dimensions of this vision for secular Americans and everyone who is not a straight, White, patriarchal Christian. 

Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Bradley Onishi, co-host of the Straight White American Jesus (SWAJ) podcast. Since 2018, SWAJ has been downloaded six million times and been assigned in dozens of universities across the world. It regularly appears on the Apple Politics charts ahead of shows from the New York Times, Vox, and Slate, and other national outlets. Brad is the author, translator, or editor of five books, including the 2023 trade book Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism - And What Comes Next. Brad was Associate professor of religion at Skidmore College until 2021. Brad appears regularly on nationally syndicated radio and podcasts; his written work has appeared at the New York Times, NBC News, Huffpost, Politico, Rolling Stone, and many other outlets.

Musician Bio :

This is the updated Robert Kuhn 2021 Biography for all you music buffs out there. It starts the same. Robert was born in a Houston hospital more dead than alive in 1978. He was revitalized and with prayers and deals and grown with the help of loving parents into a poet and musician who has spent most of his adult life travelling most of the world under varying circumstances, mostly in poverty but occasionally in riches, although you’d never know the difference. He is well studied literature and mathematics, was an Academic All American linebacker, speaks several languages and is currently in the process of releasing his third studio album, PERSEVERE, a nine-song collection written and recorded in Galveston, Texas, where Robert resides.
 His first album, “Everybody Knows ”(2014), was embraced by the local press and commercially successful enough to free him from his day labor at a Houston Shirt Factory and devote time and energy to touring and playing music with his surf, rocknroll, blues, folk and reggae band of friends which included the late great extraterrestrial blues legend, Little Joe Washington. They toured all over the United States and Mexico for years having a good old time until the last day of August 2019 while on the road in Western Colorado in support of their second release, Maria the Gun. 
Robert was in a nearly fatal van wreck that left him hospitalized in critical condition. He returned to Galveston six weeks later hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, but happy to be alive at all. With funding and support of friends and fans from around the world, Robert began a long quiet healing process that yielded his latest album, PERSEVERE, a transcendent psychedelic folk experience of electronic and organic instruments; poetry and sound; light and darkness. It’s uplifting and out there for Robert and will be available soon in all forms. This world is changing so fast. Robert hopes it will take him back on the road to share this meaningful new music with his friends and family he’s made along the way..

We are back to our regular start time of 10:30 AM. Doors open at 10:00 AM

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Baker Ripley Community Center
6500 Rookin St
Houston, TX 77074

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