Report: Christian Nationalism Fueled Jan. 6 Insurrection

The report, issued by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, details Christian nationalist rhetoric and symbols that were apparent at the Jan. 6 insurrection as well as at events that preceded the insurrection, such as the Million MAGA March and Jericho Marches that took place in Washington in December 2020 and January 2021.

Christian nationalist symbols and references were ubiquitous at those gatherings, as well as at the insurrection itself: flags with superimposed American flags over Christian symbols; “An Appeal to Heaven” banners; prayers recited by members of the extremist group Proud Boys shortly before the attack or by others as they stormed the Capitol.

Andrew Seidel, who wrote most of the 60-page report, said that if the Jan. 6 insurrectionists “decided to get a little more serious, next time we’re in more trouble.” Looking toward the 2022 midterm election and the 2024 presidential race, he said the potential for violence wrought by Christian nationalists haunts him.

“I really hope people wake up and recognize it for the threat that it is,” he said.

Three of Five of McCarthy’s Choices for Jan. 6 Select Committee Voted against Certifying Election

AP News: “House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed.

“McCarthy has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump’s New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel, according to a Republican familiar with the decision and an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi must approve the names before they are final, per committee rules…

“The five Republican men selected by McCarthy have all backed Trump, whose supporters laid siege to the Capitol building on Jan. 6 and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. [Ranking Member Jim Banks, R-IN, and Reps. Jim Jordan, R-OH, and Troy Nehls, R-TX) all voted to overturn Biden’s win that day, even after the rioting. [Reps. Rodney Davis, R-IL, and Kelly Armstrong, R-ND] were among the minority of Republicans who voted to certify Biden’s win.”

Texas Terrorist Family Arrested in Insurrection Probe, Had a Child with Them on Jan. 6

Munn family from Borger, Texas, arrested in Jan. 6 investigation
Munn family from Borger, Texas, arrested in Jan. 6 investigation

DeadState.com: “Five members of a Texas family who traveled to D.C. on Jan. 6 and stormed the U.S. Capitol — even bringing a minor child inside the building — were arrested this Tuesday and individually slapped with four federal charges, ABC News reports.

Kristi Munn, Tom Munn, Dawn Munn, Josh Munn, and Kayli Munn were described by prosecutors as a “nuclear family” from Borger, Texas. According to court documents, they also brought an unidentified minor child into the Capitol building with them. The child has not been charged.”