An emerging group of leaders are combining conservative Christianity and nationalism. Religion News Service wrote about Michael O’Fallon, the CEO of Sovereign Nations and owner of Sovereign Cruises and Events LLC, which runs “Christian” and “patriotic” cruises featuring conservative religious and politic speakers. The article quotes Richard Flory, CRCC’s senior director of research and evaluation, about why O’Fallon and such leaders disparage social justice.
Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, believes O’Fallon and other leaders who support Sovereign Nations feel their place in society is at risk.
“Social justice is the popular thing now on college campuses, and that represents a threat because it means ‘People that don’t look like me and don’t think like me might be in charge of me,’” he said. “That’s the most crass way to say it, but I think that’s really what’s underneath all this.”
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