Christian Nationalists Harass Gaza Solidarity Encampments at US Universities

Christian nationalists and far-right groups, including the Proud Boys, are harassing and attacking students participating in campus Gaza solidarity encampments at US universities. The groups, promoting toxic ideologies, have marched at universities like USC and Columbia, claiming to stand against antisemitism while promoting nationalist and racist views.

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Christian Nationalists Harass Gaza Solidarity Encampments at US Universities

Christian Nationalists Harass Gaza Solidarity Encampments at US Universities

Christian nationalists and far-right groups, including the Proud Boys, are harassing and attacking students participating in campus Gaza solidarity encampments at US universities. These groups are promoting toxic ideologies such as nationalism, racism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism.

Why this matters: The rise of Christian nationalism and far-right groups on college campuses poses a significant threat to academic freedom, diversity, and inclusivity. If left unchecked, these ideologies can lead to further polarization, violence, and erosion of democratic values in the United States.

At the University of Southern California (USC) on Wednesday, Christian nationalist leader Sean Feucht led a march claiming to stand against antisemitism. However, Feucht, who has said he wants God to be in control of everything, platformed fellow Christian nationalist leaders Che Ahn, Lou Engle, and Russell Johnson, who have a history of making line, praise racist and antisemitic remarks.

The march was attended by New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) affiliated groups, including Latinos Exiting the Democratic Party (LEXIT), who have ties to the Proud Boys, and Patriot Mobile, a Christian group intent on converting Jews. An Appeal to Heaven flag, associated with Christian nationalists and the Capitol insurrection, was present at the march.

Similar marches took place at Columbia University, led by Feucht, Johnson, and Christian nationalist radio host Eric Metaxas. "We're going to march around Columbia's campus to stand with Israel until the last day," Feucht said, referencing the End Times. He added, "Standing up for Jews is an End Times issue we gotta get right."

Over 1 million Gazans have taken refuge in Rafah since October 7. Christian nationalists are using the premise of a spiritual war to pave the way for an authoritarian government in the United States. Project2025, a 900-page manifesto, outlines the plan for Christian nationalists and their allies to take control of the government and concentrate power in the executive branch.

The harassment and attacks on Gaza solidarity encampments come as pro-Palestinian demonstrators erected a tent encampment on Columbia University's quad on April 17 to protest in solidarity with Gaza. The protest coincided with Columbia University President Minouche Shafik's preparation to testify before a House committee investigating campus antisemitism, which was inflamed by the Israel-Gaza war.

Christian Zionists, who interpret the Bible as instructing them to stand unequivocally with Israel and its far-right government, make up a significant portion of tens of millions of Christian Zionists globally. The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, which comprises Christian nationalists, aims to take over government, businesses, media, and educational institutions.

As Gaza solidarity encampments continue at universities across the US, Christian nationalists and far-right groups are increasingly harassing and attacking student protesters. The toxic ideologies they promote, including nationalism, racism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism, pose a growing threat on college campuses.

Key Takeaways

  • Christian nationalists and far-right groups, including Proud Boys, are harassing Gaza solidarity encampments on US college campuses.
  • These groups promote toxic ideologies like nationalism, racism, Islamophobia, and antisemitism, threatening academic freedom and diversity.
  • Christian nationalist leader Sean Feucht led a march at USC, platforming leaders with a history of racist and antisemitic remarks.
  • Similar marches occurred at Columbia University, led by Feucht and other Christian nationalists, referencing the End Times and promoting a spiritual war.
  • The harassment and attacks on Gaza solidarity encampments pose a growing threat to college campuses, promoting authoritarianism and eroding democratic values.