In the wake of the disastrous 2016 presidential elections, some of us hunkered down to work where we thought we could be more effective: the states. The midterm elections proved that red states could be inched, if not pushed, left. But while some states band together to live up to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord and work to provide parental leave, others are considering legislation that capitalizes on the sense of Christian victimhood that Trump has tapped into.
Project Blitz, a conservative Christian playbook written by rightwing Christians, delivers model legislation to state lawmakers. It includes:
- “In God We Trust” bills that would mandate the display of this phrase in public schools, government buildings, and police cars.
- Bills mandating that public schools offer Christian Bible-study classes. (The sponsor of the Florida bill is a self-proclaimed exorcist.)
- A bill allowing teachers to display the 10 Commandments.
- “Religious Freedom” bills that would allow business to refuse to serve LGBTQ+ people on religious grounds
- Bills to allow foster care organizations to refuse to work with any non-Christians without losing federal funding
Think that a display of the 10 Commandments on taxpayer-funded property is no big deal? That’s step 1 in a larger plan to disallow Jewish, Muslim, and atheist people from being foster parents.
These are just some of the 75+ bills generated from Project Blitz that have been put forward in 20 states since Trump’s inauguration. Project Blitz works to push small bills that are mostly symbolic, but the larger goal is “to reclaim and properly define the narrative” of “the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian values and beliefs in the public square”–that is, theocracy.