By Andrew Seidel
Iowa legislators have proposed nine bills out of the Project Blitz handbook. Nine bills. That’s more than any other state. Christian nationalism is on the march in the Iowa Capitol.
Project Blitz is an explicit Christian nationalist campaign to rewrite American history and the American identity. Project Blitz seeks to redefine patriotism — so that to be an American is to be a Christian and to be a Christian is to be an American. Its goal is to reshape our national identity and then to rewrite the law accordingly. Put more simply, Project Blitz seeks to favor Christians and relegate everyone else to second-class status.
Iowa’s Blitz bills include some that were proposed in the last session and appear to be languishing, but not technically dead. Three of the nine bills are meant to smuggle Christian Nationalism into Iowa schools. HF 231 will use public schools to teach the bible, a recipe for litigation and teachers violating students’ rights. Other bills deal with school decor, not student decorum — legislators are actually spending time decking the halls of every Iowa public school. HF 444 would “conspicuously” emblazon the Christian nationalist’s favorite phrase, “In God We Trust,” while SF 2101 would require displaying the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence — not the first sentence and certainly not the whole document, just the “endowed by their Creator” line.
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