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Religion figured centrally in the January 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol, revealing yet again the entanglement of white supremacy and public religion in American politics. Images of the cross, the Bible, and prayers in the Senate chamber show how religiosity was intertwined with the attempt to overturn the election. This webinar examines the connections among religion, white supremacy, and the attempts to delegitimize the results of the 2020 presidential election, describing the interplay between Christian nationalism, conspiracy theories, and anti-Black racism.
The webinar, conceived and organized by Anthea Butler, is hosted by the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion (CPUR) of the American Academy of Religion. CPUR webinars aim to enrich discussions of religion as it intersects with urgent public issues—e.g. racism, misogyny, xenophobia, public health, and sustainability—whether these occur in the classroom, the newsroom, or in the boardroom.
Webinar presenters include:
Anthea Butler - University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor and author of the forthcoming book White Evangelical Racism
Peter Manseau - Curator of American Religious History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
Samuel Perry - University of Oklahoma Associate Professor
Sarah Posner - Journalist and author of Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump
Andrew Whitehead - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Associate Professor
The moderator is Evan Berry, chair of the AAR’s Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Environmental Humanities at Arizona State University.