I grew up in a conservative Christian family. However, I had never come to believe. From an early age I began to question, why anyone would want to attend a church service. When I came of age and left home I become highly involved in the freedom from religion movement, as a way of fighting back, for the anguish of other people pushing their religion on me. I got it out of my system and moved on. A few years later I began to see the rise of the new Republicanism. As it rose, it occurred to me that the new Republicanism was little more than the more conservative Christianity repackaged as a political ideology. Time and time again it has occurred to me that it is a religion. In the same way that hard core Christians read their bible daily and attend religious services as often as thy can, the new Republicans also began the need for daily affirmation of faith, not through a bible, but through the wonders of right-wing radio. Time and again, as a right-wing pundit laid out his arguments, I kept seeing the parallels with Evangelical Christian preachers. It even blended well as both Christianity and conservatism are quite opposed to liberalism. Conservative children are taught to hate liberals in their churches. Some of them even sing little songs, to remind them that liberals are bad. When the pundits repeat it, they question it not. Turns out, right-wing radio got its start on Christian radio. At first all radio stations had to provide counterbalancing programming for political talk. Then during Reagan’s presidency they did away with that rule. This is were Rush Limbaugh got his start. A three hour show on Christian radio stations. He was openly racist, homophobic, misogynistic, a religious bigot, anti-intellectual, anti-science, and above all, anti Democrat, anti liberal, and everything else not Republican. With no opposing, or moderating voices. It was those listening to Christian radio, those who needed their daily fill of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus in their hearts and all that, who initially listened to and supported Rush. Discovering such a detail surprises me not as these were the same sentiments that I often heard among the conservative Christians I was forced to live among. Early support for the Trump also came from conservative Christian quarters. Preachers were telling their flock that the Trump was their champion. That he and he alone was going to stop those evil liberals from taking their religion and their guns away from them. That he alone was going to end abortion. Jesus himself, came down from heaven, and whispered in the ears of influential Christian spokespersons, telling them all, Donald J Trump was their man, personally approved by Jesus, our great Lord and Savior. Just like when Jesus liked lil George Bush so much. When the violent right-wing gangs began attacking liberal strongholds in the West, at first they had the appearance of White Supremacists. Yet, upon closer inspection, one saw that they were Christian Nationalists. To them liberalism is a bit like Satanism, as a curse, something to be erased from earth. Even democracy is seen as inconvenient, something to be restricted. The same group of people who stormed the capital in delusion of grandeur. In every presidential election, the various political parties have offered a platform on which their party intends to govern, if they win the elections. In 2020, the Republican Party offered nothing other than the Trump. The only time that has ever happened. But then have we not been seeing elected Republicans bowing to their champion, singing it praises it did not deserve, almost as if it were a deity. Even though it lost, fair and square, half of Trump supporters insist that the election was stolen through fraud. Now that Joe Biden has become president, many Republicans are now insisting that he has dementia and is in failing health. Like him or not, any objective observer can clearly see that Biden is quite alert and healthy. It is as if belief is the most important characteristic amongst Republican voters, just as in Christianity. Your eyes are not to be trusted. Has the Republican Party not become a religion? Do not the majority of their adherents prefer a Christian theocracy over our current system? Have not the pundits, like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, become like preachers. People like Rush Limbaugh, a prophet and saint, like the great Saint Ronnie, who led the people out of the darkness? Is the Trump not in the process of being made into a martyr? Has not the fabled antifa become the new demons, sent to pester the faithful? The liberals sent to test the strength of their faith.