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christian-bible-on-flagA group of Christian leaders has condemned Christian nationalism in a new letter, calling it a “persistent threat to both our religious communities and our democracy.”

Published on July 29th, the letter, organized by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and titled “Christians Against Christian Nationalism”, calls Americans to take a step back from mixing faith with the government.

“As Christians, we are bound to Christ, not by citizenship, but by faith,” the statement reads. “Christian nationalism seeks to merge Christian and American identities, distorting both the Christian faith and America’s constitutional democracy.”

The group’s executive director, Amanda Tyler, says that Christian Nationalism is not new but is more important now than ever.

“Over the past several years, we seem to be stuck on high in Christian nationalism,” she said. “We’ve seen it in violent, even deadly ways. Christian nationalist views can inspire violence — even against houses of worship.”

Over the course of the past week, the statement has already received an additional nearly 6,000 signatures that come from all different states and a wide range of denominations.

“Whether we worship at a church, mosque, synagogue, or temple, America has no second-class faiths. All are equal under the U.S. Constitution.”

For a deeper understanding of Christian Nationalism, you can watch the keynote speaker below.