Thursday, May 19, 2022

How the FBI Aided and Abetted the Rise of White Christian Nationalism

Stanford's Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity is hosting a timely presentation on hate crime. The lecture will be delivered by Lerone A. Martin, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, and focus on his book, The Gospel of J. Edgar Hoover, which is a groundbreaking new history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The post-lecture discussion will be moderated by Jennifer Burns, Associate Professor of History.
Historian Lerone A. Martin reveals how J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI teamed up with leading white evangelicals and Catholics to make the FBI a squadron of white Christian soldiers trained to use any means necessary to bring America back to their God. This never told story shows how Hoover and white evangelicals and Catholics fundamentally transformed American religion and politics.  Not only did this partnership solidify the political norms of white evangelicalism and contribute to the political rise of white Christian nationalism, it also established religion and race as the bedrock of the modern national security state, giving shape to today’s FBI, and setting the terms for today’s domestic terrorism debates.
Here is more information on the book and event. Registration for the free in-person and online event are here.

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