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Briefing: Insurrection on Capitol Hill

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American faith leaders and scholars, deeply shocked and traumatised by witnessing Trump supporters lay siege to Capitol Hill, explain how the events are a legacy to Christian white supremacy in the United States. They try to understand how Catholics and evangelicals have been swept up in a movement that threatens democracy.

In this Religion Media Centre briefing, Rosie Dawson, Ruth Peacock and Andrew Brown question a number of commentators on how America came to this and how it may be healed.


You can read our report with comment here >>


Full briefing video below:



Mariann Budde Episcopal bishop of Washington
Robert P Jones Founder and chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)
The Rev Winnie Varghese Priest and chief justice and reconciliation officer at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City, blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of articles and chapters on social justice and the church
The Rev Broderick Greer Canon precentor for St John’s Cathedral in Denver, Colorado
Dr Andrea Hatcher Professor of politics, Sewanee: the University of the South, who has written about political and religious identities of British evangelicals and took part in a video discussion on the differences between UK and US evangelicals
Chine McDonald Writer and broadcaster on issues of race and faith, a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and head of public engagement at international development agency Christian Aid
Joseph Uscinski Associate professor department of political science at Miami University, who researches conspiracy theories including QAnon
Mike Lewis Managing editor of the website Where Peter Is. Previously, he worked for Catholic Climate Covenant and the communications department of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops


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