Meanwhile, in another part of the Reactionary Forest, the Christianists are plotting to impose their religion on all of us.

The idea behind Project Blitz is to overwhelm state legislatures with bills based on centrally manufactured legislation. “It’s kind of like whack-a-mole for the other side; it’ll drive ‘em crazy that they’ll have to divide their resources out in opposing this,” David Barton, the Christian nationalist historian and one of four members of Project Blitz’s “steering team,” said in a conference call with state legislators from around the country that was later made public.

According to research provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, more than 70 bills before state legislatures appear to be based on Project Blitz templates or have similar objectives. Some of the bills are progressing rapidly. An Oklahoma measure, which has passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature, allows adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate on the basis of their own religious beliefs. Others, such as a Minnesota bill that would allow public schools to post “In God We Trust” signs on their walls, have provoked hostile debates in local and national media, which is in many cases the point of the exercise.

Notice how atheists aren’t campaigning to have “We Are All Atheists Here” signs on the walls of public schools? Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could be that forbearing?

(It’s the “We” that’s so infuriating. No we don’t! Not all of us, and you don’t get to speak for all of us, and you don’t get to exclude us for not being part of your “We.” You don’t get to forcibly sign us up to nonsensical beliefs and nonsensical “trust” in a nonexistent phantom of people’s imagination.)

In their guidebook for state legislators and other allies, the authors of the Project Blitz program have grouped their model legislation into three categories, according to anticipated difficulty of passage. The first category consists of symbolic gestures, like resolutions to emblazon the motto “In God We Trust” on as many moving objects as possible (like, say, police cars).

Critics of such symbolic gestures often argue that they act as gateways to more extensive forms of state involvement in religion. It turns out that the Christian right agrees with them.

“They’re going to be things that people yell at, but they will help move the ball down the court,” Mr. Barton said in the conference call.

In the name of our Lord Donald Trump amen.

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