Professor Phil Gorski Featured in NYT, WNPR and FAZ, about Religious Imagery during Capitol Riot

Department News
January 28, 2021

Phil Gorski, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies, was featured in the NYT, WPNR and FAZ of Germany about his take on religious imagery during the capitol riot. Christian crosses and Trump flags, cosplay Crusaders and camo-clad militiamen — what should we make of the symbols of the Capitol Insurrection? In his interview on All Things Considered,  Gorski explains that they are best understood as expressions of White Christian Nationalism, a nation whose power and prosperity is endangered by secularization and immigration. In the New York Times, Professor Gorski explained, “Many observers commented on the jarring mixture of Christian, nationalist and racist symbolism amongst the insurrectionists: there were Christian crosses and Jesus Saves banners, Trump flags and American flags, fascist insignia and a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie. Some saw apples and oranges. But it was really a fruit cocktail: White Christian Nationalism.