Conservative Christians desperately want to *feel* oppressed. They know they live the life of Riley in America while other Christians in other countries really are oppressed and they want some of that sweet stolen valor.
Meanwhile, in this country they *are* the oppressors of other–brown and poor–Christians and they feel the guilt of that. They are the ones who cheer as Haitian Christians get ridden down at the border. They are the ones who thought Trump’s sadistic policies of family separation directed at desperate brown Christians at the border were so awesome. They are the ones who thought spitting in the faces of Amazonian Catholics and desecrating their statue of Our Lady of the Amazon was fantastic. Conservative American MAGA Christians *love* sadistic cruelty and persecution of other Christians–not to mention of other varieties of humans they hate. So they double down on feeling oppressed because that is easier than facing their sins and repenting.
The trouble is, actual persecution against them is rare as hen’s teeth in the US, so they have to work hard to come up with ways to feed the feeling of persecution.
Since the start of the Pandemic, the MAGA Cult has worked hard to paint themselves as victims of persecution, including comparing having to abide by common courtesy and basic public health protocols to being Holocaust victims:
Nor is Greene a one-off. The Cult has gone nuts for this phony victim-martyr narrative:
That last guy, a plump Republican from my state, demonstrates as much as any of these ridiculous attempts at martyr cosplay that the only suffering these guys experience is having to wait in line at the Royal Fork. But they love them some fake Holocaust mystique.
Yet even while they are busy pretending to identify with people murdered for their ethnicity–and particularly their Jewish ethnicity–they also looooove them their Nazi vice signaling, their eugenics chatter, and their white supremacist code language, from “Jewish Space Lasers”:
to straight up appeals to race rhetoric (and, weirdly, Harry Potter Villainy):
…the MAGA cult simultaneously tries to play both Victim-Martyr and Member of the Master Race cards.
And that includes one-time Catholic Answers Live hosts who have decided that it is better to lose his soul if he can gain minor MAGA shock jock celebrity:
You may ask yourself “How can these people simultaneously 1) pretend to be victims of a mass-murdering ideology as kind people try to protect them from a disease, 2) proudly identify with that mass-murdering ideology while claiming to be “prolife”, and 3) regard themselves as the Real Victims while laboring to kill 3/4 of a million people in the US alone?”
The key is that sin makes you stupid, and pride–which swells the MAGA soul like the Hindenburg–is the gravest sin of them all. There’s a reason Paul speaks of the “mystery of evil”. Sin, in the end, does not make sense. Expecting to make sense of a subculture that has given itself to being nihilist, irrational People of the Lie is a doomed project. These are people who have abandoned reason and truth for raw, nihilist power at any price.
And as His Absymsal Under-Secretary Screwtape points out, “To get a man’s soul and give him nothing in return–that is what truly gladdens the heart of Our Father Below”. So this is the reward the devil is giving the Cult for the slavish devotion to mindless spite:
Meanwhile, Jesus struggles to save even these spiteful sadists and bring them to repentance and if even one of them repents, there is still more rejoicing in Heaven over them than over 99 who do not need to repent.