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Contacts: David Langston Betsy Burris 3 rd ANNUAL STANDOUT AGAINST CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM WILLIAMSTOWN – The First Congregational Church of Williamstown invites the public to its 3rd Annual Standout Against Christian Nationalism on Saturday, January 6, 2024, from noon to 1 p.m. – the anniversary of the 2021 assault on the Capitol. The standout will be on the front lawn of the church, located at 906 Main Street in Williamstown. “Christian Nationalists want their beliefs to be the official national religion that governs our laws, our education, and our families," says church deacon David Langston. "They would end the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion, and as Christians and as citizens, we stand in opposition to forsaking both Christian teaching as well as the Constitution.” “The threat of Christian Nationalism has been growing over the past several years and has received a boost with the election of Rep. Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House,” said Betsy Burris, Church Moderator. “Johnson, who is second in line to the Presidency, actually claims that ‘[t]he separation of church and state is a misnomer’ 1 and defines his ‘worldview’ as ‘the Bible.’ 2 That may be his personal perspective, but it is wholly inappropriate for a public official serving a diverse democracy,” Burris noted. “As a Christian church that rejects the Christian Nationalists’ definitions both of church and state, we encourage congregations in the Berkshires to stand up against the dangerous influence of people like Speaker Johnson and all those who support the Christian Nationalists’ abuse of the teachings of Christianity,” urged Sherwood Guernsey, church activist. “Reclaiming Christianity as a religion of love and equity, inclusiveness and justice, is the job of congregations like our own,” added Guernsey. Please join us at the church at noon on Saturday, January 6, to register your protest against the Christian Nationalism movement in our country – or urge your own congregation or organization to do so. ### 1 2

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