On the September 7, 2016 episode of David Duke’s radio program, the former Klan leader and current Senate candidate lamented that America is no longer considered a “Christian nation,” and praised Russia both for its supposed Christian values and for being “more free” than America is.
Duke pointed out that Russia, in its current state, is no longer “Communist,” despite the media’s insistence on portraying the country as our “enemy.” In fact, Russia, he said, is “more free” and “more consistent with traditional American values” than the United States. “We used to call ourselves in this country — even though we always argued, and we believed in freedom of religion, and freedom of thought and those things — we’ve always called ourselves a Christian nation,” Duke said.
Unfortunately, people “don’t call us a Christian nation anymore,” he complained. Yet Russia “formally calls itself a Christian nation,” and Vladimir Putin — the ex-KGB thug — “recognizes that and preserves that.”
Thus, Duke, much like Donald Trump, professed his admiration for an authoritarian strongman responsible for the murder of journalists and dissidents, and 2014’s annexation of Crimea. Putin’s Russia has also seen a disturbing crackdown on protesters — including members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot — and the LGBTQ community. In 2012 a Russian court banned pride parades in the city of Moscow for the next 100 years, while gay men have been kidnapped and tortured by marauding groups of skinheads. And in 2013 Putin gave his stamp of approval to the now infamous ban on “gay propaganda.”
Russia’s not, by the way, Communist. Those who don’t understand that anymore, the media tries to portray them still as our enemy. They’re not our enemy. They should be our friend. They’re actually more free and more consistent with traditional American values than we are.
We used to call ourselves in this country — even though we always argued, and we believed in freedom of religion, and freedom of thought and those things — we’ve always called ourselves a Christian nation.
Our leaders from the time of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and other leaders all throughout American history called ourselves a Christian nation.They don’t call us a Christian nation anymore.
But guess what? Russia — the former Communist state — formally calls itself a Christian nation. It is a Christian nation in Russia today. And Putin recognizes that and preserves that.
They also believe in the sanctity of the family. They believe in absolutely advancing the interests of their people. They were on the right side of this war in Syria. They were supporting the government of Syria against the ISIS murderers, and beheaders, and rapists, and savages of ISIS and al-Nusra, while our government literally has been supporting the jihadists.