This poster went up at one of the improv theaters I frequent and I have a lot of questions, but let's start with this one: What the fuck?

Am I misremembering that "city on a hill" is like a Christian nationalists dog whistle?

I think this may just be bad messaging. The two top people at the theater I'm pretty sure aren't Christian.

politics, christian nationalism 

@srol I didn't know this, but you're not wrong. Quoth the Wikipedia:

"City upon a Hill" is a phrase derived from the teaching of salt and light in Jesus's Sermon on the Mount. It has frequently been used in United States politics as a declaration of American exceptionalism, to refer to America acting as a "beacon of hope" for the world."

politics, christian nationalism 

@monsterblue @srol i think its historical usage is all over the map politically, but i would be unsurprised if the recent crop of christian nationalists / white supremacists / whatever they are were fond of it.

@srol like every president since jfk has used it in their speeches, I don't think it's that unusual for someone to hear it and just think it's like a synonym for "big beautiful tomorrow"

@prehensile @srol

(went to look because I was thinking Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" but it's more Biblical, via Winthrop)

@prehensile @srol

dangit. came in on the wrong thread again, sorry.

@srol From my experiences with the phrase, it doesn't necessarily have religious connotations. I've seen it in papers on international relations and foreign policy. It originated from the Bible, but so did a lot of other phrases in the English language that are often used in secular contexts.

@srol keep running up that road

Keep running up that hill

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