RS: In the midst of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Jacob Chansley, the bare-chested man in Viking horns who’s come to be known as the QAnon Shaman, stopped his fellow marauders in the Senate chamber to pray.
“Thank you Heavenly Father for gracing us with this opportunity … to send a message to all the tyrants, the communists and the globalists, that this is our nation, not theirs,” he said. “Thank you for filling this chamber with patriots that love you and that love Christ. Thank you for allowing the United States of America to be reborn.”
So @NewYorker has footage of the prayer that was led on the Senate chamber floor by insurrectionists on Jan 6.
It was led by the so-called QAnon Shaman, and occurs roughly 2/3 into this video.
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) January 17, 2021
The prayer, caught on video by New Yorker reporter Luke Mogelson, was just one moment among hundreds that day illustrating how deeply the insurrection was intertwined with Christian nationalism.
Across the sea of protesters in and outside the building, t-shirt and ball-cap slogans proclaimed it: “Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president”; “God, Guns, Trump”; or, on the sweatshirt of a man helping construct the rough gallows erected on the Capitol lawn, “Faith, Family, Freedom.” (The gallows itself was quickly covered in handwritten notes — “as if it were a yearbook,” observed lawyer and author Andrew Seidel — reading “Hang them high” and “In God We Trust.”)
Elsewhere, protesters carried gigantic portraits of Jesus and replica statues of the Infant of Prague, or chanted about the blood of Jesus washing Congress clean. A long-haired blond man sang praise songs into a microphone plugged into a stack of amplifiers he was wheeling on a hand-truck.
A Nebraska priest performed an exorcism on the Capitol building to banish the demon Baphomet, who he claimed was “dissolving the country” in order to “bring it back as something different.” One rioter later indicted for breaking into the Capitol was actually a cast member in a touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” read more..