Looking for a non-“woke” church? A secessionist group tweets a classification of places of worship list.

According to how “woke” they are, a New Hampshire libertarian group tweeted a list of churches. Being “woke” is defined as being COVID-aware, welcoming to LGBTQ people, or flying the Ukrainian flag. The list was published as far-right threats of violence increased. For daily email delivery of the newest tech news and scoops, subscribe to our newsletter. A list of the state’s Christian churches that are deemed “awake” was tweeted by the New Hampshire-based libertarian group The Free State Project.

The list, which was posted on the website “LibertyWins.org,” mostly gauges a church’s “wokeness” by asking if it is LGBTQ-friendly, has supported racial or social justice, or has put COVID protections in place.

The Free State Twitter account, which has more than 80,000 followers, disseminated it.

The “Christianity in New Hampshire” list on “LibertyWins.org” doesn’t explain the list’s purpose, but some detractors on Twitter are calling the “wokeness” classification an “racist dog whistle” and fear that it will be prompt attacks on the places of worship.

The Free State Project has been protested against before, and state Democratic Rep. Lucy Weber has called them anti-LGBTQ. Weber told Insider that while she didn’t want to speculate on the list’s creators’ intentions, she thought it was “distasteful.”

The only thing I have to say about that is that they have the right to say it, Weber told Insider. I find it offensive because they’re not government officials, but I’m allowed to have my own opinions.

AA3 The Free State (@FreeStateNH) The names of over 900 churches are listed, along with information about their locations and denominations.
There are notes in the “wokeness” column.
There were additional factors stated for the designation, though flying a Pride flag or requiring masks were surefire ways to get churches on the list.

By giving to the NAACP, one Episcopal church gained recognition as a woke institution. On another website, a flag of Ukraine was seen. A third organization disclosed on its website that it is situated on “unceded native American land.”

Eight Episcopal churches were listed because they either publicly supported LGBTQ people on their websites or were typically LGBTQ inclusive places of worship. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the Episcopal Church is generally more supportive of the LGBTQ population. The first openly gay priest to hold the office of bishop in a significant Christian denomination was Rev. V. Gene Robinson, formerly of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.

The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire was aware of the list, a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement to Insider.

According to the statement, “The Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire supports homosexual marriage, as do Episcopal bishops and parishes around the country, as well as The Episcopal Church as a governing body.” We are all attempting to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Free State Project, an organization founded by Jason Sorens, has promoted the emigration of “liberty enthusiasts” to New Hampshire since the early 2000s with the goal of establishing a libertarian limited-government utopia there.

Although many of the group’s members who do run for or hold political office are registered Republicans, the group’s website specifically states that it is not affiliated with “any political party or organization.”

When Insider contacted the Free State Project for comment, they did not respond.

Weber told The Keene Sentinel at a recent anti-movement demonstration that while the movement may preach freedom, it does not include members of the LGBTQ community. She claimed that group members had worked to make it more difficult to register to vote and seek to limit abortions.

“We’re for liberty, we’re for freedom, they chant. Who doesn’t?” Website told the Sentinel in July . They “don’t seem to have a concept of the public good” and “their freedom is solely for others who are just like them.”

THE RISK OF VIOLENT EXTREMIST THREATS IS HIGH The infamous neo-Nazi Christopher Cantwell was expelled from the Free State Project in 2013 after he published articles calling for the murder of government employees and the violent overthrow of the government. The Free State Project states in bold on its website that “it does not welcome anyone who promotes violence, racial hatred, or bigotry.”

The list, which singles out places of worship due to ideology, was released on Twitter at the same time when threats of extreme far-right violence are at an all-time high, even though the group claims it doesn’t welcome individuals who support violence.

In the week after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, “civil war” references increased by twofold on internet extremist forums, Insider previously reported.
Extremists are promoting pro-Trump violence on both specialized social media platforms and popular websites like TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube.
The Jewish judge in Florida who authorized the search warrant received antisemitic threats that were so detailed and convincing that his temple canceled Shabbat services.

According to Alex Friedfeld, who keeps an eye on online extremism for the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, Judge Bruce Reinhart and Attorney General Merrick Garland have received “an great number of threats and venom online.”

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