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Book co-authored by Gab CEO Andrew Torba hits Amazon's bestseller list

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An obscure new book — co-authored by the controversial founder of a social media platform for white supremacists — calling for building a “parallel Christian society” to replace a “failed secular state” is It seems to work surprisingly well on Amazon.

Despite its extremism, the self-published booklet — titled Christian Nationalism: A Biblical Guide to Dominion and National Discipleshipwhich reads like an ominous call to action — appeared on Amazon’s list of best-selling printed books on Tuesday night, just a week after its release, and perhaps even earlier.

The book was listed last on Amazon’s list of 100 bestsellers, but whether the distinction is fleeting or vaguely quantified, the difference will be felt by supporters ahead of the midterm elections. represents another notable evidence of the growing appeal of the fringe political ideology currently being mobilized.

The Christian nationalist movement has recently gained a stalwart foothold in electoral politics as more Republican candidates across the country espouse its doctrines. We have Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor. Others.

Andrew Truba, one of the co-authors Christian nationalismhas worked to build what he describes as a “parallel Christian society on the Internet,” even as his website, Gab, exposes a more sinister reality. Social media forums are widely seen as havens for right-wing extremists, open anti-Semites, and white supremacists who have been banned from mainstream platforms. Torba often modeled such prejudices himself. For example, just recently he declared that unless “Jews repent and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are not welcome in the conservative movement.”

In recent months, he has sought to engage in political activism beyond the confines of social media forums, joining close alliances in hopes of strengthening the “coalition of Christian nationalists at the local and state levels” as Truba. I supported Mastriano, who Explained in gab. The social media CEO also endorsed Arizona’s Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters.

But Torba proved too toxic for both candidates. Mastriano, who paid Gab $5,000 in consulting fees, said Torba “is not a spokesperson for me or my campaign.”

Meanwhile, Torva remains active on Gabu while holding Christian nationalismis co-authored with Pastor Andrew Isker of Fourth Street Evangelical Church in Waseka, Minnesota. Truba is aggressively marketing the book to his 3.7 million gab followers. He also targeted users via email, asking for five-star reviews, encouraging supporters to buy the book “for a friend, especially for your pastor,” and stating that the book is available on monopolized the best-selling charts of .

Amazon’s sales rankings are opaque and difficult to interpret, but the book seems to hold its own, according to Thad McIlroy, a publishing industry analyst who specializes in e-commerce. Gives me the shivers!” he wrote in an email. Jewish insider on tuesday. “Anyway, I think it’s going really well.”

According to McIlroy, Amazon’s ranking “represents the trajectory of sales rather than the total number of copies sold in a given period of time.” “I’ve seen in the past that if an author wants to skyrocket to the top of his Amazon listing, they’ll try to get friends and acquaintances to buy a large number of copies in a short period of time,” he explained. “I can do it.”

“But there are clearly a lot of books on sale now anyway,” McIlroy told JI.

Isker said in an email sent to JI on Tuesday night that he and Torba sold 8,500 copies “in the first five days.” “God has been very kind,” he said.

JI did not reach out to Truba for comment. Because Torba said, “It is not his policy to conduct interviews with non-Christian reporters.”

Amazon said the book was released on September 4th, but both Torba and Isker have suggested it was released later in the month. has received little attention from the mainstream media and even conservative news outlets, despite documenting the recent controversy.

Asked to assess the book’s position on Amazon, one publishing expert said he “didn’t bother to search” Google or Amazon “for that kind of material,” so he “looked up the publisher.” ” He said he wasn’t going to.

Such reservations are likely guaranteed. At 135 pages, the book reads more like a pamphlet, albeit a vaguely planned attempt to formalize and add some discipline to the early Christian nationalist movement. , is fundamentally harsh.

“Our main goal is to build parallel Christian societies, economies and infrastructures that will fill the void of failed secular states when they fail,” write Truba and Isker. “America is a Christian nation.”

Using fire-and-brimstone rhetoric, the authors argue that the country has lost its way and that it has become a “saboteur of Satan,” “godless leftism,” “a forced celebration of sodomy,” and “mainstreaming children.” genital mutilation’—an obvious reference to circumcision.

“God is true, the Bible is true, and Jesus Christ is the King of kings.

Truba and Isker are uneasy about modern American life and culture, accusing “Netflix filth” and Fox News of being harmful to children and saying they should be homeschooled. Believe… opt out of participating in secular liberal states, “evil and corrupt systems,” and look to “the only form of government that really matters: local government.”

However, the road to redemption requires some discipline. “Simply boycotting companies that go against our values ​​is not enough,” write Truba and Isker. “As Christian Nationalists, we are committed to supporting other Christian businesses, strengthening our communities and helping each other prosper.”

The authors are essentially criticized for their loosely defined vision of an exclusionary Christian society that functions as a massive rejection of liberal pluralism, even if it means being branded as a white supremacist. He claims there are no problems.

“There are a lot of nationalist movements around the world,” Truba and Isker say, and they inevitably look to Israel. “Take, for example, Zionism, which is Jewish nationalism. I would say ”

Truba and Isker make no attempt to hide their self-pity, complaining that such displays demonstrate an insidious double standard. “It’s just strange that our political leaders can proudly proclaim their support for nationalists in other states while demonizing citizens who call themselves Christian nationalists.”

“You are an anti-Semite if you question sending Israeli American taxpayer money to Israel to build a wall while our own borders are being invaded,” author Israel complains, referring to the security barriers of

Their approach to Israel extends far beyond the denial of foreign aid to a twisted interpretation that presupposes “a misunderstanding of the relationship between biblical Israel and contemporary Jewish identity.” As far as they were concerned, the “historic cataclysm of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD” was “God’s definitive and final judgment against the old covenant.”

“It’s over,” Turba and Isker write of the Jewish claim to Israel. “No more sacrificing sacrifices alone. His covenant and his promises belong only to the true Israel, Jesus Christ.”

The authors reject the multiple hyphenated “Judeo-Christian” label. This is a blasphemous notion that falsely suggests the superiority of Judaism over Christianity. “All mankind must believe in Jesus or they will perish for their sins, including the Jews,” conclude Truba and Isker. “That’s why ‘Judeo-Christianity’ is such an issue. Talmudic Judaism is a new religion created by those who rejected Jesus Christ and ‘killed him.’

It is not the predecessor of Christianity. It slows it down,” they wrote.

In the same chapter, Turba and Isker call Judaism a “false religion” and write that the Talmud “says terrible things about non-Jews (Goyim).” , in recent years.

However, it is unlikely that Truba and Isker will hear such arguments in good faith. , we don’t apologize,” they argue. “Neither should you.”