I stumbled on a post yesterday that hit pretty different on R/Qanoncasulties The gist of the post was the person has long suspected her dad of becoming a QAnon truther because he was always saying stuff like “everything’s going to be ok” whenever she’d talk about world issues with him until she broached the subject and he let her have it with Frazzledrip and Michelle Obama is trans and so on. In a ballsy move, she had now just told her dad that she was worried about him because he was in a cult and he just smirked and said “I’d love to know who brainwashed you”.
I'm still in the suspecting but not yet confirmed point with my dad, I haven’t spoke with him about it but he’s been dropping hints that he's a "baker" for years now. My mom offhandedly mentioned a podcast he listens to which I looked into and their podcast has a dedicated “Q Drops” section of the site with live Twitter updates. So even if he is ignorant of QAnon (I doubt it) the content he is constantly consuming (wears headphones like 10 hours a day) is at very least Q-Adjacent.
From the apocalyptic and suicidal pro-Zionism of 2000s Evangelicalism all the way to the modern day QAnon digital soldiers, I think is a direct line you can draw from one to the other. They share a lot of members, and that’s pretty unsurprising as they both have a sense of community, the lightest touch of religious content, and constant practice of moving the goalposts as prophecies fail to materialize while internal contradictions undermine the narrative.
My dad becoming an evangelical at the end of the 90s was definitely the beginning of all this as his intensity and dedication to protecting Israel so the end of the world could start there, distaste for secular media (aside from Skinny Puppy, strangely), and his sudden decision that celebrating Halloween was sacrilegious all mirror the brand of intensity and dedication I see in his defense of the forbidden knowledge he now holds.