RECOMMENDED READING … Jesus and John Wayne

Without bluster, blather or bull-shipping, how about you right wing evangelicals rebut this great book?
“How could ‘family values’ conservatives support a man who flouted every value they insisted they held dear? How could the self-professed ‘Moral Majority’ embrace a candidate who reveled in vulgarity? How could evangelicals who’d turned ‘WWJD (‘What Would Jesus Do?’) into a national phenomenon justify their support for a man who seemed the very antithesis of the savior they claimed to emulate?
Pundits scrambled to explain. Evangelicals were holding their noses, choosing the lesser of two evils—and Hillary Clinton was the greatest evil.
Evangelicals were thinking in purely transactional terms, as Trump himself is often said to do, voting for Trump because he promised to deliver Supreme Court appointments that would protect the unborn and secure their own ‘religious liberty.’
Or maybe the polls were misleading. By confusing ‘evangelicals-in-name-only’ with good, church-attending, Bible-believing Christians, sloppy pollsters were giving evangelicalism a bad rap.
But evangelical support for Trump was no aberration, nor was it merely a pragmatic choice. It was, rather, the culmination of evangelicals’ embrace of militant masculinity, an ideology that enshrines patriarchal authority and condones the callous display of power, at home and abroad.
By the time Trump arrived proclaiming himself their savior, conservative white evangelicals had already traded a faith that privileges humility and elevates ‘the least of these’ for one that derides gentleness as the province of wusses.”


“Donald Trump did not trigger this militant turn; his rise was symptomatic of a long-standing condition. Survey data reveal the stark contours of the contemporary evangelical worldview.More than any other religious demographic in America, white evangelical Protestants support preemptive war, condone the use of torture, and favor the death penalty. They are more likely than members of other faith groups to own a gun, to believe citizens should be allowed to carry guns in most places, and to feel safer with a firearm around.”


“White evangelicals are more opposed to immigration reform and have more negative views of immigrants than any other religious demographic; two-thirds support Trump’s border wall. Sixty-eight percent of white evangelical Protestants—more than any other demographic—do not think that the United States has a responsibility to accept refugees.More than half of white evangelical Protestants think a majority nonwhite US population would be a negative development.White evangelicals are considerably more likely than others to believe that Islam encourages violence, to refuse to see Islam as ‘part of mainstream American society,’ and to perceive ‘natural conflict between Islam and democracy.’ “


At the same time, white evangelicals believe that Christians in America face more discrimination than Muslims. White evangelicals are significantly more authoritarian than other religious groups, and they express confidence in their religious leaders at much higher rates than do members of other faiths.”

Author: Arthur Ruger

Married and in a wonderful relationship. Retired Social Worker, Veteran, writer, author, blogger, musician,. Lives in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

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