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  • https://beta.washingtonpost.co…3-c081a126de70_story.html


    Why white evangelicals should panic

    What you need to know about evangelicals in the Trump era

    The label "evangelical Christian" gets thrown around in politics. Here's a look at how it has evolved and this group's religious beliefs and political leanings. (Claritza Jimenez, Sarah Pulliam Bailey/The Washington Post)


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    By Michael Gerson

    Columnist

    August 29, 2019

    Much white evangelical support for President Trump is based on a bargain or transaction: political loyalty (and political cover for the president’s moral flaws) in return for protection from a hostile culture. Many evangelicals are fearful that courts and government regulators will increasingly treat their moral and religious convictions as varieties of bigotry. And that this will undermine the ability of religious institutions to maintain their identities and do their work. Such alarm is embedded within a larger anxiety about lost social standing that makes Trump’s promise of a return to greatness appealing.

    Evangelical concerns may be exaggerated, but they are not imaginary. There is a certain type of political progressive who would grant institutional religious liberty only to churches, synagogues and mosques, not to religious schools, religious hospitals and religious charities. Such a cramped view of pluralism amounts to the establishment of secularism, which would undermine the long-standing cooperation of government and religious institutions in tasks such as treating addiction, placing children in adoptive homes, caring for the sick and educating the young.

    But this is not, by any reasonable measure, the largest problem evangelicals face. It is, instead, the massive sell-off of evangelicalism among the young. About 26 percent of Americans 65 and older identify as white evangelical Protestants. Among those ages 18 to 29, the figure is 8 percent. Why this demographic abyss does not cause greater panic — panic concerning the existence of evangelicalism as a major force in the United States — is a mystery and a scandal. With their focus on repeal of the Johnson Amendment and the right to say “Merry Christmas,” some evangelical leaders are tidying up the kitchen while the house burns down around them.

    There is a generational cycle of religious identification that favors religion. Adolescents and young adults have always challenged the affiliations of their parents and been less likely to attend a house of worship. This tends to change when people have children and rediscover the importance of faith in the cultivation of values and character. So there is likely to be some recovery upward from 8 percent as this cohort ages.

    But this recovery will come from a very low baseline of belief. Evangelical identification could triple without reaching the level found among senior citizens today. In an interview in November, David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame said: “It’s unlikely that [young people are] going to be able to climb back to the same level of religious involvement as their parents’ or grandparents’ generation did. Just because they’re starting at a much, much lower point.”

    Why is that point so low? There are a number of reasons, but one of them, Campbell argued, is “an allergic reaction to the religious right.” This sets up an irony. “One of the main rationales for the very existence of this movement was to assert the role of religion in the public square in America. And, instead, what’s happening in that very movement has actually driven an increasing share of Americans out of religion.” This alienation preceded the current president, but it has intensified during the Trump era.

    Since 2000, according to Gallup, the percentage of Americans with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, from 8 percent to 19 percent. The percentage of millennials with no religion has averaged 33 percent in recent surveys.

    As Campbell described it, some of those alienated from religion merely drop out of the faith marketplace. They are what he calls “passive secularists.” But there is also an increasing number who are “active secularists” — people who have chosen secularism as an identity. And this is creating a secular left within the Democratic Party to counter the religious right in the Republican Party. In their hands, the culture war will be fought to the last man or woman.

    If evangelicals were to consult their past, they would find that their times of greatest positive influence — in late-18th-century and early-19th-century Britain, or mid-19th-century America — came when they were truest to their religious calling. It was not when they acted like another political interest group. The advocates of abolition, prison reform, humane treatment of the mentally disabled and women’s rights were known as malcontents in the cause of human dignity.

    Today, far too many evangelicals are seen as angry and culturally defensive, and have tied their cause to a leader who is morally corrupt and dehumanizes others. Older evangelicals — the very people who should be maintaining and modeling moral standards — have ignored and compromised those standards for political reasons in plain view of their own children. And disillusionment is the natural result.

  • On one side you have Trump, for better or worse, and on the OTHER side, we have a plurality of people who want to allow abortions up until the moment of birth. Yeah, they gonna switch to dem

    If politicians only got paid according to their district's economic success, there would be no more Democrats.

  • So...only Christians can disillusion their children by compromising their standards in front of their children? I don't suppose the disillusionment of millenials with religion would have anything to do with the decades long smearing of fundamental Christians by the msm and leftist politicos...could it?

    And Ruth said, "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me."

  • So...only Christians can disillusion their children by compromising their standards in front of their children? I don't suppose the disillusionment of millenials with religion would have anything to do with the decades long smearing of fundamental Christians by the msm and leftist politicos...could it?

    Why the fuck would that matter? You have a giant invisible magic-man on your side. All we have is reality.

  • Tinyhands was pro-abortion until he realized how gullible Christards are.

    Does that mean that he was right until he was wrong.....or that he was wrong until he was right?

    And Ruth said, "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me."

  • What is the upper limit for evolutionary progress, ya smarmy reprobate? Might it be possible for life to evolve to the point that it can manipulate matter and energy....and even create a universe?


    You know of couse, don't you, that science has done no study to prove or disprove the existence of a Supreme Being or Intellect? All of the opinions on the subject are purely subjective...like yours and mine.

    And Ruth said, "Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried; the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me."

  • What is the upper limit for evolutionary progress, ya smarmy reprobate? Might it be possible for life to evolve to the point that it can manipulate matter and energy....and even create a universe?


    You know of couse, don't you, that science has done no study to prove or disprove the existence of a Supreme Being or Intellect? All of the opinions on the subject are purely subjective...like yours and mine.

    Who needs science when you have magic? They should have prayed a man to the moon. It would have been cheaper.

  • Soo.. they are just being spoiled children of privilege? seriously man.. have you ever engaged anyone in a real conversation?


    lazs

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."



    Pancho Villa, last words (1877 - 1923)

  • Soo.. they are just being spoiled children of privilege? seriously man.. have you ever engaged anyone in a real conversation?


    lazs

    You've done a lot of bitching lately about silver spoons and children of privilege. Something got a bug up your butt? You'd better be careful, you might accidentally realize that your Mango Messiah is a spoiled child of privilege born with a silver spoon in his face-sphincter. He has never had any need to understand how the real world works. His daddy's money guaranteed that he would never lose no matter how stupid he is.

  • I don' t give a shit about someones wealth or status so long as they are not a pile of shit like bernie or warren.


    Fake boxing and fake beer drinking and fake poverty and fake ethnicity mean nothing to me....


    Apparently? they are important to you?


    lazs

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."



    Pancho Villa, last words (1877 - 1923)

  • Of course you don't. You're a good little serf who would never question his overlords. The fact that Tinyhands lots of other politicians were born wealthy proves their inherent superiority to a plebe like you. Isn't that how the cuntservative mind works?

  • Actually no...........none of the above is true.. otherwise I would take those who had no brains but had a leg up to go to engineering school and hang their useless asses from the lamp posts.


    lazs

    "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something."



    Pancho Villa, last words (1877 - 1923)

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