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Charles M. Blow: White Evangelicals Shun Morality for Power

By Curt_Anderson
September 19, 2021 10:10 pm
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Charles M. Blow is an opinion columnist for the New York Times. He noted that Evangelical Christians had a distinctly different view of the philandering Bill Clinton than they do of the philandering Donald Trump. Blow concluded his latest, the above titled column, with this:


I reached out to an expert, Anthea Butler, a professor of religious studies and Africana studies and the chair of the religious studies department at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the author of the recently released book “White Evangelical Racism.”

As Professor Butler told me, the reason that some people might be surprised by these findings is that “they believed the hype.” For years, evangelicals had claimed that they were upholding morality and fighting injustice. But what the movement has really been since the 1970s, said Butler, is “a political arm of the Republican Party.” As Butler put it, evangelicals now “use moral issues as a wedge to get political power.”

Butler concluded, “We need to quit coddling evangelicals and allowing them to use these moral issues to hide behind, because it’s very clear that that’s not what the issue is. The issue is that they believe in anti-vaxxing, they believe in racism, they believe in anti-immigration, they believe that only Republicans should run the country and they believe in white supremacy.”

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Comments:

  1. by HatetheSwamp on September 20, 2021 3:54 am

    ...We need to quit coddling evangelicals...

    Precisely! Bingo!!!!! That's what I've always thought. The NYT, and the rest of
    the SwampMedia, has always coddled Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and James Dobson. Absolutely! It's time that changed!!!!!

    I have to say, Curt, that this article stuns me. Who'd'a thought. Groundbreaking!!!

    A department chair of an Ivy League university breaking away from blind loyalty to American white evangelicalism.

    Say it ain't so!




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