How the Bible Belt lost God and found Trump

  • metta

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    Jul 17, 2017 3:46 AM GMT
    How the Bible Belt lost God and found Trump

    "Flynt’s answer is that his people are changing. The words of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, are less central to their thinking and behaviour, he says. Church is less compelling. Marriage is less important. Reading from a severely abridged Bible, their political concerns have narrowed down to abortion and issues involving homosexuality. Their faith, he says, has been put in a president who embodies an unholy trinity of materialism, hedonism and narcissism. Trump’s victory, in this sense, is less an expression of the old-time religion than evidence of a move away from it."

    "Abortion only became a leading concern of the religious right when the late firebrand Jerry Falwell and other leaders of the Moral Majority seized upon the issue towards the end of the 1970s. In the decades that followed it became a sure-fire way to mobilise conservatives unmoored by a variety of political and social changes that followed from the 1960s — ranging from federal efforts to take away tax breaks from racially segregated Christian schools to movements promoting the rights of women and homosexuals. (“God made Adam and Eve,” Falwell liked to say, “not Adam and Steve.”)"

    https://www.ft.com/content/b41d0ee6-1e96-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c?mhq5j=e1
  • Muskelprotz

    Posts: 1540

    Jul 18, 2017 3:45 PM GMT
    Trump has appealed to those abandoned by the liberal elite. Surprise, surprise, he now runs the country.

    He even fights back against selective reporting in the press that is designed to bring him down. The press say, “Surely he can’t now be punching back – it’s our place to punch him. The rules say that he should only defend himself from our blows!”

    The liberal elite now peer out of their ivory tower, and feel the pain of their new irrelevance.

    Still unaware of the working poor, they say, “BrExit and Trump, how did that happen?”

    The liberal elite are not happy in their little worlds, the London metropolitan crowd and the Washington Beltway crowd.

    https://www.ft.com/content/b41d0ee6-1e96-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c?mhq5j=e1
  • Destinharbor

    Posts: 4641

    Jul 18, 2017 4:31 PM GMT
    Convenient theory but the truth is fundamental Christians are stupid as rocks and will follow any strong tyrant. They've been taught to be followers without reason since birth and they can't tell the difference.