America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism

Dec 20, 2017

By Amy Sullivan

To hear the Christian right tell it, President Trump should be a candidate for sainthood — that is, if evangelicals believed in saints.

“Never in my lifetime have we had a Potus willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump,” tweeted Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham. The Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress sees a divine hand at work: “God intervened in our election and put Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a great purpose.”

Testimonials like this confound critics who label conservative evangelical figures like Mr. Graham and Mr. Jeffress hypocrites for embracing a man who is pretty much the human embodiment of the question “What would Jesus not do?”

But what those critics don’t recognize is that the nationalistic, race-baiting, fear-mongering form of politics enthusiastically practiced by Mr. Trump and Roy Moore in Alabama is central to a new strain of American evangelicalism. This emerging religious worldview — let’s call it “Fox evangelicalism” — is preached from the pulpits of conservative media outlets like Fox News. It imbues secular practices like shopping for gifts with religious significance and declares sacred something as worldly and profane as gun culture.

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21 comments on “America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism

  • @OP – “Never in my lifetime have we had a Potus willing to take such a strong outspoken stand for the Christian faith like Donald Trump,” tweeted Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham.
    The Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress sees a divine hand at work: “God intervened in our election and put Donald Trump in the Oval Office for a great purpose.”

    It looks like the “dummkopf” faith-thinkers, fail to recognise the “great purpose” of the work of the Russian Orthodox Kremlin! 🙂 – or even the devout delusional pronouncements of the “sainted” G. W. Bush who God told to invade Iraq!



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  • @OP – To hear the Christian right tell it,
    President Trump should be a candidate for sainthood
    that is, if evangelicals believed in saints.

    Well he does seem to meet some of the basic qualifications for sainthood if we look down the RCC criteria!

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/sep/02/mother-teresa-saint-criticism-miracles-missionaries-abortion-suffering-canonisation

    Aroup Chatterjee, a doctor, grew up in Kolkata and now works in the UK.
    He is one of Mother Teresa’s most vocal critics.
    “Many rogues have become Catholic saints,” he said. “What bothers me is that the world makes such a song and dance about a superstitious, black magic ceremony.”

    He added: “It’s obvious that people are duped, they have a herd mentality. But the media has a responsibility not to collude with it.”

    He has described Mother Teresa as “a medieval creature of darkness” and a “bogus and fantastic figure” who went unchallenged by the world’s media.

    According to his 2003 book, Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict, based on the testimonies of scores of people who worked with the Missionaries of Charity, the medical care given to sick and dying people was negligible. Syringes were reused without sterilisation, pain relief was non-existent or inadequate, and conditions were unhygienic.
    Meanwhile, Mother Teresa spent much of her time travelling around the world in a private plane to meet political leaders.

    Similar criticisms were made by the late writer Christopher Hitchens in his book, The Missionary Position. Mother Teresa was, he wrote, a “religious fundamentalist, a political operative, a primitive sermoniser, and an accomplice of worldly secular powers”.

    The focus of the nun’s work, he said, was “not the honest relief of suffering but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection”.

    Among those cited by Hitchens was Susan Shields, a former worker with the Missionaries of Charity, who claimed that vast sums of money accrued in bank accounts but very little was spent on medical expertise or making the lives of the sick and dying more comfortable.

    Robin Fox, the editor of the Lancet, wrote in 1994 about the “haphazard” approach to care by nuns and volunteers, and the lack of medically trained personnel in the order’s homes.

    The investigative journalist Donal Macintyre spent a week working undercover in a Missionaries of Charity home for disabled children in Kolkata in 2005. In an article in the New Statesman, he described pitiful scenes. “For the most part, the care the children received was inept, unprofessional and, in some cases, rough

    Three years ago, a study by academics at the University of Montreal concluded that the Vatican had ignored Mother Teresa’s “rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding … abortion, contraception and divorce.”



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  • I don’t think these people are actually religious anymore. They’ve just hijacked the term as a label for us and them where us = white, heterosexual and Republican and them = Dems and anyone not white and heterosexual.



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  • It’s very annoying that Rupert Murdoch has cut Fox News from the Sky programme. We can only get Sky in these remote parts of Ireland, and Fox News is about the only way to get your adrenaline going here.



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  • Arkrid Sandwich #5
    Dec 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Don’t you have sheep?

    @OP – The Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress sees a divine hand at work:

    The “pastoralists” in the US have massive flocks of them, but in the remoter parts of Ireland, I think they have to make do with Catholic priests and their diminishing flocks! 🙂



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  • @OP – To hear the Christian right tell it, President Trump should be a candidate for sainthood. . . . .

    Well – I think we know about those “wonderful role models” of saints, abbots, priests and bishops, – once the smoke-screen of delusional faith and the PR cover-up of “faith organisations” is removed! !

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40887750

    Laurence Soper pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, including indecent assault, indecency with a child, and buggery

    An ex-Roman Catholic priest has denied sexually abusing 10 boys at a west London school in the 1970s and 80s.

    Laurence Soper, 73, is charged with 18 counts of sexual assault against boys aged under 16, at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught.

    So as well as being an abuser, he appears to be – like Trump – an inveterate persistent liar!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42443604

    An ex-Catholic priest who abused boys at a London school in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for 18 years.

    Laurence Soper, 74, fled to Kosovo with £182,000 from the Vatican bank in a bid to avoid prosecution for abusing boys at the independent St Benedict’s School, in Ealing, where he taught.

    He was extradited to face 19 charges of indecent and serious sexual assault against 10 former pupils.

    He is the fourth man to be convicted of molesting children at the school.

    Sentencing, Judge Anthony Bate said Soper’s conduct was “the most appalling breach of trust” and he had “subverted the rules of the Benedictine order and teachings of the Catholic Church”.

    He said the former abbot and headmaster’s life would now be “overshadowed by the proven catalogue of vile abuse”.



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  • This is highly cogent.

    “Evangelical” as a new badge of goodness to ace mere “christian” and equally without any constraining specifics is a piece of further right wing neologistic genius.

    I disagree about the significance of Trump’s ready embrace of “evangelicalism”. First he is surely aware of its very handy goal post moving ability. Second, it may well not have been Plan A. This may be a sign of weakness. His disapproval figures might be very much worse if he hadn’t gone in for brown nosing evangelical butts with increasing alacrity as the figures just kept on worsening for him..



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  • @OP – America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism

    Meanwhile – as Fox remains the mouthpiece of propagandists and climate-change deniers, – back in the UK:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42641146

    Blue Planet II tops 2017 TV ratings

    David Attenborough’s underwater documentary series Blue Planet II was the most-watched TV show of 2017.

    The 29 October episode – the first of the series – attracted more than 14 million viewers to BBC One.

    Blue Planet II occupied the top four slots in the end-of-year top 10.



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  • Meanwhile as Fox prattles made-up ideological opinions, and Trump rants about the “unfairness of trade deals to the USA” . . . . and along with his sycophants, offers everyone their personal “expert opinions” on scientific matters and legal procedures:-

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42639459

    Canada has filed an expansive complaint with the World Trade Organization accusing the US of breaking international trade rules.

    The complaint challenges the ways that the US investigates products for subsidies and below-cost sales.

    The US called the claims “unfounded”.

    The action comes amid disputes between the two countries over areas such as dairy, aircraft sales and lumber as well as efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    Canada’s 32-page complaint cites US investigations of products from countries around the world, with decisions that date back to 1996.

    Among other charges, Canada says the US improperly calculates rates and restricts parties from presenting evidence to defend themselves, with a cut-off for supplying information that comes too early in the process.

    It also accuses the US International Trade Commission of being biased since disputes over which the body’s six commissioners are evenly divided automatically result in a finding for the US.

    Eric Miller, president of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, which consults on North American trade issues, said the scope of the filing is “unprecedented”.

    “It is global, it is over many years, it is systematic and so this is something that certainly, in the realm of WTO cases, is outside the norm in terms of its reach and its ambition,” he said.

    Canada’s complaint targets a process that the US has deployed frequently under President Donald Trump, who has embraced a protectionist stance on trade.

    The US Commerce Department launched more than 80 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations last year – a 46% increase from 2016.

    The investigations, which are typically triggered by complaints from private companies, can lead to steep tariffs.



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  • I see the “GREAT” Trump UK visit, which has been diminishing in stature for some time, has now been cancelled.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954

    Donald Trump has cancelled a planned visit to the UK in February, where he had been expected to open a new $1bn (£738m) US embassy in London.

    Rather than accept that he was likely to face criticism and protests, he is laughably presenting his “alternative facts”, that Obama was somehow responsible for “a bad deal” in moving the embassy!

    The US president tweeted he was not a “big fan” of the new embassy – which is moving from Mayfair to south London.

    He blamed Barack Obama’s administration for a “bad deal” despite the fact the move was agreed under George W Bush.

    The trip was not the controversial full state visit offered by Theresa May, for which no date has yet been set.



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  • They are still corrupting their deja corrupted book the bible….the bible is no more the god s book….it is human taughts….each time where needed they emerge new version….



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  • God exist (s)

    Most Christians acknowledge that the Bible is written by men. Muslims think that they are winning a great point in their own failure when they point this out. There is no win here. Christians already know this and they DON’T CARE!

    Your book is written by ordinary men too but you’re in too deep to even see the truth of that. There are plenty of analyses out there that discuss the many errors in the Koran that an all knowing Allah should’ve known about if he is so great. There is NOTHING exceptional about the writing in the Koran. It’s NOT a great book.

    I could write that book better than what your so called prophet Mo did. I definitely could write a better book.



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  • If i were you I would do what you had done…I would reject ancient corrupted books that were once revealed from God….we are been tested to follow one message.. KORAN:. “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).” surat al imrane 85.



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  • ISIS is all but Islam….. KORAN : “On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.” surat al maidah 32…..



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  • God exist #15
    Jan 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

    If i were you I would do what you had done…I would reject ancient corrupted books that were once revealed from God….

    I don’t reject them as examples of folk-law told as stories down the ages, and added to, or confused, by subsequent tellers.
    That is why there are many different denominations of Christianity, and different forms of Islam.

    we are been tested to follow one message.. KORAN:.

    The Koran is just one more on the list. There are more recent new versions such as “The Book of Mormon” written by Joseph Smith.

    Looking back from Genesis, wee see the history of the Canaanite polytheistic religions which were the precursors of the Biblical Old Testament / Torah. This shows the evolution from the Canaanite pantheon of gods to the monotheistic, Abrahamic gods of: El, Yahweh, Jehovah, “God”, Allah etc.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Canaanite_religion

    Canaanite religion was strongly influenced by their more powerful and populous neighbors, and shows clear influence of Mesopotamian and Egyptian religious practices. Like other people of the Ancient Near East Canaanite religious beliefs were polytheistic, with families typically focusing on veneration of the dead in the form of household gods and goddesses, the Elohim, while acknowledging the existence of other deities such as Baal and El, Asherah and Astarte.

    Canaanite divinities seem to have been almost identical in form and function to the neighboring Arameans to the east, and Baal Hadad and El can be distinguished amongst earlier Amorites, who at the end of the Early Bronze Age invaded Mesopotamia.

    “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter

    Of course that is only believed by those who have been indoctrinated to believe that gods exist, and that there IS a hereafter!

    He will be in the ranks of those who have lost

    So those who believe in this imagined “hereafter” will have lost much of their lives obeying priests, and pandering to the gods they have constructed in their heads, if atheists are correct.

    Even if the remote possibility of gods existing were true, the chances of picking the correct one from the thousands which have been worshipped over millennia are VERY remote!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_deities This is an index to deities of the different religions, cultures and mythologies of the world, listed by type and by region.

    Imagine someone seeking an “afterlife” turning up after having dedicated their entire lives and most of their energies, to the wrong god(s)?!



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  • @ #15 God exists

    I would reject ancient corrupted books that were once revealed from
    God….we are been tested to follow one message.. KORAN:

    You are flogging a dead horse here, muslim matey. It’s perfectly clear that the quaran is nothing but a rag-bag of garbled plagiarisms from earlier scriptured myths compiled over and providing a commentary to the questionable career of an obscure obsessively pious Bedouin warlord; a bizarre hybrid of Gnosticism and pagan Arab traditions dressed up in pretentious verse.



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  • God exists

    Posting quotes from a bad old book is of no interest to anyone here. If we want to read the stupid thing we would just go do it. I’ve read that book at least two times straight through and I’m not the only one here who has done that. Instead of just spewing out useless quotes, why not try to use your own mind to talk about really important issues here? Try to overcome your own brainwashing and use your brain to do some real thinking.

    Let’s talk about real issues here. How can we make things better for your people? And don’t give me any stupid Koran quotes.



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  • @OP – America’s New Religion: Fox Evangelicalism

    Along with the worship of sport and money!

    However even these are coming under scrutiny!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43719925

    Rupert Murdoch’s film and media giant 21st Century Fox says it is cooperating with the European Commission after officials raided its Fox Network offices in London.

    EC competition authorities are reported to have seized documents relating to sport media rights earlier on Tuesday.

    Other companies involved in sports rights have also received what the EC called “unannounced inspections”.

    It is unclear which other companies were raided and when.

    “The commission has concerns that the companies involved may have violated EU anti-trust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” the European Commission said in a statement.

    “Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anti-competitive practices.”

    The statement said it “does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself”.

    Sports broadcasting has become a huge business in Europe and the US, with networks spending billions of pounds to secure exclusive rights to show games in top-flight leagues to attract viewers.

    Fox Networks Group is an operating unit of Fox, which distributes TV and cable channels and content around the world.



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