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A Very Deluded 50% of Americans Think Evangelical Christians Face Discrimination

May 1, 2019

By Sarahbeth Caplin

Literally half of Americans believe evangelical Christians face at least some discrimination, despite them being the largest religious group in the country, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.

Christianity Today explains why this may be the case:

Recently, some evangelicals have grown concerned over perceptions of unfair treatment in various settings, like politics, schools, Hollywood, and social media — like when the Twitter account for the pro-life Christian film Unplanned was pulled from the site, or when a student government representative at Berkeley lost club membership and was called on to resign for declining to vote against her Christian views on sexuality and gender.

“There’s more explicit hostility toward Christians in some sectors of power — that is real and not imagined,” Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told CT in 2017, citing Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich’s resignation in 2014 and more recent scrutiny over federal appointees with conservative Christian beliefs. “There’s always a tendency to have a siege mentality and to imagine that people hate us, when they’re just not thinking about us at all. But I do think there are several examples where that’s the case.”

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2 comments on “A Very Deluded 50% of Americans Think Evangelical Christians Face Discrimination

  • One of the necessary conditions for the development of a Fascist movement is to foster a sense of victimhood in a section of society, usually the most deprived, which, of course, makes the task easier. Thus Germany was a sitting duck for the process after the Great War, where the Treaty of Versailles visited the  sins of the ruling class  on those who had borne the brunt of the catastrophe,  the dispossessed classes in Europe at present who are paying the price of globalisation, etc.

    If you want to be a victim, you also have to find an enemy, the Jews, the Arab refugees or the Liberal Elite in Washington.  The combination of a dispossessed group of people – the post industrial poor – with a ready-made ideology, Evangelical Christianity, and a nexus of wealthy,  powerful, but threatened social elements – the oil industry, the health industry, manufacturing, iron, steel and coal – and you have the makings of a perfect storm.

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  • You’re absolutely right, Eejit.

    And in a UK context, the driver of fascism is years of austerity, ensuring that the extreme pain of the financial crisis has been borne overwhelmingly by the poorest in society.

    If your goal were to foster fascism, you simply couldn’t find a better method than to implement the kind of policies this Tory government has been responsible for since 2010.

    Add a xenophobic Brexit campaign, full of lies and racial incitement, et voilà.

    Trump in the US, Brexit in the UK, and Bannon behind both.

    We live in dangerous times, made all the more dangerous by people’s instinctive belief that fascism is so extreme that it can’t happen here, wherever ‘here’ happens to be.


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