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For Kurt

By Patrick Van Roy On October 16th, 2020

As I’ve said I offer any of you that spend your time here everyday the opportunity to write a piece on something you feel passionate about, or believe will evoke a discussion. The following is a piece crafted by Kurt, it is more a piece for discussion I feel safe in saying, rather than anything he himself is passionate about. 

 

Faith in the ballot

 

That’s the title of  an article in the Harvard Gazette by Lauren Kerby , herself a recent author of a book called  “Saving History: How White Evangelicals Tour the Nation’s Capital and Redeem a Christian America,”
She raises four important identifiers to describe this group of  loyal Trump voters ,
referring to them via a delineation of roles :

Founder, exile, victim and saviour

 noting how if one isn’t working they can easily switch to another! 

For example 

” For instance, as founders they can appeal to the authority of George Washington and other Christian leaders in early America to justify things like posting “In God We Trust” in schools. But if, say, something unflattering comes to light about a white evangelical leader, the victim role lets him dismiss it as an attack from anti-Christian forces. It’s a ready-made defense.   

She puts things into perspective as regards the reaction to and against Obama

” In 2014 and 2015, white evangelicals were feeling really under siege, and that came up a lot in the tours. They felt deeply threatened by Barack Obama, the Affordable Care Act, and the pending Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. I think a lot of us, not just white evangelicals, felt like progressive values were winning at the time.  

But even now with Trump in office,  with over 200 newly appointed conservatives judges, a republican senate,  2 conservative judges and a 3rd on the way, you’d imagine grounds for optimism but you’d be wrong. 

That feeling of being under siege is too politically expedient to disappear any time soon. Trump is still using the same jeremiad and talking about the threats to Christianity and “our way of life.”

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Pew research
here’s a link to the article
Faith in the ballot
and I found a wonderful resource online
where she’s having a conversation  with another writer
and a head of divinity at Harvard who is chairing the discussion

The Campaign for (White) Christian America
Captain Kurt

3 Responses to “For Kurt”

  1. Kurt owes you big thanks Patrick, and a grovelling apology.

  2. That’s great pat , thanks very much
    It’s good to write something for the other side
    We have to try to understand each other

    Gay marriage in the UK was brought in by a conservative govt
    As far as I know bar one or two die-hards it’s quietly accepted

    We don’t appear to have the same dare I say Bea is and butthead mentality over here:
    Snigger . Let’s try and overturn that Beavis snigger

  3. hi colm
    worry about yourself pal
    next time there’s a blow-up
    be determined not to be the salad-tosser of ATW
    try something else, focus on that 😉

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