But this new administration has changed everything for George [Mekhail, previously pastor of Seattle's Eastlake Community church, a white evangelical megachurch] and evangelicals of color across the nation. The fact that 81 percent of white evangelicals supported a candidate who channeled white nationalism is not lost on minority believers. Nor is the unending news of travel bans, appointments of white nationalists, mass deportations and racial hate crimes. It has forced a reckoning.
Today, believers of color are redefining their relationships with white evangelicalism in ways that could dramatically shift the landscape. Already, people of color make up a larger portion of the entire American Christian population than before, and church growth experts predict they will make up the majority of the Christian population after 2042. And their values are largely at odds with the white evangelical support for Trump; pre-election surveys showed that nonwhite evangelical Protestant voters, which included black, Hispanic and Asian-Pacific Islander Protestants, supported Clinton over Trump by a very wide margin (67% vs. 24%), according to the Public Religion Research Institute.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsChurch-going Republicans decided that billionaires deserve a tax cut and poor people with pre-existing conditions deserve to die.— John (@linnyitssn) April 26, 2017
About a third (32%) of Americans say it is very important for a person to be a Christian in order to be considered truly American. . . .A majority (57%) of white evangelical Protestants say it is very important to be Christian to be a true American. Just 29% of white mainline Protestants and 27% of Catholics agree. Only 9% of people who are unaffiliated with an organized religion say it is very important for a person to be Christian in order to be truly American.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAmazing. After 7 years of empty promises, the GOP’s healthcare plan is to let insurance companies price-gouge cancer patients & diabetics. https://t.co/eJYUjEa62P— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) April 26, 2017
"In my experience over the last 30 or so years of political life, there’s hardly any group in American politics that is as easily won over or seduced by power as Christians," [Pete] Wehner [a high-ranking evangelical who served in the George W. Bush White House] tells me. "The fact that the Trump people are paying attention to them makes them feel very, very good, and especially because they didn’t expect to be paid attention to very much. So they're just over the moon."
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsFuture generations will look back upon the events unfolding in Arkansas tonight with horror. The barbarity is overwhelming. https://t.co/F2pIZLw6YR— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) April 28, 2017
Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some (p. 211).
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHappy to bless a vegetable. Not prepared to bless two people. The CofE at its best. https://t.co/OBj1ASLQwF— Andrew Foreshew-Cain (@churchnw6) April 26, 2017
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe Church of England has held a service of 'Blessing the Asparagus' - and is being mercilessly mocked https://t.co/NcMeDw35HN pic.twitter.com/vxnLdpL61E— Christian Today (@ChristianToday) April 26, 2017
Father, we have endeavored to take the Bible out of classrooms, the Ten Commandments off the walls.
Father, we have endeavored to rip healthcare from millions of poor people.
Father, we have endeavored to deny legal rights to LGBT human beings and their families, to make them and their families as miserable as possible.
Father, while pretending to to be "pro-life," we have cheered killing sprees in states dominated by white evangelical Christians; we have reveled in state killings and celebrated the shedding of blood.
Father, we have trampled the poor into the ground as we have promoted tax cuts favoring only the super-rich.
Father, we have treated women like dirt, electing to office a man who brags about sexually molesting women.
Father, we have told women that their purpose in life is to obey and serve men.
Father, we have made idols of ourselves, straight white powerful men, and have pretended that you, God, are made in our image — which is idolatry.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"Recognize your limitations ... Listen most for the dissenting voices farthest away from the seats of power." https://t.co/MulVYjTGud— Jax Hidalgo (@jaxhidalgo) April 27, 2017
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsDay 98. Letter 98. @adnanazulfiqar of @PennLaw extols the value of dissent as our most precious asset in a democracy https://t.co/NK1kNJ0fSP pic.twitter.com/q6Dw6xelzs— Values and Voices (@ValuesandVoices) April 27, 2017
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsNew @FactTank: Among white evangelicals, regular churchgoers remain most supportive of Trump https://t.co/JrTsEXrslI pic.twitter.com/Fo2cLwjlNg— Greg Smith (@GregSmith_Polls) April 26, 2017
White evangelicals overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election and were a key part of his constituency. As his presidency nears the 100-day mark, surveys conducted since Trump’s inauguration tell a similar story.
Three-quarters of white evangelical Protestants approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in February and April. This is nearly twice as high as the president's approval rating with the general public (39%).
Trump's support from evangelicals is strongest among those who attend church regularly. Eight-in-ten white evangelical Protestants who attend church at least once a month approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president, including 67% who strongly approve of his job performance. White evangelical Protestants who attend church more sporadically approve of Trump's job performance at a nearly comparable rate (71%), but they are significantly less likely than churchgoing evangelicals to strongly approve (54%). . . .
But Trump's current strong support from white evangelicals is consistent with their strong backing of him in the general election. In the months before Election Day, about three-quarters (77%) of white evangelical Protestant registered voters who attended church at least once or twice a month (including 78% of those who attended church weekly) said they would vote for Trump over Hillary Clinton. Among evangelicals who attend church less often, about two-thirds (67%) said they intended to cast their ballots for Trump.
And among white Catholics – as with white evangelicals – those who attend religious services at least once or twice a month are more approving of Trump's job performance than are white Catholics who attend Mass less often (61% vs. 44%).
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsRemember pundits swearing up and down that "real" churchgoing Evangelicals won't/don't support 45? Told. You. So. #YouDontKnowEvangelicals https://t.co/4bWeeFGshG— Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) April 26, 2017
When hateful people have power (as they now do), they embolden other hateful people, giving them license to unleash the God-awful things that they’d otherwise keep concealed and subjecting the rest of us to a regular cavalcade of horrors. This is what our country is experiencing in these days: a Renaissance of open bigotry—and it will level you if you have a working heart.
The Handmaid's Tale was Atwood’s thought experiment about what it looked like for the state to take women’s fertility choices away from them. She listened to what the Christian Right was saying about sexuality, gender roles, patriarchy, homosexuality, and the God-given differences between men and women, and imagined an extreme version of a society built around those ideas.
The Christian Right was always about a willingness to legislate for those outside its own group—that was its point. It legislated for creationism to be taught not just to children of conservative Christian households, but to everyone else's children too; it opposed the acceptance of homosexuality not just within its own congregations, but in the larger society; and its rejection of abortion took the form not just of Christian individuals deciding not to have abortions, but as the chief political goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, preventing access to all women. . . .
But it wasn't only the gendered lines of combat that Atwood recognized in the nascent Christian Right—and this is where Hulu’s adaptation appears to take a self-conscious risk that may ultimately make it the wrong adaptation for the Age of Trump. Margaret Atwood's novel also carefully noted the racialized history of the Christian Right, which predated its opposition to abortion. In the novel, African Americans are called the "Children of Ham" and are being "resettled" out of Gilead into the less prosperous "National Homeland" formerly known as North Dakota.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"I'm suffering without hate."— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) April 25, 2017
Incredibly powerful eulogy by husband of the policeman murdered last week in Paris. pic.twitter.com/VZ631nmlNW
Williams is the ninth inmate executed in the United States so far this year. With three executions in four days, Arkansas has carried out a third of the lethal injections nationwide in 2017.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who scheduled the lethal injections and did not issue a statement following the execution last week, issued statements late Monday saying that "the rule of law was upheld" and "justice has prevailed."
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsArk. plans to execute Jack Jones tonight. Jack is a diabetic amputee who uses a wheelchair. This execution will not make Arkansans safer.— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) April 24, 2017
All eight death row cases in Arkansas had examples of attorney failures, including drunk lawyers, a conflict of interest affair involving a judge, lawyers missing deadlines, and failure to disclose mental disorders.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe states that held onto slavery the longest are the same ones that continue to hold onto the death penalty- like Arkansas. #ARexecutions pic.twitter.com/CHyS5OYcVA— Shane Claiborne (@ShaneClaiborne) April 25, 2017
I gave up everything I held as spiritually/eternally vital putting distance between myself and the hate which was/is so tangible. My eyes witnessed the horror of my faith "writing people off" as if they were no more than sick stock on a church owned cattle ranch. How easy it was. How Easy! And how disingenuous to claim this as an act of "Love." To me this mass expulsion was not love, it looked more like pure revenge after having lost a very public war.
The lies used to pass Prop 8; hearing mean, ignorant talks in General Conference; the immediate magnification of masked hate at the church house; watching my LGBT friend (best friend) remotely mocked by leaders "moved by the Spirit." This all became too much for me to rationalize away or to await for yet another future game changing revelation from God that would surely dissolve these leaders of any responsibility or historical accountability.
I don't think we are tipping over into neofascism. I think we've [already] tipped over. I woke up the next day and I felt paralyzed. I felt that we had entered into something so dark, so real, so evil that there was really no precedent for it in terms of its all-encompassing possibilities for death, destruction and violence. I had a hard time functioning for about a week. I think in some ways there's a residue of that I can't shake, that now informs my work.