All of U.S. Politics and Public Policy in One Chart

I kid, but these polling results about attitudes towards COVID show how one of these demographic groups is not like the others:


Until we learn to say the phrase “White Christian supremacy”–as uncomfortable as that might be for some Christians (nominal or devout)–we will not understand a key feature of U.S. politics. How the ‘religious’ right was disappeared down the memory hole, even as they still play a huge role in U.S. politics, escapes me. But it happened!

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2 Responses to All of U.S. Politics and Public Policy in One Chart

  1. Rich says:

    I think the idea that the Christian Right was in decline didn’t appear in a vacuum, it was due to the collapse of the Bush administration and then the rapid change in public opinion on gay marriage. But yes, we spoke too soon.

  2. adameran says:

    The R’s use of churches as the basis for organizing mirrors the civil rights movement’s similar use of churches.

    One other item: R’s are interested in stirring up dissent. They have zero principles about this since the New Deal was too popular to overcome otherwise. So Jerry Falwell was a fan of abortion until his political masters showed him it would be a wedge issue, then he opposed it. The dissent and subsequent sabotage are the point, not the morality, or principles of any stripe.

    I knew a Presbyterian fairly high up in the church. He left (and started attending synagogue!) because the fundamentalist evangelicals were taking over. Fundamentalism–taking the (typically King James translation) Bible literally–is Bible-olatry, but principles don’t matter here. Political power is the point.

    Meanwhile, a nearby Presbyterian church just paid $1.2 million to the Presbyterians for their facility so they could exit that protestant denomination and continue to exclude the gays. Because they’re icky, and a two-millennium old document–the Bible–says a few bad things about them, in spite of its thousands of admonitions to be compassionate even to the “least of these.”

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