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PostPosted: 07/08/18 9:24 am    ::: “If this is evangelicalism — I am out.” Reply Reply with quote

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/08/evangelicals-support-donald-trump-out-fear-nostalgia-column/748967002/

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In the 1980s, Jerry Falwell Sr. and other conservative evangelicals concerned about this moral drift devised a political playbook to win back the culture and restore America to its supposedly Christian origins. It is a playbook that has too often led its followers toward nativism, xenophobia, racism, and intolerance. It is a playbook that divides rather than unites.


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The social and cultural changes of the Obama administration — particularly regarding human sexuality — sent conservative evangelicals into a state of panic. They saw Donald Trump as the GOP candidate best suited to protect them from the forces working to undermine the values of the world they once knew.


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Why do so many evangelicals believe in Donald Trump? Because they privilege fear over hope, power over humility, and nostalgia over history.


About the author: John Fea, professor of American History and chairman of the Department of History at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the author of the new book "Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump." Follow him on Twitter: @JohnFea1



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