We can insist that it’s incorrect to identify Christianity as a Muslim-hating, gay-hating, crusade of contempt for the poor, but that’s probably about as promising as insisting that it’s incorrect to say “flaunt” instead of “flout,” or “flounder” instead of “founder,” or “begs the question” instead of “raises the question.” The word “Christian” ought to mean something at least vaguely Christ-ish. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with Fr. Nary’s radical hospitality than with the brutality of the anti-Balaka. The word “Christian” ought to have more to do with World Vision’s gospel-driven service to the poorest than with the sanctimonious contempt of the white evangelical bullies. But when the armies of hate are on the march, insisting that “We are Christians and we do this because we are Christians and because this is what Christians do,” then we have to recognize that the word is changing for the worse, whether we like it or not.
You know what I love about Tumblr and Christian blogs?
I feel like denominations aren’t such a big deal on here. We are just a bunch of people who love Jesus and want to live for Him. It doesn’t matter if we are Baptists, Pentacostal, Catholic, Lutheran, or Evangelicals.
The point is that we are living to give God the glory. Life a life of worshipping God and loving others.
I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don’t give a shit. What’s worse is that you’re more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night.
Bottom line - women do not need evangelicals “permission” in order to exercise leadership just like LGBTQ people do not need their approval in order to be Christian. In some ways, over explaining this stuff to them belies an assumption we need their permission.
The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to our extensive new survey of over 35,000 Americans.
Some key findings:
The share of Americans who identify as Christians fell 8 percentage points in just 7 years.
19% of U.S. adults are former Christians, and 13% are former Catholics.
The drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults.
36% of Americans ages 18-24 are religiously unaffiliated.
Just 16% of Millennials are Catholic.
For every unaffiliated person who has joined a religion, more than 4 people have left a religion to become “nones.”
18% of U.S. adults were raised in a religious faith and now identify with no religion.
Generational replacement is one of the most important factors in the declining share of Christians in the U.S. and the growth of the unaffiliated.
The unaffiliated are now second in size only to evangelical Protestants among major religious groups in the U.S.
For much of the 20th century, America’s evangelicals felt marginalized. They hunkered into a subculture of their own making — congregations, denominations, Bible camps, Bible institutes, private colleges, seminaries — to protect themselves from the depredations of an outside world that they believed was both corrupt and corrupting. When they emerged into the political arena in the late 1970s, enraged by the rescission of tax-exempt status for segregated schools and later galvanized by opposition to abortion, they came to believe that their values were under attack. Despite their numbers and their growing political influence, they still felt, in Huckabee’s words, scorned and mocked.
When some Evangelical magazines and websites wrote snarky things about my participation in my gay son’s wedding, several prominent Evangelicals contacted me in private and said, “You did the right thing.” One told me that the hardest part of his job as a denominational executive was hearing from the parents of gay children who were driven out of churches in his denomination. He couldn’t change the denomination without splitting it, he said, and he was glad that he could retire soon because he couldn’t stand the agony of being part of causing pain for so many gay people and their families. A charismatic leader told me had had performed a wedding in private for his gay grandson. People would be shocked how many people seem to support the status quo by their public silence, but privately aren’t there.
“The Satanic Temple strongly opposes the promotion of misinformation and believes that all people are entitled to make informed decisions about their health, family and future without coercion,” says the group’s web site.
Jesus unambiguously preached mercy and forgiveness. These are supposed to be cardinal virtues of the Christian faith. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of the death penalty, draconian sentencing, punitive punishment over rehabilitation, and the governmental use of torture. Jesus exhorted humans to be loving, peaceful, and non-violent. And yet Evangelicals are the group of Americans most supportive of easy-access weaponry, little-to-no regulation of handgun and semi-automatic gun ownership, not to mention the violent military invasion of various countries around the world. Jesus was very clear that the pursuit of wealth was inimical to the Kingdom of God, that the rich are to be condemned, and that to be a follower of Him means to give one’s money to the poor. And yet Evangelicals are the most supportive of corporate greed and capitalistic excess, and they are the most opposed to institutional help for the nation’s poor – especially poor children. They hate anything that smacks of “socialism,” even though that is essentially what their Savior preached. They despise food stamp programs, subsidies for schools, hospitals, job training – anything that might dare to help out those in need. Even though helping out those in need was exactly what Jesus urged humans to do. In short, Evangelicals are that segment of America which is the most pro-militaristic, pro-gun, and pro-corporate, while simultaneously claiming to be most ardent lovers of the Prince of Peace.
With Donald Trump waffling on women’s health issues, the fanatical religious right is looking for a candidate they can throw their prayers behind. Ted Cruz wants to be that candidate. To that end, he has teamed up with another religious right grifter favorite, David Barton. Cruz used Barton’s WallBuilders email list to send out an email to thousands of pastors, telling them to preach against…