The crowds there to greet him, predominantly white Protestant Evangelicals, were highly emotional, totally electrified by his presence, entranced. Trump as the Savior. Loyalty No Matter What. Skip forward to the present, 14 months into the Trump presidency, and with ever deeper and more troubling revelations about the man who, so improbably and perniciously, holds the most powerful political office in the country and in the world.
To the astonishment of objective observers and pollsters, white Protestant Evangelical support for Trump has hardly budged. They are the most loyal part of the coalition that put Trump in power and keep him there. The charge that there is a fair amount of hypocrisy in this does not seem to make a dent. How do the prominent Evangelical leaders justify such a craven and immoral loyalty?
Easy to explain, says Gerson, if you understand the self-image of Evangelicals today, and see how Trump plays to it. Evangelicals have indeed come to see themselves as under siege, a mistreated group in need of protection and preferences. They see Trump as their defender, a president who pays attention to them, gives them visible signs of access to power, and is able to stand up for them precisely because he is so worldly and immoral that he will do whatever it takes to advance their cause.
If evangelicals hate tyranny, they should be very wary of becoming tyrants. And over the decades they have increasingly reached for more and more political power to achieve this goal.
This is exactly what ISIS proposes, by trying to establish a global muslim caliphate. The goal of religious extremists, regardless of faith, is always the same: Evangelicals are The American Taliban. To many, that will seem a garish and inconceivable statement.
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Along the way, she sprinkles the text with important but never intrusive observations about the evolution of religion in America and ends with some surprising and intriguing predictions for the future of Christianity. Among the gaggle of books rushing in to translate the gulf between red-state and blue-state America, this one shines.
Well-written, engaging and informative, this snapshot of American evangelicalism is a must-read for students of American religion. According to former evangelical Christian El-Faizy, as much as 44 percent of Americans are evangelicals, and to the greater American society, they constitute a mystery. She convincingly argues that they are "the new establishment" and exert considerable influence on virtually every aspect of American life and culture.
She examines many facets of that influence: Evangelicals can be hard to categorize, for many have no specific denominational affiliation.
What makes them so important, El-Faizy says, is their remarkable ability to adopt the attitude of secular America; they "have learned to straddle two worlds--their own and the one that the rest of us live in. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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One of my frustrations as a journalist, and an evangelical with centrist leanings, is the shallow understanding of evangelicalism on the part of the media and therefore, the inaccurate, stereotyped and often caricatured view of evangelicals that the media portray. It never occurred to me that I should write a book, something of a primer on evangelicalism for a secular audience, to set the record straight.
From page one, El-Faizy demonstrates that she has a firm grasp on the realities of the evangelical world. An evangelical until her college years, El-Faizy has retained or perhaps more accurately, regained a healthy respect for the spiritual movement she left behind.