How the Bible Belt lost God and found Trump

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How the Bible Belt lost God and found Trump

Post by Lurker on Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:01 pm

https://www.ft.com/content/b41d0ee6-1e96-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c





He’s a divorced adulterer who ran a gambling empire, so how did America’s Moral Majority get so evangelical about Donald Trump?

 
by: Gary Silverman in Auburn

I went down to Alabama a few weeks ago and had a religious experience. A man of God welcomed me into his home, poured us both cups of English tea and talked about what has been happening to Jesus Christ in the land of Donald Trump.

My host was Wayne Flynt, an Alabaman who has made the people of the southern US his life’s work. A 76-year-old emeritus professor of history at Auburn University, he has written empathetically about his region in books such as Poor But Proud. A Baptist minister, he still teaches Sunday school at his church and delivered the eulogy at last year’s funeral of his friend Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

I took my place in the book-lined study of Flynt’s redwood house in Auburn, Alabama, to hear his thoughts on the local economy, but the conversation turned to a central mystery of US politics. Trump would not be president without the strong support of the folks Flynt has chronicled — white residents of the Bible Belt, raised in the do-it-yourself religious traditions that distinguish the US from Europe. I wondered how a thrice-married former casino owner — who had been recorded bragging about grabbing women by the genitals — had won over the faithful.

Flynt’s answer is that his people are changing. The words of Jesus, as recorded in the Gospels, are less central to their thinking and behaviour, he says. Church is less compelling. Marriage is less important. Reading from a severely abridged Bible, their political concerns have narrowed down to abortion and issues involving homosexuality. Their faith, he says, has been put in a president who embodies an unholy trinity of materialism, hedonism and narcissism. Trump’s victory, in this sense, is less an expression of the old-time religion than evidence of a move away from it.

“The 2016 election laid out graphically what is in essence the loss of Christian America,” Flynt says, delivering his verdict with a calm assurance that reminded me of Lee’s hero, Atticus Finch, as played by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film of her novel.

“Arguably, what has constituted white evangelical Christian morality for 200 years no longer matters, which is to say we’re now a lot like Germany, a lot like France, a lot like England, a lot like the Netherlands, and what we have is a sort of late-stage Christian afterglow.”

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Re: How the Bible Belt lost God and found Trump

Post by Angry Andy on Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:53 pm

If rhere is a God, which I doubt, as he allows so much suffering and pain, let him strike down Trump with great vengeance and furious anger.
A .38mm centre mass wouldn't  cause too much anguish either.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:29 pm

Smile

Those 'un-Christian' abominations haven't remained contained to the USA's southern Bible belt,  either...

We've seen similar warped mindsets from the likes of Tommy, Stormee and VoD on this very forum..

While I've heard the same kinds of irrational rants from racist/nationalist groups down here.

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