Today, dissenting from the evangelical community’s political values means losing your religion, and losing your religion is much more costly than you probably think.
Like any other institution or practice, religion can turn foul, and few human institutions are as destructive as a bad religion.
Say what you will about the Heaven’s Gate cult members, but at least they were only interested in their own suicide. The evangelical death cult in its modern form is serving up their poison for everyone.
When exploring evangelicals’ support for Donald Trump, your “broad brush” matters a lot less than the colors you paint.
You will know a tree by its fruit.
If you’ve ever traveled in Europe you might have been puzzled to find their churches empty, converted into tourist attractions. Despite all of the talk of American religiosity, there is reason to think that the same trends are at work in the US.
What were the odds that my father, in his half an hour a day of free time over the past forty years, would ever successfully escape the cultural tractor beam created by these professional crooks? Those odds were low enough that thousands of people could build careers on them, stripping my father and millions of other people of their political power just as blatantly as if they had robbed them on the street. My father had little chance against this machine.