White Evangelicals Love Trump Because He Feeds Their Persecution Complex
White evangelicals are supporting President Trump because he perpetuates the narrative that they are being persecuted, the Friendly Atheist argued in a recent piece.
- White evangelicals overwhelmingly support Trump, with 81 percent of them voting for him in 2016 and 82 percent reporting that they will vote for him in the upcoming election.
- Though Trump comes at odds with a number of foundational Christian values, the Friendly Atheist suggests that evangelicals support him because he presents a way of asserting political dominance and using religion to acquire political power.
- Evangelical support for the Trump presidency is based on promoting religious supremacy, not religious freedom.
- The Friendly Atheist noted that in a front page story for the New York Times, Elizabeth Dias concludes that evangelicals support Trump because he is able to maintain the relevancy of their way of life, which they perceive is becoming increasingly extinct.
- Dias writes:
Evangelicals did not support Mr. Trump in spite of who he is. They supported him because of who he is, and because of who they are. He is their protector, the bully who is on their side, the one who offered safety amid their fears that their country as they know it, and their place in it, is changing, and changing quickly. White straight married couples with children who go to church regularly are no longer the American mainstream. An entire way of life, one in which their values were dominant, could be headed for extinction. And Mr. Trump offered to restore them to power, as though they have not been in power all along.
- The Friendly Atheist argued that Christians are lying to themselves about being persecuted and in reality “have all the power in the world.”
They have all the power in the world, and they’re using it to keep themselves in power, not to make anyone else’s lives better.