Departing the Vacuousness
Started by Recusant, December 27, 2019, 04:10:35 PM
QuoteAs the House has moved through the impeachment of President Trump, voices on the extreme right have been arguing that it's the first shot in a coming "civil war." According to conservative evangelical conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles, "The Democrats are forcing me to stockpile ammunition, food, water, and medical supplies to defend my family, home, and church." In a speech before the Values Voter Summit, Trump similarly said that Democrats were coming for the rights of Christians, which he said he would resist if he stayed in office. Franklin Graham claims that "demonic forces" are pressing for the impeachment of someone that a significant proportion of evangelicals believe is God's anointed president.But do white evangelical Protestants actually believe that Democrats will strip them of their rights? And is it true that Democrats and atheists want to strip evangelicals of their rights? A new survey has some answers.Political scientist Ryan Burge and I ran a non-probability sample survey from May 17-18 of 1,010 U.S. Protestants, conducted online through Qualtrics Panels and weighted to resemble the diversity of Protestants in the country. White evangelical Protestants made up 60 percent of our sample. Of those white evangelical Protestants, we found that 60 percent believed that atheists would not allow them First Amendment rights and liberties. More specifically, we asked whether they believed atheists would prevent them from being able to "hold rallies, teach, speak freely, and run for public office." Similarly, 58 percent believed "Democrats in Congress" would not allow them to exercise these liberties if they were in power. By contrast, 23 percent think "Republicans in Congress" would not respect their rights; those were primarily the views of a small contingent of white evangelical Democrats in the sample.[Continues . . .]
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 30, 2019, 02:51:11 AMIs it possible that the whole concept of equal rights, Liberty, and respect of others is only a pipe dream that is unattainable? Can we overcome our tribal nature? I'm just not so sure anymore.
Quote from: billy rubin on December 30, 2019, 09:10:23 AMpeople dont change.in a thousand years we will have hate, war, violence, extremism, love, savagery, richez, and poverty, just like we do now.
Quote from: billy rubin on December 30, 2019, 09:10:23 AMpeople dont change.in a thousand years we will have hate, war, violence, extremism, love, savagery, richez, and poverty, just like we do now