Friday, October 05, 2018

the 48% white evagelical christian problem

A recent Marist poll of 997 American adults, conducted between 22-24 September 2018, for NPR and PBS NewsHour asked several questions. Including this one on page 17:


If the charge of sexual assault during a party in high school 
by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh is true,
do you think 
Brett Kavanaugh 
should be confirmed to the US Supreme Court / should not be confirmed / unsure.

This seems pretty straightforward: 
if the sexual assault is TRUE and HAPPENED, 
then should an unrepentant attempted rapist 
be voted into a lifetime of judging others as a member of the Supreme Court. 

The total spread of American adult responses was:
29% should be confirmed / 59% should not be confirmed / 12% unsure

That seems about right: a majority saying unrepentant violence against women should disqualify people from public service in the highest court in the land.

The largest group that was the most divergent from the national polling was self-identified White Evangelical Christians. For the question:
If the charge of sexual assault during a party in high school 
by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh is true,
do you think Brett Kavanaugh
should be confirmed to the US Supreme Court / should not be confirmed / unsure.

White Evangelical Christians respond:
48% YES, Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the US Supreme Court 
36% NO, Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed
16% UNSURE

So the question says that the sexual assault was TRUE. ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

And White Evangelical Christians, the same ones who have said that moral failings disqualified other people from public service, said that actual, verifiable, true sexual assault was not a disqualifier for public office. 

Why?
I can’t say for sure.
But the basic answer is politics. And fear.

Politics is a way of life. 
American and Canadian governance and legal decisions are increasingly made in the political realm. This was seen recently in Ontario Premier Ford's threat to use and reuse, as often as he deems necessary, the "notwithstanding clause" to push through his agenda.

But even more powerful is fear. 
Fear that something has been lost. Fear that if, in this case, Kavanaugh is not confirmed, the conservative agenda will be further reduced. 

So this poll reports that, if the assault is TRUE, it ACTUALLY HAPPENED, then 48% of White Evangelical Christians are fine with Kavanaugh being confirmed to the highest court in the land for life.

If this poll is accurate, then this is a sad indictment of USA White Evangelical Christians. 

  • It is no wonder that we have made so little impact on our culture. 
  • it is no wonder that we look no different than anyone else. 
  • it is no wonder that our politics look no different than anyone else. 
  • it is no wonder that the gospel of Jesus Christ is ignored because it hasn't changed our hearts and our thinking and our living.
maranatha - come quickly Lord Jesus
and in the waiting time
may we be about your work in your way with your attitude 





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