Thursday, Oct 20, 2016

Is there a ‘Trump effect’ on public morality?

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service in Detroit, Michigan, on September 3, 2016.   Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

whether it is the ugly language and behavior often displayed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, or some other factor, U.S. voters — especially those same evangelicals — appear to have vanquished their inner Puritan and are now far more accepting of sinning politicians.

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Evangelical Christians are on the left too

At the Religion Newswriters Conference on Friday morning, panelists said more and more Christians are hesitant to identify as "Evangelical" or "born again."

	Sara Pulliam Bailey, managing editor of Odyssey Networks, said that's partly because young Christians aren't sure if they can be Evangelical and at the same time support issues like same-sex marriage.

	"A lot of young Evangelicals know where they came from, but don't know where they are now," she said.

	What about you. Do you openly identify as an Evangelical Christian?

It is not surprising, therefore, that since the 1970s, it is the Christian right that has set the discourse about religion in America. What has remained unrecognized is the important role the Christian left has played during the last 50 years.

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