Robert Jones, writing in the New York Times after the election, concluded that white Christian Americans “swarmed to the polls to elect as president the candidate who promised to make America great again”; the man who would “turn back the tide of cultural and economic change.”
If true, it’s curious that believers should acquiesce to such a vain-glorious premise.
In the Presidential election, the exit polls showed that 81% of white evangelical voters voted for Donald Trump, effectively carrying him into office.
The concept of Religion as king-maker is not entirely new in the broader panoply of history, but in the 21st Century could it be that the Industry of Religion is too big and too powerful to be sidelined.
Religion contributes $1.2 trillion each year to the US economy. These contributions range from the basic economic drivers of any business – staff, overheads, utilities – to billions spent on philanthropic programs, educational institutions and healthcare services. So, is Religion, God forbid, too big to be allowed to fail?
Judge it for yourselves.
>Henry VIII famously manipulated religion to serve his own nefarious purposes<