White evangelicals prefer return to slavery

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Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cheer at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Oct. 10, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Mike Segar *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-TRUMP-EVANGELICALS, originally transmitted on Oct. 11, 2016.

(RNS) No group has a dimmer view of American cultural change than white evangelicals: nine-in-ten (92%) say American culture has changed for the worse since the 1850s. A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute also found that 98% of white evangelicals agreed with the statement “political correctness prevents me from talking openly about how I really feel about blacks, gays and women.”

“When we say Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have made us weak, we’re really saying blacks and women have made us weak,” Jerry Falwell Jr. explained to The Literalist. “We’re just not allowed to say that anymore.”

What can white evangelicals do to return America to the 1850s? It starts with not being ashamed to assert their beliefs confidently, Falwell argues:

“White evangelicals know we are superior. We know we alone will inherit eternal rewards and everyone else will spend eternity burning in hell. We know deep in our hearts we are the real masters.  But we want to make Earth like Heaven. There’s no easier way to turn America around than by repealing the 13th amendment.”

White evangelicals’ concerns about cultural decline go further than just reinstating chattel slavery. Falwell spoke candidly about the Silent Majority’s not-so-silent aims for the United States Constitution. “Women burned their bras, now we’re going to burn the 19th amendment.”

“It’s not just the liberal John Roberts Court that has wreaked havoc of our culture, it’s every court since the Civil War,” he said. He’s supporting Donald Trump because he will appoint white evangelical justices who will:

  • Overturn Obergefell v. Hodges
  • Overturn Lawrence v. Texas
  • Overturn Roe v. Wade
  • Overturn National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius
  • Overturn Brown v. Board of Education
  • Overturn Loving v. Virginia
  • Overturn United States v. Wong Kim Ark
  • Overturn Ableman v. Booth

Will white evangelicals seek to defend anything in modern America? Falwell laughed when asked that question. He motioned towards student residences on the campus of Liberty University and commented, “We will always defend our students’ second amendment right to carry weapons in their dorms.”

(Editor’s note: PRRI’s survey concerned the 1950’s, not 1850’s.)