Monday, March 12, 2018

Twitter Responds to Gerson's Essay on White Evangelicals and Trump: "Trump Age Is Revealing What Has Been Central to the Movement" — "Segregation and the Subjugation of Women"


Some of the most interesting conversations in the realm of religion and theology these days are taking place on Twitter and other social medial platforms — and certainly not in the churches and their academies. Case in point: the Michael Gerson article on white evangelicals and Donald Trump to which I pointed you yesterday is now being discussed and critiqued vigorously on Twitter, and I'm finding much of the commentary exhilarating. Here are some threads and individual tweets to which I'd like to draw your attention:

First, an excellent thread by Carol Howard Merritt, from which I've selected some of the most salient tweets (including the tweet at the head of this posting): 

And a thread by Jack Jenkins:

A valuable tweet from a larger thread by Jemar Tisby:

Diana Butler Bass' good take in a single tweet:

Chris Stroop's similar take on Gerson's analysis:

Rachel Held Evans draws attention to an essay by Chris Ladd at Forbes on why white evangelicalism is so cruel, noting that it fills in pieces missing in Gerson's analysis:

Chris Ladd tweeted just a few minute ago that Forbes had yanked his essay from its site with no explanation for why this action was taken. He has now republished the essay here. I shared the following excerpt from his essay earlier today on Facebook, and have been trolled by a right-wing white evangelical man who did not like what Chris Ladd has to say — and I suspect that it's the reaction of people like this troll to the piece when it appeared on Forbes that may account for Forbes' decision to yank Chris Ladd's piece. Which means it's very much needed, doesn't it? Here's what I shared from Chris' essay that provoked the troll's reaction:

White evangelical Christianity has a bottomless well of compassion for the interests of straight white men, and not a drop to be spared for anyone else at their expense. The cruelty of white evangelical churches in politics, and in their treatment of their own gay or minority parishioners, is no accident. It is an institution born in slavery, tuned to serve the needs of Jim Crow, and entirely unwilling to confront either of those realities.

I think Forbes owes Chris Ladd an explanation as to why it took down his postsing, don't you?

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