Amid all the talk of highly unqualified Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's defense of unconscionable $9.2 billion cuts to public education and proposed $4 billion investment in so-called "school choice" (moves that have earned DeVos the well-deserved epithet #CruellaDeVos on Twitter), it's worth remembering why the Christian Right supports "school choice" in the first place. … Continue reading Stop #CruellaDevos: Once More on the Christian Right’s Education Agenda
Yesterday, The New York Times printed an op-ed by Molly Wicker, a junior at Grove City College, under the headline "A Conservative Christian College Protest of Mike Pence." I see this as part and parcel of the MSM's ongoing love affair with the fanciful narrative that younger white Evangelicals no longer seek to fight the culture … Continue reading Young Evangelicals Insist the Theocracy Will Not be Trumpian: Please Clap?
When I started this blog, I had yet to think of a proper title. I put "Christopher Stroop" in as a placeholder, and I've been mulling it over ever since. As of today, "Christopher Stroop" has been replaced with "Not Your Mission Field." I also registered http://www.NotYourMissionField.com, which directs to the homepage here, although ChrisStroop.com remains the … Continue reading Not Your Mission Field: A New Title for the Blog
In an era of "fake news," "fake science," and even "fake law," I suppose it was inevitable the term "fake Christians" would pop up. On Twitter, it's most commonly used as a means of criticizing Trump voters. As such, it's of a piece with commentary from the 2016 election cycle asserting, for example, that Evangelicals are "political" … Continue reading About those Trump Voters for God? Stop Calling them “Fake Christians”
Welcome to the second installment of the Ex-Evangelical Conversations series here at ChrisStroop.com. I have recommended my friend Blake Chastain's podcast Exvangelical more than once on Twitter, and I know that many of my readers also listen to Blake's show. Whether you have or haven't listened to Exvangelical, if you're here, you'll most likely find value in … Continue reading Ex-Evangelical Conversations: Blake Chastain and the Exvangelical Podcast
According to the Pew Research Center's presidential approval tables for April 2017, white Evangelicals apparently remain determined to go down in history as some of the most notorious villains of our time, if history is not forestalled by nuclear destruction thanks to them placing a dangerously demagogic and incompetent man in the office of the … Continue reading White Evangelicals Still Overwhelmingly Approve of Trump – Pew
Before reading this post and its corollary Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 1: Suffer the Little Children (which is recommended reading for context before you proceed here), let me just note that these posts contain very disturbing material. Be prepared to confront misogyny, rape, assault, homophobia, transphobia, racism, Islamophobia, bigotry toward other confessions, … Continue reading Street Preaching and the Christian Right, Part 2: Inside the Mind of a Street Preacher
No, seriously. The question in the title of this blog post is not rhetorical. I would really like to understand not only why outside observers of Evangelical subculture, such as Emma Green, seem surprised at the extent to which Evangelical institutions discipline their members to keep them on message, but also why some people who … Continue reading More Evangelical Purges Come to Light – Why are Some People Surprised?
It feels good to position yourself against universally recognized bad guys. Nazis make the easiest historical bugbears to oppose, being so widely reviled that even their most obvious heirs, such as white nationalist Richard Spencer of “Hail Trump!” fame, often reject the label. In fact, the use of anti-Nazi rhetoric is so powerful, that authoritarian leaders … Continue reading Eric Metaxas and the Christian Right’s “Alternative Justice”: When “Fighting Nazis” Means Supporting Authoritarianism