Hey y'all! Had a great conversation with Blake Chastain several months ago about the slow merging of evangelicalism and nationalism. We're currently watching evangelicalism in the US move from being a religious or spiritual identifier to a political identifier. For those of us who grew up in white evangelical spaces this isn't surprising.
After the election of Barack Obama, white evangelical churches began closing ranks much faster than they had been before. In the 90s and 00s, there was a more room for liberal believers in white evangelical spaces but as the culture wars began to heat up with the election of the first Black (and, according to 25% of Republicans, secret Muslim) president, political "purity tests" became much more frequent.
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