America spent the last decade worrying about Islam as a threat to liberal democracy. They may have picked the wrong religion

Monday 14 November 2016 15:00
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For years, if you asked the average American which religion they would most easily associate with the downfall of liberalism and tolerance, they probably would've answered 'Islam'.

Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States last week, and he's already set about making the government a lot less liberal and tolerant with his appointees.

He was voted in predominantly by white working class Americans, as well as some other demographics, according to exit polling.

He was also thoroughly backed by evangelists, as people have pointed out.

In fact, despite some condemnation of his sexual assault comments by evangelical women, 75 per cent of white evangelical women voted for him, according to ABC polling.

White evangelical and born-again Christians in Florida, where they are on fifth of the electorate, 85 per cent of them voted Trump. He also won a majority of the white Catholic vote.

However, 72 per cent of nonwhite evangelical and born-again Christians voted for Clinton.

People started riffing off the parallel:

Or making rebuttals and counterpoints:

Paula White, a pastor at the New Destiny Christian Center told the Wall Street Journal:

Far more than what divides us, this election has revealed what unites us.

I have never seen such solidarity between evangelicals and Catholics, Pentecostals, Charismatics and Baptists.

We'll make sure to remember that.

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