I had heard one of the more interesting political / religious stories (seriously – when don’t they overlap anymore?) this last weekend via NPR’s On the Media.
The guest was a woman who had written a book on Evangelicals and their true relationship with the GOP, the so-called major players of the religious/political movement (Falwell, Dobson, etc) and the influence of those leaders – or more accurately – their lack of it.
Christine Wicker, the author of this book, was a former evangelical herself , but not with an axe to grind, and is also a journalist. She fully admits to how the right-wing religious folk completely used the media to forward an agenda and statistics that were not accurate – including the one of their being a ‘liberal media’.
But I also love the fact that she breaks down the myth that 1 in 4 americans are evangelical of some kind – and she does it through a variety of methods. The best number she can estimate is 7%. Not 25. …and that most don’t even know who James Dobson is. Bonus points!
Anyway – for us non-jebus worshiping voters, it provides a small glimmer of hope.
You can listen to the entire segment here (or below) – as the transcript is not available in text format until sometime on Monday.
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