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MSNBC – Morning Joe: As The Christian Right Is Declining, They Become Hard-Edged, Says MIchelle Goldberg

14/07/2021

July 12,2021

The New York Times’ Michelle Goldberg joins Morning Joe to discuss her new piece ‘The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It.’

Extract: The presidency of George W. Bush may have been the high point of the modern Christian right’s influence in America. White evangelicals were the largest religious faction in the country. “They had a president who claimed to be one of their own, he had a testimony, talked in evangelical terms,” said Robert P. Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of the 2016 book “The End of White Christian America.”

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I was frightened by the religious right in its triumphant phase. But it turns out that the movement is just as dangerous in decline. Maybe more so. It didn’t take long for the cocky optimism of Generation Joshua to give way to the nihilism of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. If they can’t own the country, they’re ready to defile it.

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