Thursday, August 26, 2004

Religion, Race and Politics

First, a little mind reading.

Think of an evangelical Christian American.

I predict that the person you thought of was white.

Gene Expression links to a survey - Ethnic Groups Differ Substantially On Matters of Faith - which indicates that the ethnic group with the highest percentage of evangelical Christians is in fact Blacks and that Asians are increasingly moving in this direction.

So we may need to rethink our prejudices about conservative Christians.

Russell Brown in his post on Destiny Church observes that
It's hardly the first Christian church movement to harness the vitality of Maori culture.
This suggests a passivity on behalf of Maori, it is more likely to be the other way round - Maori have harnessed Christianity, as in the case of the Ratana Church.

But his observation on the similarities with the Nation of Islam is astute. The combination of ethnicity and religion can lead down some less than liberal roads.

With this less than straight forward mix of race, religion and politics it may be somewhat simplistic to demonise the "Christian Right" with its supposed influence on Bush.


Blogger Greyshade said...

Don't confuse "evangelical" or "born again" Christian with the religious right. Some "committed Christians" are harmless, happy people whose main concern is to affirm (and occasionally share) the "power of Jesus"n their own lives. Others are miserable misanthropes preoccupied wih demonising "unbelievers". The article you cite doesn't test these differences or political issues but I suspect Afro-American Christians fall mostly into the first category.

The Rev Martin Luther King and Rev Jesse Jackson have very little in common with Jerry Falwell or Brian Tamaki.

26 August 2004 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Sock Thief said...

True, there are distinctions between various Christian groups but Black evangelicals are often very conservative on issues such as homosexuality and there is not much difference between Falwell, Tamaki and Louis Farrakhan.

26 August 2004 at 2:07 PM  

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