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French Friday: The New God Gap & Discipled by Trump


For decades, political strategists spoke about the "God gap" in which white religious believers were more Republican and white non-believers more Democratic. Recent data shows a new God gap emerging within the Democratic Party. David French explains how secular white progressives are now pushing religious Black and Latino voters out of the Democratic coalition. Then, Jethani and French explore how Trump has discipled the church more than the church has discipled Trump. There's growing evidence that cruelty, dishonesty, and a refusal to repent are being embraced by Christians aligned with Trump. Will this trend self-correct and what will be its legacy on our culture?


0:00 - Theme song and intro

0:46 - The new God gap

31:33 - Discipled by Trump

1:00:33 - Credits


"The God Gap Helps Explain a 'Seismic Shift' in American Politics" (The Dispatch) - https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/the-most-important-religious-divide

"There Is No Remaining Christian Case for Trump" (The Dispatch) - https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/there-is-no-remaining-christian-case




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Dale White
Dale White
Sep 27, 2022

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Bob Hunter
Bob Hunter
Aug 04, 2022

A couple of comments. 1) Bonhoeffer was very troubled by the alliance he was forced to make with the secularist/atheist of his day. He lamented the large number of Christians who fell under the spell of Hitler. And invented the notion of unconscious Christian to try to explain why his atheist friends were more moral on these issues than his Christian colleagues. Black Christians in the US have had that gap for some time. In 1968 Bill Pannell wrote the book, "My Friend the Enemy". The book was an attempt to explain to his conservative white friends why so many black Christians were to be found on the other side of the political divide.

2) The data from Pew are…

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Bonhoeffer troubled by alliances with secularists/atheists of his day ... I did not know that. That's big. That's really big. ...ank

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TJ MacDougall
TJ MacDougall
Aug 03, 2022

I’m Canadian and not well versed in USA politics so correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t some of the more “progressive“ voices in the Democratic party actually religious and/or “non-white“? It seems like you were implying the opposite, unless I misunderstood.

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Also from north of 49ºN but Phil has put some good vids together about this (see the Videos link), the most salient is probably this one: https://www.holypost.com/post/why-do-white-christians-vote-republican-and-black-christians-vote-democrat


above my home, within my heart ...ank

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Mike Booth
Mike Booth
Aug 02, 2022

First, I have been a republican most of my life. I am now not party aligned. What i see different in the partisan rhetoric of the Republican Party leaders is they have moved from competing policy ideas to positioning Democrats as enemy of the country and then have resorted to mockery and ridicule. It is like they are leading a mob. A very few republicans like Liz Chaney are trying to lead with truth. Now she is being mocked. I do not see the partisans ( Democrats and Republicans ) behaving the same.

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Not American,

so no right to speak loudly,

for love though, I speak ... 俳句


Key fixes that seem self-evident from outside your Excited States...

  1. remove the limit on the size of the house -- it under-represents urban areas grotesquely.

  2. Drive the National Popular Vote compact -- long term, it's more to both parties' benefit to neutralize the Slave-Power-pandering, segregation-maintaining Electoral College, but from the bottom up, wouldn't even require a constitutional amendment.

  3. Increase the pool of judges for the Supreme Court to about 10x the number of Federal Circuits; draw the judges on any given case by lot -- could be done by act of congress, again, no messing with your constitution.


For the rest I'll play the Job…


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Elianna Dzubur
Elianna Dzubur
Aug 01, 2022
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🎯these structural changes are exactly right and may just create enough reverberating improvements to actually get the system working again, increasing faith in the institutions, and in turn heal a lot of the damage hopefully. Sadly that may be why its such an uphill climb.

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