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The Liberalism of the Religious Right

September 19, 2018 in Economics

By Emily Ekins

Emily Ekins

President Trump has been a regular speaker at recent Values
Voter Summits, and for this year’s event, he will send Vice
President Mike Pence to rally the religious right. This will not
surprise many people on the left who have questioned the
authenticity of social conservatives’ values and their place in the
Trump-Pence coalition. They think the religious right has
compromised its Christian values in order to attain political power
for Republicans.

But new data suggest the left may have a lot more common ground
with some of these conservatives than it thinks. In a Democracy Fund Voter Study Group report, I
found that religious conservatives are far more supportive of
diversity and immigration than secular conservatives. Religion
appears to actually be moderating conservative attitudes,
particularly on some of the most polarizing issues of our time:
race, immigration and identity.

Churchgoing Trump voters have more favorable feelings toward
African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Muslims and immigrants
compared with nonreligious Trump voters. This holds up even while
accounting for demographic factors like education and race.

Conservatives who attend
church have more moderate views than secular conservatives on
issues like race, immigration and identity.

Churchgoing Trump voters care far more than nonreligious ones
about racial equality (67 percent versus 49 percent) and reducing
poverty (42 percent versus 23 percent). These differences are
reflected in their actions, too. Mr. Trump’s most religiously
observant voters are three times as likely as secular Trump voters
to volunteer — and not just with their own church. Sixty-one
percent of the president’s most devout base volunteered in the past
year compared with 20 percent of conservatives without religious
affiliation.

Religious participation also appears to pull Mr. Trump’s
supporters away from the administration’s immigration policy.
The more frequently Trump voters attend church, the more they
support offering citizenship to unauthorized immigrants and making
the immigration process easier, and the more opposed they become to
the border wall.

In fact, many conservative Christian churches disapprove of the
Trump administration’s handling of immigration. The National
Association of Evangelicals, representing 45,000 churches, asked President Trump to end family separation
at the border because it caused “traumatic effects” on
young children. It also urged the administration to “resume a
robust U.S. refugee resettlement program.”

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant
denomination in the country at over 15 million people, did something similar: It
passed a resolution asking the Trump administration to
consider a pathway to citizenship for asylum seekers and keeping
families together at the border because of the “biblical
mandate to act compassionately toward those who are in
need.”

The Mormon Church issued a news release …read more

Source: OP-EDS