Where is the Religious Left?
Dissecting the American Theocracy.
Since the Civil War, white Christians in this country have swung wildly between advancing a social doctrine of equality and promoting outright racism, nationalism and hatred of the poor. Since the Eisenhower years, however, Christians of all stripes have decidedly split along similar fault lines to our politics. While secularists and the so-called religious left represent the majority of Americans, the fervent white Christian nationalist wing of the country seems to be fully in control of the national agenda. We invited Brad Onishi from the Straight White American Jesus podcast to help us unpack the divide between the religious right and left in the United States.
Episode Timestamp + Link | Clip Link
- 00:00:40 | Pulp Fiction: Smart Motherfucker
- 00:01:05 | Dwight D. Eisenhower: Inaugural Prayer
- 00:04:46 | Reagan Foundation: President Reagan's Remarks at an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast in Dallas, Texas, 8/23/84
- 00:06:22 | NBC News: Christian Leaders Pray Over Trump During Launch Of Evangelicals For Trump Coalition
- 00:08:33 | Bruce Almighty: Blaming God
- 00:10:25 | Billions: 'I Selected Myself'
- 00:14:07 | Democracy Now: Remembering Father Daniel Berrigan, a Prophet of Peace
- 00:21:00 | Paula White speaking in Tongues
- 00:26:51 | Mad Men: Advertising
- 00:28:28 | Tommy Boy: Hmm, he seems like a nice guy.
- 00:30:17 | British Pathé: Russian Atom Blast Shakes UN Assembly (1949)
- 00:30:44 | Billy Graham 1949
- 00:34:33 | The Ten Commandments: Let My People Go
- 00:39:25 | Depeche Mode: Blasphemous Rumours
- 00:44:36 | AfroMarxist: Kwame Ture's Debate with a Zionist
- 00:57:24 | Step Brothers Outtakes
- PBS: God in the White House
- PRRI: The American Religious Landscape in 2020
- Pew Research Center: Republicans account for a small but steady share of U.S. Muslims
- Pew Research Center: U.S. Jews’ political views
- Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among Hindus
- Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among Buddhists
- Pew Research Center: Party affiliation among atheists
- The New Republic: Whither the Religious Left?
UNFTR Episode Resources
- Terrence L. Johnson + Jacques Berlinerblau: Blacks and Jews in America: An Invitation to Dialogue
- Jeff Sharlet: The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power to Collections
- Benjamin M. Friedman: Religion and the Rise of Capitalism
- Kevin Kruse: One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
- Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States