The version of the pledge to the Christian flag typically recited in fundamentalist and evangelical schools, which usually self-identify simply as Christian schools, ends with “one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty for all who believe.” ...
(…they are standard practice in these schools, approximately 2,000 of which are subsidized by taxpayer funds.)
… If you want an answer to the question of where President Trump’s white evangelical base was radicalized, it’s right here.
FWIW, I “know” the author of this piece, in that we have communicated quite a bit online. She’s a credible writer to follow on these issues.
Chrissy Stroop is a freelance writer, public speaker, and commentator on religion and politics, the U.S. Christian right, Russia, and foreign policy. She is a senior researcher with the Postsecular Conflicts project at the University of Innsbruck.
Stroop graduated from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Modern Russian History and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, then then taught at a Russian university in Moscow.
She writes for Foreign Policy, Political Research Associates, Religion Dispatches, The Moscow Times, Eurasianet, Playboy & Dame Magazine.
Her award-winning book on leaving Evangelical Christianity will soon be released:
And this is one of her most important pieces, IMHO… I’m working on a different piece on the same topic.