The Daily Beast: Right-Wing Authoritarianism, Evangelicals, and President Donald Trump

This weekend at The Daily Beast, I have a new piece that looks at President Donald Trump, right-wing authoritarianism, and its lure for evangelicals. Check it out:

“Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain…when you came to the platform,” said Reverend Franklin Graham in his inaugural benediction before President Donald J. Trump.

Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, was one of six, predominantly Christian spiritual leaders praying on January 20. It’s his firm conviction that the election was the work of divine providence.

“I believe,” Graham told Fox News, that “in this election, no question, God’s hand was in it.”

Read the full article at The Daily Beast.


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The Daily Beast: Where Christianity Is A Minority Religion

It’s been a while since I posted on my author blog. I’ve still been writing, but with concentrated attention on a book and my regular blog, thecuriousape.com. I’ve also been working on some articles and this week I had one go up at The Daily Beast.

In it, I look at the difficulties Christians face in being a minority religion internationally, as compared to the Western world where it is the majority religion. Blasphemy laws and social intolerance often leads to violence against Christians. It leads to violence with other faiths and for nonbelievers as well, but only so much can be covered in one piece.

The free expression of belief and nonbelief is an important part of establishing human rights. It is something I’ve written about before (see, for example, my piece on blasphemy laws from the Religion News Service last September or my book Consider No Evil) and I’m looking to do it more often. For my recent piece, see my “Christians Are Still Persecuted Around the World. Here’s Where” at The Daily Beast. Continue reading…


Religion News Service: Where Blasphemy Laws Reign

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This week I have an article up at the Religion News Service that looks at state of blasphemy laws as background to the International Blasphemy Rights Day, which is on Wednesday, Sept. 30. I briefly highlight situations in China, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia and Continue reading…


ToledoFAV: Would I Friend My Younger Self on Facebook?

It’s been a while since I wrote for them, but my newest article, “Would you friend your younger self on Facebook?,” is up over at Toledo Faith and Values, our local hub for the Religion News Service.

In this piece, I look at what two recent Facebook experiments tell me about life online and raise the question of the limitations of friendship in social media. I note, particularly, that while I would cringe at things my younger self would say—should some strange happenstance of internet time-travel occur—I might Continue reading…