The Religion News Service published an article recently that talked about 27% of white American evangelicals believe in the Q Anon conspiracy theory. The fact that so many white evangelicals believe that cannibalism is practiced by Democrats on children reveals how evangelicalism is a morally bankrupt movement.
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The Religion News service has an article that was quite troubling to read. It had to do with white evangelicals and Q Anon. More than a quarter of white evangelicals believe that Donald Trump is fighting cannibalistic eating pedophile Democrats which is a part of the Q Anon theory. The survey was conducted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). They found that 29% of Republicans believed the Q Anon claims, and that 27% also brought into the claims. Daniel Cox is the individual who has done the work on white evangelicals and Q Anon. White evangelicals it appears are more gullible to fall for conspiracy theories.
Asked to explain why white evangelicals appear disproportionately likely to embrace conspiracy theories, Cox noted that, as a group, they do not fit a stereotype of conspiracy theorists as people disconnected from social interaction. Instead, most retain strong connections to various social groups.
But white evangelicals stand out in a different way: The vast majority say some or a lot of their family members (81%) or friends (82%) voted for Trump in the 2020 election — more than any other religious group.
“People who do strongly believe in these things are not more disconnected — they are more politically segregated,” Cox said.
The resulting social echo chamber, he argued, allows conspiracy theories to spread unchecked.
“That kind of environment is really important when it comes to embracing this kind of thinking,” he said. “You’re seeing people embrace this sort of conspiratorial thinking, and everyone in their social circle is like, ‘Yeah, that sounds right to me,’ versus someone saying, ‘You know, we should look at this credulously.’”
White evangelicals tend to fall for other conspiracy theories about antifa and voter fraud as well.
But there was another aspect of the survey that was troubling. White evangelicals it appears are more likely to support acts of violence to obtain their goals. 41% completely or somewhat agreed with the statement, “if elected leaders will not protect America, the people must do it themselves even if it requires taking violent actions.” To read the article at the Religion News Service you can go here.
Analysis on Q Anon and Evangelicals
This article stunned me. I know some people are viewing this article in a positive way in that they are surprised the number is not higher than 27% For me the idea that even a few white evangelicals believe Democrats practice cannibalism is just beyond absurd. So for me 27% is a number that is high. Its an indicator that we live in a post-truth era and its something that reveals why white American evangelicalism is toxic and unhealthy. Just the idea of someone frequently and regularly practicing cannibalism is warped and common sense will tell you that its not true. Cannibalism in American history has happened in the context of serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer of Milwaukee or in situations of incredibly starvation in desperate tragedies like the Donner Party. For those who do not know Donner Party was a party traveling to California and who got stuck in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains in the winter of 1846 and 1847. But aside from those two examples the idea that people believe in this is absurd and I am inclined to ask if people who believe in such conspiracy theories are mentally ill? It seems as I reflect on American evangelicalism that it has done nothing but decline. From 1999 to 2021 the conspiracy theories are getting worse and the detachment from reality is becoming a serious problem. But another factor that is not helping the problem is that social media is creating echo chambers that allow people to live in their own world and not interact with others. That is the danger of Facebook.
But there is another aspect that needs to be stressed as well. Up above you can see a video form CNN that deals with two younger girls who lost their Mother to the Q Anon conspiracy. The first person talks about how her Mom layers Q Anon with the Book of Revelation and treats them equally. This is really no different than what the Mormons have done with books like the Book of Mormon. Again it shows the illiteracy of American evangelicals and how many evangelicals engage in cult like behavior. It should be noted that many evangelicals are quick to call other churches cults. But again American evangelicalism is equally as guilty as evangelicalism is a morally bankrupt movement. The truth is that I never imagined at this blog that I would write so much about a conspiracy theory like Q Anon. But again this blog has to write about the issues as they happen. As more developments take place with Q Anon this blog will monitor the situation.