Michelle Goldberg, The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It
Those of us who have come to value Ms. Goldberg’s work know that she regularly makes trenchant observations, and pulls no punches in telling us what’s going on. In today’s column, she outdoes herself.
Key takeaway point: the proportion of people identifying as white evangelicals has dropped precipitously, from 23 percent in 2006 to 14.5 percent as of 2020.
Result: a descent into political nihilism and millenarian conspiratology. If they can’t own the country, then they will damn well take the country down.
Ms. Goldberg concludes by observing that the white evangelicals are more dangerous in decline than they were two decades ago, when they thought they were in the ascendency. I don’t agree.
l think the precipitous decline of our political adversaries is a development worth celebrating.