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    if white evangelical christians were able to see themselves even briefly through the eyes of an outsider - to realize that white christian fundamentalism in, say, rural Kansas is every bit as much a regional sub-culture as rural black culture in the cotton belt of south-central Georgia, or the border culture of the Rio Grande in Texas.  That ability to look from the outside might bring with it a little humility, as well as a sense of calm when they realize the fear of "demographic winter" or whatever is not the same as extinction or even irrelevance.  This is not a winner-take all country - again with the exception of our relations with Native Americans.

    For the evangelicals, the fact that white protestant dominance is waning is a horrible catastrophic cloud on the horizon. Maybe they need to realize that the plus side of plural America is that hardly anyone ever goes extinct.  They are hardly endangered and they can carve a place out for themselves just like every other subculture and subgroup in America.  Nobody's going to shut down their churches or prevent them from voting.  Nobody's going to force them to believe in evolution or get an abortion.  Things are not as bad as they think.  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:16:03 PM PST

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