Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog #2 Beliefs of Religion

     This particular case study focuses on religion and politics, but especially when looking at Ted Cruz and Evangelical Christianity during the 2016 Presidential Campaign.  

     Based off these four memes, it seems like Evangelical Christians tend to make decisions or blame their decisions on their belief in God.  An example is in meme #3 it states "God wants me to be his president".  This thought also supports the idea that they believe God gives them everything in their lives.  This also reinforces that although Senator Cruz has been elected before, it was ultimately God’s plan, not his, which caused him to win the election.  This would also be Politicization of Religion because it is Cruz's religious responsibility to be called to political action.  Another example that has this viewpoint is meme #2 that states "our rights come from God, not the constitution".  Once again this points back to the point that God’s will started this country and everything in it.

     Traits of this religion would especially be a focus on evangelizing.  Many Evangelical Christians do this by bringing up God in everyday talk.  Ted Cruz is a prime example of someone who definitely uses "God Talk" in the public sphere.  I believe he truly uses God Talk as a natural expression of personal faith opposed to many other politicians who try to use God Talk to further connect with their constituents to try to get elected.  
     The people of this religion tend to be strict and flexible.  This is demonstrated in meme #1, which states "We should all follow Jesus, except the parts about feeding the poor, tending to the sick, and the meek inheriting.  And no overturning moneychanger tables, either.  Actually, can we just strike the New Testament?"  This meme shows the hypocrisy that many conservative Christian republicans face.  Although many preach the Bible and following Jesus, many act differently when it comes to how they vote politically and the beliefs that their elected leaders have.  In reality, they try to get others to follow Jesus in every aspect of life, but they themselves pick and choose when the principles of Christianity seem best fit.

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