Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Weekly Roundup: 9/11, COVID, and the Promises and Perils of Civil Religion

Brad and Dan begin by discussing how 9/11 is an event marked by acts of civil religion–ceremonies, rituals, and symbols that enable the nation to remember and mourn. Brad asks why we haven’t had such things implemented to help grieve the loss of the 200,000 Americans who have died of COVID. Dan breaks down the explosive recordings/material in the new book from Bob Woodward–including Trump’s recognition of its deadly airborne transmission in February. They finish with a detailed discussion of how Trump has slipped with White Evangelicals and Catholics, how Biden has gained ground with those groups, and if there will be some real payoff there for the Democrats. Biden has crafted his message to these groups through his national director for faith outreach–who is an ex-evangelical. It’s a complicated debate that includes issues like abortion, Christian nationalism, and religious liberty. 

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