Tuesday, May 14, 2013

More on Evangelicals and Immigration

Check out Molly Worthens' recent New York Times piece on the way white evangelicals are responding to immigration and the way immigrants have the potential to reshape American evangelicalism.  One of the things I appreciate about Worthen's public writing is its sensitivity to historical context.  

Here is a taste of her piece:

Latino Protestants may share the core doctrines of white evangelicals, but not the fusion of Christianity and libertarianism that has come to pervade the right, perhaps in part because they have intimate experience with the inequalities ingrained in American institutions.

They have left their forefathers’ faith, but they tend to retain the common Catholic conviction that being “pro-life” requires combating social injustice and reining in capitalism when necessary. In 2011 the polling organization Latino Decisions found that although Latinos are committed to the American ideal of self-sufficiency and hard work, most don’t believe the free market can solve all problems. “Minority citizens prefer a more energetic government, by large and statistically significant margins,” wrote the organization’s researchers Gary Segura and Shaun Bowler. In 2012, 71 percent of Latinos voted for President Obama.