The Rushmore Report: Is Fox News Producing Fake Evangelicals?

A new breed of evangelicals is more influenced by conservative-leaning cable outlet Fox News than the Bible, a recent New York Times column, written by a progressive evangelical writer, argues. Amy Sullivan, author of The Party Faithful, argues in a recent published piece that a new religious group has recently emerged: “Fox Evangelicals.”

Sullivan described the new evangelical way of thinking as influenced by “the nationalistic, race-baiting, fear-mongering form of politics enthusiastically practiced by Mr. Trump and Roy Moore in Alabama” and encouraged through conservative and social commentators on Fox News.

She continued, “This emerging religious worldview – let’s call it ‘Fox Evangelicalism’ – is preached from the pulpits of conservative media outlets like Fox News.”

How has the influence of one’s pastor been supplanted by that of cable news? Sullivan makes a good argument. “A pastor has about 30 to 40 minutes each week to teach about Scripture, but his congregation is exposed to Fox News for three to fours a day.”

Sullivan notes that leading evangelicals, such as Franklin Graham, recognize the president’s flaws, but in their view, he was a better choice than the alternative. The danger is that believers conflate the man with the message. Many evangelical Christians watch Fox News. But watching Fox News does not create an evangelical Christian.

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Michael Gryboski writes for The Christian Post.

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