Naturally, I see this issue through the lens of Southern Nationalism, and I have explained on many occasions why I don’t believe that Christianity played much of a role in our racial decline.
– The American South was fervently racialist and Christian for three centuries.
– The Confederacy was fervently racialist and Christian. See Stonewall Jackson.
– The South became more religious after the War Between the States. The Redemption movement and the Lost Cause were heavily religious.
– The Jim Crow South was more religious than the North and the West. Southern ministers opposed the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
– The Southern Baptist Convention didn’t embrace anti-racism until the early 1990s. It was the last major mainstream institution in the US to do so.
In the South at least, Christianity has always been positively correlated with racialism and conservatism. While the Southern churches have adapted to the anti-racism of the dominant American culture, they never spearheaded the shift in racial mores and resisted it through most of the 1970s and 1980s:
Mississippi – 53.4%
Alabama – 49.8%
Louisiana – 49.5%
Arkansas – 47.9%
Oklahoma – 47.4%
Tennessee – 45.5%
Texas – 44.8%
West Virginia – 44.6%
South Carolina – 44.6%
Georgia – 43.9%
Missouri – 43.5%
North Carolina – 43.2%
Kentucky – 42.7%
Virginia – 41.3%
Florida – 39.9%
Religiosity By State
Mississippi – 59% (very religious), 11% (non-religious)
Alabama – 56% (very religious), 16% (non-religious)
Louisiana – 54% (very religious), 16% (non-religious)
Arkansas – 54% (very religious), 19% (non-religious)
South Carolina – 54% (very religious), 18% (non-religious)
Tennessee – 52% (very religious), 18% (non-religious)
North Carolina – 50% (very religious), 21% (non-religious)
Georgia – 48% (very religious), 20% (non-religious)
Oklahoma – 48% (very religious), 23% (non-religious)
Texas – 47% (very religious), 22% (non-religious)
Kentucky – 47% (very religious), 24% (non-religious)
Missouri – 44% (very religious), 28% (non-religious)
West Virginia – 43% (very religious), 26% (non-religious)
Virginia – 42% (very religious), 27% (non-religious)
Florida – 39% (very religious), 31% (non-religious)
In the United States, Mississippi (59%) is the most religious state, whereas Vermont (23%) is the least religious state in the Union. Mississippi (53.4%) is also the most conservative state while Massachusetts (30.3%) is the most liberal state.
In the 2012 election, Barack Obama was only able to win the White vote in the Northeast and Northwest (and Iowa), which are least religious and most liberal regions in the United States. The CNN exit polls show that Obama won 70 percent of the non-religious vote. Mitt Romney won 69% of White Protestants and 59% of White Catholics, but Obama won 63% of non-religious Whites.
In Virginia, Mitt Romney won 72% of White Protestants and 65% of White Catholics. Obama won an incredible 76% of non-religious voters. In Ohio, Mitt Romney won 61% of White Protestants and 56% of White Catholics. Obama won 62% of non-religious Whites. In Florida, Mitt Romney won 72% of White Protestants and 62% of White Catholics. Obama won 61% of non-religious Whites.
In the North and South, non-religious Whites are invariably more liberal than religious Whites. They are solid Democratic voters. There are relatively more religious voters in the Deep South and non-religious voters in the Northeast and Northwest, which are more like Canada and Western Europe, which are even more liberal and less religious than the United States.
In the United States in 2013, Christianity has been reduced to a despised embattled subculture, and it has already been routed in much of Western Europe. The dominant secular culture in the United States – the news media, entertainment media, academia, the film industry, let’s not forget The Passion of the Christ – is firmly controlled by secular Jews and their anti-Christian White liberal allies.
When Pope Francis says that he refuses to judge homosexuals and that atheists who do good works are redeemed by Jesus or Pope Benedict XVI gives an address to the U.N. about human rights, these are only illustrations that Enlightenment liberalism has become the dominant culture of the West, and Christianity has become a subculture that is accommodating it.
We live in an era of dying churches when the Lutherans condemn Martin Luther for anti-Semitism and elect openly gay bishops and the Archbishop of Canterbury believes that England needs Sharia law and the Southern Baptist Convention is condemning racism, electing its first black president, and considering dropping the “Southern” part from its own name.
Christianity is on the wane in the modern West. By almost any standard of measure, its decline hasn’t worked to our advantage.