New Republican Religion — QAnon

June 8, 2021

Beyond the dark cloud of political bullshit, one inauspicious trait of GQP operations is the fall from reality into loving-them some QAnon:

Ironic lying and hypocrisy has always been a festered go-to for Republicans, hiding behind talk of faith when all along they were as crooked as a politican and twice as corrupt. Empty souls willing to accept whatever shit is dished out to them.
Idiot speculation now the right’s new religion.

Jessica Tarlov, head of research at Bustle Digital Group and a Fox News contributor, and Jeff Le, a political partner with the Truman National Security Project, and deputy cabinet secretary to former California Gov. Jerry Brown, have co-written a piece at The Hill this morning on the current crazed structure of the Republican Party — some highlights:

We undoubtedly have seen a decline in religiosity across the board. American church attendance is at an all-time low and there continues to be a faith vacuum.
According to a Gallup study released in March, Americans’ membership in houses of worship has continued to decline, dropping below 50-percent for the first time, compared to 70-percent attendance in 1999.
Democrats showed a 25-percentage-point decline in church membership since 2000, but Republicans registered a real drop as well — a 12-point decline.

New data from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) reveal there is evidence that while organized religion is losing its luster in some circles, some Republicans apparently are finding comfort and community somewhere else: in conspiracy theories.

The most notable amongst them, QAnon — which revolves around the theory of Satan-worshipping pedophiles plotting against Trump and what they call a “storm” that soon will come to wipe out the evil forces working against Trump — has taken a special grip.
According to PRRI, 15-percent of Americans overall and 25-percent of Republicans identify as QAnon supporters, compared to 7-percent of Democrats and 12 percent of independents.
One-fifth of the poll respondents also believe that the coming storm will sweep away elites and “restore the rightful leaders” (Trump).

There is more to the story of GOP support for QAnon.
PRRI created a sub-category called “QAnon doubters,” made up of those who “mostly disagree” with the tenets of QAnon.
Fifty-five percent of Republicans fall into that group, along with almost half of independents and 35=percent of Democrats.
As far as those who fully reject QAnon, a majority of Democrats — 58 percent — see no truth in the conspiracy theory, compared to 21-percent of Republicans.

The founder of PRRI, Robby Jones, offered that “thinking about QAnon, if it were a religion, it would be as big as all white evangelical Protestants, or all white mainline Protestants. So it lines up there with a major religious group.”

Russell Moore, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, warns that evangelical pastors are “exhausted” trying to combat QAnon and other conspiracies that have taken hold in their congregations.
“It is a situation where conspiracy theories are going through not just churches, but the entire community. As a Christian, I am concerned about this because we are people of truth, and we are people supposed to be looking for truth revealed by the words of God, not conspiracy theories around social media,” Moore told CNN.

Some “people of truth” apparently are disconnected from reality.
Besides support for QAnon, adherence to “the Big Lie” — the myth that President Biden and the Democrats stole the 2020 election from Trump — is widespread.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos survey found that 53-percent of Republicans believe that Trump is the “true president,” 55-percent say the election was the result of illegal voting or election rigging, and over 60-percent either strongly or somewhat agree that the election was stolen from Trump.

In other words, truth and reality don’t matter:

And here we are…

(Illustration out front: ‘A Break in Reality’ by Xetobyte, found here).

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