American politics is fundamentally unserious about Christianity

Twice this week my Twitter feed has been roiled over basic, long-established aspects of the world’s largest religion. Both controversies were instructive glimpses into the status of faith in American culture and the fundamentally unserious engagement with Christianity we too often see in American politics.

The first round happened Monday, when North Carolina Representative-elect Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old Republican, gave an interview to Jewish Insider in which he said he’s attempted to convert people to Christianity. Already teed up by Cawthorn’s callow election night victory tweet, the outrage from the left was swift, and much of it focused specifically on Cawthorn’s evangelism.


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