Why Deserting the Culture War Is a(n) (Understandable) Mistake

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  1. J-T Kelly says:

    Hi, Laura! Wonderful points about loving those we differ with.

    You misstep when you say, "One area in which this phenomenon is particularly visible is in our news consumption as Catholics… As much of our culture turns away from Christianity, the beliefs our faith espouses make their way into the mainstream press less and less… So we boycott. Stay inside our social media echo chambers."

    The points you make about not closing off, about loving others, are good ones. It’s your target that’s off. If you and your peers are exhibiting the echo chamber-seeking behavior you mention, it’s probably not so much due to your Catholicism as it is to your income, your race, the region of the country you live in, and the level of your education. That you are Christian matters, too, but not so much your denomination – and not as much as your income level, your race, and your education level.

    To make a claim about the media consumption habits of American Catholics, you would have to take into account the 27% of American Catholics who were born outside the country – most of them Hispanic. Source: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/09/14/a-closer-look-at-catholic-america/

    Another piece of data you would have to contend with is the voting behavior of American Catholics. About 45% of American Catholics hold liberal social views. I am counting the categories of "White Moderate" and "White Liberal" from this page: http://www.pewforum.org/2012/10/11/the-catholic-swing-vote/

    The American Catholic presidential voting record is pretty well split between Democrat and Republican, with the Democrat vote coming out on top by a little bit. Source: http://cara.georgetown.edu/presidential%20vote%20only.pdf

    Well done putting together a new feed to enable what you suggest. Thanks!

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