The Evangelical Party

The Evangelical Party November 7, 2018

In the early 1970s certain white evangelicals found themselves politically homeless. As the article below suggests, many in the North had found a political identity with the Republican Party (voting Democratic, at least, was “untenable”), but identifying with the corrupt President Richard Nixon seemed “contrary to Christian conscience.”

What was a good Christian to do? According to Myron Heckman, a student from St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College) in Minnesota in 1973, you could support a political party run by evangelical celebrities. With Billy Graham, Nixon’s confidant, as president; Bill Bright as attorney general; Bob Jones as secretary of state; Oral Roberts as secretary of agriculture; Dino as postmaster general; and Senator Mark Hatfield nowhere to be found, what could possibly go wrong?

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