Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blog Post #1: Case Study Explanation

The 2016 election cycle has been . . . interesting, to say the least. In the midst of a massive shit storm of mudslinging, allegations, and accusations one element that has been distinctly absent from the primary rhetoric about our presidential candidates is the religious ideology they subscribe to. Of course, Donald Trump claims Christianity and Hillary Clinton surely does as well, depending on whose vote she’s pandering for, but the difference seems to be that they are clearly not serious about their religious standing, and neither is the country. Our current political climate seems uninterested in the candidate’s religious views or how serious they are about their supposed religious beliefs. Christianity in particular has been used more to discredit Republicans nominees than to claim superiority. This is specifically observed in the spread of memes discussing the perceived contradictions between Christian and Republican ideology. These sarcastic little messages are disseminated across social media in an effort to show others how Republican Christians are hypocritical and contradicting. They point out inconsistencies between how the Christian faith calls followers to interact with society and how Republican platform stances are not in line with what the faith they supposedly subscribe to commands. This case study aims to show how Christianity has become a weapon used against the political Right instead of a means with which to support its credibility.

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