Atonement in Scripture: Why Evangelicals Scapegoat Gays, Muslims, Etc.

Two days after the Tuesday, September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Jerry Falwell discussed the attacks with fellow evangelical Pat Robertson, host of The 700 Club television program.  Falwell said: ‘The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked.  And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we…

Atonement in Scripture: Donald Trump’s Scapegoating and the Scapegoating of the Black Community

U.S. History and Scapegoating by Conservatives and Liberals Let’s look at how Rene Girard’s definition of ‘scapegoating’ (as in, blaming one instead of the community) takes place in American public life.  Scapegoating is politically effective.  It is continually reinvigorated by American political campaigns.  On December 21, 2015, The Washington Post observed: ‘The same rhetoric that…