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Strangers and Friends at the Welcome TableContemporary Christianities in the American South$
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James Hudnut-Beumler

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640372

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640372.001.0001

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Washed in the Blood in the Red States

Washed in the Blood in the Red States

Religion and Politics

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Strangers and Friends at the Welcome Table

James Hudnut-Beumler

University of North Carolina Press

From a national congressional map the political makeup of the southern United States appears to be solidly red, or Republican, with a few small urban blue, or Democratic, districts surrounding state capitols and major cities. At the state and local levels, however, contemporary religion and politics continues to be an interesting contest between remnants of the old civil rights coalition on the left and the family values coalition religious right. This chapter focusses on former Alabama jurist Roy Moore as an example of the religious right, on Rev. William J. Barber’s Moral Monday’s in North Carolina as a revival of the coalition politics associated with Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the remarkable stand of four Protestant and Catholic bishops in Alabama against making rendering humanitarian aid to undocumented immigrants a felony. The bishops won by appealing to the religious obligations to follow the teachings of their faith—to the frustration of some of their own coreligionists.

Keywords:   Christian social justice work, Religion and politics in the South, William J. Barber, Rev, southern churches and immigration, Alabama bishops and HB57, Immigration, Roy Moore, Judge, First Amendment, Freedom of Religion, Moral Mondays

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