Faculty Research Shows Political Backlash
Politics and religion can affect each other in surprising ways, according to research by Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Djupe.
Djupe has been researching the rate of evangelical church membership in states where the Christian Right is publicly active — and even he was caught off-guard by the results.
The study noted that “Clergy involvement in the civil rights and antiwar movements precipitated losses in lay membership. For instance, one survey found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of church leaders who participated in acts of antiwar civil disobedience reported that their churches had subsequently lost members.”
In other words, in states where church leaders were actively political, church membership declined.
Djupe’s research has been cited by various publications: