‘“truthiness” …the truth that “comes from the gut,” not from actual facts—“the truth we want to exist,” that feels right.’

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What is it about Republicans that seems to make them more credulous to fake news than Democrats?…susceptibility to fake news has its particular historical origin in Christian fundamentalism’s rejection of expert elites.

The answer to this question might have to do with the religious roots of today’s Republican Party in the Christian Right. Beginning with the Moral Majority, founded in 1979 by Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye, and continuing through church organizations such as Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, conservative Christians have helped reshape the Republican Party and its policies. Its “family values” positions on abortion, the sexual revolution, gender roles, pornography, and homosexuality have been heavily influenced by its conservative Christian theology.

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