Why Can't White Evangelicals Be Complicated Too?

"Complicated" is one of the most overused words in America today. Almost any problem, institution, or person can be "saved" from harsh judgment or condemnation by the magical get-out-of-jail-free card that is the word complicated. This appears to not apply, however, to white evangelicals, who increasingly take up the space typically reserved for comic book villains. Most other challenges call for context and multiplicity of meanings. Last summer, NPR reported President Joe Biden’s options in Afghanistan were "complicated." Unlike Vietnam or the Balkans, Afghanistan has been "its own unique conundrum for a long time," it said.

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