The problem with this article is it totally ignores the anti-Immigration Trump campaign. The whole article goes on as though the Trumpsters are not aware of this, en force, and want it reversed. Atlantic Monthly, based in the most liberal city in America, Boston, thinks what President Obama has done is irreversible. Well if that was true the fear of Trump would not be hitting such hysterical heights, would it? And the whole media would not be trying to convince us that choosing Trump is death to everything “sacred”. But I digress…read on.
For most of the country’s history, white Christian America—the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians—set the tone for our national conversations and shaped American ideals. But today, many white Christian Americans feel profoundly anxious as their numbers and influence are waning. The two primary branches of their family tree, white mainline and white evangelical Protestants, offer competing narratives about their decline.
White mainline Protestants blame evangelical Protestants for turning off the younger generation with their anti-gay rhetoric and tendency to conflate Christianity with conservative, nationalist politics. White evangelical Protestants, on the other hand, blame mainline Protestants for undermining Christianity because of their willingness to sell out traditional beliefs to accommodate contemporary culture.
The key question is not why one white Protestant subgroup is faring worse than another, but why white Protestantism as a whole—arguably the most powerful cultural force in the history of the United States—has faded. The answer is, in part, a matter of powerful demographic changes.
Read more here if you want, on the Atlantic site.