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Evil Deeds in High PlacesChristian America's Moral Struggle with Watergate$
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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803149.001.0001

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A Favorable President or Most Dangerous Man?

A Favorable President or Most Dangerous Man?

(p.86) 3 A Favorable President or Most Dangerous Man?
Evil Deeds in High Places

David E. Settje

NYU Press

Watergate expanded in scope from July to October 1973, as investigations implicated more White House officials. This chapter provides an account of how Christian political commentary expanded with it. Just as Americans invested more attention into the matter, so, too, did Protestants. Conservatives, especially evangelicals, remained reluctant to condemn, singled out only those already convicted or who had confessed, and clung to a belief President Nixon played no part in Watergate. Already hostile liberal Protestants intensified their rhetoric against Nixon. They called for a collective Christian outcry to force change and restore morality in government. Other Protestants lived somewhere between these two camps and addressed Watergate in other ways. No matter where they fell, they all ramped up their involvement in the political turmoil as it grew in intensity.

Keywords:   Watergate, morality, Protestants, Richard Nixon, evangelicals, Christianity, political commentary, political turmoil

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