In 2020, Pew Research did a study that was widely reported on: 56% of white women between 18 and 29 who identify as liberal have also reported to their doctor some sort of mental health issue.
Whitlock says, “When you look at the spectrum for white women who lean liberal, they are far more prone to be suffering from some sort of mental health issue than any other demographic. And if you juxtapose it with white conservative women, for a liberal, it’s off the charts.”
Whitlock continues, “I do believe [liberalism] is a mental illness. It’s detached from logic and reason. Am I wrong for going that far?
“No, not at all,” answers guest Delano Squires. He believes that this is due in part to the decline of religion in our country.
Delano Squires adds, “To the extent that religious affiliation has declined in this country — and it’s declining amongst whites and certainly amongst black folk — I think what you’ve seen is that two of the core functions of the Church — and I’ll speak from a Christian religious tradition — one in terms of building a sense of identity. ‘Who am I?’ And ultimately the answer to the question of ‘who am I?’ leads to a different question, like ‘whose am I, from where did I come, who created me?’”
“Because when you take church out of the equation, people look to something else to answer that question.”
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