Research question: How can progressive activists use religious rhetoric effectively in a post-religious America?
Here is the thesis moment/paragraph that I use in my current draft:
But America has changed, and considerably so. Millennials are far less religious than their elders. According to the Pew Forum, only 40% of millennials consider religion as important to their lives, as opposed to 65% of those beyond age 65, and 72% of those beyond age 90 (Religious Landscape Study). And by virtue of that social and demographic change, the religious rhetoric employed by such leaders as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez will not have the same impact on all Americans today as it did in the mid-20th century. However, the core tactics that these activists used to further their movements – human storytelling, references to visceral historical events, and turning religious rhetoric against conservative institutions – are still useful today, albeit in a modern, technologically relevant form.
Road map: For each of these points, I plan to reference both past tactics and why they worked as well as modern forms of those tactics and why they worked. Human storytelling (civil rights/gay marriage), historical events (women’s suffrage & civil rights/refugee ban & black lives matter), religious rhetoric against (need to still decide/gay marriage)