In a new survey, 48 percent of evangelical leaders said they have been “disinvited, blacklisted or excluded” from events because of their beliefs, according to the National Association of Evangelicals.
Their July/August Evangelical Leaders Survey revealed that nearly half of evangelical leaders claim they have been “canceled” by others “as a way of expressing their disapproval for the leader or the leader’s point of view” or due to “guilt by association.”
Leaders shared that social media platforms like YouTube have blacklisted their content, and others expressed that they’d been excluded from speaking engagements from a “guilt by association.” Some leaders shared they were unsurprised by this move, but the association fears that this new trend will cause leaders to not speak out on complex issues in case of potential retribution.
“Cancel culture is the practice of excluding any person, organization or work as a way of expressing disapproval,” NAE President Walter Kim said. “While it is important to be clear about unacceptable behavior and unorthodox positions, this phenomenon makes it difficult to have meaningful, vulnerable and open dialogue about the real challenges that we face.”