Vice season 6 episode 20 recap: ‘American Piety and Terror in Congo’


On the latest episode of Vice, the show looked at the state of American Evangelicalism and violence sweeping through the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The first story was a look at the politics of American Evangelicals. For the last few decades, Evangelicals have been a significant voting block in American politics, as their rank and file members make up a considerable faction for the Republican Party.

At the present time, one of the largest Evangelical groups is working on a massive outreach program and spending campaign for the 2018 election.

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But this isn’t all there is to it, as some members of the Southern Baptist Convention are currently uncomfortable with the current state of Evangelicalism and are doing what they can to steer it in a different direction.

The mindset of those uncomfortable with the current direction is that the Bible is not bound to a political party and Evangelicals should act accordingly.

Additionally, one such member who proposed a resolution proclaiming such went on the record with Vice and said that the current state of evangelicalism is unsustainable and he cannot wait until it dies.

The other segment was a look at violence in the Congo. The Democratic Republic of the Congo as it’s officially known has been rampant with violence for years. This is part of the consequence of being neighbors with Uganda and other nations, as the Congo is located right at the heart of Africa.

It also happens to be incredibly large in terms of population and is also neighbors with Uganda, which itself experienced massive genocide in the 1990’s. So the Congo is no stranger to violence.

But in recent years the violence and mass killings in the Congo have gotten particularly bad. Armed militias are continuing to wage war and have been training kids to be soldiers.

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There is also a perception within the country that the UN peacekeepers aren’t doing enough to prevent violence, an idea that isn’t helped by the fact that there is no American Ambassador in the Congo at the present time.