There is evidence the U. S., in spite of Trump’s victory, is moving in a secular direction. The press almost never covers secular trends. It picks up bits of information and implies evangelicals have moved into the drivers seat.
Pew research recently published results of what it calls “Thermometer Ratings.” These ask respondents to rate their feelings toward other groups, hot, warm, chilly, cold, etc. Over a long enough time line these questions, it is thought, foretell trends in public opinion.
In spite of violent acts against Jews and Muslims, the overall climate of religious tolerance is actually becoming “warmer.” Since the last survey in 2014, the public has warmed up to the most disliked groups, Muslims and atheists. Now, there is a warm feeling by 50% of respondents.
Attitudes are not warming up for all groups, however. Attitudes toward “evangelicals” by non evangelicals has cooled. Presumably, the term “evangelicals” means to the general public conservative Protestants and Catholics.
It is thought the term “evangelicals” has come to mean in the public’s use of the word what used to be known as “fundamentalists.” Two thirds of non evangelicals have cool feelings toward evangelicals. They are more standoffish to evangelicals than toward atheists and Muslims.
The only explanation anyone can come up for this trend is the attitude of the Catholic Church and branches of conservative Protestantism to gays and Muslims. All indications are that the public majority has moved to the left on acceptance of these two groups.
Some churches have not yet smelled the coffee.