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    to rip my wallet out of my pocket

    Throughout the 1990s I became increasingly involved in these debates. I knew I was authentically evangelical; I had grown up in the thick of the movement and still believed in its basic tenets and held its basic convictions and yet realized I was among the many targets of those who wanted to define many of us out of the movement. They wanted to rip my wallet out of my pocket (so to speak) and take out my evangelical credentials and rip them up and burn the pieces. Of course, I wasn’t nearly as much of a target as some of my friends. So I came to their defenses. Then I became even more of a target (than I had been).

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    Please name the source and author of your quotation.

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    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: to rip my wallet out of my pocket

    For some institutions/organizations, people are issued credentials/ID cards for proof of membership. They were often carried in wallets. This sentence is a metaphor for Evangelicals actually having membership cards.

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    Re: to rip my wallet out of my pocket

    They wanted to rip my wallet out of my pocket (so to speak) and take out my evangelical credentials and rip them up and burn the pieces.
    They wanted to forcefully take his wallet from his pocket, find any documentation that he could have used as identification as an evangelist, and destroy that documentation.

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    Re: to rip my wallet out of my pocket

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For some institutions/organizations, people are issued credentials/ID cards for proof of membership.
    We also use the phrase card-carrying + belief/political view, etc to mean that someone is a strong believer/follower, etc, regardless of whether they actually carry a card.

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    #7

    Re: to rip my wallet out of my pocket

    Yes. That is true in AmE also.

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