Very interesting article by Frank Schaeffer on how the Religious Right went off the rails:
Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer, an Evangelical thinker– I’ve read some of his books and didn’t think of him as very extreme. But Schaeffer père evidently believed in separating from the world, and his followers turned into a cocoon for preparing a frighteningly anti-rational, anti-democratic mass of zealots:
To protect your children from Satan — in other words mainstream, open patriotic and pluralistic America — you either kept them at home where mom and dad could teach the children right from wrong or send them to a cloistered private evangelical/fundamentalist school. At home or in school you used curriculum prepared by the likes of James–beat-your-child-and-dare-to-discipline-Dobson, RJ-slavery-was-a-good-thing-Rushdoony, or many and other right-wing anti-American activists. That curriculum presented “secular America” as downright evil. Hating the USA became next to godliness.
Schaeffer warns that it’s a big mistake to think that these people are done because the GOP lost the last election. The loss energized the radicals, and they don’t accept it anyway. They’re not playing by the rules any more.