The Religious Right

Larison questions Damon Linker's thesis that the religious right has been bad for the United States. But Larison's abhorrence of the liberal achievement in neutering the power of religion in the public square would hardly allow him to differ, would it? Larison is able to write the following sentences without flinching (which is why he makes for bracing reading):

Theological certainties are basically good things–why wouldn’t we want them ”injected” into public life?  “Injected” sounds bad–this is the sort of thing that junkies and poisoners do, they “inject” things, bad things, into their bodies or others’ bodies–but if instead we said that religious conservatives introduced (or re-introduced) theological certainties into public life, not only would religious conservatives agree that they have done, or tried to do, this, but they would be baffled as to why anyone would be concerned.

If you believe in God and His final judgement, everyone’s acts and goals have metaphysical significance.

Where does one start? Ross chips in here.