Yglesias Award Nominee

"Christian conservatives have been rising, most recently, for 30 years in national politics, since they helped elect Jimmy Carter. They care about the religious faith of their leaders, and their interest is legitimate. Faith is a shaping force. Lincoln got grilled on it. But there is a sense in Iowa now that faith has been heightened as a determining factor in how to vote, that such things as executive ability, professional history, temperament, character, political philosophy and professed stands are secondary, tertiary.

But they are not, and cannot be. They are central. Things seem to be getting out of kilter, with the emphasis shifting too far," - Peggy Noonan, WSJ.

Fundamentalism, by its very nature, abjures the kind of moderating spirit Peggy supports. That kind of total religious certainty is simply incompatible in the public square with pluralist democracy. And it is a genie now unleashed. The chapters in my book, "The Fundamentalist Psyche" and "The Theoconservative Project" try to explain why. And why honest Christianists like Huckabee and dishonest tools like Romney are so dangerous to America.

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