On the other side of the debate is a concern that runs deeply in the American psyche that a religion run amok is a danger and the reason the first colonists left Europe. But it's a rather schizoid philosophy in America as some admire the Puritans (religious power run amok) and consider its fundamentalist time of ruling a community as one to idealize.
Barry Goldwater spoke of his concern of those who would use Christianity as their hammer:
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.”Goldwater was a conservative in the time where the word meant something. Not so much today. For many on the right, the belief is strong that America needs a theocracy. In the Republican party, its leading candidates for the primary are all religious speaking men. The loudest of these probably is:
Should men like Huckabee, who spout a version of Christianity, that Andrew Sullivan named chrisianist, worry the rest of us, those of us who are not religious? The big concern is, I believe, the fact that what Huckabee and men like Scott Walker label as Christian has little resemblance to the words in red in the Gospels-- i.e. Jesus' words as others remembered them-- or God made sure they got recorded (depending on what you think about the New Testament).
So, what would it be like if a fundamentalist, who comes across as a populist and good old boy, one who claims that he gets all his wisdom directly from God, had real power? How would he use it? If many religious fundamentalists get their way, the nation might find out. Before, you are quick to say never happen, take a look at how that has impacted one religious college:
Recently, elsewhere I wrote about the Third Commandment and how it's been misinterpreted. Bachmann's spiel above is just what I meant regarding it being forbidden to take the Lord's name in vain. She is making money doing it. Those who have a shallow understanding of any religion always go for the simplest possible meaning, but IF they saw it for what it was, they'd be a lot less prone to go around Pat Robertson-ing!