The secularist conservatives, who are the major bulwark against conservative theocracy, naturally disagree:
There are many people like us: people who cherish limited government, fiscal restraint, personal liberty, free enterprise, self-support, patriotic defense of the homeland and its borders, love of the Constitution, respect for established ways of doing things, pride in Western Civilization, etc., and yet who cannot swallow stories about the Sky Father and the Afterlife, miraculous births and revivifications. What does the one set of things have to do with the other?Kathleen Parker writing in the Post sees it as a battle to reclaim the Republican brand.
...the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.As Andrew Sullivan writes,
I don't see how Republicanism, as it is now constructed, can tolerate atheists in its midst. The principles of today's Christianist GOP are theological before they are political.I guess this is the flipside of the canard that Democrats are not people of faith (which most of you lot easily disprove, if only the media paid attention). However I think it does mean that the culture wars are going to get worse before they get better, partly because of the death-grip that fundamentalist Christianists and their allies have on the Republican party, and partly because they are emboldened by their success in attacking my civil rights.