Anderson's column makes the important point that the country would do well if the societal chasm existing between the radical religious right and those from the left who ridicule them were filled with good old American tolerance for each point of view and all those in between.
Nate Phelps grew up with the most hateful man in religion. Fred Phelps is the "God Hates Fags,"-"God Hates Soldiers,"-"God Hates Jews,"-"God Hates America" steaming pile who pickets the funerals of fallen soldiers. He is the extreme's most extreme.
His son's views, as an atheist, are among the more sane I've seen in print. Republicans who believe they've lost control of this country because they aren't conservative enough take note of these words from a cab driver now living in Canada:
“The only issue I have with organized religion goes something like this: As long as a society says it is okay to suspend reason and logic to embrace an idea on faith alone, they are providing the framework and justification for extreme, destructive systems to develop that have no accountability to society for the damage they do,” he said. “Religion gets a free pass in society and we find our hands tied, even espouse keeping them tied, whenever evil is exhibited in the name of a god.”The reason Republicans lost the election is that many were weary of the two-note song the religious conservatives in this country have sung to the point of driving true fiscal conservatives and new, younger voters away from the party. And, until they realize that those young voters and fiscal conservatives are not coming back into such a restrictive fold, they will continue to wallow in the gooey defeat for which they are responsible.