Why do impoverished working class members of the religious right love a corporate America that scorns them and exploits them? The following parable may help explain a state of affairs that is otherwise inexplicable.
Whatever our differences we should all be able to agree that Hitler was not sent by God to convert Jews to Christianity; that Catholicism, Mormonism and Islam, like all religions, are protected by the Constitution; and that Oprah Winfrey is not the Antichrist.
In anointing themselves the champions of "family values" and protectors of vulnerable children, religious conservatives have had little to say when confronted with the undeniable existence of actual gay families -- particularly kids with LGBT parents.
In an era where movements like the Tea Party, whose religious fundamentalism is well known, religious inclinations such as Romney's are not the most convenient to reach the presidency of the nation, and this is worrisome.
A profoundly significant new political alignment within the right flank of the Republican Party is becoming entrenched in American politics and should be a wake-up call that the foundations of democracy are always fragile and the promises of America must never be taken for granted.
Since fundamentalists make up the bulk of the Religious Right today, and they loathe their Mormon and Catholic allies, what keeps this coalition together? Only finding a perceived enemy, whom they all hate more than each other, allows them to work together.
Two days of speeches from presidential candidates, congressional leaders, and Religious Right activists painted a clear picture of where they'll try to take the country if they are successful in their 2012 electoral goals.
What the religious right fights against is people realizing that the state of being LGBT is a normal, morally neutral variation of human development. This is a truth that the anti-gay religio-political complex has found does not serve them.
Michelle Bachmann -- in the company of other right-wing presidential contenders like Gov. Rick Perry of Texas -- has created an illusion: Some of the necessary drawbacks of government, she presumes, can be solved by the infusion of religion.
We hear analysis of the political influence of the so-called religious right; we hear religious principles applied to arguments for or against proposed laws, regulations, and even appointments of individuals.
The neo-Christian agenda seeks to take this country in a horrific direction. Casually throwing around the expression "Christian Nation" feels to them like an affirmation of their commitment to the Constitution.
Apparently God loves Republicans. Which is fine. God loves everyone so why not Republicans? But the Republicans He loves also seem convinced that He agrees with most of their talking points. That got me to questioning Divine Intervention neutrality.
If Rick Perry does become the Republican "unity candidate," that will be further evidence that the GOP has abandoned any credible claim to representing the economic interests or constitutional values embraced by most Americans.
Fortunately for all those who crave political consistency above all else, Gov. Perry's latest about face brings him solidly in line with the religious right on any issue relating to reproductive health and rights. Aren't you glad that's clear?