but i think bill is missing something here. the reality is that the nighmare scenario we are creating for ourselves here is really only in part due to the religious apocalyptic nihilism that is prevalent.
i see it as a collusion, an alliance of convenience between the religious apocalyptos, the military industrial complex extremsists, and unfettered corporate profiteers.
do you think the heads of exxon are sitting around talking about how imminent return of Jesus means it okay for them to ignore climate change? do you think corporate heads are resisting pollution control because of religious reasons? NO. they are motivated by money lust and greed. the religious angle is just a convenient political tool they use to get their way.
same with cheney, wolfowitz, abrams, rove, etc. these are NOT christian people. they are psychopaths hell bent on total military domination. they USE the religious right as a tool to get what they want, that is all. they would do anything necessary to get what they want, the alliance with the religious right for them is just a marriage of convenience.
the religious right gets MAJOR airtime and media play in this country. why? because people like rupurt murdoch use them for their own ends, thats why. the money mad mafiosos who own the mega corporations that run the media outlets have discovered that they can get what they want if they continuously put these people on TV and present them in a good light. and its not just fox "news", cnn had falwell on many many times.
having said all that i do agree that the religious apocalyptic madness that now grips too many of the christians in this country is out of control and is only going to get us all into a lot of trouble.