Max Blumenthal has a great new book out titled “Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party” that explores the toxic effects that the religious right has had not just on the national discourse, but on movement conservatism itself.
Blumenthal discussed some of this in a New York Times op-ed:
IN this summer of town hall disruptions and birth-certificate controversies, a summer when it seemed as if the Republican Party had been captured by its extremist wing, it is worth recalling a now-obscure letter from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Although Eisenhower is commonly remembered for a farewell address that raised concerns about the “military-industrial complex,” his letter offers an equally important — and relevant — warning: to beware the danger posed by those seeking freedom from the “mental stress and burden” of democracy.
He also wrote about Sarah Palin’s theocratic approach to religion and politics at the Daily Beast:
To those who knew Palin, she was no ordinary hockey mom, but rather an evangelical foot soldier who spearheaded the [conservative Christian] movement’s takeover of local government. Her power base was the Wasilla Assembly of God, a Pentecostal mega-church where she was baptized and spent over 20 years as a member.
Juan Gonzales of Democracy Now! has an extensive interview with Max Blumenthal that explores the matter in some depth.