The desire to purge ideas that are different is not monopolized by religion or the Right. One only has to browse liberal blogs—which contain a large number of self-described atheists—to see a similar sentiment. For many on the Left, the movement they pursue cannot tolerate dissent. Politicians who disagree with them on as little as an issue are ridiculed, reviled and plotted against.
The book was My Holy War by Jonathan Raban, for those interested. (I know, shameless self-promotion. But mostly to call people’s attention to Black Ink Review, a pretty cool outfit I had the privilege of working with at their outset.)
One question I have is: has the dangerous fundamentalist mentality driven us to such sharp progressive divisions we have today after so recently being unified? I have more to say about this, but I’m interested in other people’s thoughts. Am I being too dramatic? I have lost more friendships among Obama supporters than Bush supporters for my support of Hillary Clinton. I may be called a glossy eyed, tax and spend liberal by my conservative friends, but I have never been called a racist by any of them. I personally don’t feel uncomfortable around Bush supporters, but I do feel uncomfortable around Obama supporters. Both sides are likely to blame. What do you think?