Since the early 1980s, the Christian Right has been waging a massive political, propaganda and legal war against separation of church and state. They have been undermining the art of negotiation, empathy, compromise and even democracy, itself, in favor of a quasi-theocracy with inflexible religious dogmas codified into law. They have been using their biblical world-view version of both physical reality and of morality to justify aggressively blocking many important scientific, medical and social programs.
A conflict of global importance exists today between two fundamentally different views of morality and even of reality, itself. One view is supported by several hundred years of solid scientific discoveries, rational critical thought, comparative religious studies, and humanistic ethics. The other view is based on narrow inflexible interpretations of ancient religious texts. The United States with its Christian Right and their medieval faith-based agenda is a disquieting anomaly in the present industrialized world — an anomaly that wishes to turn the clock back and undo not only the scientific and democratic revolutions of our time, but also to repeal the Enlightenment.