Much of American fundamentalism would make any Christian an atheist
Quite frankly, Michael, the United States baffles me. It's become a deeply foreign and, at times, disturbing country. I can't get my head around the culture wars there.
On the one had, I find a kind, tolerant, generous, clever and hospitable people and, on the other, paranoia, bigotry and backwardness. That split is reflected in religion. Many Americans seem to claim that it is a very religious nation - seems to me that it is deeply divided over religion. It's not a split between believers and non-believers. More of a split between the arrogant, assertive, intollerant, politicised extremists and the rest.
My sister is an Anglican in South Africa and goes to the local Anglican church because half the congregation are black and no-one tells her what to think. That's what she feels comfortable with, diversity. Unlike the Dutch Reformed Church locally - all white and with a grudge about lost power and status. (The DRC is known locally as the Dutch Deformed Church, btw).
Fundamentalism is, in my book, a very bad idea but much more dangerous is the politicisation of religion. That is the road to hell. I suppose I could go along with the idea that in England, the established status of the Anglican church is actually the political containment of religion.
What do you think?