It's been my contention for a while that one of the biggest problems in politics right now is religion. Not religion in and of itself--though I have my issues with that too--but political ideology as religion. As the conservatives and/or Republicans boil themselves down to the hardcore fringe, the line between political ideology has blurred. No, even that's not strong enough. For some people, religion and politics have merged.
Look at the tea bagger rallies for evidence. These people have taken their political beliefs and elevated them to doctrine. And like most religion, the doctrine can be contradictory, radical, and most of all: impervious to logic or debate. Scarier than that, is how religions treat heretics. Transpose in political adversaries, and treat them as though they were opponents of a hardline religion, and you can see the danger for people in the opposing political camps.
Frank Schaeffer warns against fundamentalist christians wanting to harm President Obama