In the latest issue of The Nation, Eric Alterman tackles the conservative hijacking of religion in American political discourse. Amongst many interesting issues, Alterman raises the idea that liberals are to blame, in part, for giving conservatives the field by abandoning traditional economic and political radicalism for what he calls the "politically suicidal" cultural radicalism of the 60's. I think it goes further than that and will be going into greater detail soon. At the moment, however, I am reminded of my own foray into explaining religious liberalism and the response I received. From religious liberals themselves, an outpouring of gratitude that someone had finally acknowledged their existence. From the "secular" or atheistic left, an attack on my ideas (fair game, of course) and on me personally as a "supporter" of the "oppressive" agenda of religion (I'll link to this soon if it's still up, but haven't been able to find it yet. I'm virtually "evil incarnate"!). It seems to me, and this is all just a preliminary rant, that the vocal minority who take the virulently anti-religion stance a.) know very little about religion and b.) are the left's version of the religious wackjobs that plague the right. Extremism is extremism. Should we liberals be clearing the crazy relatives out of our own attics? More soon.