During a discussion with friends on the issue of the religious right to discriminate, I posted:
The Religious Right has a point in that early American colonies, especially those of the Pilgrims, were solidly based upon the right to jail, whip, imprison and otherwise suppress all who did not believe exactly as they did. Even minor doctrinal differences could result in brutal punishment. The Religious Right wants that "freedom" back.
Today, they are desperately employing every tool they have and are burning up all their resources to try to turn the tide. They have lost the cultural wars and know it. These seeming victories are their swan song which makes them ever more unpopular as they try to regain their former position. Gay rights were once unthinkable, but are now the norm. They are in exactly the same position as the segregationists were in the 1960's. They seemed to to be winning, but only on the surface.
Think about the 80's. The ultra religious were crowing about how they had taken over government. Today all they do is howl about how America has betrayed them.