I wish I had the clarity to express this as well as my friend Badquaker. I listened to this short article this morning and it struck me that he had perfectly expressed my own instinctive dislike of the agenda of the Religious Right. I urge you to read the whole article, but here is the pull quote for me.
“Currently there’s a push among some very religious folks in the US, demanding the State step in and define marriage. As their confidence shifts from their traditional theology to the theology of State salvation, they enthusiastically abandon the family and the clergy as the guardians of marriage and look to legislators to decide morals. This should be a terrifying thought to anyone who understands the nature of the State, but most terrifying when one realizes that the actions of the State are simply the acts of fanatical individuals with unblinking devotion to a cause and no fear of repercussion.”