Originally Posted by Wonderment
You may be right about what explains religious experience, but that's not the point. The point is whether you apply a double standard to left-wing theists and right-wing theists.
For example, when Barack Obama says, "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life...."
...you give him a pass (or worse, you assume he's lying). If Bush said that you'd take it at face value and call him loony tunes.
I think you need parse what I've said, so far. I don't make direct political distinctions with regard to religion. I make distinctions based on whether I have a problem with particular beliefs and practices.
I do think that there are more loons among the Republicans, right now - but I think that's happenstance, because that party made a strategic decision that embracing a class of religious believers was in its interest. But that's not the same as what you're accusing me of.