RELIGIOUS RIGHT MYTHS
Steven Waldman lists a few in a recent Slate piece. The most amusing:
Myth 5: Most religious extremists are in the GOP. Defining “extremist” as someone on the far end of the religious spectrum, it is true that most fundamentalists are Republican. But what about the other end of the religious spectrum? Statistically speaking, secular people (atheists, agnostics, etc.) are extreme, too, in the sense that they are well outside the public opinion norm. They tend to be Democrats. According to one study 60 percent of first-time white delegates to the 1992 Democratic convention claimed no attachment to religion.
While this takes a bit of rhetorical leeway by redefining a word differently than common usage, it’s a fair point.