The writers over at Upshot are saying that being against the idea or actuality of the separation of church and state is considered positive in today's radical conservative circles. What would 1964 Republican candidate Barry Goldwater say about all of this?
Well, he was a fiscal conservative. But the social crap weighing down the Republican Party? Here is what Goldwater would have said about these folks.
"I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process."
"The religious factions will go on imposing their will on others."
"I don't have any respect for the Religious Right."
"Every good Christian should line up and kick Jerry Falwell's ass."
In your heart, you know he's right.