When I read your question, I immediately thought of something wonderful Margaret Silf said during a recent talk to us at the Press, “If you think you’ve arrived, you’re in a cul-de-sac.”
Fundamentalists project a great deal of certainty and, when they venture into the political arena, tend to offer what can look like simplistic solutions to complex issues.
A therapist once told me that anger is always a front for fear. I look at the political and religious antagonism in our society and conclude that a lot of us live with a great deal of fear and uncertainty in our lives. It is natural that some of us want to turn to strong, self-assured and (seemingly) doubt-free leaders. This is a phenomenon that shows itself with “liberals” as much as with “conservatives” and among Catholics as much as with Protestant denominations.
My take, and it is only my opinion, is that it requires more courage and real faith to take an uncertain, searching, humble and anger-free approach to both religious and political matters. I’d rather be stumbling along an unknown road than safely cooped up in even the nicest cul-de-sac.