Get ready for the year ahead. Judging by the last one, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. One of the biggest reasons for it, in my view, is religious fanaticism, an illness that blows everything out of proportion and halts progress in its tracks.
The distortion of Fundamentalist beliefs—regardless of which religion—is one of the single biggest threats facing our democracy and our freedom. The issue is no longer only sexual and cultural freedom within our own country. The threat of brutal regimes abroad is being used to create an intolerant regime at home and further the goals of war profiteers. Religion is increasingly becoming a death spiral on both domestic and international fronts.