Here we go again with the wise cracks about republicans - as if we all believed the exact same thing politically and otherwise. Even if there were no republicans besides me in the group (which I know is not true), it's uncalled for. I know it's sometimes done with the intent of humor, but often I for one don't find it very funny. Some here seem to assume Republican = Religious Right, which is obviously not the case for any of us in the group. I actually lean Libertarian, and know others here do as well, but as a practical matter often vote republican-- mostly because of my belief in small government, low taxes, and high regard for self-reliance and personal freedoms, and because voting Libertarian in presidential elections essentially throws your vote away. I don't think it would be appreciated if I or others made wisecracks and negative blanket generalizations about Democrats, so let's play fair. By the way, although there are proportionally more
Republicans than Dems among fundamentalists, both parties are dominated by believers of one sort or another. In fact, traditionally the Catholic Church and some other denominations have been dominated by Democrats. I for one don't regard Catholic beliefs and practices as any more rational than those of fundamentalists, and some even loopier, such as praying to Mary and "saints," believing the host and wine during Communion/Mass are Jesus' literal body and blood.