Why am I spending time talking about politics and economics when the subject of this blog is agnostic atheism? Am I getting off subject?
In a simple one-word answer, NO!
In twenty-first century America, politics is religion and religion is politics. They are so intertwined that it is virtually impossible to tell where one ends and the other begins.
The Tea Party branch of Republicanism is especially intertwined with religion. Bachmann, for example, got her advanced (?) education at an ultraconservative religious school that is far more pernicious than Ambassador College ever was.
You really cannot be a tea partiest, and to a lesser extent, a Republican without passing a religious "litmus test." Only in the Democratic or Libertarian party, or as an Independent, can a non-religous person find a true haven. That's why the Democratic party's support throughout the "Bible Belt" is so low. Voting Democratic is seen as being unchristian.
Religion has taken over and corrupted politics in this country, and it's hard for me to understand why. We once were the most progressive country in the world. Now, we are mired in superstition and faith-based nonsense and fast becoming the laughing stock of the enlightened Western world.
There is no real separation of church and state in the US today. Ronald Reagan started it off and the Bushes continued it with their insidious "faith based" preaching.