How the Christian Right usurped democracy in America is something that Hedges hints at, but which I think I can elaborate on. Religious extremists in America have always needed an object to vilify, a target for their scorn and self-righteous indignation. Up until 1990 it was the godless communist atheists. Of course, when the Cold War ended and the communist threat evaporated overnight, they needed something new to hate. They soon fixed their sights on liberalism, secular humanism and that pecular theme that really gets conservatives’ blood boiling, “relative morality” (as if there really is an “absolute” version…think “Thou Shall Not Kill”). Ever since then, the Christian Right has been driving the GOP train…at least it was until Boy George derailed it by single-handedly bringing about the End of the Republican Revolution.
However, I have always thought that it was wrong for LDS people to support this type of political religious dominion, and and I feel like the Scriptures back me up on this one:
Doctrine and Covenants 134:9 -- We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government, whereby one religious society is fostered and another proscribed in its spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied.
Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-40 -- 34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—
36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.
37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.