First, a comment on the political process, from here:
Groupthink is to politics what incest is to British royalty. It will always be a part of the process, but if it gets too intense for too long, it can produce some real monstrosities.
And then, a cogent observation about religion in the comments to this post:
It seems imperative to me that Christians who have read past Leviticus not cede the word "Christian" to those who haven't.