The general public, the majority, aren't like us and only want people in office, making the rules, whom believe in generally the same they do. The landscape is now set for a new level of trained discrimination against all others who don't accept the same principles and rules as they, because in this world that apparently is coming apart at the seams (which is what they perceive) the only way to "fix it" is to put into power the ones who will carry the voice of their belief to the top, mandating their principles upon the masses (aka Tea Party). That may sound a little redundant, but it's my eagle eye view of all of it.
If they don't worry you, they should.
Doone is right. Our media is failing us in this avenue.
George Bush was a great example, Cass.
“George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.” - Sam Harris
Check this out.
The film Religulous is ok and worth a look too.