Over the last few years the religious right, rumored to be in decline, has receded from American secular consciousness. But amidst the current government shutdown, some of the more astute political analysts on the left, such BillMoyers.com producer Joshua Holland and the The Nation's Lee Fang are beginning to point out that, respectively, 1) today's Republican Party has, by objective measures, become truly radicalized and, 2) the main force behind the current government shutdown is the religious (and largely Christian) right.
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Below is Bruce Wilson's video of Sentors Ted Cruz and Rand Paul being blessed, by conservative evangelical clergy, with protection against opposition. The blessing didn't seem focused on the senators doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with their god.