Here are some interesting data posted at AlterNet on the top 10 religious right groups. When you examine this list, especially the budgets of these organizations, it is hard not to conclude that they have considerable support among Christians. What used to be fringe groups have become much more popular among believers and increasingly influential in politics.
If moderate Christians will not denounce these groups, many atheists will conclude that their silence reflects at least some degree of agreement. Do the leaders of these groups speak for you? If not, you cannot afford to remain silent. The unwillingness of moderate believers to oppose these organizations is part of the rationale for Sam Harris' attack on moderate believers as well as extremists. There were parts of Harris' book with which I disagreed, but this was not one of them.
Tags: Christian extremism, Christian, politics, Sam Harris