Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Because many on the Right have devolved into such a rabid ideological state that they no longer see their opponents as simply people with different political ideas. They see them as evil. As traitors. That's what happens when you mix religion and politics, as Atwater did in the 80s in order to get Reagan elected in the South. They let the monster out of the box.
These rabid Right wingers believe in a mythical, anti-historical world of a bygone America full of Christian values and sturdy, protestant ethics. They see their modern opponents though the lens of propaganda: An evil, conniving, communistic, atheistic cabal of traitors intent on the downfall of America and the death of freedom. Do you compromise with such traitorous vermin? Of course not. It's like they are running their own little Riefenstahl film through their heads, 24/7.
I'm not sure why you always try to tie these together, I haven't been inside a church except for a wedding or funeral in over 40 years. I have several right wing friends that have no religious ties what so ever. On the other hand, I know a lot of left wing liberals that are devout Christians or belong to other religious organizations.