Here are a few of his points in one essay:
- Religious groups should not ally themselves with a political party.
- The early followers of Jesus were counterculture -- obviously apart from the norm.
- If you oppose abortion on religious grounds, you should also be opposed to torture and the death penalty. These are moral issues not just PR problems.
- The bible contains 2000 references to the poor and our responsibilities to the poor.
- The religious right seems to have allied itself with power and wealth, even adopting a so-called "prosperity gospel".
- The leaders of the religious right have adopted a language of militarism. They viciously attack anyone that does not agree with them. (Karl Rove would be proud.)
- The conduct of an evangelical "roll call of rogues ... makes Bill Clinton's adolescent dalliances pale by comparison".
- Leaders of the religious right seem fearful of pluralism, but pluralism is healthy. These religious extremists seem to want enforced religion -- their type and style done their way.
- Balmer would not make abortion illegal -- he'd make it unthinkable. That requires educating people at home and in church, not at school and not by law.