This article on Salon.com today — What would Falwell do? — is well worth reading.
One of my grad students delivered a seminar yesterday discussing the role of religion in education generally, and specifically in relation to science education. He and I are both church-attending Christians (although my perspective is a little more complicated than that), but it was really interesting to both of us to recognise that, for those of our colleagues who aren’t themselves involved in churches, ‘Christianity’ is defined in terms of the Religious Right. If you get your religion news from the media, that’s unsurprising, but it’s deeply troubling.