Since when does “Christian” mean “right-wing fanatic”?

Is the right going to succeed in seizing another key symbol?

Have you noticed that the right wing, having already managed to seize the flag as a partisan symbol, is now well on its way to making “Christian” mean “intolerant right-wing fundamentalist fanatic”? I’m not surprised to see them try it, but I am sorry to see that NPR (perhaps caving in to pressure from its masters at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) is collaborating.

Christianity sure has come a long way since its criminal-coddling days, hasn’t it?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com