Liberals must be particularly cautious in speculating about the political intentions of religious groups because of their fascination with fanaticism. Fanaticism is one of the most firmly entrenched stereotypes in the liberal mind. The fanatic is the polar opposite of all that the liberal stands for and thus constitutes a particularly delicious enemy. ~Richard Lyman Bushman 
On behalf of the fanatics, I happily agree with that definition.
Query: why does TNR put up an online discussion of an article that can only be read by subscribers? It isn’t going to make anyone subscribe. The beauty of these little online debates is that they generate a lot of attention, which they won’t do if the main article is under veritable lock and key. I would love to comment on what Linker has said about Romney and Mormonism, since I had plenty to say about Linker and Romney last year, but it aint worth the subscription price.change_me