we can trace the blame to the unwitting teachings of charles hodge and his immediate predecessors in the late 19th century for unconsciously setting in motion a series of circumstances that would change amerbican theological dynamics that would mix toxicly with particular political climates and eventually develop the conservative political landscape we see today. people simply don't realize that the evangelicals haven't been a truly vocal, powerful force until the past 20-30 years, and during that time everything has changed.
i can't cite you a direct source that corroborates that narrative (not because there isn't one but because i haven't looked) but i think it's a strong case to be made.
I agree. Every major religion promotes tolerance far more than hate. With the perversion of religion as a political tool in the industrial era (and numerous other eras throughout history) religion becomes a weapon to manipulate the masses to justify all manner of atrocities.
The problem we see today is the subtle use of this tactic. This is far more dangerous than overt tactics used in the Crusades for example.
Our supposed religious leaders convince their flock to hate platforms and ideas that they (or their employers) have an agenda to suppress. By inserting religion they are able to ramp up a fanatical hate filled fervor against any idea that suit their personal world view.
These tactics have served to polarize the populace and all but eliminate compromise and cause people to forget that we are far more alike than alien to one another.
It frightens me to think of how great a stressor will have to be to once again convince the people to work towards a common goal.