Little Things Mean A Lot
In his fine riff on Time
made reference to a distant relative of mine who helped to get a Democrat elected President in 1884.
The extended quote was: "We are Republicans and don't propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents are rum, Romanism and rebellion."
The Reverend Samuel Dickinson Burchard [1812-1891] was the pastor of a Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1884 when he included those remarks in a speech in support of James G. Blaine, the Republican candidate for President.
After his election, President Grover Cleveland invited the Rev. Burchard to the White House, as near as I can tell the only time such an honor was bestowed on a member of my family.
The Irish Catholics in and around New York City took offense at Rev. Burchard's remarks, especially the many veterans of Civil War, and turned out in force to vote Democratic.
The major stumbling block in trying to talk to "fundamentalists" is that they believe that anyone who does not accept their worldview wholeheartedly is an instrument of Satan. This is why normal people don't understand suicide bombers and other manifestations of fundamentalism. Nothing is beyond the pale for a "true believer".
Welcome to the world of the "Children's Crusade", the Holocaust, the "Cultural Revolution", Jonestown, Waco, 9/11, etc.