The GOP has now completed its transition from anti-Communism to anti-Islam. Which means that any future Republican president is going to embrace religious war as the guiding principle in foreign policy and treat Muslim-Americans with suspicion bordering on hostility. And that in turn fuels alienation and possible Jihadism in the US. Which confirms the Christianist premise. And so the cycle continues. My view is that the world is too precarious for that kind of bigotry to strut around on the world stage. Those who most exemplify it in the current gaggle of GOP presidential wannabes? Huckabee, Palin, Trump (did I just write that?), Bachmann, Barbour ... well it would be easier to name those not so invested in religious warfare. That would be Romney (so far) and Daniels.More offensive than the masses of ignorant bigots that populate the GOP are all those educated people who are willing to make endless excuses for them as if suffering their hatred, racism and bigotry is necessary to reach some higher good. Apparently like radicalizing America's young Muslim population that has heretofore been peaceful.
You can't have it both ways. You are either opposed to the hatred or you are a part of it.