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And as for the nation, Americans did just elect the most secular president perhaps in the country’s history. It is, of course, possible that the United States could experience a religious awakening, particularly if partisan polarization and Trump-style ethno-nationalism exhaust enough people.

Why can't critics just base their opinions on the actual show and not something that was on the air in the 90's, namely 90210.

I am not saying the show is without flaws, there are some things that need to be worked out, but I think it's a good show.

To suggest that this is a scenario worth taking seriously because it’s in the realm of possibility is to assume that expressions of public religiosity, regardless of how they are expressed, are automatically negative and something to be opposed.

It’s to imply that conservative Christians are basically akin to totalitarians—or could theoretically become totalitarians—simply because they believe their faith has something important to say about public life and politics.

I’ve been struggling with it because it seems, at times, so plausible, but also so far-fetched.

In creating the fictional Gilead—a theocratic regime that comes to power in the United States after falling birthrates and terrorist attacks lead to mass panic, then a culture of enforced sexual servitude—Atwood was issuing a warning. Yet, something like Gilead couldn’t happen here, in part because it hasn’t happened anywhere.

There is nothing intrinsically illegitimate about citizens of a state having what a liberal considers “bad” views, as long as they express them peacefully and democratically within the framework of the law and the constitution.