You have to wonder why a book published in 2005 would even have a chapter entitled "Must Women Be Subservient?" But apparently that's an issue for disagreement between evangelical and fundamentalist Christians.
Troublesome as fundamentalist ideas about women's subservience, divorce or the death penalty are, they're a walk in the park compared to the effect fundamentalist beliefs may be having on American foreign policy. Carter writes:
I haven't seen much coverage of Carter's book except at American Pundit. But I think that regardless of how Carter's presidency is viewed, there seems to be agreement that he's a highly ethical person. I don't think he's making this stuff up.
One of the most bizarre admixtures of religion and government is the strong influence of some Christian fundamentalists on U.S.policy in the Middle East. Almost everyone in America has heard of the Left Behind series, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins, twelve books that have set all-time records in sales. Their religious premise is based on a careful selection of Bible verses, mostly from the book of Revelation, and describes the scenario for the end of the world. When the Messiah returns, true believers will be lifted into heaven, where, with God, they will observe the torture of most other humans who are left behind. This transcendent event will be instantaneous, and the timing unpredictable. There are literally millions of my fellow Baptists and others who believe every word of this vision, based on self-exaltation of the chosen few long with the condemnation and abandonment, during a period of "tribulation," of family members, friends and neighbors who have not been chosen for salvation.
It is the injection of these beliefs into America's governmental politics that is a cause for concern. These believers are convinced that they have a personal responsibility to hasten this coming of the 'rapture' in order to fulfill biblical prophecy. Their agenda calls for a war in the Middle East...