To say that the modern-day Christianist movement of Dobson and Robertson is generally no different than that movement of the Reconquesta and conquest of the New World is to ignore the comfort with barbarism in the Old World era.
Most of our discourse around here, in my opinion, ignores the history of man's innate (and I believe, inescapable) barbarism. Which is not to discount his present examples of barbarism in the tucked-away corners of the world where mass media fears to tread (and humanity fears to examine), places like Myanmar, Eritrea, Sudan, Liberia...
While the Christianists of today's world are still evangelical, in that they feel a divine call to action to make everyone believe what they believe, they pursue such zealousness in the legal arena of our institutions. THey only want to put you in jail for defying their order. Cortez and Pisarro were far more brutal. More like, say, Dick Cheney...
There may be a few bombers of abortion clinics, and they may receive a narrow band of support among some enclaves, but one should, I feel strongly, retain a perspective of how bad it's been in past eras. Sure, 2008 is quite different in the arena of political-religious ideology than 1978, but man, it's not nearly as bad as 1508.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label