We're not facing an increase in extremist thinking necessarilly, just an increase in the volume of the extremists.
TIME, Having Faith: What Both Hitchens and Fundamentalists Don’t Get About Religion, is a “can’t we all just get along” critique of fundamentalism in all of its forms. Opening with a messy interview with Evangelical David Canton (the guy that demanded Lowe’s pull their ads from the TV show, All-American Muslim) he characterizes the man as a bigot and an Islamophobe (which he is), but expresses amazement that a huge company like Lowe’s would cave to it. He’s critical of all fundamentalists because they take too literal a translation of religion, proscribing their stigma (stigmata?) on anyone that conveniently carries the label. He’s wrong to be surprised by Lowe’s, Canton, or Christopher Hitchens, the so-called “Angry Atheist”. Here’s why.