To understand how as a nation we have abandoned our constitutional laws, I encourage people to read the 2006 Platform of the Texas Republican Party (pdf file) . This is a document of extremism put out by arguably the largest and most inflential state political organization in the United States. A thorough analysis will have to wait, but I would like to highlight two statements made on p. 21 of the Platform:
1)" The United States is a Christian nation."
2) "The separation of Church and Sate is a myth. "
So the Texas Republicans identify themselves as primarily a "Christian" organization, and at the same time they have been among the most vocal supporters of President Bush as he secures the right to incarcerate and torture detainees in the Great Crusade against IslamoFascism (aka "The War on Terror").
Unfortunately, the Texas Republicans are hardly alone. A survey from the Pew Research Center shows that a MAJORITY of self-identified evangelical Christians approve of using torture.