I am disappointed in this article and Wil for endorsing it. You speak of the tribally divisive message of Evangelicals as pushing the “us” vs “them” mentality, but that is EXACTLY what this article is doing. Comparing a large and diverse religious group to the Taliban isn’t productive. It’s divisive.
Regardless of any real parallels between the two groups (religious legalism and the belief that it has a role in government, mainly), the group you are critiquing can’t absorb the message. All they hear is “those progressives aren’t happy calling us racists and sexists anymore, now apparently we are the Taliban”, ie. the enemy.
And so they put up even more barriers between themselves and writers outside their conservative shell. They lash back with equally harsh critiques of progressives. Echo chamber walls are reinforced, and the hate grows.
There is a recurring theme in conservative critiques of liberalism: We are hypocrites. We accept and celebrate differences of opinion… up until the point that those differences offend us. Then we lose our sh*t.
Instead, we could tone down the drama. We could stop resorting to hyperbolic insults and predictions of doom, listen a little better, then reach out in a shared language for some actual f******* intelligent and productive debate. Who knows, you might find out that you actually have some things in common. *gasp*