Well, turns out they're gaining more power than I had thought.
Check out this recent episode of "Dispatches" titled "In God's Name" on YouTube.
(It's broken up into five parts, here's the playlist with all the videos included.)
So I'd heard about the faith schools, and the anti-Muslim nuts, but seeing it on video really brought it home. Where am I supposed to go now if the US really does become JesusLand? Truly it's just like Tears for Fears said: "It's a Mad World..."