From time to time the press or political leaders or both attempt to say there is no war on Evangelicals but conveniently forget or intentionally overlook their very own declarations of war on Evangelicals. I was rummaging through an old computer bag when I came across an August 2004 article I had forgotten about, Former Labor Secretary Predicts Religious War in America :
Robert Reich keeps calling for a war on evangelicals. Does he really mean it? Writing for the liberal magazine The American Prospect, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich calls for a war against conservative religious believers. "The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a belief," he writes.
“The true battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernists; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe their allegiance and identity to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is mere preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe in science, reason, and logic and those who believe that truth is revealed through Scripture and religious dogma. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face.”
That's a remarkable comment, but even more remarkable is that Reich has been calling for—or at least predicting—this war for a long time.
So, if Conservatives and Evangelicals feel like they have a target painted on their back by Progressives, that is because they have. By the way, one can be a Conservative and not an Evangelical. Unfortunately, as we point out in "Is 'Evangelical' Now a Purely Political Term?", the term does not currently have a meaningful definition in part I think, because Progressives hate Evangelicals so much that they will apply the term to anything they see as evil.
(“War on Evangelicals!,” Midwest Christian Outreach Online Newsletter, 11/8/18).