John Loftus thinks the liberal churches are "enablers" to fundamentalists.
Given the attention this post has received, I think I better summarize my views as follows:
1. I have no doubt that liberal churches do a lot of good work. But there is a catch, and it can no longer be ignored. But preaching that "faith", that is, belief in the absence of evidence, is a good thing, they open the door to the fundamentalists. As long as they do not get rid of this basic tenet, they are going to be the fig leaf the fundamentalists need, to justify everything they do. As long as faith is, socially, expected to be shielded from critical scrutiny, fundamentalism can grow-like bacteria in a cesspool. Beliefs that are not based on evidence need to be exposed and challenged, not respected, like the liberal churches tell us.
2. Liberal churches are also allies of fundamentalists by providing them the numbers they need. When fundamentalists make claims about the "christian nation" and give you statistics to back it up, they are in fact counting all the congregations of liberal churches. If all of those churches closed down today (because their members have better things to do Sunday morning), it would be a lot harder for the Religious Right to make that claim. Again, whether the church goers agree with the doctrine or not is immaterial here. That is why in this interview, John Loftus, atheist and former fundamentalist christian, tell Rev. Barry Lynn (from Americans United for Separation of Church and State) that he considers liberal churches "enablers" to fundamentalists. I respect Barry Lynn, and I certainly do think that secularists should build bridges with people of faith who have a positive view toward issues of church and state separation. But I don't think this should came at the cost of giving up the idea of skepticism itself. Allies should be allowed to disagree on certain things.
3. There is no question that religion is an enterprise. Liberal religion, as it turns out, is a failed enterprise. Whether that is because religion cannot be sustained without guilt and fear (as I hypothesize) doesn't change anything. What matters is, their shrinking trends will continue, and that is not a bad thing, because ultimately that will harm the fundamentalists as well.
Lastly, my point was not to critique Sara Hippolitus or her post. I only cited one of the commentators who had left a comment on her post, to show how some atheists think liberal religion is a good thing, and why I disagree with them.