Evangelical religious leaders, including Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, are pushing for “humane” immigration reform. Moved both by their reading of Biblical morality and by the presence of immigrants among their congregations (Land estimates that there are half a million Southern Baptists of Latino heritage, most of them from Mexico, and 40 percent in the country illegally), evangelicals look set to raise their profile on this issue.But wait, aren’t evil “Christianist” bigots in control of the Republican Party? And aren’t they out to extinguish the last flickering embers of freedom as the darkness of fundamentalist bigotry falls relentlessly across the land?Of all the feverish nightmares that keep jumpy lefty journos up at night, the specter of fundamentalist totalitarianism is perhaps the least credible. As state after state legalizes gay marriage while evangelicals call for more human immigration laws, left wing paranoia about the destruction of American freedom by an enraged army of super empowered Bible thumpers seems more laughable by the day.2012 is going to be an ugly election year in which both parties will try to use fear to mobilize support; Dems will campaign against theocracy and Gopsters against dark atheist plots. Let’s hope the electorate keeps a cool head.