One of the great American phenomena is the enmeshment of religion and politics. That relationship is never more present than in the Book of Mormon belt where being Republican is a matter of faithfulness. From Southern Alberta down to Arizona being Mormon means listening to Fox news like its a sermon; supporting the NRA like its a mission and loving the Constitution like its scripture.
For Steve Otteson, this was the ideological food that he grew up with. A Mormon boy of pioneer stock who was raised simultaneously without much space between the politics of his region and the religion of his ancestors.
And then one day it all came crashing down; both his political and religious certainties.