Conservatism appears to be on the wane in the US - particularly the Christian right. According to Will Hutton, writing recently in the Observer, there has been a swing in the cultural pendulum, and conservative christianity is falling out of favour in terms of politics, and secular America is reasserting itself. Those that think that conservative Christians are going to far in imposing their religious values on the country now amount to 49% - up from 45% about a year ago. Indicative of this, a recent best-selling book is creating a stir. "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris 'ridicules religion and ruthlessly exposes the inadequacies of the Bible' by pointing out the parts of the book that advocate stoning and slavery etc. As Hutton also points out, it's indicative that the current Republican front-runner for the presidential nomination - Rudi Giuliani - is a three-time married man who goes on gay rights parades.