Excellent piece. Thank you. Yeah, I had a period of magical thinking/indoctrination, and it is very powerful indeed. And I often wonder how brainwashed I might be now with liberal ideas. So important to watch what we read and to whom we listen.
I loved your humility in the following paragraph and the one before it ... I too have found many evangelicals to be the kindest, most loving people; in fact, they saved me from the worst of my own more radical brainwashing.
Finally, we liberals shouldn’t feel too smug right now; confirmation bias affects everyone; we are all, therefore, prone to disregard inconvenient facts. That truth doesn’t excuse violent insurrection, but it should remind us to always challenge the party line, especially when we agree with it.