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Hi, Andrew—"Off the charts" is an idiomatic expression. When it is in predicative position, as it is here, in your sentence, it does not take hyphens:

  • One factor is that America has always been off the charts in terms of religious fundamentalism.

If, however, you were to use this idiomatic expression in attributive position (as a modifier in a noun phrase), it would need to be hyphenated.

  • One factor is America's off-the-charts religious fundamentalism.
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