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12 October 2006

Faith Based Fictives

Their big success is now their biggest failure
Their golden child has been dethroned
Their reputation is now in ruins
Their tower to heaven has come tumbling down
And all the while
The good Lord smiles
And looks the other way
And looks the other way
-- Pedro the Lion

Last night on Countdown, Keith Olbermann discussed David Kuo's new book, Tempting Faith. In it, Kuo says what many of us have been saying for a long time, that the Bush White House is using Christians to get elected, and nothing more:

Author David Kuo's conservative Christian credentials are impeccable; his resume sprinkled with names like Bennett and Ashcroft. Now, as the Foley cover-up has many evangelical Christians wondering whether the G.O.P. is really in sync with their values, "Tempting Faith" provides the answer: No way.

Kuo, citing one example after another of a White House that repeatedly uses evangelical Christians for their votes — while consistently giving them nothing in return;

A White House which routinely speaks of the nation's most famous evangelical leaders behind their backs, with contempt and derision.

Furthermore, Faith-Based Initiatives were not only stiffed on one public promise after another by Mr. Bush — the office itself was eventually forced to answer a higher calling: Electing Republican politicians.

Kuo's bottom line: the Bush White House is playing millions of American Christians for suckers.

According to Kuo, Karl Rove's office referred to evangelical leaders as 'the nuts.'

Kuo says, 'National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as 'ridiculous,' 'out of control,' and just plain 'goofy.' "
This echoes the comments Tucker Carlson made recently. I wonder if conservative evangelicals will start to wake up, or if they will simply view this as just another liberal plot against them. Could it be that George Bush isn't God's golden boy after all?

And they called Bill Clinton slick.

Comments on "Faith Based Fictives"


Blogger dufflehead said ... (10/12/2006 03:44:00 PM) : 

president clinton got such an illdeserved bad rep that it's just sad.
well, maybe those that gave it to him are getting their just rewards now, to the detrement of us all.


Blogger ninjanun said ... (10/12/2006 07:29:00 PM) : 

I hope you post the next segment when it's available!


Blogger jasdye said ... (10/14/2006 09:52:00 PM) : 

this reminds me of what Malcolm X was saying that black non-violence leaders were saying about their white peers.

i think that's almost ALWAYS the case in politics. nobody gives an f'in' rip about personhood in politics. everybody's politically expedient, what makes us evangelicals think we're any different?


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