It has taken a long time for evangelicals to catch on. Kuo's book is SO important in helping this powerful group understand that they have sold their beliefs, principles, and integrity for ashes. I'd like to think some of them, at least, will take this as a wake-up call to return from lusting after power and wealth to the Christian agenda of service to man and God.
Earlier this year, David Kuo, who worked in the White House's faith-based office, blasted the initiative in a beliefnet.com column, as woefully under-funded. In that column, Kuo, however, noted that Karl Rove and other political strategists have long seen the political benefits of faith-based initiative. The Times piece says millions of dollars from the Compassion Capital Fund have "gone to minorities in Democratic strongholds, like the Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee, whose pastor, Bishop Sedwick Daniels, a longtime Democrat, switched his support" to Bush in 2004.
For Dotted Line: AMEN INDEED!!! I'm glad that Bush and Rove refer to the Christian Right as "NUTS". This is good news. At lesst they are not as blind and irrational as I thought they were. On the other hand the hypocrisy of it all! I am fully aware that BOTH sides do this sort of thing because it brings in the votes. I wish to God though (no pun intended) that both sides would stand up to extreme groups that lobby for power and influence. Just say no. But they won't because of the almighty vote!
I am reminded of a remark made by a character in an SF book. He is a Roman from 2000 yrs ago placed in modern day Rome. He looks up at the edifice of St Peter's and says, "Oh, no, this is not the fisherman, this is Rome!." I feel the same way whenever Bush & Co. take on the cloak of the religious to mask the work of the moneychangers.
Christian Conservatives have been in a "State of Denial" over Bush's perported devotion to them; now they feel betrayed, and though this book may not make them vote Democratic, it will certainly make many of the sensitive CCs stay away from the voting booth.
Amen! The bible says, man cannot serve both God and mammon. The Jerry Falwell, James Dobson crowd need to really ponder what this means. For they are guilty of trying to serve both. In trying to serve mammon, they have become deceivers. They endorse bush's every evil and anti-Christian doctrines. For example, the ten commandments tell us to not bear false witness. It does not say, do not bear false witness except for if it's Saddam and you want to get your war on. The Beattitudes tell us, 'blessed are the peace-makers for they shall see God.' It does not say, 'blessed are the war-mongerers...'
Bush and the Falwell crowd crow about how we are fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them over here. They skipped over the part of the Bible that tells us, 'pride goeth before the fall.' In other words, what part of scripture tells us that it's okay for us to be so proud that we say in order to preserve our country, we will tear another country (that never did us any harm) asunder, turn it over to barbarians and kill over 100k of it's innocents so that our country will remain safe? And then claim that we have the "moral authority!" I cry for my country.
Prior to Roe v. Wade, the political focus of many Christians was help for the poor, compassion for the opressed and imprisoned and working toward world peace. Christians and their clergy were leaders in the fight for civil rights and in protests against the war in Vietnam.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court's decision had the unintentional and unforseeable effect of shifting the political focus of many of these good people. Though all their other beliefs would have them voting for more liberal candidates, the taking up of this cause by conservative candidates was enough to their votes.
The saddest part of this is that I now hear many Christians speak of the poor and the imprisoned with contempt, and supporting the unfounded, unjust and futile war in Iraq without question. Where in the bible does Jesus advocate patriotism?
I hope that recent events coming to light will lead to a return by Christians to those other causes for which the gospels give so much evidence of Jesus' passion. Respect for life should include respect for all life - including the already born, and yes, even including our enemies.