republicans: silly little christians October 16, 2006Posted by Brad Richert in politics, religion.
A new book by David Kuo, a former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, affirms what many political scientists, religious scholars and critical-thinking Christians suspect: the Republican party plays religion into politics to such an extent that they do not have to believe what they preach. The book, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, follows the story of how top-level Republicans such as Karl Rove used Christian organizations to garner support for Republican initiatives, yet at the same time mocking evangelicals behind closed doors. These are interesting revelations, not because it is unbelieveable, but because it is coming from a man that was once White House Deputy Director of the Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As odd as it is that America even has such an office, it does, and if anyone would know what goes on when it comes to religion and politics, it is Mr. Kuo.
Mr. Kuo, however, is not the type of man who is exactly opposed to church and state: he is quite the opposite. Mr Kuo is an honest man though. That is probably the scariest part about it. Mr. Kuo is not attacking the Bush Administration’s use of religion in politics, but rather the blatant two-faced political maneuvering used by people who probably read Plato’s Republic in Philosophy 101 and thought that the religion myth was a great idea for a strong nation. The book hits stores today and I am looking forward to giving it a read. Hopefully those millions of evangelicals that have been voting for Bush/Cheney also plan on picking this book up.
This only furthers what I have always believed. When it all comes down to it, Bush might actually does believe what he says, yet his policies are thoroughly anti-Christian. I believe this is a result of having top-level Republicans making the majority of the real decisions, most likely using Christian rhetoric simply for its pragmatic uses rather than sincere believe. Bush’s faith may actually be sincere, it just does not really matter. Bush and his administration has yet to convince anyone of that there actions stem from Christian values rather than simply imposing Christian rhetoric on neo-conservative “values”.
Regardless, this is not the best time for the Republicans. The House and Senate elections are less then a month away. The President’s approval ratings have slipped to 36% and the Republican party itself has been falling apart for the last two years. Evangelicals must ask themselves whether they continue with the neo-conservative deceivers or the amoral liberals. Expect either an “october surprise” or some terrorist actions of some kind in the next three weeks. That always seems to help the Republicans out.
Sources and more info:
- BBC: Bush aides ‘mocked evangelicals’
- White House: Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
- Los Angeles Times: White House advisers mock, then exploit, evangelical supporters
- Bush’s Ratings