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Ethics Daily has an article today about a new book coming out that claims the Bush White House (mis)used evangelical Christians. The book is Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction by David Kuo. Here are a couple highlights from the article:

According to MSNBC, the White House placated politically ambitious religious leaders with trinkets like cufflinks and weekly conference calls, while adviser Karl Rove derisively called them “nuts” behind their backs.

Kuo says the administration broke promises for faith-based funding and tax credits year after year, while turning the bipartisan faith-based initiative into a political operation.

... The president, meanwhile, Kuo claims, lied to evangelicals about pouring new money into faith-based programs, viewing their potential to “evangelize” voters.

Kuo left the White House in 2003, according to MSNBC, after concluding “it was mocking the millions of faithful Christians who had put their trust and hope in the president and his administration.”

Kuo’s former boss, John J. DiIulio Jr., also quit after seven months on the job in 2001 over disagreement with faith-based politics. He later slammed White House advisers as “Mayberry Machiavellis” in an interview with Esquire.
This is an interesting and important claim. It should make Christians much more careful about making close political alliances. The main goal of politicians is to get elected. The main goal of Christians should be serving God. Those two goals do not always work together. Hopefully, Christians will actually listen to Kuo’s account and think twice before pledging themselves to a particular party or politician.


  1. Hey Brian,

    Here's some more red hot ink for your pen. Now help me vanquish the sword!

    More stunning proof that Christians are easily duped into supporting blatant evil

    The upcoming book titled "Tempting Faith" by former Bush Administration insider David Kuo provides stunning first-hand evidence that the Christian Right was purposely duped into providing pivotal political support by Republican leaders and the Whitehouse. This book and the Foley fiasco are serving to awaken Christians to the undeniable fact that they have been deceived into supporting the evil deeds of duplicitous scoundrels, once again.

    The events of recent years and the several millennia before them have provided us with stunning and comprehensive proof that religion is the chosen and purposeful tool of great deceivers. Whether we view the actions of the Temple priesthood of ancient Israel that conspired with Greco-Roman invaders, the sad and sordid history of the Vatican and Papacy, Christian crusaders and colonizers, injustices by leaders and followers of Islam, the oppression of Palestinians by the State of Israel, or the more recent activities of the so-called Christian Right and Republican Party, religious followers are regularly and easily misled into supporting obvious evil.

    In recent years, I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof of purposeful deception in the canons of all three Faiths of Abraham and struggled to alert people to this and to related upcoming events and situations. Due to "poisoning of the waters" by deluded religious leaders and followers over the centuries, most have greeted my efforts with derision or indifference, thereby failing to pay attention long enough to discern the accuracy of my research and assertions. Starting with the perfectly timed Atlantic hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, a small number of people, some of them in government leadership positions, began to recognize the truth of my conclusions and assertions. The events of the last year-plus, starting with the ramifications from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, have helped to sweep away many of the facades erected by the Bush-Cheney crew and cohorts. Many of their deceptions have been exposed, their greed and arrogance proven, the myth of their competence destroyed, and most recently the depths of their duplicity and hypocrisy have been illuminated by a series of stunning revelations.

    Nonetheless, the so-called Christian Right has continued faithfully supporting them, in spite of mountains of evidence that should have dissuaded any clear-thinking soul. The recent non-stop flood of stunning evidence leaves little doubt that the so-called liberals and the left were 100% correct about the Bush-Cheney crew. Despite assertions to the contrary, conservatives and the Christian Right are now exposed as having arrogantly and foolishly supported blatantly evil scoundrels. We now have proof, beyond disproof, that Republican leaders viewed them as little more than marks and dupes to be milked of their faith, money, political support, and the lifeblood of their son's and daughter's on the battlefields of Bush's and Cheney’s deceptive wars.

    It is a sad but true statement that deceived and deluded Christians are much more responsible for the evils perpetrated by the Bush administration than any other group. They have arrogantly and foolishly supported those who simply pretended to have the same beliefs, even though their deeds provided stark and irrefutable evidence to the contrary. My recent articles and book expound upon the reasons why religious followers are so easily duped into doing and supporting blatant evil. Now the events of recent weeks have provided stunning evidence that these assertions and conclusions are true. Christians and conservatives must now come to grips with the sickening reality of the great harm they have caused to everyone else because of their blind support of scoundrels who merely pretended to serve the Creator to gain wealth and power.

    What then is the purpose of "faith" but to prevent otherwise good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom?

    Here is Wisdom !!

  2. Wow. Interesting. The tongue is trouble. I like your blog. Like a bit in the horses mouth...

    I love you. Keep on blogging and I'll keep reading.

  3. Thanks to both of you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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