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Friday, October 13, 2006

Have Evangelicals Been Duped by Bush???

In his new "tell-all" book, the former deputy director of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, David Kuo, alleges that the office was essentially a tax-payer funded political campaign for Republicans, and the White House used evangelical Christians for their voters, while giving them nothing in return.

From EthicsDaily.com...

Tempting Faith by David Kuo, a veteran of the Religious Right, is scheduled for release on Monday, after the author appears Sunday on "60 Minutes." But MSBNC's "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann obtained an embargoed copy, offering the first glimpses of Kuo's story of disillusionment with politics and the Bush White House on Wednesday and Thursday night.

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 office not only discriminated against non-Christians, he says, but in 2002 decided to hold "roundtable events" that were supposed to be non-partisan but in reality were targeted to help vulnerable incumbents win favor with faith and community leaders. Kuo claims the White House devised a cover-up for the operation, running it from congressional offices instead of campaigns, so it wouldn't look too political. 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."

Read the rest HERE.

Now check out this short clip from The Chris Matthews show where Tucker Carlson claims that the evangelicals have been duped by the elites in the GOP.

Is anyone actually surprised??

HT: Bruce Wilson of Talk2Action and Dr. Bruce Prescott of Mainstream Baptist.

Update on the pulled firetruck post in comment section.


Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

As to the pulled firetruck post...

Extra late night reading and blogging doesn't mix well and thus caused some confusion. I misread a portion of the article. My mistake.

I must admit though, I'm not alone in my original late-night interpretation. I was directed to Newman's article from the Founders Ministries blog, where Dr. Tom Ascole wrote...

"In this Associated Baptist Press article, Beth Newman, Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, VA advocates the use of confetti-spewing firetruck baptistries for children.

Curiouser and curiouser...."

9:01 AM


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