Bush just using Christians, says former faith office leader

Cross-posted from my blog.

MSNBC has the story, about David Kuo’s new book, Tempting Faith:

More than five years after President Bush created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the former second-in-command of that office is going public with an insider’s tell-all account that portrays an office used almost exclusively to win political points with both evangelical Christians and traditionally Democratic minorities.

The office’s primary mission, providing financial support to charities that serve the poor, never got the presidential support it needed to succeed, according to the book.

He says some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as “the nuts.”

“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,’” Kuo writes.

More seriously, Kuo alleges that then-White House political affairs director Ken Mehlman knowingly participated in a scheme to use the office, and taxpayer funds, to mount ostensibly “nonpartisan” events that were, in reality, designed with the intent of mobilizing religious voters in 20 targeted races.

Hat tip to stranger fruit.

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  • Anonymous

    This article seems to support Shadia Drury’s claim that the neoconservative movement has adopted Leo Strauss’s cynical view of religion:

    There is a certain irony in the fact that the chief guru of the neoconservatives is a thinker who regarded religion merely as a political tool intended for the masses but not for the superior few. Leo Strauss, the German Jewish émigré who taught at the University of Chicago almost until his death in 1973, did not dissent from Marx’s view that religion is the opium of the people; but he believed that the people need their opium. He therefore taught that those in power must invent noble lies and pious frauds to keep the people in the stupor for which they are supremely fit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09654032586064853495 Sheldon

    This makes one wonder if Bush’s religious convictions are genuine. I tend to think they are and that the religious Bush himself is the useful idiot of people like Cheney and Rove? And when according to Bob Woodward Bush under divine providence decided that war with Iraq was a good thing, they thought, “yeah, he’s a nut, but he’s a useful nut”.


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