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Wednesday, October 18

When Politics Seduces Faith, by Melissa Rogers

Looks like a good read --

Some Christians are pretty ticked off at former White House official David Kuo right now for what he has written in his new book, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction

In his book, Kuo documents the three years he worked for President George W. Bush (2001-2003) in the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives.

One of the book’s themes is that the White House repeatedly and quite intentionally manipulated faith for partisan political gain.

As Kuo points out, that agenda sometimes appears to be shaped more by ideology or partisanship than Christian principles. For example, the issue of poverty often has been missing from this agenda even though it is unquestionably at the core of Christian concern. Of course, Christians may differ over how to tackle poverty, but it’s legitimate to question a Christian’s silence on issues Jesus addressed again and again.

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