Faith and Politics

I liked this 5 minute Hardball interview with, one-time Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, David Kuo.

According to Wikipedia, Kuo's book Tempting Faith is a political and spiritual memoir of his time in Washington working with the so-called "religious right". The book received attention primarily because of his assertion that President Bush's "compassionate conservative" promises were never fulfilled and used for primarily political purposes — a claim that was echoed by John DiIulio but was denied by the White House. He also claimed that the Bush administration used Christian voters while simultaneously ridiculing Christian political leaders.

With all of the faith-talk being proliferated during this election season, I think that Kuo's perspective is something that we should consider as we listen to what the candidates are saying about faith.

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