Friday, April 20, 2007

The Deep Politics of God (Part Twelve): The CNP, Dominionism, and the Ted Haggard Scandal
By Phillip Collins and Paul Collins

The Great Awakening

As the sham of managed partisan conflict is becoming increasingly apparent, more than a few Christians are already realizing that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans can lay claim to the distinction of being "God’s party." Conservative Christian David Kuo, who is former second-in-command of Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, recently published a book entitled Tempting Faith (Larsen, no pagination). In this book, Kuo states that the Bush White House only feigned respect for conservative Christians and exploited the constituency for politically expediencies. The very same evangelical leaders that were courted by the Bush administration were commonly referred to as "nuts" in the office of Karl Rove (no pagination). With painful candor, Kuo reveals that "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’" (no pagination). Evidently, there are many within the present administration that harbor contempt for the community of faith.

However, the deception becomes even more sinister upon closer examination. MSNBC journalist Jonathan Larsen elaborates:

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.

Nineteen out of the 20 targeted races were won by Republicans, Kuo reports. The outreach was so extensive and so powerful in motivating not just conservative evangelicals, but also traditionally Democratic minorities, that Kuo attributes Bush’s 2004 Ohio victory "at least partially … to the conferences we had launched two years before."

With the exception of one reporter from the Washington Post, Kuo says the media were oblivious to the political nature and impact of his office’s events, in part because so much of the debate centered on issues of separation of church and state.

In fact, the Bush administration often promoted the faith-based agenda by claiming that existing government regulations were too restrictive on religious organizations seeking to serve the public. (No pagination)

The illusion is beginning to fade. The message to every Christian should be clear. Just in case there is any confusion, perhaps Revelation 18:4 will help to clarify that message: "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not her plagues." It is time for Christians everywhere to come out of the deep politics of God.

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