Friday, May 27, 2005

Discounting Theocracy

Bill Berkowitz's essay "Laura-palooza" has an insightful quote from Max Blumenthal about how the White House is working to dispel concerns about the religious right's theocratic agenda:
"In the wake of the Terri Schiavo debacle, the Republican elite seems to be engaged in a concerted campaign to dispel the notion that its alliance with the Christian right could usher in a theocracy," said Blumenthal. "Their refusal to take the Christian right's stated intentions seriously only highlights their underlying cynicism."

The White House, however, is not alone in its reluctant to take the right's stated intentions at face value. Even commentators expressing concern about the religious right's stealth politics feel obliged to discount the harshest implications of the analogies they draw.

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