Monday, October 23, 2006

Kuo Still Flirting with Temptation

I finished reading David Kuo's "Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction" last night. Melissa Rogers ( HERE, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and HERE) and Fred Clarkson (here) have written some of the best reviews of Kuo's book, so I'll just add a few observations.

The book left me bewildered about David Kuo.

There were sufficient hints throughout the book to conclude that he knew from the beginning that faith-based initiatives always had more to do with politics than with addressing poverty.

Kuo has documented nearly every danger that opponents of charitable choice and faith-based initiatives raised, but he never sees the forest for the trees. He still seems to think it is a good idea.

There are times when I believe Kuo has deliberately obscured the truth about the logic behind much evangelical support for faith-based initiatives. He credits Marvin Olasky's book on The Tragedy of American Compassion for providing the rationale underlying the charitable choice and faith-based initiatives which became the basis for the politics of "compassionate conservatism" (pp. 74-75). Olasky is an unashamed advocate for a Christian Reconstructionist theocracy.

A few pages later, Kuo faults critics of the theocratic thrust of much evangelical politics saying, "Conservative Christian faith did not mean Christian theocracy was a goal." (p. 83) The discussion that followed, however, makes it clear that he knew that what Olasky and other "compassionate conservatives" were advocating "wouldn't pass constitutional muster." (p. 84)

Kuo clearly knows more about the theocratic ambitions of many conservative Christians than he is willing to admit. He needs to be forthright and honest about this and help make clear a distinction between the "compassionate conservatives" who respect pluralistic democracy and the theocrats who are deliberately working to undermine it.

1 comment:

Seven Star Hand said...

Hey Bruce,
This is for you, not for your blog. Digest it and feed its bones to the blind and hungry.

RE:
Kuo clearly knows more about the theocratic ambitions of many conservative Christians than he is willing to admit.

To put this in context, you have to understand both sides of the theocratic coin (of the realm). Religious followers are mostly good people seeking to do and be good. They assume that others who claim the same goals and beliefs have the same outlook on life. The other side of the coin is that national and imperial leaders never truly believe in the religions they wrap themselves in to manipulate subjects. David, like other followers, has been seduced (deluded) by those who have used religion against them. That is why it is called a strong delusion. It's a powerful lure and logic-trap and even after overwhelming evidence that he and others have been deceived, he still thinks GW Bush and others somehow believe in Jesus and that religion is a valid path.

Consider the following:

Daniel 7:25
And he shall speak great words (strong lies, blasphemies) against the Most High, and shall wear out (lie about and misuse) the saints of the Most High, and think to change times (calendars, years, and history) and laws (the Creator?s wisdom): and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (1260 years, same as 42 months, 3.5 years, etc.).

Daniel 11:36
And the king (Vatican/Papacy) shall do according to his will (against the Creator?s will); and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself (vanity and arrogance) above every god, and shall speak marvelous things (infallibility, miracles, and more!) against the God of gods, and shall prosper (grow rich and powerful) till the indignation (Justice, Armageddon, Judgment) be accomplished: for that, that is determined, shall be done.

Daniel 11:37
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers (predecessors, ancient Hebrews), nor the desire of women (...), nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

Daniel 11:38
But in his estate (Vatican City) shall he honor the god of forces (Baal/Belial/Satan/Lucifer, etc.): and a god (Jesus Christ) whom his fathers (Hebrew predecessors) knew not (never existed) shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.

Daniel 11:39
Thus shall he do in the most strong holds (power centers of hidden knowledge) with a strange (false) god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them (three Faiths of Abraham) to rule over many, and shall divide the land (create nations and cause conflicts) for gain (power and riches).

AND

Zechariah 3:9
For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, said the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Zechariah 4:2
And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

Zechariah 4:3
And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

Zechariah 4:4
So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

Zechariah 4:5
Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zechariah 4:6
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by force, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

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