Friday, August 17, 2007

Moyers on Rove's Resignation

Bill Moyers will comment on Karl Rove's resignation this evening on PBS. Raw Story has posted a preview. Here's a quote:

At his press conference this week he asked God to bless the president and the country, even as reports were circulating that he himself had confessed to friends his own agnosticism; he wished he could believe, but he cannot. That kind of intellectual honesty is to be admired, but you have to wonder how all those folks on the Christian right must feel discovering they were used for partisan reasons by a skeptic, a secular manipulator. On his last play of the game all Karl Rove had to offer them was a hail mary pass, while telling himself there’s no one there to catch it.
Richard Land has been on a weekly conference call with Rove for the past six years.

Was Land duped by this "secular manipulator," or was he spending all that time trying to witness to Karl?


RonSpross said...

I frequently point out to my fundamentalist Republican (unfortunately a redundant phrase) friends that, contrary to what they may imagine, much of the political agenda of the religious right is crafted by cynical, secular non-believers who have experience and knowledge of their religious point of view, but do not share it. This observation suggests that much of the difference between what political campaigns have been about and what we might euphemistically refer to as governance has been about is understandable and to be expected.

Tauratinzwe said...

I've argued for years that it is not the Christian Right taking over Republican politics, but power hungry politicians manipulating naive power hungry christian leaders. Who really believes Paul Pressler's capture of the SBC was based on genuine religious convictions rather than a ploy to broaden a right wing political base?

In the past year more and more people on the right are admitting what's going on.

paradigm said...

Whether it's politicians using the Christian Right, or the Christian Right using politicians.

It's clear there is a feedback an interplay between the two.

Remember that during the Inquisitions, there was a separation of powers. There were religious authorities and secular authorities.

If a member of the secular authority forgave a heretic, he would in short order be labeled a heretic himself or in our case "voted out."

The very fact that the religious organizations here are embedded into the political fabric is a problem.

More dangerous is that the world-view they have is that of "The one who makes peace between Israel and its neighbors is the anti-Christ." No one in the democratic or republican parties is interested in being identified as the anti-Christ. What does that mean for peace?

Rick Byrne said...

The Moyers Blog has posted a letter from Bill Moyers to Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday, where Karl Rove was shown a clip of Moyers' comments about Rove's resignation.

Stinger said...

"discovering" - they only just now figured it out? Is there really anyone who ever believed that Karl Rove is a Christian?

BAC said...

Was Land duped by this "secular manipulator," or was he spending all that time trying to witness to Karl?