Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Rove Responds to Moyers

Ethics Daily has published a story about Karl Rove's response to Bill Moyers' critique of his faith. Here's a quote:

In a comment on Moyers' blog, Deal Hudson, director of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture and former editor and publisher of the politically conservative and Catholic Crisis Magazine, said Moyers owed Rove an apology. Hudson said he e-mailed Rove a copy of Moyers' comments, and Rove sent him the following reply:

"I am a believing Christian who attends his neighboring Episcopal parish church. People have taken out of context a quote in which I express admiration for the deep faith of colleagues that so clearly informs their lives as a statement I am not a believer. I am: just not as good a Christian as some very fine people I have been honored to call friends and colleagues."

Two days after Moyers' comment Rove gave a wide-ranging interview on "Fox News Sunday," during which interviewer Chris Wallace aired a portion of Moyers' commentary and asked Rove to respond.

"I'm a Christian," Rove said. "I go to church. I'm an Episcopalian."
In my opinion, Rove's statements should be taken at face value. Moyers mentioned widespread rumors that Rove was agnostic. Rove disclaimed the rumors.

Moyers owes Rove an apology.


Daryl Cobranchi said...

Only if you think being called an agnostic (or atheist) is an insult.

RonSpross said...

"Moyers owes Rove an apology."

Perhaps, perhaps not. In this article,,
cites "The Architect: Karl Rove and the Master Plan for Absolute Power", where "writers James Moore and Wayne Slater reveal that Rove has told insiders he does not consider himself 'a Christian' ..." I'm not willing to take Rove's statements about anything at face value. Even if this one thing he has said happens to be correct, Rove has a lot more to apologize for than Moyers. The book reveals that Moyers didn't just go around making this stuff about Rove up, which is a lot more than can be said for Rove.

Wendell Franklin Wentz said...

Rove can respond to Moyers all he wants to respond, but the man has no manifestations of grace in his life. If a possee with shotguns and hound dogs were to go forth looking for Christians to kill, Rove would never be touched. The man shows no mercy in designing a war that kills innocent people in Iraq, he thinks the state has the right to take life, therefore he supports capital punishment. He just doesn't show any Christ-like behavior or thinking, and he can be the bishop of his church, yet he doesn't show compassion. The only people who believe Rove are those with their thinking appartus paralyzed.

Wendell Franklin Wentz

Tauratinzwe said...

I prefer to reserve judgement.

I remember the admonition that "by their fruits shall you know them" and will wait to see if any fruit supports the words. I'm a bit slow to accept church attendance as a confirming "fruit" since we were also warned of "wolves in sheep's clothing." Perhaps, like most of us, Rove needs to be better discipled in living an authentic life as a follower of Jesus. I'm not able to determine his true position at this time.

While willing to give the benefit of the doubt, I will keep looking for new fruit.

Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Why should Rove's statements be taken at face value when there have long been reports of other statements, both in private and public, that contradict this? The new testimony contradicts much old testimony? Aren't we always asking journalists to ask hard questions and NOT take suspicious people in power at their word?

Moyers is a very careful reporter who never draws conclusions out loud without numerous sources, first. This isn't like all those people who deny that Jimmy Carter is "really" a Christian because they don't like his politics. Carter has never made statements of agnosticism that undermine his witness; Rove has.

At best, Moyers owes an explanation that leaves the matter open between Rove and God. But if someone doesn't want people to conclude that he or she is agnostic, then they should avoid giving such statements.