Thursday, August 4, 2011

Politics and Religion Do Not Mix

So concludes David Sehat at the Oxford University Press blog.

Not stating the obvious, but his central point (thanks again to Sullivan) is:

That evangelicals have been so disappointed with the presidents they elect suggests that politics might not be the best avenue to achieve their aims. Politics demands compromise and conciliation that counter evangelical calls for purity.

The very suggestion that some Christianist Republicans make, which is to say in some fashion that Jesus would balance the budget or cut taxes the way they want to, hints to me that perhaps it's near time that someone they respect pays the price for their sins. Who's it gonna be?

Money quote from the piece, out of the mouth of the O.G. Christianist, Billy Graham, long after he realized how wrong he'd been to suck up to political power to spread his brand of gospel: "The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it."

Hear that Newt? Michelle? Sarah? Mitt? Rick? Herman? Perry?

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