June 29, 2006

A Christian Political Agenda

According to this article from the New York Times and picked up by the International Herald Tribune, the Christian right has informed the White House that more needs to be done to further their agenda. As Christians, their agenda deals with ending poverty, promoting sound environmental stewardship, ending human rights abuses, etc., right? Well, not exactly.

Instead, the Christian right has decided to focus on banning gay marriage, obscenity (i.e., whatever they don't like), and abortion. So we read that the Council for National Policy feels alienated by the White House because not enough progress has been made on these fronts. It must really hurt when the government decides not to persecute your enemies.

According to this analysis, we are likely to see a period of increasing influence of Christian extremists such as Dobson, Falwell, and Robertson, as the midterm elections draw closer. I hope so. I think it is going to backfire this time. I just can't believe that the American people can really be distracted from Iraq, FEMA, climate change, etc. by a call to bigotry and intolerance. Then again, I've been wrong before.

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