Dear God.

The latest Gallup Poll shows a significant shift away from Republican House candidates among religious white voters.

Religious Whites Disproportionately Shift Away from GOP
Change could reflect impact of Foley situation

The loss of support for Republican House candidates shown in the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll occurred disproportionately among religious white voters as opposed to less religious whites and nonwhites. At this point, religious whites are equally as likely to say they will vote Democratic as Republican, a marked change from their strong tilt toward the Republicans in surveys conducted June through September.

I wonder if it might be because of this:

More than five years after President Bush created the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, the former second-in-command of that office is going public with an insider’s tell-all account that portrays an office used almost exclusively to win political points with both evangelical Christians and traditionally Democratic minorities.


Entitled “Tempting Faith,” the book is not scheduled for release until Oct. 16, but MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” has obtained a copy. “Tempting Faith’s” author is David Kuo, who served as special assistant to the president from 2001 to 2003.

Kuo says some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical leaders were known in the office of presidential political strategist Karl Rove as “the nuts.”

“National Christian leaders received hugs and smiles in person and then were dismissed behind their backs and described as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘out of control,’ and just plain ‘goofy,’” Kuo writes.

This comes as no surprise to me. Because despite all his self-righteous evangelical bullsh*t, George Bush has about as much in common with Christ as Saddam Hussein had with Osama bin Laden.

I am hopeful that more Christians will open their eyes and come to grips with the fact they they've been played as chumps by the Bush White House. Maybe then we can get refocused on a world shaped by what Jesus would actually do instead of what King George thinks he would do.

If half the Christians in North Carolina switched from supporting the Party of Torture and Perverts, that would be all she wrote.


I plan to buy the book

after I buy Saving Graces. Katie's birthday is taking my spare change from this month.

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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

This is the book

Larry is referring to as he calls out AWOL George on his manipulation of Christians and churches.

N.C. Biblical Recorder editor's view

Some of my Southern Baptist friends and acquaintances never closed their eyes. The editor of the N.C. Biblical Recorder is one of them. He blogged about David Kuo's book on Saturday, concluding:

The only thing surprising about the book, however, is that someone as high up as Kuo was willing to tell the inside story. It will be a bitter pill to swallow for leaders of the religious right to realize that they have been played like a drum, but it should come as no surprise that when politics and religion mix, the politicians always want to call the tune.


Kuo was on 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl last night. He took her to a conference of evangelicals. Of all the information on display none of it was about helping the poor.