I have always Suspected this, hearing and seeing just enough to believe Christians are being duped by Republican leaders (yes, the Dems would have done this if they had the brains), but not having a smoking gun. Well, the smoking gun has arrived to be ignored by the Christian Right and disparaged (just wait). I cannot wait to pick this book up.
The former #2 at the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives in the Bush White House, David Kuo (who has impeccable Republican and Evangelical credentials) tells the story of the way Rove and the Bushies used Conservative Christians for their votes and support, while making fun of them and giving them nothing in return (beyond lip-service, invitations to photo ops and stationary) in Tempting Faith, out next week.
Keith Olbermann got his hands on the book and calls it devastating to the Republicans. Sadly, I think Christians will ignore this sordid tale because their leaders will still get what they want (access to power and stroked egos), while millions of well-meaning Evangelicals are used by cynical politicians that call them Kooks and court them for election purposes, giving them the niceties of a Jesus mention here and a Day of Prayer there, along with speeches to Southern Baptists, Conference Calls with Dobson and government pocket change.
Interestingly, the disgruntled former White House staffer is writing this book because he wants Christians to know they are being used and duped by politicians. I hope we listen this time. Too bad we won't find the book in Christian bookstores, next to The Faith of George W. Bush and Sean Hannity's Deliver Us From Evil.
Pay attention to what this book says. It should be interesting to each side of the divide.
article by Kuo on why faith based initiatives do not work (here)
the story on the book (here)