Saturday, October 21, 2006

This man is my new hero:

David Kuo was on Bill Maher's show Friday night, and I was totally impressed by what he had to say. He's a Christian Conservative, who was head of Bush's "Faith-Based" programs for several years. He has come out with a book exposing all the lies and hypocrisy of the right wing "compassionate conservative movement," and how they used evangelicals to their own ends (surprise, surprise). His strong advice was for all Christians and Evangelicals to STOP giving money to right-wing political organizations (who only use it for their own ends), and instead to actually GIVE IT TO THE POOR (really!). It was pretty amazing. A call to the religious to get back to their true path: one of humility, of caring for the sick, the disadvantaged, the suffering. Rather than supporting these power-mongering neo-fascist Republicans. You go girl!

Here's a quote from online, about his book Tempting Faith:

"He 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.

In fact, when Bush asks Kuo how much money was being spent on "compassionate" social programs, Kuo claims he discovered the amount was $20 million a year less than during the Clinton Administration."


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3 comments:

aka Leonardo Likes Gulls said...

Peter,

Great post. Thanks for this! I'll put him on my weekly GOLD STAR list! We all need some new heroes these days.

Best,
Kelli R.A.

Pamela said...

Thanks for this.

The Sublibrarian said...

Morning Edition interviewed Kuo on Thursday (10/19).

And, apparently, he was on Fresh Air.

Only caught the Morning Edition interview. It'll be interesting to see if the Christian right pays attention or keeps drinking the kool-aid. Hoping for the former, expecting the latter.