11/16/2004

Salon.com | False prophets

Salon.com | False prophets: "The Founders would be appalled at the Bush administration's shameless religious exhibitionism.

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By Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

Nov. 9, 2004 | The witch doctors are shaking their rattles and howling their incantations at the Democrats. It's an affliction borne by any losing party in any post-election season. But their counsel this time is of a special oddity. They're telling this year's losers that they must get right with God.

The question, as usual, is, which God -- or whose? My own religious heritage is Southern, Protestant and biblical, so that by all rights I ought to qualify as an expert on the 'evangelicals' who are said to have rallied in the millions to quell the menace of gay wedlock and to reelect God's anointed man, George W. Bush, and who are even boasting about it. I hasten to add, however, that in my case the overlap ends abruptly with the three qualifications cited above. I am of that allegedly milquetoast tribe of people who still worship from the Book of Common Prayer, where qualifying phrases such as 'those who profess and call themselves Christians' (not, mind you, 'who are...') and 'we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep' abound. Such locutions do not encourage sinners to imagine themselves spiritually superior to others. "

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