Stephen Prothero Dismayed By Graham Endorsement and Politicized Christianity
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Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 05:31:19 AM EST
Boston University religion scholar Stephen Prothero has been one of the mainstream media's "go to" religion scholars - all the more notable, his CNN Belief Blog column My Take: Billy Graham and Ralph Reed are putting politics before God, in which Prothero, evincing astonishment at Billy Graham recent, controversial endorsement of Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, walks up to the tacit admission that his assessment of the religious right has been incorrect:

I used to believe that the purpose of the religious right was to infuse American politics with Christian politicians and Christian politics. I no longer believe that. The purpose of the religious right is to use the Christian God for political purposes. Why any Christian, conservative or liberal, can say "Amen" to that is beyond me.

I am perfectly happy to see Reed stump for Romney in Ohio and Graham plump for Romney in an ad in The Wall Street Journal. Just don't tell me they are doing so as Christians. They are doing so as shills for the GOP.

Of course, at the end there Prothero does fall into the all-too frequent trap of believing that the GOP and the religious right are two distinct groups.

But even there, his expression of the misconception is better than usual too - whereas, in the What's the Matter With Kansas model the foot soldiers of the religious right are merely dupes of the supposedly secular GOP (and they lack captains, it would seem), in Prothero's construction they at least get a more active role, as "shills".

I offer a short critique and rebuttal of Thomas Frank's Kansas hypothesis here. I'll be writing on the theme more in coming months.

   This article reminded me of a recent quote from Oliver Bullough, based in London, & writing in the NY Times. It kinda says it all: "Political Christianity has been a 200 year quest to circumvent the divine instruction to love your neighbor as yourself."
    So many televangelists & right wing pastors discovered a gold mine eons ago. Do whatever is necessary to exploit the universal fear of human beings; that being; what happens to us; if anything, after we die. Apart from names & geographical references, I believe the only phrase in the Bible that is 'infallible', & cannot be disputed, says "Remember man that thou art dust, & unto dust thou shall return."
We come into the world with an expiry date; subject to change without notice.

by Bartski on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 01:34:33 AM EST

I am perfectly happy to see Reed stump for Romney in Ohio and Graham plump for Romney in an ad in The Wall Street Journal. Just don't tell me they are doing so as Christians. They are doing so as shills for the GOP. Raspberry Ketone

by maldes on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:01:36 AM EST

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