Sunday, January 22, 2006

There are christians, then there are theofascists

Why christians should care:

Christians learn from the Bible to influence their beliefs and behavior. Theofascists rewrite the Bible to match their beliefs and behavior.

New Socialists: Evangelicals have risen as a political force, with the savvy to shape American public policy

Would God cut taxes? What does the Bible say about food stamps? Is a Christian serving the Lord if he fails to protect the environment?

All across the country, conservative evangelicals are re-evaluating what it means to be a Christian and their soul searching, evangelical leaders and scholars say, has the potential to fundamentally reorder the federal government's priorities and trigger seismic shifts in the Republican and Democratic parties.

"Never before has God given American evangelicals such an awesome opportunity to shape public policy," the National Association of Evangelicals declared in a manifesto of sorts called "An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility." With evangelicals accounting for a quarter of the electorate, it says, "Disengagement is not an option."

But this isn't your father's Moral Majority.

The newly recognized wave of evangelical social activism remains committed to the sanctity of life, the preservation of marriage and protection of the family. But it is far more progressive socially than the Religious Right juggernaut that emerged as a conservative — and wholly Republican — political force a generation ago.

These evangelic activists believe that serving God also means acting on a "biblically balanced agenda" that would, among other things, erase poverty, trim tax cuts for the rich and protect the environment.

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