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Jesus Was No GOP Lobbyist
By Jack Hitt
The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday 26 April 2005
A tortured version of his message is being marketed for political gain.
What would Jesus filibuster? The question is bizarre, of course, but the fact that many prominent religious and political leaders believe that there is an answer surely marks our time as pretty strange.
How quickly it has all happened - that the media, particularly television, has convinced itself that Christianity is little more than a Republican political action committee. When the pope died, CNN's Wolf Blitzer introduced former Clinton aide Paul Begala and right-wing pundit Robert Novak this way: "Bob is a good Catholic; I'm not so sure about Paul Begala." At the bottom of the screen, CNN ran an informative factoid for the audience: "Many Catholic doctrines are conservative."
Broadcast media prefer to cast Christianity in the role of "right-wing values PAC" because it's so neat and tidy. They don't much like even to say the name Jesus on air because then we might have to talk about his ideas. "Evangelical Christianity" is much simpler because you can treat it as just another special-interest group, like the Teamsters or the neocons.
Leaders such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and James Dobson have used the media to redefine Christianity as the "Republican base" - all between commercials hawking family-values videotapes or pleading for more contributions.
Originally posted by Amethyst
Well, I'll tell you what--if Bush actually obeyed God, he wouldn't be conducting an illegal, unconstitutional war based on lies. He'd obey the Constitution (God gave us governments--and ALL have to play by the rules).