Sunday, March 19, 2006

Kevin Phillips on the American Theocracy

The New York Times reviews reviews American Theocracy by Kevin Phillips. A major question many critics of George Bush have is to what degree he actually believes the things he says. Phillips addresses this with regards to religion:

Prophetic Christians, Phillips writes, often shape their view of politics and the world around signs that charlatan biblical scholars have identified as predictors of the apocalypse — among them a war in Iraq, the Jewish settlement of the whole of biblical Israel, even the rise of terrorism. He convincingly demonstrates that the Bush administration has calculatedly reached out to such believers and encouraged them to see the president’s policies as a response to premillennialist thought. He also suggests that the president and other members of his administration may actually believe these things themselves, that religious belief is the basis of policy, not just a tactic for selling it to the public. Phillips’s evidence for this disturbing claim is significant, but not conclusive.


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