August 23, 2005
Creating tomorrow's theocrats
I don’t think this was what the Founding Fathers had in mind:
WASHINGTON — In the blue and gold elegance of the House speaker’s private dining room, Jeremy Bouma bowed his head before eight young men and women who hope to one day lead the nation. He prayed that they might find wisdom in the Bible — and govern by its word.
“Holy Father, we thank you for providing us with guidance,” said Bouma, who works for an influential televangelist. “Thank you, Lord, for these students. Build them up as your warriors and your ambassadors on Capitol Hill.”
“Amen,” the students murmured. Then they picked up their pens expectantly.
Nearly every Monday for six months, as many as a dozen congressional aides — many of them aspiring politicians — have gathered over takeout dinners to mine the Bible for ancient wisdom on modern policy debates about tax rates, foreign aid, education, cloning and the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Through seminars taught by conservative college professors and devout members of Congress, the students learn that serving country means first and always serving Christ.
… That puts them at the vanguard of a bold effort by evangelical conservatives to mold a new generation of leaders who will answer not to voters, but to God.
Well, there goes the constitution. Along with women’s reproductive rights, scientific progress, evolutionary theory, the education system, individual freedom, and pretty much every other aspect of progressive democracy the U.S. once stood for. In its place: the United States of Afghanistan, brought to you by America’s Taliban.
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