As I bow to Star columnist James Evans’ reverence and sit in awe of his invitation to the White House, I have to say, I think he may be full of the “proverbial bull.” That Evans, the great champion of the separation of church and state, would even accept an invitation to listen to such propaganda is shocking, to say the least. Then he wrote about how “refreshingly nonpolitical” the meeting was and how the president wants the “faith community to intersect with government to promote the common good.”
Evans commented on George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative and how “leery” he was of it at the time and how “right” he turned out to be. Let me get this straight. President Bush was trying to “seduce” religious leaders into supporting his political agenda when he invited them to the White House. But, of course, President Obama would never resort to such tactics, especially in an election year. He only invited “Baptist leaders” to his little tea party to tell you all how wonderful things are under his “regime.” Just ask the Roman Catholic church how wonderfully it has been treated lately.
I really love the part about the “dance between faith and power” and how wonderful it would be if “we can find ways to work within the structures of our political system to create a society that is just and humane.” I hate to tell Evans, but I do think he has been “seduced.”