Saturday, October 28, 2006

Interesting

In the "you can't make this stuff up" category:
A more colorful manifestation of the evangelicals disillusionment than the poll is the sermons of Houston-based evangelical preacher K.A. Paul. Here are some of the things he is running around the country saying about Iraq:

' The Houston-based preacher said he believes that the Bush administration has delayed the second coming because U.S. foreign policy has blocked Christian missionaries from working in Iraq, Iran and Syria. . . "Somebody needs to say enough is enough," he said to worshippers who stood, waved and called out in support. . . Paul, who claimed to support conservative political leaders in the past, is launching "a crusade to save America from the wrath of God and Republicans abusing their power," according to his press materials. . . "God is mad at this country," Paul told the congregation. He described the war in Iraq as "unnecessary genocide."


Can you say, "amen!" and "halleluja!"?
You read that correctly: there's an evangelical preacher who's contending that the Iraq war is bad for the soul saving business, and that the much-prayed-for Second Coming of Christ has been delayed as a consequence - further, the GOP is to blame.

Anyhoo, the article is filled with interesting tidbits about the decreased support that the evangelical Christian community gives the Iraq war debacle, and how that may effect the GOP efforts to maintain a Congressional majority in either house this year. As I noted a few days ago, the evangelicals tend to be among the most authoritarian of voters, and as such had been among the most politically alienated until the GOP began courting them in earnest a couple decades ago. If they feel like they've been punked by the same party that they've given unyielding support all this time, they may start to generally go back to their previous nonvoting ways this November.

The same article also opens for discussion the role that the mass media in the US play in supporting the ruling political party, and how election seasons tend to temporarily allow for a narrow range of opposing viewpoints to make their way into our homes and into our churches.

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