Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 16, 2006 - Religion - 304 pages
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David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under George W. Bush, after being policy adviser to John Ashcroft and speechwriter for Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, and Bob Dole. It was a dream come true: the chance to fuse his politics and his faith, and an opportunity for Christians not just to gain a seat at the proverbial table but to plan the entire meal.

Kuo spent nearly three years as second in command at the president's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Yet his experience was deeply troubling. It took both the Bush White House and a severe health crisis to show him how his Christian values, and those of millions of Americans, were being corrupted by politics.

Instead of following the teachings of Jesus to serve the needy, Kuo found himself helping to manipulate religious faith for political gain. Public funds were used in battleground states, for Republican campaign events. The legislative process was used as a football, not to pass laws but to deepen purely symbolic fault lines. Grants were incestuously recycled to political cronies. Both before and after 9/11, despite lofty rhetoric from the president claiming that his faith-based program was one of his most important initiatives, there was no serious attempt to fund valuable charities.

Worst of all was the prevailing attitude in the White House and throughout Washington toward Christian leaders. Key Bush aides and Republican operatives spoke of them with contempt and treated them as useful idiots. It became clear, during regular conference calls arranged from the White House with a key group of Christian leaders, that many of these religious leaders had themselves been utterly seduced by politics.

It is time, Kuo argues, for Christians to take a temporary step back from politics, to turn away from its seductions. Tempting Faith is equal parts headline-making exposť, political and spiritual memoir, and heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political involvement.

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Curious about what happened to compassionate conservatism? David Kuo's memoir explains. The best part of the book is his proposal that people of faith refrain from politics, except for voting, for two ... Read full review

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Even though I widely disagree with the author's political views, I have a deep respect for his honesty and courage in writing this book. It takes a lot of conviction to realize when you are involved ... Read full review


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Just When I Thought I Was Out
Looking in All the Wrong Places
Tripping on Marble
The Last Acceptable Form of Bigotry 53
Struggling to Kneel 69
Swirling 91
Just When I Thought I Was Out 107
Looking in All the Wrong Places 123
Breaking Down Gates of Bronze 135
Tripping on Marble 151
This Is the White House 167

This Is the White House
Sunny Days
Politics Actually
Thats the Way We Do It Baby
Seeing Dimly Seeing Clearly
Fast Lets Fast
Prologue xiii
God Politics and Fishing 1
Odd Fellows 21
Buffalo Hunting 37
Sunny Days 183
Politics Actually 199
Thats the Way We Do It Baby 217
Seeing Dimly Seeing Clearly 233
Reel Life 245
Fast Lets Fast 259
Afterword for the Paperback Edition 271
Acknowledgments 277

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David Kuo served as Special Assistant to the President under George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for numerous conservative leaders, including John Ashcroft, William Bennett, Jack Kemp, Bob Dole, and Ralph Reed. He is the author of the Good Morning America Book Club selection Dot.Bomb: My Days and Nights at an Internet Goliath. He currently serves as the Washington editor of the Beliefnet Web site.

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