Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Friday, June 04, 2004

More on Bush's Interview With Christian Journalists

Christianity Today has an edited transcript up of Bush's WH meeting with several Christian journalists. Two of those present were Marvin Olasky and Father Richard John Neuhaus, discussed below. Here are the others, with some background information:

Sheryl Henderson Blunt - Christianity Today's news editor. Christianity Today is the flagship publication of CTI, founded by Billy Graham.

James V. Heidinger - Methodist minister involved in the Methodist Renewal Movement, which is associated with the Institute for Religion and Democracy. He is also the president of "Good News Ministries."

Deal Hudson - Editor of "Crisis" a conservative Catholic magazine and a friend of Karl Rove. He was Bush's advisor on Catholic concerns in the 2000 campaign and has spoken at the Ahmanson-supported Discovery Institute. Charles Pierce wrote this excellent piece for the Boston Globe Magazine about Hudson and his cronies in the orthodox Catholic movement. Melanie at Body and Soul has more, including Hudson's role in KerryCommunionGate.

David Mahsman - Editor of the Lutheran Witness, the official magazine of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and the Reporter, its official newspaper. The LCMS is an extremely conservative denomination. They believe in biblical inerrancy, predestination and a 6 day creation. This church is NOT the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which is the mainstream Lutheran voice in the US.

Russell Shaw - Orthodox Catholic writer and member of Opus Dei, the super-secretive Catholic organization. Opus Dei has been likened to a cult by many former members due to the use of corporal mortification, isolation and mind-control techniques.

Stephen Strang - Founder of Strang Communications, (site unavailable at posting) which publishes many Christian magazines. Strange is associated with Promise Keepers, another cult-like organization, this one advocating male domination over their wives.

So...where was Babs?

PS I'm off to see Harry Potter with the wee biblios, but I'll post some of the scarier parts of Bush's interview, with commentary, later.