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Hillary Clinton's Involvement in the Christian Right

Posted by libhom Saturday, March 29, 2008

This is really depressing, but it explains a lot.

From Mother Jones 9/1/07.

It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal?

After a glancing shot at Republican "pharisees," Clinton explained that, of course, her "very serious" grounding in faith had helped her weather the affair. But she had also relied on the "extended faith family" that came to her aid, "people whom I knew who were literally praying for me in prayer chains, who were prayer warriors for me."

Such references to spiritual warfare—prayer as battle against Satan, evil, and sin—might seem like heavy evangelical rhetoric for the senator from New York, but they went over well with the Sojourners audience, as did her call to "inject faith into policy." It was language that recalled Clinton's Jesus moment a year earlier, when she'd summoned the Bible to decry a Republican anti-immigrant initiative that she said would "criminalize the good Samaritan...and even Jesus himself." Liberal Christians crowed ("Hillary Clinton Shows the Way Democrats Can Use the Bible," declared a blogger at TPMCafe) while conservative pundits cried foul, accusing Clinton of scoring points with a faith not really her own.

Read the full article.

It's a good thing I know about it now, but wish it got bigger play in the corporate media at the time. (No, I'm not surprised that they pretty much ignored it.)

 

1 Responses to Hillary Clinton's Involvement in the Christian Right

  1. Christopher Says:
  2. The Borg Queen was, is and always will be, a DINO Dem at best and a conservative Repug, at worst.

    She sees the world in conservative absolutes: good v. evil, right v. wrong, up v. down, Christian v. Muslim.

    Hillary is a very dangerous woman and her alliances with the likes of Lieberman, McCain, and Feinstein, should make even her most ardent supporters pause and reconsider.

    Her recent appearance on the 700 Club, showed a woman very comfortable surrounded by the constraints of religious dogma and these views clearly inform her world view.

     

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