Phillips’ book has been the center of attention for several weeks now as he claims the Republican Party is edging toward theocratic government. Phillips, a former Republican strategist, warns that
“As the religious imprint on the Republican Party grew,” Phillips says, “there was an increase in the blurring of the lines between the church and the state.” And he warns of President Bush’s “odd view of himself,” claiming that the President possesses an “egocentricity verging on messianic self-appointment.”
James Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, resigned this week, but the news was barely reported. In his remarks he calls critics of the faith based initiative “secular extremists” – to which
“The faith based initiative is the perfect example of what is wrong at the intersection of politics and religion today,”
Hollyn Hollman, General Counsel at the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, joins
“We’re going to see that a lot of harm has been done and the office has been counterproductive,” Hollman says. “Our concerns are legal and moral. There is a fundamental conflict in the faith based initiative this Administration has pushed.”
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