The dance of American civil religion uses gullible or ego-driven clergy
WHO IS HELPING WHOM? I wonder why preachers continue to think they can influence policies or sway political leaders by offering prayers at public events? Whether it's Billy Graham, Rick Warren or Eugene Robinson--they're all being used. Graham confessed that he regrets responding to all those calls to the Oval Office just before a President declared war or needed "spiritual counsel" when the decisions had already been made. It's part of the dance of American civil religion. Some priest from among the people has to sanctify the self-serving justifications. When politicians call, preachers, spare yourselves and us--run the other way!
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