The Bush-Cheney campaign believes "religious conservatives are at the heart" of their electoral strategy. Earlier this summer, the president’s campaign tried to identify 1,600 "friendly congregations" in Pennsylvania and encouraged religious conservatives in that state to "send your church directory to your state Bush-Cheney ’04 headquarters or give to a BC04 field rep." According to the Lexington Herald, that effort "was roundly criticized not only by groups favoring separation of church and state but by leading Catholics, evangelicals and mainline Protestants." Just recently, the Bush campaign’s top official on Catholic outreach was forced to resign after the National Catholic Reporter exposed his sordid sexual forays and ensuing sexual harassment charges filed against him.
Pretty shameful stuff, but Americans seem to reward this type of behavior. Just how Christian is Bush…really?