The New Jerusalem?

Another Justice Department investigation reveals a concerted program--conspiracy may not be too strong a word--illegally to weed out Democrats and liberals from prestigious entry-level positions.The unwritten story, here, it seems to me, is the connection of religion to politics.I wonder to what degree people like Monica Goodling and others saw themselves not merely as political, but as deeply religiously motivated -- as rebuilding the City on a Hill-as doing God's will. My strong hunch is that serving God, the Republican Party and George W. Bush became intertwined in a manner that is deeply troubling.It's troubling from a political perspective, for obvious reasons. But its even more worrisome from a theological perspective--It is a dangerous mistake to identify any political party with the "party of God."

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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