Book says Bush aides duped religious allies

Criticizes handling of faith-based initiatives
A book by a former White House official is causing shock waves with its explosive allegations that President Bush’s aides mocked religious conservatives and duped them for political gain in the early stages of the faith-based grant programs.

The allegations are in a memoir by David Kuo, Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction, the contents of which were first reported on MSNBC prior to the publishing date of October 16.

From 2001 to 2003, Kuo was the number-two person in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

The book says high-ranking White House officials referred to prominent conservative Christian leaders as “nuts” behind their backs. Moreover, Kuo charged, the faith-based office organized ostensibly nonpolitical events that really were designed to boost Republican candidates in tough elections and favored religious charities friendly to the administration when doling out grant money.


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