Kuo said he was “dazzled” by Bush’s talk of compassion. But in his telling, the administration’s actions never matched its rhetoric. During the scramble to win tax cuts, for example, the promise of $8 billion per year for charities was scrapped.
To try to climb up the White House’s list of priorities, Kuo said, he and others working in the faith-based office offered to politicize their efforts. The White House political affairs office gave them a map of battleground states in 2002, and they used it to plan conferences to win support for GOP candidates. “Smart politics, bad morals,” he said in retrospect.
In 2003, Kuo was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. It is still growing slowly, he said, giving him perhaps five or 10 years to live.
“I feel a pressing spiritual need to say what I think is important,” he said. “And I really think that what is important is to be able to warn Christians about politics, that they should not throw so much at politics, because they’re being used, and it will not answer the problems, and it corrupts the name of the God we’re trying to serve.”
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