Monday, December 24, 2012

David Kuo

David Kuo was the Deputy Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the George W. Bush administration.  In 2006 he published Tempting Faith: An Inside Story of Political Seduction.  Here is a description of that book:

David Kuo came to Washington wanting to use his Christian faith to end abortion, strengthen marriage, and help the poor. He reached the heights of political power, ultimately serving in the White House under George W. Bush. It was a dream come true: the chance to fuse his politics and his faith, and an opportunity for Christians not just to gain a seat at the proverbial table but also to plan the entire meal.  

Yet his experience was deeply troubling. He had been seduced, just as so many evangelical conservatives had been seduced by politics. Tempting Faith is a wrenching personal journey and a heartfelt plea for a Christian reexamination of political and spiritual priorities.

In 2003, while he was working for the president, Kuo was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He has been fighting it ever since.

Over The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan has been posting videos of Kuo answering questions from readers.  Here him discuss prayer, Christianity, Obamacare, and conservatism.  Listen to them here.