Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Ben Franklin for Everybody!

Just when you think the world might have wearied of religion angst among the pundits who parlez on presidential politics, there comes this piece from Nick Kristof, which examines the topic from a new angle.

While I've been urging Howard Dean to quote Franklin when asked to speak about his own religious beliefs (Franklin declined to spell out his own with any specificity), it seems that none other than Vice President Dick Cheney has been using Frankin to telegraph his personal theology. Cheney's beliefs? The theology of empire, with a dash of predestination thrown in.

Perhaps there's a Franklin quote suitable for politicians at various points on the political spectrum. As the sage of Philadelphia once said, "A place for everything, and everything in its place"--even, perhaps, an undisclosed location.

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