Salon has a good interview with Albert Pennybacker, a progressive Christian pastor working to combat the hijacking of Christianity by the right wing dingbats. I find it rather sad that the Bush administration talks about how Muslim zealots such as Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda have wrongly claimed the role of speakers for an entire religion when the Bush-supported Religious Right have done the very same thing.
While I am not religious, I was raised by church-going but not necessarily devout progressive Christians. Because of this exposure to religion, I find the intolerant, exclusionary rhetoric of the Right particularly disgusting. They (Pat Robertson, John Ashcroft) talk about their piety and religious devotion, then ignore tenets like loving all people, be they Christian or not, straight or gay. Yet another example of the “you’re with us or against us” mindset found in the Bush administration and its supporters.