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For those interested here are some interesting parts of my interview with Fox News’ Neal Cavuto yesterday:

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Meanwhile, if you believe all the post-election headlines, the religious right is weak, and getting weaker.Well, my next guest says, you might want to think again. Conservative Christians have been counted out before, and have come back stronger than ever. He is David Kuo. David is a religious adviser to President Bush and author of “Tempting Faith.”You know, it was interesting, David. I did look into this a little bit. And you`re right. With every election that Republicans lost, and normally a — a good base for the religious right, the assumption was, the religious right fell wronged and — and left, only to came back stronger.But — but you see that happening again?

DAVID KUO, FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FAITH-BASED AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES: Yes, it`s amazing. Even if you go back to President Bush`s election in 1988, by 1989, commentators were declaring the religious right dead, 1992, 1996, and 1998. It`s — it`s the mainstream media`s favorite story, to declare religious Christians dead and out of politics. And, every time, they come stronger. And this is no exception. The idea that, in this election, evangelical Christians are somehow now flocking to the Democratic Party, I just think is — is kind of funny, and is just the latest spin on — on what happens with religious Christians.

CAVUTO: But what do you make of — of — of the talk that a lot people in the Republican Party took advantage of the religious right, assuming that it was always going to be there, assuming that it was going to be loyal, because, presumably, it had nowhere else to go, and that arrogance is what ticked off the religious right?

KUO: Neil, I think that`s a great point.And I think that the — the real story about what`s happening now is, evangelical Christians are making a spiritual reassessment, more than a political reassessment, of their political involvement.You have got people like John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, Ken Connor, former ahead of the Family Research Council, Gordon MacDonald of Grace Chapel up in Lexington, major evangelical leaders, who are saying: Wait. Hold on a second. You know, how much has our political involvement cost us spiritually?And I think that`s a really important debate that`s going on, and one that should concern, frankly, both political parties, because, for Republicans and for Democrats, you know, how — how do you have a political impact on a spiritual discussion?

CAVUTO: What do you make of the notion that, all right, those in the religious right say, we`re disappointed Republicans; we don`t flip over Democrats; we`re just going to stay home?

KUO: You know, I do. I think that more and more Christians aren`t going to necessarily stay home from their voting. And I think Christians always need to vote. But I think, more and more, you`re going to see a lot of Christians saying: You know what? I`m not going to give that 25 bucks, that 50 bucks, to a particular political party, to keep fostering the sort of hateful ads that are out there, the kind of nastiness that is out there, because I think a lot of Christians have gotten to the point where they are sort of — they will talk about Jesus to a friend.And what they will be confronted with is this idea is that their friends will think about Jesus and a political agenda, as opposed to Jesus…

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