I admire and respect Andrew Sullivan.

His latest article on the wayward path of Christianity is pure brilliance. He and I disagree economically and socially in some respects, but good Lord is he a conservative I respect and admire.

And what group of Americans have pollsters found to be most supportive of torturing terror suspects? Evangelical Christians. Something has gone very wrong. These are impulses born of panic in the face of modernity, and fear before an amorphous “other.” This version of Christianity could not contrast more strongly with Jesus’ constant refrain: “Be not afraid.” It would make Jefferson shudder.

My one piece of advice for anyone who claims to be a Christian: read the Bible, especially those parts about being rich, being peaceful, and taking care of the poor.

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