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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Political courage.

Peter Beinart writes about conservative Republican Gov. Bob Riley's campaign to fix Alabama's cruelly regressive tax system: "Riley, who couches his reforms in biblical language about the obligation to 'take care of the least among us,' is one of the few white politicians in recent history to try to use religion on behalf of social justice. He's won significant white evangelical backing, and, if his plan passes, it could upend conventional wisdom about what is politically, and morally, possible in the South." Beinart also wonders why the civil rights establishment and other liberal groups haven't made this campaign a focal point. ("Eyes on the Prize," New Republic 9.8.03.) Matthew Yglesias suggests we may have been too preoccupied with Judge Moore.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 30 August 2003 at 9:32 PM

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