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Every Liberal's Favorite Conservative

David Brooks seems to have learned the hard way that he was never going to get a fair shake from the Left, no matter how hard he tried. But this is a good thing, because it has given his commentary a freshness not seen since his days at The Weekly Standard. To Brooks' credit, he has always been a man of reasoned dialogue. His early Times columns were a bit watered down to at least attract the sympathies of skeptical Times readers suspicious of the new "house conservative." However, while still trying to foster a conversation, Brooks is getting more comfortable with the fact that he is not going to be able to get everybody on board, only the truly open-minded. Thus, his writing has gotten more on-point and interesting.

In today's NY Times op-ed Brooks keeps the MSM honest in their coverage of religion by calling them on their use of perennail straw man and "bozo" Jerry Falwell as a representative figure among Christians in general, and evangelical Christians in particular. Along with Nicholas Kristof's use of the Left Behind books as typical Christian theology, Brooks condemns the simplistic coverage of Christian viewpoints, and notes the fact that the world's most prominent evangelical figure outside of Billy Graham, John Stott, largely goes unnoticed. This article does a great service in the effort to get the secular universe to take notice (and respect?) authentic Christian viewpoints. It can also be a boon to Democrats and liberals in general if they seek to become a mainstream party once again.


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