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The Third Awakening

Froomkin: Peter Baker of The Washington Post spots a fascinating story amid the published excerpts from a closed-door session President Bush held wit

Froomkin:

Peter Baker of The Washington Post spots a fascinating story amid the published excerpts from a closed-door session President Bush held with conservative journalists yesterday. The excerpts were published on the National Review's blog .

Baker writes: "President Bush said yesterday that he senses a 'Third Awakening' of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation's struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as 'a confrontation between good and evil.'

"Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln's strongest supporters were religious people 'who saw life in terms of good and evil' and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms. Read on

Do you think anyone has bothered to tell Bush that the reason he meets so many outspoken people of his faith is because he never holds a truly open meeting of Americans? The allusion to Lincoln (a Rove talking point, if I ever heard one) does not go unnoticed either.

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