Dogma Alert

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bush's embrace of faith cheered

The average rabid fundamentalist Christian in the United States may have reason to cheer Dubya's "special relationship with the Lord", but for those of us not blinded by rigid dogmatic belief systems, this unholy alliance is cause for grave concern.

Not since the days of Adolph Hitler has the so-called leader of the free world invoked the name of Jehovah so often while exterminating semitic peoples in His name.

Now with the Neocon hawk's sights set on Iran and Syria as next in line to receive an unhealthy dose of American-style freedom and democracy, it seems that Hitler's infamous 'final solution' is dangerously close to succeeding.

By James G. Lakely

President Bush's declaration that he can't imagine anyone serving in the Oval Office "without a relationship with the Lord" has pleased groups that say public expressions of faith have been discouraged for too long.

"We believe that not only the president, but everyone would be much better off for eternity with a relationship with the Lord," said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy at Focus on the Family. "The president should not be criticized for stating what he believes by faith. Every American has the right to do that."

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, added that he doesn't think "anyone should be upset or worried" about Mr. Bush's words — even if his reference to "the Lord" means Jesus Christ.

Of course Mr. Foxman would support Bush's allegiance to the angry jealous God of the Old Testament, for if Yahweh of the Jews and Jehovah of the Christians are in fact the same entity, then it would appear that both Mr. Bush and Mr. Foxman serve the same master.

"I haven't heard him say his faith is the only truth, the one truth," Mr. Foxman said. "He talks about respect for people's faith or nonfaith."

Mr. Bush discussed the role of his Christian faith in his personal life and presidency in an Oval Office interview last week with The Washington Times.

He acknowledged that "there are some who worry about a president who is faith-based, a person who openly admits that [he] accepts the prayers of the people."

Mr. Bush said he would never try "to impose his will on others," but he couldn't see "how you can be president, at least from my perspective ... without a relationship with the Lord."

Excuse me? Bush would "never try to impose his will on others"??? Try telling that to the 100,000+ dead Iraqi's that have been sacrificed upon the altar of his insatiable bloodthirsty deity.

Conservative Christians were heartened to hear Mr. Bush express his beliefs so candidly and noted their continuity with the mainstream of American history.

"Most of our presidents were very forthright in their Christian convictions," Mr. Minnery said. "I think what we're seeing here is an ever more desperate attempt by atheists to deny the very motto of the country, 'One Nation Under God.' "

Mr. Minnery noted that even religious tolerance is part of the Christian tradition.

"People who do not believe in the Christian faith ought to be thankful that this is a Christian country," Mr. Minnery said. "Christianity is voluntary. No Christian can force anybody to accept the Christian faith.

Anyone whose had their peaceful Sunday afternoon interrupted by a gaggle of proselytizing JW's knows that even though "no Christian can force anybody to accept the Christian faith" certainly won't stop them from trying.

"Christians, above all, recognize freedom of conscience. They realize some will turn away," he said. "Therefore, a country governed by Christian principles is a country that guards religious freedom religiously."

Mr. Bush took time out Saturday to mark "Religious Freedom Day," commemorating the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786 and citing President Washington writing about "the liberty enjoyed by the people of these States, of worshipping Almighty God agreeably to their consciences, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights."

"Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of freedom of religion to a stable and lasting union," Mr. Bush wrote in his official proclamation. "As the United States advances the cause of liberty, we remember that freedom is not America's gift to the world, but God's gift to each man and woman in this world."

In other words, as the United States continues it's hegemonic push for world domination, all them brown-skined heathens in the Middle East and Asia better worship the only One True God, which is Bush's God, or else!

Mr. Bush famously named Jesus Christ as the most influential political philosopher of his life while running in the 2000 presidential race. Vice President Al Gore also told The Washington Post during the campaign that if faced with difficult problems, he "would ask what Jesus would do."

Even a cursory study of the life and works of Jesus Christ as outlined in the present heavily edited version of the Bible will show that the actions of the current commander in chief of the U.S. is so far removed from "what would Jesus do", as to be absurd. Yet, that doesn't stop the sheeple that comprise Dubya's fawning flock from seeing him as almost divine as Christ himself.

Mr. Foxman said his organization was critical of both candidates' comments, as it has opposed Mr. Bush's faith-based initiative, which gives public dollars to religious organizations to provide services for the poor.

"We said Jesus Christ can be your moral guide, but not your political philosopher," Mr. Foxman said. "That is where the line is crossed."

That said, Mr. Foxman asked: "Why isn't it OK for the president to have faith?"

"The moment you serve the public, you shouldn't have to put away your faith," he said.

At the end of Mr. Bush's conversation with The Washington Times, he stressed that "the president's job is not to pick religion."

"The president's job is not to say you've got to be religious," he said. "The president's job is to say each is free to choose it. And it's really important that that be clear today, given the world in which we live. And if you're a Sikh or Muslim or a Methodist or anybody else for that matter, it's an important message."

But that assurance wasn't enough for Ellen Johnson, president of American Atheists.

"He just doesn't get it," Mrs. Johnson said. "And he seems to ignore the fact that in our Constitution we do not have a religious test for those seeking public office."

The interview "demonstrates clearly that he does not respect the diversity of the country, and the fact that nonbelievers and so-called seculars are one of the fastest-growing segments of American society."

An honest appraisal of Bush's false piety in resepct to his public religious convictions compared to his real-life works of exporting war and terror to any country with a lot of oil that doesn't cowtow to American influence and intimidation, goes to show that his admiration of Jesus as his personal philospher is designed purely for public consumption.

Bush tendency of being a habitual liar and likely psychopath give credence to the notion that his soul (or lack thereof) is more aligned with the angry jealous rantings of Jehovah in the Old Testament, than any affiliation with Jesus.

Just more pseudo-religious stink from America's head cheese.



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