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Saturday, April 17, 2004

The Passion of the Shrub 

The Washington Monthly:
Bill Clinton talked about God. Jimmy Carter talked about God. So did LBJ, JFK, Harry Truman, and FDR. Every Democratic president has talked about God. I sure hope Democrats aren't going off the rails now just because Bush mentioned God once in a one-hour press conference.
I sure hope Mr. Drum realizes that this is not a case of one mention in one one-hour press conference.

According to an NYT review of The Bushes : Portrait of a Dynasty:
For instance the Schweizers quote one unnamed relative as saying that George W. Bush sees the war on terrorism ''as a religious war'': ''He doesn't have a p.c. view of this war. His view of this is that they are trying to kill the Christians. And we the Christians will strike back with more force and more ferocity than they will ever know.''
I mean, come on. Calling Afghanistan a crusade, saying that God called him to be president, going to war in Iraq a day after announcing that he was going to pray to God for peace. Not to mention his support of the sanctity of man/woman marriage because that's how God set the institution up, pushing for faith-based initiatives, and calling the California "under God" pledge decision "out of step with the traditions and history of America." This is not a one-time deal. This pResident has made a career of pandering to the religious right. If we on the left are sniggering at his most recent gaff (which, admittedly, I haven't seen or heard happening either), it's not without provocation.

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