Yet Another Christian Against Bush

Psalms 94:20

When a candidate in the recent elections proposed a return to the progressive income tax under which this country lived throughout the twentieth century up until the Reagan revolution, the Solons of the religious right explained that the progressive income tax was invented by Karl Marx and imposed upon this country by his followers. Is that really so? Or was there a time when American politicians read the Bible and reflected on its strictures?


William Jennings Bryan


Diving for Coins

Like native children diving for quarters, Christian celebrities are drawn to shiny things:

"'Little trinkets like cufflinks or pens or pads of paper were passed out like business cards. Christian leaders could give them to their congregations or donors or friends to show just how influential they were.'" (David Kuo, quoted by Keith Olbermann).

This web page was first set up in 2004 and has, as the reader will note, been patchily maintained since. Praise God, the Bush reign of error is drawing to a close, not through impeachment as might have saved the nation's honor, but in the natural course of events. There is one candidate, however, who ominously promises to pursue the worst of the Bush agenda: unprovoked military aggression, in the coming instance, against Iran. Join me in praying that this nation's eight-year-long nightmare will at last end, allowing our United States to revert back to the peace-loving country of our forefathers' pride.

Chutzpah

'Chutzpah' is defined as the mind-set of a man who murders his mother and father and then throws himself on the mercy of the court, because he is an orphan. President Bush makes the following case for voting Republican in the mid-term elections: vote Republican, because the Republican administration has neither captured the principals of al Qaeda, nor dismantled that organization, and thus the world remains a very dangerous place. You wouldn't want to vote for someone who does not fully understand how dangerous a world it is with which Republican governance has left us!



  • "Q. But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?"
  • THE PRESIDENT: "Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."
  • (President George W. Bush, March 13, 2002).

  • "Now, I know some of our country hear the terrorists' words, and hope that they will not, or cannot, do what they say. History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake."
  • (President George W. Bush, September 5, 2006)


Ideological Warfare

The President's "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism" identifies "democracy" as the "antithesis" to Islamofascism, a category error akin to identifying 'Republicanism' as the antidote to 'cancer.' Democracy, a secular political arrangement seeking this-worldly aims, is not even a rival to Islamofascism much less its "antithesis." One might meaningfully say that 'Christianity' is the antithesis to Islamofascism; yet you will never hear our nominally 'Christian' President so say.

The latest iteration of a war ever seeking its rationale is as "the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century." Are we to understand that Saddam Hussein, principal target of Mr. Bush's war, is or was an Islamofascist? Evidently to Mr. Bush's soft-focus ideological view-finder, the Baath party's secular socialism appears to be just exactly the same thing, almost, as al Qaeda or the Dawa party's Islamofascism. How close does it have to be, really, for ideological warfare? We know 'dey hate freedom.'

Yet reality stubbornly balks. The Baath Party's ideology, which Saddam Hussein never publicly renounced, calls for socialism, secularism, and Arab nationalism. So far was this party from Islamism that one of its founders was of Greek Orthodox background. While governing is always a compromise with the possible, Baath Party governance in Iraq never yielded an Islamist state. Rather Baath Party governance produced a socialist police state, a form of political organization which, while odious, is poles apart from Islamofascism. Saddam Hussein never, in all his years of one-man rule, imposed Sharia (Islamic law), the Islamists' touchstone. Other dictators, like Pakistan's Zia ul-Haq, have unilaterally imposed Sharia; are we expected to believe Saddam Hussein secretly wanted to do this, but never did? How can Mr. Bush expect people to swallow Saddam Hussein as a closet Islamofascist? And if he was not, how can the war against him be reinvented as an "ideological struggle" against "Islamofascism"?


  • "This Shia strain of Islamic radicalism is just as dangerous, and just as hostile to America, and just as determined to establish its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East. And the Shia extremists have achieved something that al Qaeda has so far failed to do: In 1979, they took control of a major power, the nation of Iran, subjugating its proud people to a regime of tyranny, and using that nation's resources to fund the spread of terror and pursue their radical agenda."
  • (President George W. Bush, September 5, 2006).

As shown in the quote above, Mr. Bush understands that Islamofascism of the Shi'ite variety is as inhuman and inimical to American interests as the Sunni variety. So how can empowering one's enemies be touted as the winning strategy in an "ideological struggle"? The Dawa Party, which has given Iraq its first two Islamist prime ministers, Nouri al-Maliki and Ibrahim al-Jaafari, is a Shi'ite Islamofascist terrorist organization of long standing in the region. Neither did their electoral triumph come unassisted; the Baath Party, a once-popular secular political viewpoint, had already been criminalized by L. Paul Bremer, a person whose right to rule Iraq rests upon unknown principles. While it is unclear how criminalizing political parties for which some people might still wish to vote enhances 'freedom,' what is clear is that eliminating the secular opposition cleared the Islamists' road to power. How can handing over Iraq, a populous and oil-rich Mideast nation, to the enemy be construed as a victory in an "ideological struggle"?



  • "I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome."
  • (President George W. Bush, December 12, 2005).

  • "And history has proven that democracies don't war."
  • (President George W. Bush, March 21, 2006)

  • "I'm not the expert on how the Iraqi people think, because I live in America, where it's nice and safe and secure."
  • (President George W. Bush, September 23, 2004, dubyaspeak.com)


Democracies Don't War

President Bush, explaining why democracies such as our own ought to start wars to spread democracy: because "democracies don't war." Visit the 'Christians Against Bush' Discussion Forum. Our President is 'idealistic,' we hear, which in Republican parlance evidently means 'willing to kill people.' According to radio and TV personalities who package the potty-mouthed Mr. Bush as a 'Christian,' we must swallow all this because this individual is willing to address 'To Whom it May Concern' prayers to a no-name "Almighty." Are you buying?

September 12, 2001 dawned to optimism about the military task facing the nation. America had been attacked by a small private army, numbering no more than 5,000 (The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 470), staffed mainly by Saudi nationals: "...Saudis comprised the largest portion of the pool of recruits in the al Qaeda training camps...in any given camp, 70 percent of the mujahideen were Saudi, 20 percent were Yemeni, and 10 percent were from elsewhere." (The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 232.) Their all-important sources of funding were also from this locale: "Al Qaeda appears to have relied on a core group of financial facilitators who raised money from a variety of donors and other fund-raisers, primarily in the Gulf countries and particularly in Saudi Arabia." (The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 170). Saudi Arabia, while a very wealthy country, is also sparsely populated and militarily insignificant. Yet as fortune or astute planning would have it, the same folks who financed 9/11 had also historically financed the Bush family.

Though the militia which had attacked us was small, albeit rich, Mr. Bush proclaimed the conditions for victory as no less than the complete social transformation of the entire region. . .or at any rate a part of it. The military was given the mission of transforming Iraq, a socialist police state, into a democracy. Although long-standing democracies like Great Britain are by no means immune to the Muslim fundamentalist terror threat, we are expected to imagine a parallel universe in which terrorists are driven to it by low income and lack of opportunity, quite unlike the real world where Saudi Arabia's gilded youth flock into al Qaeda. Iraq is a nation uninvolved in 9/11 attack, but is in the "same part of the world" as those nations which were involved, but which are now "key allies" in the war on terror. We thereupon invaded, though no known prior law of war had made the right of sovereign nations to live secure within their borders contingent upon political ideology.

In the process what would have been an do-able military project was upgraded to a social revolution not achievable by military means. Old-line military invaders like Hernando Cortes and Genghis Khan did not make their plans contingent on the cooperation of conquered peoples, because they knew this was unlikely to be forthcoming. There is just something inescapably bitter about watching one's sons and brothers get blown up as they stand in the trenches that leaves conquered peoples reluctant to embrace an invader. Already, according to opinion polls, the majority of the inhabitants of Baghdad want an immediate American military withdrawal. This public pressure cannot be resisted indefinitely by a formally democratic regime, although one already contracting the sphere of personal liberty. Thus the Iraq end-game is very likely to be a humiliating forced withdrawal at the hands of the government we installed.

Who is George W. Bush? A General Custer who has mindlessly led the nation into needless defeat...and then accused critics of defeatism? Or a Christian patriot? Express your views:


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Baghdad Bob

During the 'shock and awe' phase of this military adventure, a public relations hack nick-named 'Baghdad Bob' excited laughter by extreme denial. 'Baghdad Bob' liked to point out that there were entire towns, even regions, of Iraq, where the visitor would see no violence, no bombs, nothing out of the ordinary.

This is always true. As the victorious Allies advanced on Berlin, they passed by out-of-the-way German villages where fat cows munched lazily on the green grass. No doubt many an Aztec villager would have asked, 'Who's Cortes?' of the reporter seeking a reaction. Yet it is also true that those people's lives were about to change in ways they could scarcely imagine.

Mr. Bush's supporters have picked up 'Baghdad Bob's fallen banner, and demand to see on TV only good news about Iraq. But those reporters who want to tell stories about happy villagers working peaceably together might as well go to Botswana; why take on all the risks of travelling in a war zone to tell stories that could be told anywhere? So long as they are there, why not report on the war?


Pre-Emption Ezekiel 28
Utilitariansim King David
The Centurion John the Baptist
The Sword Southern Baptists
Christian Zionism Terrorism
The Crusades


Election 2004

Personal Confession

Since Reagan's second term I have been voting Republican on pro-life grounds. Has ever a political party carried a constituency along for the ride for so many years, without ever delivering the bacon? We are asked to vote Republican because they nominate justices like David Souter and Sandra Day O'Connor to the Supreme Court. If you believe him, Mr. Bush never even asked his ill-fated nominee Harriet Miers if she is pro-life. Heaven forbid, that would be a litmus test. Could politicians dream of a more naive, compliant and docile constituency than this, which swoons over a candidate who says he is pro-life, but does nothing about it?

That means I voted once for the President who might well be called the 'Twentieth Hijacker' for all the harm he has done to this country and its ideals. My eyes have been opened to the foibles of single-issue voting as I've watched, horrified, the single-minded pursuit of war by a President for whom I bitterly resent having voted. Given the self-congratulatory tone of the Republican convention, who could doubt that re-electing Mr. Bush will mean Four More Wars? Now this nation is at a cross-roads: we can continue bombing and strafing our way into the hearts and minds of the peoples of the world, or we can remember and return to the ideals upon which this republic was founded.

This unjust war was wildly popular. Yet it will go down in history as a criminal lynching, because an innocent party,--the nation of Iraq,--was punished for a crime it did not commit. Polls show that nearly seven in ten Americans became convinced Iraq was behind 9/11. If there was a case to be made for war, it should never have been based on the publication of a blood libel. There is enough blame to go around; yet there was, it appears, one man who wanted war from the outset, and saw opportunity to settle old scores in others' tears on 9/11. Did he, visiting Ground Zero, perceive in the public mood a lynch mob willingness to punish, not the guilty only, but whomever came to hand, provided only they were Arab and/or Muslim? Justice must start somewhere, unless patriots are willing to give up the ideal that once was America. It is still not too late to do the right thing:



Bush and the Bible
Impeach Bush
Election '04
Repackaging
Stay the Course?
WWJD
Links


Deuteronomy 19:16-19

Bush and the Bible

Moses' law criminalizes making an intentional false allegation against another party:

"If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who serve in those days. And the judges shall make careful inquiry, and indeed, if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you." (Deuteronomy 19:16-19).

Mr. Bush knew on September 12, 2004, that there was no link between Iraq and al Qaeda, because this is when Richard Clarke, his counter-terrorism czar, told him so. Yet from that time to the present Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney have sought to convince the public that Iraq was behind the terrorist assault on the twin towers. In the eyes of the Lord, as evidenced in Deuteronomy 19:16-19, this is a great evil.

Impeach Bush

Impeach Bush

For what should Mr. Bush be impeached? Imagine you're standing on the sidewalk watching as a posse of irate citizens comes stampeding by, looking to corner the culprit who has just moments before committed an horrific crime. Suppose you point to a man standing there and say, 'He's the one, he did it.' Suppose the man you point to did not do it, and suppose you knew that full well...you just happened to hate him. God has said what He thinks of such behavior in Deuteronomy 19:16-19.

We as a nation can agree with God on this or disagree with Him; either way, God is not mocked.


Election 2004

When terrorists brought down the World Trade Center, liberty stood firm, because it was founded on a rock. But then the second wave hit, as internal subversion sought to achieve what burning aviation fuel and twisted metal could not. Fundamental American values were trampled, at home and abroad, at Guantanamo Bay where detainees were held incommunicado in degrading conditions without ever hearing the charges against them, at home where librarians were expected to report what their patrons were reading. Foreign terrorists did not do this to us, we did it to ourselves. We've made a bargain with the devil in bartering away our freedom for security; we will end with neither freedom nor security. People of faith should realize, even if others do not, that however attractive or profitable doing wrong may seem, it's never the course of safety, because it is God who holds the outcomes in His hand.

The American people held the power in their hand to beat back this second wave last November. They did not.

What opportunity was missed? The American people had the opportunity last November to vindicate our character. We could have shown we understand it is wrong to start a war. This is what the Bible teaches: "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." (Romans 12:18). But we did not. That portion of the electorate which self-identifies as 'Christian' played a crucial role in this election. These voters reported concerns with 'moral values.' Evidently for this constituency military aggression raises no moral concerns.

To the Lord's way of thinking, Christian values encompass more than 'social issues:'

“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’” (Matthew 25:44-45).

The American electorate saw the populace of Fallujah under the gun, and did not minister to them. No doubt this is because they are 'terrorists:' even the little bitty babies. Not only did we not minister to them, we re-elected the terrorist who holds them at gun-point.

The founding fathers worried that America would be dragged into war by monied foreign interests: "...it become of so much consequence to certain nations, to have a friend of a foe at the head of our affairs, that they will interfere with money and with arms." (Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison on the Bill of Rights, December 20, 1787, p. 84, Jefferson's Letters, edited Willson Whitman.) Strangely enough the American people have chosen three times to be governed by a family which is a case study in conflict of interest. This family's rise to prominence was funded by the same pay-masters who finance international jihad. How can this make anyone feel safe?

Nor does Mr. Bush mind flaunting it. He strolls about in public, openly holding hands with Crown Prince Abdullah. Meanwhile I am less and less able to recognize my own country. This same avaricious family has done all in its power to cheapen and degrade political discourse; elections now are mud-slinging contests. What I recall from the debates of my youth about the Vietnam war was the moral earnestness of all involved. There was no one, of any political persuasion, who argued that America should do what was wrong, provided it was in our interest. People then could not have wrapped their minds around the concept, 'America should do what is wrong;' they loved this country too much. One did not hear people suggesting we should deliberately reduce another country to anarchy, so as to afford ourselves a convenient shooting gallery to plink away at the terrorists who would rush in to fill the resultant vacuum. Yet people openly say that today, explaining that their way, you see, if we miss, we only hit natives. The America of Lynndie England,-- the America the Bush family has crafted,-- is not the country I remember as my home.

Repackaging

As of October 2005, the War on Iraq has been freshly repackaged as the war against "Islamo-fascism."

People like to know, not only what they are fighting against, but what they are fighting for. Americans who understood Communism, against which we contended in Vietnam, to be a great evil, nonetheless grew lost in perplexity watching Madame Nhu on TV, wondering, 'just why are we fighting for this bunch, again?'

The same might be said by those listening to the 'Islamo-fascist' present leader of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who advances the standard 'Islamo-fascist' policy goal: instituting Sharia, Islamic law, and discarding Iraq's heretofore secular legal structure. If we are fighting against 'Islamo-fascism,' then why are we also fighting for it? Despite the administration's habit of describing Iraqis as if they were small children and their ancient land a blank slate, Mr. al-Jaafari's 'Islamo-fascist' Dawa party in its past history has engaged in acts of terror against American targets. He is, in short, an Islamic fundamentalist terrorist...and we handed him Iraq.

Had the United States wanted a secular Iraq, we could have refrained from invading that country, because that was the status quo prior to our invasion. Although past administration rhetoric has proved incapable of differentiating between the secular Arab nationalism of the Baath party and 'Islamo-fascism,' in fact their principles are diametrically opposed. So to portray our invasion of Iraq as a foray against 'Islamo-fascism' has it exactly backwards. While in Afghanistan, U.S. forces toppled a hostile Islamic fundamentalist regime and installed a secular government, in Iraq it's just the other way around: we overthrew a secular regime and established a nascent Islamic fundamentalist state. If one of these approaches is the correct recipe for confronting Islamist terror, it's unclear how the inverse could also be.

So, far from fighting against 'Islamo-fascism' in Iraq, we are fighting for it against all enemies, including secular Arab nationalists nostalgic for the old regime as well as 'Islamo-fascists' of a rival sectarian stripe from those we favor.

A glance at neighboring Iran, an 'Islamo-fascist' terrorist state of the Shia persuasion, leaves one unconvinced that Shia 'Islamo-fascism' is more benign than the rival Sunni brand. Indeed it was theocratic Iran who originally sponsored such 'Islamo-fascist' terrorist groups as the Badr Brigades, whose ascendancy in southern Iraq was not won on the battlefield but handed to them by the Bush administration. The divide between these sects began with a dispute about succession to Mohammad, founder and first conqueror on the road to the Muslim world empire. It has hardened into irreconcilable cultural differences. While Sunnis respect private judgment, Shi'ites expect each individual believer to subordinate his judgment to a 'source of emulation' like Ayatollah al-Sistani. This ayatollah graciously tells his followers for whom they may vote. Thus this one individual, an Iranian national who cannot vote in Iraq, nevertheless casts many ballots, through the purple-stained fingers of the many who do as he tells them. This is democracy in form, one-man rule in substance.

It may be objected that the current 'Islamo-fascist' leadership was voted into office by the electorate and thus the U.S. military has no choice but to uphold its tenuous hold on power. But elections held under foreign military occupation are rarely fair or free, and this was no exception. In a free election all parties are allowed to compete. During the height of the cold war, when America was locked in a death struggle with Communism, those few Americans who wished to do so were perfectly free to vote for Gus Hall, the perennial Communist standard-bearer. No one could have prevented them, because the first amendment to the U.S. constitution protects freedom of association, including the right to form political parties. When politicians commit crimes, a free society prosecutes the criminals, it does not outlaw their political parties. Thus if Republican Tom DeLay did indeed funnel illegal political contributions, who would suggest banning the Republican party as a fair and enlightened response? Yet Viceroy L. Paul Bremer, whose claim to rule rested not upon the consent of the governed but the right of conquest, banned the Baath party, a popular socialist party some of whose members had committed crimes against humanity. That portion of the electorate which would prefer to vote for this secular program was effectively disenfranchised. The foreseeable result was the triumph of the religious parties.

It is unclear why American blood should be spilled or American tax dollars expended to entrench the 'Islamo-fascist' regime of Ibrahim al-Jaafari. If we are fighting against 'Islamo-fascism,' why do we cry 'victory' upon installing 'Islamo-fascism' in power? A 'War Against Terror' that grants the terrorists exultant possession of the State cannot be counted a success.

One of the more lunatic notes struck by al Qaeda rhetoric is their pretension to world domination: a restoration of the universal Islamic caliphate. Sane observers cannot perceive a group whose only demonstrated military capability revolves around the indiscriminate murder of unarmed persons as poised on the brink of world domination. Yet our President assures us that, not only is al Qaeda poised on the brink of world domination, the only thing that staved it off was America's toppling of the prior secular government of Iraq. Left unexplained is how al Qaeda, previously described by our President as shattered, crippled and beaten, came to be poised on the brink of world domination. But this otherwise unstoppable outcome was staved off only for the moment; American must continue propping up Mr. al-Jaafari's Islamist government...or the world will come to be dominated by like-minded persons.

Unlike past insurgencies the U.S. has confronted, the Iraqi insurgency lacks a 'National Liberation Front,' a political umbrella under which various groups can unite to achieve stated war aims. Likewise it lacks a functioning provisional government. Failing any sense on the part of the public as to what an insurgent victory would mean, an essential ingredient for military success is missing. Never fear, our President, and the compliant media following him, have nominated the foreigner Zarqawi for the role of 'leader of the insurgency.' Some Iraqis reportedly believe the man himself to be a fiction devised by the United States, yet he really does exist, and does in fact lead a small al Qaeda-affiliated faction specializing in mosque bombings and the like. The aim of these atrocities is reportedly to start a sectarian civil war. This group does not aim at civil war in the belief that civil war is good for Iraq. How can further blood-letting heal this blood-drenched and blood-drained land? Rather, they aim at civil war in the belief it is bad for America. The hatred for humanity and contempt for human life displayed by this faction yield the same disgust in Iraq as in America. Thus it is difficult to understand the President's conviction that the only thing preventing this faction's triumph, indeed global conquest by al Qaeda, are the American troops who have been unable to stop these attacks on 'soft' targets.

According to objective sources, these indiscriminate enemies of humanity represent a small part of the anti-American insurgency: "One U.S. intelligence official said just 2 percent to 5 percent of attacks, generally those involving suicide bombers, can be directly blamed on al-Zarqawi." (Portland Press Herald, October 23, 2005, AP 'Terror Plotter "A Daily Threat"'.) Yet Mr. Bush reports that 100 percent of the insurgency arises from this source. Why the discrepancy?

Perhaps Mr. Bush is really more afraid of factions within the insurgency with more of a claim to the public's sympathy. Or rather it seems that this administration tosses around ideological terms as if they were confetti, land where they will. However Mr. Bush's war to unseat the Baath party's secular socialism can plausibly be described, the 'war against Islamo-fascism' is not it.



John Stewart Curry, John Brown


Stay the Course?

On September 11, 2001, America was attacked by Muslim fundamentalists. In March of 2003, the Bush administration 'counter-attacked' -- not against a Muslim fundamentalist regime, but against a secular socialist regime, in Iraq. That nation's dictator had acquired his reputation as a butcher by, in part, slaughtering Muslim extremists at a scale to scandalize the human rights community. A glance back at history shows that Republicans have always had difficulty discerning the threat Muslim fundamentalism presents to America, and have repeatedly 'switched' enemies on a sleepy public.

President Jimmy Carter, a sincere Christian, took care to provide for this country's security by encouraging energy independence. But then Reagan came along, it was 'Morning in America,' and that effort was abandoned. Mr. Reagan preferred to let the free market work its magic. How much further would this country be advanced on the road to energy independence had that effort been diligently pursued from President Carter's time to this day!

Caring only to harm the Communists, President Reagan bankrolled Muslim fundamentalists in Afghanistan. The jihad business was booming; this infusion of cash put jihadist cells in business. Lubricated with American dollars, the fundamentalist juggernaut began to roll over Coptic Christians and other non-Muslims who were owed our sympathy.

But the Republicans cared only for the almighty dollar. The first Bush administration sent our troops to fight and die for the Saudi royal family and their Islamist state, careful only that they not wear a cross nor anything else to give offense as they bled out. It is, you see, a crime in the Kingdom to practice any religion other than Islam. The first President Bush, observing the offense Christianity gave the Saudis, forbade American soldiers from practicing their religion. The royal family, delighted by his perspicacity, richly rewarded him with 'consultant fees' ever afterward. This should have come as no surprise; the Reagan administration had sold arms to Iran, a hostile Muslim theocracy, to raise cash for the anti-communist contras. The Clint Eastwood, tough guy lingo they employed delighted many in the electorate, even while their inability to distinguish friend from foe endangered American security.

We as Christians do not have to continue voting for people who harm our country.

When George W. took office, as a politician without national stature or experience, he hired from the talent pool of his father's administration. They continued down the same blind alley. Then the American homeland was attacked by Muslim fundamentalists. The Muslim fundamentalist Frankenstein which had been awakened with electric bolts of American dollars had turned on its creator. After first dispatching a small force to seek, without success, the terrorist commander, a veteran of the Reagan jihad, we ultimately 'counter-attacked' -- not against Muslim fundamentalists, but against an old-line leftist state, Iraq. This secular socialist state had not attacked us, nor threatened to do so. It was just some folks' favorite enemy, and public rage over 9/11 had handed them a 'free' war.

There are still Republican apologists who, even at this late date, don't 'get' what is wrong with Muslim fundamentalism: "Yes, separation of church and state has worked reasonably well in America, but it is not a universal principle...So why can’t Muslim countries make a democratic choice to govern themselves according to Islamic principles, even if those principles include the 'holy law'?" ('Making Room for Faith,' To the Source, by Dinesh D'Souza, February 25, 2005.) But the world has seen enough of the Islamic Revolution's bloody trail of murdered Bahai's and other non-conformists, to understand this form of government is oppressive. Nor is it prudent to respond to aggression by rewarding the movement with a big, fat plum: Iraq, not heretofore an Islamic republic, has seen the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, bought with the blood and treasure of the American people.

This administration accuses its critics of wishing to appease terrorists: "With the growing lethality and availability of weapons, can we truly afford to believe that vicious extremists can somehow be appeased?" (Donald Rumsfeld, Salt Lake Tribune, 9/4/2006). What they accuse others, they nonchalantly do. Recall that Osama bin Laden's foremost demand was the withdrawal of American troops from 'sacred' Saudi soil. The Bush administration, naively believing it is possible to appease terrorists, has met bin Laden's demand, with a smile:


  • "In August 2003, following the U.S.-led war in Iraq in March and April 2003, the United States withdrew its troops stationed in Saudi Arabia."
  • (U. S. State Department, Saudi Arabia).

Giving Islamic extremists what they want does not make us safer, it only emboldens them. Giving them Iraq does not make us safer. The Republicans haven't learned, and they will not learn. We must turn them out of office.

The Republican temptation to appease stems from the illusion which underlies Mr. Bush's faith based initiative. Mr. Bush believes that religion does a body good. Not this religion or that religion; it doesn't matter which one,-- if the Mormons or the Nation of Islam sponsor worthwhile after-school programs, by all means fund them with tax-payer dollars. As Dwight D. Eisenhower phrased the Republican philosophy, "Our government makes no sense unless it is founded on a deeply held religious belief — and I don't care what it is." No Bible-believer agrees that religion as such is beneficial to the public. Is it Baal's religion, or God's? Mr. Bush cannot see his Saudi friends as bad people, and I'm sure they are not in many ways. Yet they sponsor not only the Bush family, but international jihad.

On November 2, 2004, the American people got the opportunity the German people never had. Having had occasion to observe Mr. Bush's fondness for starting 'preventive' wars, we could have voted him out of office. This they chose not to do, making the upcoming four years' worth of newspaper photos of burned babies a choice, not fate.


WWJD

Some update this to WWJB: 'What Would Jesus Bomb?,' or WWJT: 'Who Would Jesus Torture?,' but I like the old way better.

It makes me heartsick to realize the role the Christian community has played in this war. Well-meaning people wonder why so many evangelicals continue to believe Iraq was behind 9/11 when that has been shown to be false, and take it for 'ignorance.' Would that it were 'ignorance!' To the everlasting disgrace of American 'Christianity,' people are deliberately spreading this blood libel:

"Overwhelming evidence from western intelligence agencies points to Iraq as the primary nation behind the terrorist attacks against American by bin Laden's al Qaeda group." (Grant R. Jeffrey, War on Terror, p. 51);
"Israeli intelligence actually linked the terrorist plot to Afghanistan-based terrorist Osama bin Laden. They also revealed their sources provided 'strong grounds' for suspecting the involvement of Iraq as the nation supporting this threatened bin Laden attack...Unfortunately, no amount of after-the-fact analysis of Iraq's attack will change the situation that allowed a devastating terrorist attack to destroy the lives of more than three thousand innocent Americans." (Grant R. Jeffrey, War on Terror, p. 21).

Reminiscent of 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,' there is a publishing industry devoted to teaching Christians that 9/11 was "Iraq's attack." History will not judge the Christian community kindly, because tens of thousands of people have already died on the strength of this false accusation, with more to come.





Links

Here are some interesting links that I've googled up:



I'm a Christian, and I'm Voting Against Bush
Christians Doubting President George W. Bush
Christians Against Bush
Iraq War: Christian Perspective
Believers Against Bush
Concerned Believers

Election 2004

(As the 2004 election recedes into the rear-view mirror of history, these links are disappearing, so I've deactivated them.)

Reflections on the Fourth of July

We are embroiled, we are told, in a "battle between democracy and terror." One must logically conclude the nation of Iraq was invaded by 'democracy,' not by a hostile foreign power. Certainly had Iraq been assaulted, not by 'democracy,' but by a hostile foreign power, that would have been the patriot's call to arms. What ideals did the Japanese imagine themselves to embody when they bombed Pearl Harbor? 'Goodness?' 'Truth?' In that case, our counter-attack must have represented an assault upon goodness and truth. Fortunately, the victors write history, so we do not have to justify our past aversion to goodness and truth.






Mr. Bush has convinced his constituency that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 and is thus deservedly punished for that crime...an allegation which just isn't so:

  • "...a man which hates -- who hates America, a man who loves to link up with al Qaeda, a man who is a true threat to America, to Israel, to anybody in the neighborhood."
  • (George W. Bush, on Sept. 28, 2002, describing Saddam Hussein to an audience in Phoenix, Arizona as "a man who loves to link up with al Qaeda.")

  • "You can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror."
  • (George W. Bush, Sept. 25, 2002, quoted in Newsweek, Michael Hirsh, Column, 'Making Enemies,' copyright 2006 Newsweek.)

  • "Q. What did Iraq have to do with that?

    "THE PRESIDENT: What did Iraq have to do with what?

    "Q. The attack on the World Trade Center?

    "THE PRESIDENT: Nothing, except for it's part of -- and nobody has ever suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack."
  • (George W. Bush, August 21, 2006.)

  • "'Many believe Saddam is involved,' he [Bush] said. . .'He probably was behind this in the end.'"
  • (George W. Bush, quoted in Bush at War, Bob Woodward, p. 167).

  • "There – it's – you know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."
  • (George W. Bush, Interview with CBS News, September 6, 2006).

  • "Saddam Hussein is a terrible guy who is teaming up with al Qaeda."
  • (George W. Bush, conference with 18 House members, September 26, 2006, quoted p. 188, 'Plan of Attack,' Bob Woodward)

  • "Saddam Hussein is using his money to train and equip al Qaeda with chemicals, he's harboring terrorists."
  • (Meeting with Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar, quoted pp. 240-241, 'Plan of Attack,' Bob Woodward)

For a very long time Mr. Bush "connect[ed]' Iraq to the war on terror" by alleging, falsely, that Iraq was responsible for 9/11. What else does the "counter" in "counter-attack" mean? Even as late as election eve 2004 Mr. Bush's supporters continued to believe this false allegation:

"Three out of four self-described supporters of President George W. Bush still believe that pre-war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or active programs to produce them and that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein provided “substantial support” to al Qaeda, according to a new survey released here Thursday.

"Moreover, as many or more Bush supporters hold those beliefs today than they did several months ago, before the publication of a series of well-publicized official government reports that debunked both notions.

"Those are among the most striking findings of the survey, which was conducted in mid-October by the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) and Knowledge Networks, a California-based polling firm." (Jim Lobe, OneWorld US, October 22, 2004, 'Three of Four Bush Supporters Still Believe in Iraqi WMD, al Qaeda Ties')

The law of Moses requires a "diligent inquisition" (Deuteronomy 19:18) in judging guilt: that is, due process. The Christian community has fallen woefully short of this requirement of God, showing eager willingness to punish Iraq for 9/11, a crime for which that nation bore no responsibility.

The cost in human life has been staggering. Our military cannot be bothered to count corpses not our own; independent estimates range from tens of thousands, based on news reporting, to one hundred thousand, based upon polling data:

"One of the first attempts to independently estimate the loss of civilian life from the Iraqi war has concluded that at least 100,000 Iraqi civilians may have died because of the U.S. invasion."
('100,000 Civilian Deaths Estimated in Iraq,' by Rob Stein, Washington Post Staff Writer, October 29, 2004)

Furthering the Islamic Revolution

On September 11, 2001, the American mainland was attacked by Islamic fundamentalists. Displaying a contempt for the safety of his fellow-citizens that borders on treason, Mr. Bush placed the formerly secular socialist nation of Iraq into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists:








Proverbs 12:22


War in Iraq

The Wrong War

In March of 2003 the American people broke faith with their forefathers and set their tanks rolling across an international frontier into a sovereign nation which had not attacked us nor our allies. In November of 2004 patriots relished the opportunity to return this nation to its fundamental values. But the patriots lost.

War is mass death. As such it is an irremediable evil, not the solution to the world's problems as Mr. Bush and the neoconservatives would have it. Because war is mass death, moral people must do all in their power to avoid it, not rush into it as if it were the answer to their dark prayers.


















As the stated justifications for this war: purported links between Iraq and al Qaeda, and weapons of mass destruction, prove fictitious, public enthusiasm wanes only slightly. Watching the stated reasons collapse without weakening public ardor, observers must wonder, what are the real reasons? The joy of a lynch mob in punishing somebody, whether the guilty party or only someone similarly complexioned? Mr. Bush's own public praises him for 'kicking butt.'

  • "The fact that the fool is often stubborn must not mislead us into thinking that he is independent. One feels in fact, when talking to him, that one is dealing, not with the man himself, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like, which have taken hold of him. He is under a spell, he is blinded, his very nature is being misused and exploited. Having thus become a passive instrument, the fool will be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil."
  • (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison, p. 8)

Lyndon Johnson, another 'war president,' used to admit a fondness for conspiratorial thinking; he found the shortest distance between two points a tunnel. One likely outcome of our misadventure in Iraq is an Iran-facing government favoring a Shiite theocracy. Whose interests does that serve, other than Iran's ayatollahs? Ahmed Chalabi, once the darling of the neoconservatives, has at times acted to advance their interests; was he their agent all along? Did they see opportunity in a U.S. President who is not the brightest bulb in the chandelier?

Return to Answering Islam...


Proverbs 6:16-19


Pet Goat

9/11
Jubilee
Karla Faye Tucker
The L-word
Bringing Home the Bacon
False Prophecy
Red States
Vengeance is Mine
False Witness
What, Me Worry?
What the World Worships


Revelation 21:8


9/11

“It was an interesting day.” —President Bush, recalling 9/11 [White House, 1/5/02]

Has there been any politician, since Germany's late, unlamented "leader," who has heaped so much praise upon his own "leadership" qualities? The reality: having been advised by Andrew Card that the second World Trade tower had been hit, our resolute Commander-in-Chief...listened to a story about a pet goat.

Year of Jubilee

'Reaganomics' is popular in the present day, but when God wrote a law code, He proceeded on quite different principles:

  • "And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family...And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another. According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. According to the multitude of years you shall increase its price, and according to the fewer number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells to you according to the number of the years of the crops. Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God. So you shall observe My statutes and keep My judgments, and perform them; and you will dwell in the land in safety. Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill, and dwell there in safety...The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.
  • (Leviticus 25:8-23)

The jubilee offers insight into God's thinking on laissez-faire capitalism. If God believed in survival of the fittest he could have let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, because that is what tends to happen, at least in part because some folks are lazy, shiftless, unproductive, etc., as Republicans like to point out. Instead He puts His thumb on the scale. For forty-nine years economic inequalities are allowed to accumulate. Then the fiftieth year the deck gets reshuffled, debts are forgiven and land re-allocated, and equal outcomes are restored. It is God who legislated this system, not the Democrats.

We have in our system a 'rolling' jubilee in the form of the bankruptcy laws, which Mr. Bush is presently gutting.



Health and Wealth Root Cause
I Will not Hear The Other Side
Government Theft Politics
Will a Man Rob God?




In the 1960's, this country had an economy that worked. Automobile assembly line workers could afford to buy the cars they were making, a virtuous circle. The business cycle had been tamed by a 'safety net' wedged beneath its deepest lows.

Years of Republican ascendency have thrown a monkey wrench into each functioning gear of this economy. Ronald Reagan signaled a new era in labor relations when he broke the air controllers' union. Progressivity has been wrung out of the income tax, with capital gains rates at historic lows. Gradually we rediscover what everyone had already known: an unregulated, laissez-faire capitalist economy will naturally produce a great chasm between rich and poor. So it did the last time this social experiment was tried, in the nineteenth century, and so it has again, in an America where the working class labors at Wal-Mart wages, aspiring to win the lottery.

Karla Faye Tucker

  • "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’"
  • (Matthew 18:23-33.)

Mr. Bush celebrates the mercy he has received: "I was humbled to learn that God sent His Son to die for a sinner like me. I was comforted to know that through the Son, I could find God's amazing grace, a grace that crosses every border, every barrier and is open to everyone." Alongside God's amazing grace, he has also gratefully received mercy from man: his drunk driving arrest was expunged from the record.

Karla Faye Tucker was a murderess on Texas' death row. She had turned to the Lord and turned her life around, and begged Governor Bush for clemency. Granting clemency falls within a Governor's traditional prerogatives. But Mr. Bush had no mercy for Karla. ". . .W. mimicked her reply. 'Please don't kill me,' he whimpered.'" (Christopher Andersen, George and Laura, p. 193).

The L-Word

  • "But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand."
  • (Isaiah 32:8, KJV)

Mr. Bush, who inherited a surplus, has run up a budgetary deficit which exceeds any this country has heretofore seen. But he is not done spending yet -- he wants more money for the National Endowment for the Arts!

Bringing Home the Bacon

One might have expected the 2004 presidential election to serve as a referendum on Mr. Bush's bloody, costly, and unnecessary war against Iraq. Yet as election eve drew near, out of the clear blue sky a new issue emerged, and the Bush team successfully positioned the 2004 presidential election as a referendum on gay marriage. Mr. Bush was rumored to oppose gay marriage, though he had no particular plans to do anything about it:

"On the domestic front, Bush said he would not lobby the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage...The president said there is no reason to press for the amendment because so many senators are convinced that the Defense of Marriage Act -- which says states that outlaw same-sex unions do not have to recognize such marriages conducted outside their borders -- is sufficient."
('Bush Says Election Ratified Iraq Policy,' Sun Jan 16,12:00 AM ET, By Jim VandeHei and Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post Staff Writers)

Like Mr. Bush, Mr. Kerry considered the Defense of Marriage Act a sufficient bulwark against gay marriage. Unlike Mr. Bush, Mr. Kerry said so prior to the election.

It turns out that Mr. Bush has not quite made up his mind on this controversial question. When it comes to friends like Mary Cheney, he finds gay relationships heart-warming. President George W. Bush recently said, "And I know Mary, and I like her, and I know she's going to be a fine, loving mother." (George W. Bush, whitehouse.gov).

An example of a fine, loving mother in the Bible is Eunice, Timothy's mother. She was a believer: "And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek." (Acts 16:1). This family's center of gravity with respect to the things of the Lord rested with Eunice and her mother, because Paul refers to "the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice..." (2 Timothy 1:5). Timothy was introduced to the scriptures at a young age, "from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures..." (2 Timothy 3:15).

But what Eunice was careful to teach her son Timothy, is not likely to be what Mary Cheney teaches her child. If and when Mary Cheney introduces her child to the Scriptures, he might notice the Scriptures disapprove of the way she lives. So whatever our President means in predicting she will be a "fine, loving mother," he does not mean that she will be a mother like Eunice.

Who supports a President who uses the 'bully pulpit' afforded by his job to undermine Christian morality? Christian conservatives. This President's father irked Christian conservatives by alternately wooing them, and then ostentatiously distancing himself from them to reassure other elements of the electorate. They never knew what to expect when they woke up in the morning. Would today be a day he would flatter them, or demonize them? No one knows that with the son either. Unlike conventional constituencies which expect politicians to deliver the goods or forfeit their support, this group is pleased with small things, like misquoted hymn lyrics.

False Prophecy

The Old Testament prescribes the death penalty for false prophets:

"But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak...that prophet shall die." (Deuteronomy 18:20).

How are the people to recognize a false prophet? Simple enough:

"...when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him." (Deuteronomy 18:22).

For those under grace not law, the recommendation is shunning, not stoning. Some say that Mr. Bush fits the bill. Deputy Palestinian Prime Minister Nabil Shaath quotes Mr. Bush as saying, "God would tell me, ’George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did, and then God would tell me, ’George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq.’ And I did." (MSNBC, 'Palestinian: Bush said God guided him on war,' Reuters, Updated: 5:53 a.m. ET Oct. 7, 2005). The reader will recall Mr. Bush and those working for him always looking on the sunny side, projecting the conquest of Iraq as a "cakewalk." But we have not yet pacified Iraq. If Mr. Bush claims divine guidance for assertions proven false by events, he is a false prophet. The White House characterizes these remarks as "absurd" and denies Mr. Bush ever made them.

Red States

'Realpolitik' teaches that idealism stops at the water's edge. The Bush administration, having abandoned the 'law enforcement' model for dealing with terrorism, no longer intend to punish the guilty and let the guiltless go free. Instead they nominated a nation, Iraq, uninvolved in the crime of 9/11, to suffer in the place of the unapprehended conspirators. Some may perceive in this a rough-edged but effective way of dealing with a fallen world, similar to a gunman who aims at children playing in the schoolyard to get what he wants. But 'realpolitik' is unrealistic, because it leaves God out of the equation. Bible readers know it is never in one's self-interest to do what is wrong, because there is a God in heaven who brings down the unjust and lifts up the oppressed.

The Bible contradicts the first premise of this political philosophy. According to God's word, men do not even know the future, much less can they skillfully contrive outcomes:

“And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods...But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’” (Luke 12:16-18).
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.” (James 4:12-13).

As Katrina showed, God's weapons of mass destruction dwarf man's. Prudent public policy, therefore, fears not man's enmity but God's. Before all else you must do right.

Vengeance is Mine

Arnold Schwarzenegger has grown rich selling revenge fantasies to the public. Our popular culture insists so strongly that a man slighted or injured must seek 'pay-back' even if he has to lie, cheat and steal to do it, that it is with a start one discovers God has claimed the prerogative for Himself alone:

“For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay'...” (Hebrews 10:30).
“Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Lest the LORD see it, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.” (Proverbs 24:17-18)

When the American people were attacked by Islamic fundamentalists on September 11, 2001, it was Mr. Bush's duty to eliminate the threat against which he had failed to protect us. Yet he did no more than feint against the Islamic fundamentalists who were, and still are, menacing the American public. He committed a token force to Afghanistan, where our enemy was, while readying the main strike force to invade Iraq, where his enemy was. America was attacked by Islamist ideologues, not Arab nationalists. When fronts form along ideological lines, as during the Cold War, it is suicide to mistake your enemy. So why did we substitute Arab nationalists for Islamists? We ended by handing a huge victory to those who hate us, instituting an Islamist government in Iraq for the first time in the modern era, a government which has pledged to institute Sharia. When the beheadings begin, thank the American tax-payer, who made it all possible! We defend Mr. al-Jaafari's government against all its foes, not only Islamists of a rival sectarian bent, but also nationalists who preferred the prior secular system. We are fighting for Islamic fundamentalists against their secular opponents!

It will be a long, strange tale for historians to disentangle how Mr. Bush succeeded in substituting a shop-worn secular socialist for the Islamist fanatics who attacked us, and getting the victims not only to accept the sleight-of-hand, but even to accuse of treason those who would not close their eyes. How did it happen? One cannot overlook that the main sponsors of international jihad are also the Bush family's financial backers. But at the same time one cannot overlook the visceral hatred Mr. Bush exudes for Saddam Hussein. Mr. Bush's glee in watching Mr. Hussein examined for lice contrasts with his strange indifference to Osama bin Laden, who murdered three thousand Americans on Mr. Bush's watch. As a result, mass murderer bin Laden yet enjoys his liberty. Critics called Mr. Bush 'robotic,' but he was lively enough when he explained, "After all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad." (The Faith of George W. Bush, Stephen Mansfield, p. 146). Was it to satisfy a personal grudge that Mr. Bush substituted his family's old nemesis for the nation's pressing foes?

If so, it yet again shows the gulf between Bush-believing Christianity and the Bible kind. Not only are Christians not supposed to neglect their duties in order to satisfy a personal grudge, they are not supposed to hold grudges at all.




False Witness

"I’m doing my best to try and understand what message my president is trying to send us. Last week, he told reporters that the Defense Secretary would be in place until the very final day of the president’s term. Turns out, that wasn’t true at all – we now know that President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld made the decision “a few weeks ago.” Yesterday, the president admitted to lying to the reporters with a mischievous grin. While I’m not going to shed any tears for some Associated Press reporter being given wrong information, I wonder why a simple “no comment” wouldn’t have been a better answer last week. At least we would have been spared watching this honorable man try and explain why he didn’t tell the truth." ('A Double Thumping,' by Mike Gallagher, November 10, 2006,Townhall.com.)

When Mr. Bush is caught pulling the wool over the White House press corps' eyes, whether with Mr. Rumsfeld's resignation or his lightning trip to Baghdad, he displays a self-satisfied smirk. Mr. Bush sees his success in misleading this alert group of people as proof he's not as slow as some think.

It's odd that his Christian fan club should join in his triumph on these occasions, given all that the Bible says on this matter. We are not watching an "honorable man" forced to lie, because he does not have to actively mislead his hearers. We are watching an amoral man in no way embarrassed or troubled by telling people things which just are not so.

What, Me Worry?

  • "I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things."
  • (President George W. Bush, aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003, Bushisms)

The corporate media gush over Mr. Bush's "calm" in the face of reverses, ascribing this "calm" to his "faith." How could a politician reduce Iraq to bloody anarchy and show neither remorse nor regret, were it not for "faith"? As has been pointed out, mistakes were made, but there was no 'mistaker.' But Mr. Bush already displayed this "calm," long before Karen Hughes massaged his personal narrative into a new birth testimony. In his younger years he cheerfully drove his business ventures into the ground, showing no anxiety as to whether this habit was inconveniencing investors.

The Christian faith does not teach its disciples, as the media imagine, that whatever impulse may come into their mind was planted there by God. Neither does it encourage people to avoid thinking about why they do things: "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified." (2 Corinthians 13:5). Christianity does not mean never having to say one is sorry: "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Matthew 5:23-24). Mr. Bush's "calm" in the face of the harm he causes others is indeed remarkable, but it has nothing to do with the Christian faith.



Imagine, if you will, a version of Christianity which acknowledges Jesus as Messiah, but does not count the people of the Messiah as Israel. In place of the motley agglomeration of the Messiah's congregation, they prefer racial purity. Certainly history would have been different had the actors in the book of Acts shared this preference:




Is it possible, as some allege, that Messrs. Bush and Cheney either made 9/11 happen or let it happen? After 9/11, there were four legitimate targets the U.S. could have struck in retalation, under international law: Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Sudan. These four countries had either harbored al Qaeda or funded their endeavors. In the event, only one of these guilty countries was ever attacked, or even suffered any undesirable consequences at all. In the case of Sudan, they had arguably expelled bin Laden, but the only factor one can see working in Saudi Arabia's favor is the love between the Bush clan and their business partners, the Saudi royals. Instead, our country 'retaliated' against a nation, Iraq, uninvolved in the attack, but with a previous history of hostility against Saudi Arabia, one of the sponsors of the attack. Certainly this history might make a person wonder:


9/11 Conspiracy Theories

9/11
Free Fall
The Government Did It
Dig a Pit
Building 7
Fire Safety
Topple Like a Tree
Squibs
Replication
China Vase
Betty Ong
Lizzie Borden
Public Anger
The Illuminati
Private Network
Stranger than Fiction
Western Union
The Flash
Voice Morphing
Motivation
Stalinist Wedding-Cake Architecture
Explosions
A Perfect World
Mother of All Conspiracy Theories



What the World Worships

Mr. Bush believes "all the world," whether Christian, Muslim, or "any other religion," worships the same God. This gives one pause: "any other religion," even Baal-worship?

  • "Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That's what I believe."
  • (President George W. Bush, Bush: All religions pray to 'same God', October 7, 2007).

But the Bible does not say this world worships the same God as does His flock:

"So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, 'O Baal, hear us!' But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.

"And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, 'Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.' So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them. And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention." (1 Kings 18:26-29).

Can Mr. Bush's celebrity Christian backers explain why "no one answered" when these devout worshippers prayed to Mr. Bush's god?



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