Tuesday, October 17, 2006

George Bush - a man of profound faith and deep compassion?

A quote from the Time magazine article, Why a Christian in the White House Felt Betrayed, written by David Kuo, the Evangelical and former second-in-command of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives has gotten me on my high horse (again):

George W. Bush, the man, is a person of profound faith and deep compassion for those who suffer. But President George W. Bush is a politician and is ultimately no different from any other politician, content to use religion for electoral gain more than for good works. Millions of Evangelicals may share Bush's faith, but they would protect themselves--and their interests--better if they looked at him through the same coldly political lens with which he views them.

I better not even comment on whether I believe George W. Bush is a man of deep compassion or even profound faith. But I will say that a man who has raised gay bashing to an art form and cruelly used the GLBT community for political gain, shamelessly mocked Evangelicals in private while using them at election time to bolster his chance for victory, worried more about the welfare of corporations and millionaires than the people left destitute by Katrina, deceived and lied Americans into a disastrous war and then horribly mismanaged it, profoundly divided a country once united by unspeakable tragedy, destroyed decades of goodwill painstakingly nurtured with other countries around the world, consistently chosen to bully rather than negotiate, tramped, spit, and ignored the constitution, and played extreme hardball partisan politics when he knew half the country did not even vote for him isn’t really the ideal candidate for sainthood.


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