Who Would Jesus Torture? The Religion of
George W. Bush
July 17, 2004
By Christian Dewar
the June 21st edition of Time Magazine, the cover story is entitled,
"Faith, God and the Oval Office", in which George W. Bush's religious
beliefs are contrasted with those of John Kerry. In the same edition,
there is an article entitled, "Redefining Torture", in which the
origins of the use of torture by our government are traced to the
highest levels of Bush's administration. Who would Jesus torture?
Apparently, Time Magazine has no sense of irony.
Around 900 US troops have been killed in Iraq. Thousands more are
casualties, many missing limbs. Around 12,000 innocent Iraqi civilians
are dead. An unknown number of Iraqi conscripts and soldiers died.
The "Coalition of the Willing" has sustained death and casualties.
Our "Shock and Awe" blitzkrieg has devastated the already damaged
infrastructure including plumbing and sewage, insuring that tens,
if not hundreds of thousands, more civilians will die of sickness
and disease. Our use of the radioactive and toxic depleted uranium
munitions will no doubt cause cancer and birth defects among Iraqis
and US vets for generations to come.
Meanwhile, the 9/11 Commission has declared that Saddam did not
have WMD, he was not linked to Osama or al-Qaeda, he was not behind
the World Trade Center attacks and his decimated army posed no imminent
threat to the US. Oops!
If you kill one innocent human being it is murder. If you slaughter
thousands, it is "regime change."
Accounts of Saddam's ability to attack us with WMD were lies. Shipments
of Niger uranium to Iraq were lies. Claims that aluminum tubes were
for centrifuges were lies. Stories of drones that could attack the
US with chemical and biological weapons were lies. Assertions that
Saddam had mobile trucks with WMD were lies. Who would Jesus lie
Bush better hope that there is no heaven, no hell and no judgment
Ron Reagan Jr. recently commented that while his father believed
in God, he didn't wear his religion on his sleeve. While he did
not mention Bush by name, most observers assumed that he was talking
about the man selected by the Supreme Court to be our president.
Bush often uses code words familiar to his critical evangelical
base that fly under the radar of mainstream, moderate Christians.
Still, it does not seem to be too cynical to believe that Bush's
supposed religion is simply a ploy to gain votes from the rubes
among fundamentalist Christians. Or if he is a religious man, few
genuine Christians would believe that his God was the one they pray
What would St. Peter have to say to George Bush once he stands
before the Pearly Gates of heaven on judgment day? Has he been a
good Christian? Has he led a pious life according to the teachings
In the world of Roy Moore, it is more important for Christians
to display their faith by placing a huge granite rock with the Ten
Commandments inscribed on it in a court room rather than to follow
those tenets of Christianity. For the Bush family, patriotism is
displayed by appearing before huge American flags and wrapping themselves
in red-white-and-blue bunting even as they chip away at the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. Symbols trump substance any day for these
Christians and patriots.
According to childhood friends, Bush used to blow up frogs with
firecrackers and shoot them with BB guns. As several therapists
have pointed out, this cruelty to animals is a trait he shares with
many serial killers.
Bush was embroiled in a scandal at Yale when it was discovered
that he branded pledges at his fraternity with red-hot wires.
A drunken George W. Bush once challenged his own father to a fight,
"mano a mano."
Several therapists have commented about Bush's sadistic tendencies
and his lack of empathy. A recent book, "Bush on the Couch; Inside
the Mind of the President," written by the respected Justin A. Frank
M.D., is one of many attempts to describe Bush's inherent cruelty.
The book points out how comfortable Bush is being outside the law,
whether it is his two arrests at Yale, his DUI, his apparent AWOL
status in the Texas National Guard, alleged insider trading, possible
perjury or his reported drug abuse.
Polls report that many of those in the Red States believe that
Bush is "likable" and the candidate they would most like to have
a beer with. This about a man who mocks and ridicules those with
whom he disagrees. A reporter who asks a foreign politician a question
in French was derided as being an "internationalist." A citizen
who expressed his displeasure with Bush's policies was told, "Who
cares what you think?" He makes fun of bald journalists. He has
cruel nicknames for aides. He calls Karl Rove, "Turd Blossom."
During his father's presidential campaign. Dubya served as the
"loyalty enforcer", the heavy who was brought in to fire or chastise
disloyal campaign aides. He once yelled drunken obscenities at reporter
Al Hunt in front of his wife and young child for an innocuous statement
that he had written about his father. Unaware that his microphone
was on, he called a New York Times reporter an asshole. According
to White House insiders, his conversations are laced with profanity.
Dick Cheney recently told a respected senator who is critical of
his war profiteering to go "fuck yourself." Bush failed to admonish
his vice president. Is this a Christian sentiment? Who would Jesus
As governor of Texas, Bush presided over a record number of executions
including the mentally ill and juveniles. He mocked born-again Christian
Karla Faye Tucker's plea for clemency, "Please don't kill me, Mr.
Bush." Many of those sentenced to die had incompetent attorneys,
including one who slept through parts of the trial. Bush's legal
counsel omitted mitigating circumstances about many of the defendants.
Bush reportedly only gave a cursory review of the defendant's legal
During the debates with Al Gore, Bush smirked when he mentioned
the pending execution of neo-nazis who dragged a black man to his
death, even as he spurned the dead man's family who begged the governor
to back hate-crime legislation. What part of "Thou Shall Not Kill"
doesn't this man understand? What of "vengeance is mine, sayeth
the Lord"? What of "judge not, least ye be judged"? Are there loop
holes and exceptions to the teachings of Christ or the Bible, as
there apparently are in US and international law when it comes to
As a failed business man in the Texas oil business, Bush apparently
unloaded around $850,000 in stock before it crashed -- A far greater
amount than what Martha Stewart realized in her insider trading
scam. Bush was never exonerated, although Bush Senior's cronies
at the head of the SEC dropped the investigation. "Thou Shall Not
As governor, Bush steered much of the University of Texas's investments
to his cronies. He may well have perjured himself in a Texas funeral
home scandal. The Texas Ranger's stadium was paid for by taxpayers,
although Bush and his cronies realized a huge profit at their expense.
They even created a quasi-governmental agency to condemn the soon-to-be
valuable private property around the ball field in order to buy
the land at fire-sale prices.
As president, his administration has awarded no-bid, cost-plus
multi-billion dollar contracts to his campaign contributors. His
father has profited from his son's wars as a consultant to Carlyle.
Dick Cheney's stock in Halliburton increases in value as the company
gouges US taxpayers with inflated invoices and phantom services.
The vice president is being investigated by the SEC. He may be
indicted for a felony concerning bribes by Halliburton to corrupt
Nigerian officials. Bush's good friend and campaign contributor,
"Kenny Boy" Lay has finally made to perp walk. His company defrauded
California and his employees lost their careers along with their
life savings. The "Golden Rule?" He who has the gold, rules.
Around $20 billion dollars from the sale of Iraqi oil has gone
missing. Oil pumped from the Iraqi wells is unmetered. Money allocated
for Iraq by the US government is similarly unaccounted for with
Are we sure that this war wasn't about oil as ten million protesters
alleged before the bombing of Baghdad began? What of the proverb
that "it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel
to pass through the eye of a needle?" Bush's tax cuts mostly benefit
the richest one per cent of US citizens as the deficit soars to
record heights and social programs are gutted. This is compassionate
What mountain would Jesus strip mine? This administration is giving
away America's resources to his wealthy contributors as they despoil
the land and strip the forests. The extraction industries dump toxins
and pollutants into our water. Mercury from coal mines renders seafood
dangerous for pregnant women's unborn children. Death and illnesses
are directly linked to pollution. Under Governor Bush, Houston overtook
Los Angeles as the country's most polluted city.
This administration is the most vengeful in US history, as Richard
Clark, Paul O'Neil and Joe Wilson, among many others, have discovered.
Turn the other cheek? If you do, this administration will punch
you on the other side of your head.
Cheney voted against sanctions against the apartheid regime of
South Africa. He opposed efforts to free Nelson Mandela. What race
would Jesus hate?
Bush seems to also harbor racist tendencies. He recently refused
to address the NAACP. He opposes affirmative action. He reportedly
collaborated with Lee Atwater on the racist Willie Horton ads. Rove's
minions circulated rumors that John McCain fathered an illegitimate
black child. Jeb Bush disenfranchised thousands of black voters,
most of whom would have supported Al Gore. Asked by a black woman
what he would do for blacks if he became governor of Florida, Jeb
Bush replied, "Probably nothing." Who would Jesus hate?
John Ashcroft, the attorney general whose department approved the
use of torture, is affiliated with neo-confederate, racist groups
like the Southern Partisan and the Council of Conservative Citizens,
the uptown Ku Klux Klan.
Ashcroft is one of the NRA's strongest supporters. What about beating
swords into plowshares? Who would Jesus shoot? What heat would Christ
Both Cheney and Bush fought to pass a constitutional amendment
forbidding gay marriages, even though Cheney's daughter is a lesbian.
What group of citizens would Jesus hate?
Some of the more strident evangelicals believe that adulterers
should be stoned and that gays should be executed. They are in favor
of the death penalty. As for those innocent death row inmates, they
actually believe God will sort it all out in the next world. It
is doubtful that any of these "Christians" would even recognize
Jesus if he returned to earth, especially if he came back as a black,
gay or an Iraqi.
America's Best Christian (with apologies to the devout Christian
John Ashcroft, also presided over many executions while in office
in Missouri. Who would Jesus electrocute? It would appear that his
illegal campaign contributions amount to stealing.
His Justice Department says that torture stops just short of organ
failure. What "stress positions" would Jesus advocate? Would he
"water board" detainees until they thought they were about to drown?
Would he specifically approve the use of dogs to intimidate prisoners
as Rumsfeld did? Would he sexually humiliate them, leading them
naked on a leash? Would he force them to masturbate and simulate
sexual acts with one another as he video taped the proceedings?
Ashcroft's god is not one most Christians would recognize from the
Bush has called our war in the Middle East a crusade. General Boykin,
who believes God placed Bush in the White House, not the Supreme
Court, says this his God is the real God, not the one worshipped
by Muslims. His God helped him kill the infidels. Who would Jesus
It certainly is remarkable that such an insipid, callow, little
man like George W. Bush, who has slaughtered thousands of innocent
civilians as surely as if he pulled the trigger himself, can be
described as deeply religious by one of America's most mainstream
magazines with no sense of irony. American lemmings are now so brain
washed that they believe this war criminal is a man of God. It would
seem that the God he worships is really the Viking god of war, Thor,
with his thunder of ongoing, preemptive "Shock and Awe" extending
as far as the eye can see into our future.
Heaven save us from these Christians.