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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:27 AM
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The White House was alive with piety.> A Country Ruled by Faith


http://www.nybooks.com/articles/19590

> Volume 53, Number 18 November 16, 2006


> A Country Ruled by Faith

> By Garry Wills
> The right wing in America likes to think that the United States government was, at its inception, highly religious, specifically highly Christian, and even more specifically highly biblical. That was not true of that government or any later governmentuntil 2000, when the fiction of the past became the reality of the present. George W. Bush was not only born-again, like Jimmy Carter. His religious conversion came late, and took place in the political setting of Billy Graham's ministry to the powerful. He was converted during a stroll with Graham on his father's Kennebunkport compound. It is true that Dwight Eisenhower was guided to baptism by Graham. But Eisenhower was a famous and formed man, the principal military figure of World War II, the leader of NATO, the president of Columbia Universityhis change in religious orientation was just an addition to many prior achievements. Bush's conversion at a comparatively young stage in his life was a wrenching away from mainly wasted years. He joined a Bible study culture in Texas that was unlike anything Eisenhower bought into.
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> Bush was a saved alcoholicand here, too, he had no predecessor in the White House. Ulysses Grant conquered the bottle, but not with the help of Jesus. Other presidents were evangelicals. Three of them belonged to the Disciples of ChristJames Garfield, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. But none of the three nor any of the other forty-two presidents preceding Bush (including his father)would have answered a campaign debate question as he did. Asked who was his favorite philosopher, he said "Jesus Christ." And why? "Because he changed my heart." Over and over, when he said anything good about someone elseincluding Vladimir Putinhe said it was because "he has a good heart," which is evangelical-speak (as in "condoms cannot change your heart"). Bush talks evangelical talk as no other president has, including Jimmy Carter, who also talked the language of the secular Enlightenment culture that evangelists despise. Bush told various evangelical groups that he felt God had called him to run for president in 2000: "I know it won't be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it."<1>
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> The White House was alive with piety. Evangelical leaders were in and out on a regular basis. There were Bible study groups in the White House, as in John Ashcroft's Justice Department. Over half of the White House staff attended the meetings. One of the first things David Frum heard when he went to work there as a speech writer was: "Missed you at the Bible study."<5> According to Esther Kaplan:
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> Aside from Rove and Cheney, Bush's inner circle are all deeply religious. Rice is a minister's daughter, chief of staff Andrew Card is a minister's husband, Karen Hughes is a church elder, and head speechwriter Michael Gerson is a born-again evangelical, a movement insider.<6>
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> Other parts of the administration were also pious, with religious services during the lunch hour at the General Services Administration.<7>
> 1. Faith-Based Justice
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> The labyrinthine infiltration of the agencies was invisible to Americans outside the culture of the religious right. ........

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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:29 AM
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1. Awash in piety, empty of competence
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:36 AM
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2. sinking in sanctimony
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:37 AM
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3. Their lips may proclaim piety but their actons bespeak
a greed like no other. Jesus arose out of a Jewish tradition that speaks volumes about doing for the poor. If the only example of the bible people witnessed was the average evangelical republican christian, one would be hard put to find any concern for the poor and sick among us.
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 12:01 PM
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4. and all of them dangerously religiously insane


using their religious insanity to tear our country apart for greed and power with goals of taking over the world.

a pox on all of them.
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:11 PM
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5. Like whitewashed tombs . . .
full of dead mens' bones.
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bronxiteforever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 03:58 PM
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6. Excellent post a must read-the great Garry Wills
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Lindacooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:31 PM
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7. These people are the greatest poseurs since the Pharisees.
They can blab all they want to about Christianity and the Bible, but their actions say that they are tools of the devil. They are against everything Jesus Christ proposed and endorsed. Everything.
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