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Sapphire Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:30 PM
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Bush's references to his faith made German chancellor leery
Bush's references to his faith made German chancellor leery
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Melissa Eddy
Associated Press

Berlin -- Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, whose second term was marked by vehement opposition to the war in Iraq, described in an advance copy of his memoirs how he was suspicious of President Bush's constant references to his Christian faith.

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While meetings with Bush at that time were friendly, Schroeder said he could not reconcile himself with the feeling that religion was the driving force behind many of Bush's political decisions.

"What bothered me, and in a certain way made me suspicious despite the relaxed atmosphere, was again and again in our discussions how much this president described himself as God-fearing,' " Schroeder wrote, adding that he is a firm believer in the separation of church and state.

Schroeder accused some elements in the United States of being hypocritical when it comes to secularism in government.

"We rightly criticize that in most Islamic states, the role of religion for society and the character of the rule of law are not clearly separated," Schroeder wrote. "But we fail to recognize that in the USA, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies."

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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:37 PM
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1. he uses the words but he doesn't understand the meaning
'god-fearing' & 'almighty' imply an old testament, primitive, punitive conception of an omnipotent being.

basically, he sees god as his mom with a beard.
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Blackthorn Donating Member (675 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:43 PM
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2. *I* see his mum with a beard.
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cspanlovr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:45 PM
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3. When the Germans think you're strange, there's something very wrong.
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