Here are a few outtakes from W’s take on religion and politics:
I think people attack me because they are fearful that I will then say that you’re not equally as patriotic if you’re not a religious person. I’ve never said that. I’ve never acted like that. I think that’s just the way it is. On the other hand, I think more and more people understand the importance of faith in their life. America is a remarkable place when it comes to religion and faith. We had people come to our rallies who were there specifically to say, ‘I’m here to pray for you, let you know I’m praying for you.’ And I was very grateful about that…
I fully understand that the job of the president is and must always be protecting the great right of people to worship or not worship as they see fit. That’s what distinguishes us from the Taliban. The greatest freedom we have or one of the greatest freedoms is the right to worship the way you see fit. On the other hand, I don’t see how you can be president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a relationship with the Lord.
This stuff is really deeply interesting (and for many, disturbing). An example: Bush indicates that he thinks people attack him because “they are fearful that I will then say that you’re not equally as patriotic if you’re not a religious person.”
No, no, no.
Those of us who are “scared” don’t even associate religious belief and patriotism.
People are fearful that the President is making decisions based on his version of religion and not based on law, efficiency, effectiveness, reality and the will of the electorate. We are scared by the comments that to him don’t seem the least bit scary.