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Bush and God

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How Bush Relates to Armageddonites

"chosen by God to lead America"       

Bush Armageddon Obsession  analysis of "Revelations" and  his use of words (such as "to rid the world of evil") indicate that he is   Comprehensive list of reports on Bush as a Christian Zionist

11/19/06    Embittered Insiders Turn Against Bush  "anytime anyone holds themselves up as holy, they're judged by a different standard," said David Kuo, former deputy director of bush' Faith Based initiative in his book Tempting Faith."

10/17/06  Bush and Fascism -- All the president's men--- trying to comprehend the foundations of Bush ideology--ideologies from the past

10/03/06  "State of Denial" and Oedipus complex "his steadfast belief that his is a divine mission"

10/28/04  Bush Daily Readings-- Oswald Chambers if policies go wrong, it does not mean that they need changing, or that Bush is wrong or that he needs to read, think, reflect, replace advisors; no rather it means that God is just "testing his faith"

and "If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is over for you. ... Be reckless immediately, totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything by casting your all upon him. ... You will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessly being willing to risk your all."  More Chambers

You're Invited to the War Party --Georgie Anne Geyer's review of Woodward book interviews with Bush and his worldview                                                           BUSH Messiah Complex  and  Bush Religion Worries Many Evangelicals ----Christian Science Monitor Reports         Pope's Views on Bush War      Bush's Conviction that he is "Servant of God"   new10.gif (281 bytes) Bush and Evil -- Satan's Tricks (courtesy of SocialCritic.orgThe President's Feelings --How Bush Thinks      In Bob Woodward's book, he asks Bush about how history will judge his war.  Bush answers that he doesn't know, but "We'll all be dead."  Did he mean from old age, or from apocalypse which he forsees?   

Michael Ortiz Hill in Counterpunch (first link above) quotes Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's book Bush at War: Woodward writes: "Most presidents have high hopes. Some have grandiose visions of what they will achieve, and he was firmly in that camp... 'To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil,'" says Bush. And again, '"'We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation.' Grandiose visions." Woodward comments, "The president was casting his mission and that of the country in the grand vision of God's Master Plan."

UPDATES

12/03/05  How Bush Sees His Purposes Today

10/10/05  Bush says God Told Him  to invade iraq and create a Palestinian state

10/28/04  Reality to George W. Bush is not about facts, but about higher meta-truths ...e.g. family, liberty--For this Bush harnesses facts, both true and false-- 

10/26/04  Bush Attends Moderate Church --only comfortable with strong believers (in many religions), doesn't understand Jewish secularists, believes in power of prayer --NY TIMES

10/18/04  "He's always talking about what he thinks God has told him." "He understands them (Al Qaeda) because he's just like them---He truly believes he's on a mission from God." Bruce Bartlett quoted in NY TIMES

10/15/04 "God wants everybody to be free. And that's a part of my foreign policy."  Bush in 3rd Debate--Re-election will be a mandate from heaven--"scope of the mission"

 

From Main Page transferred 11/11/04

9/15/04  Extensive Analysis and Quotes on Bush Beliefs  Wash Post -maybe just simpler than imagined

9/4/04   Interesting quotes from Hitler about God

8/18/04   Quotes of Bush About God Guiding Him   --God told him to attack Iraq

6/5/04   Bush Erratic Behavior Worries Some White House Aides says his decisions are "God's Will"

5/24/04 "The many critics of the (Left Behind) series see a resonance between its apocalytic scenarieo and the born-again Presidnet Bush's apocalyptic rhetoric land confrontational Mideast policies," NEWSWEEK

4/6/03  Bush Claims God on his Side   BBC TV  "We are in a conflict between good and evil."

3/27/03   Bush's God Compared to former President Carter's God   But Bush's God is the eye-for-an-eye God of the Hebrew prophets and the Book of Revelation, the God of vengeance and retribution, whereas Carter's God is the Jesus of the New Testament, the revolutionary who declared "blessed are the peacemakers" and enjoined his followers to turn the other cheek.

     Bush Psychology---Understanding    Bush the Infallible  --a fascinating article on his world view, Armageddon and more.—little need for reading, study or reflection,  but prayer to find out how God wants him to act.  ……….”What this produces is, in the first instance, a notably unreflective faith. Apart from the initial choice to embrace Jesus, there is no spiritual struggle at work, no questioning at the heart of prayer, no self-criticism, no internal moral drama taking place in one's life. In fact, to doubt at all is to bring into question not only one's salvation but the entire apparatus of religious doctrine, the core tenet of which is the surety of salvation once it is chosen. 

Christianity once clearly taught that a king who kills innocents and squanders the people's money is endangering his immortal soul. By raising this prospect, bishops and priests and theologians have restrained the war-like behavior of princes from the 4th century on. But what if the prince believes that he is assured of salvation because of his own choice, regardless of what the church says? We have here an entirely different constellation of incentives at work. Might Bush believe there is no eternal price to pay for killing thousands, even millions, in a good cause, since there is nothing he could do to endanger his immortal soul?”

         The article expands upon earlier studies, e.g. Georgie Anne Geyer’s   “You’re Invited to a War Party”  (American Conservative) quoting from Woodward’s book , “Bush at War,” …. ”This will be a monumental struggle between good and evil,” he (Bush) says just after 9/11. He ….. makes a brief statement to the press, and takes five questions: “He referred to ‘evil’ or ‘evildoers’ seven times.

–“I’m the commander—see, I don’t need to explain—I do not need to explain why I say things.”    He himself says proudly in the book, repeatedly, that he hates and distrusts the media and adds that he does not see the mail either.  He declares continuously here that he trusts his “instinct”—

 

2)     Michael Ortiz Hill, (first link at top) quotes also from Woodward’s book, "To answer these attacks and rid the world of evil," says Bush. And again, "We will export death and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of this great nation." Grandiose visions. Woodward comments, "The president was casting his mission and that of the country in the grand vision of God’s Master Plan."  Hill argues that Revelations (the focus of many Southern Baptists) is a “rogue text,” totally different from the rest of the Bible.

 

The Progressive  quotes Woodward, “Most Presidents have high hopes. Some have grandiose visions of what they will achieve, and he was firmly in that camp," Woodward writes. Bush told him, "I will seize the opportunity to achieve big goals," adding, "There is nothing bigger than to achieve world peace."

 

    ……. "He's on a religious mission, and you can't divorce religion from his militarism. He believes in fighting righteous war,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, editor of Freethought Today, the publication of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, in Madison, Wisconsin.  Chip Berlet, senior analyst for Political Research Associates in Somerville, Massachusetts, is an expert on rightwing religious groups. "Bush is very much into the apocalyptic and messianic thinking of militant Christian evangelicals," he says. "He seems to buy into the worldview that there is a giant struggle between good and evil culminating in a final confrontation. People with that kind of a worldview often take risks that are inappropriate and scary because they see it as carrying out God's will."

…….“Others, like Frederick Clarkson, author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy, doubt the depth of Bush's religious beliefs and see him invoking this rhetoric for political purposes. "Bush is playing to a base activist constituency," says Clarkson. "Many of these people believe that they're living in biblically inspired End Times."

……“David Frum (The Right Man –the Surprising Presidency of George W. Bush)  is quite open about the importance of fundamentalism in the Bush Administration. The first words he says he ever heard in the White House from George Bush were: "Missed you at Bible study." Frum writes, "Bush came from and spoke for a very different culture from that of the individualistic Ronald Reagan: the culture of modern Evangelicalism. To understand the Bush White House, you must understand its predominant creed."

……….What we know about Bush is that he's a man who places an inordinate amount of trust in the seat of his pants. "I'm not a textbook player. I'm a gut player," he told Woodward, who added that Bush used similar phrases a dozen times in the course of the interview he had with the President.”

See also the Armageddon Lobby -- about those Fundamentalists  who have moved from forecasting Armageddon to trying to bring it about

Religious Right Dispensationalist beliefs actually reflect a return to the Manichean heresy of the 4th Century and Persian Zoroastrianism.  Will Durant writes in  THE AGE OF FAITH, “Manicheism was not so much a Christian heresy as a Persian dualism of God and Satan, Good and Evil, Light and Darkness; it thought to reconcile Christianity and Zoroastrianism.............and felt compelled to postulate an Evil Sprit coeternal with the Good.”  Traditional Christian theology argues that all men have both good and evil within themselves. It is the Manichean view which divides human beings into “good ones and evil ones.”    Ed.