Sunday, May 22, 2005

Bush Maybe Not Quite As Christlike As He Likes To Think

Strangely, while visiting a small Christian college, President Bush received some criticism. And it wasn't about how he hadn't been hard enough on the gays and the Muslims. Rather, a letter from one third of the college's faculty said:

"We believe your administration has launched an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq. As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to initiate war only as a last resort,"

Further, and perhaps even stranger,

The letter criticized economic policies that it said favored the wealthy over the poor, and faulted Bush for mixing religion and politics and exhibiting and "intolerance" for others' views.

What makes this so odd is that concern for the poor, and an aversion to violence, are actually parts of Jesus's teachings. While most Christians will not acknowledge this, Jesus is widely considered to be the central figure in Christianity. He's lost a lot of support amongst the faithful lately because he never lobbied against gay-marriage, nor did he say that we should lower taxes on the rich. Thus, he has largely been replaced in American Christianity by the more holy figure of Jerry Falwell.

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