Thursday, February 07, 2008

Oftentimes, Christians Deserve the Leaders They Get

Eight years ago, when George W. Bush declared that Jesus was his favorite philosopher, suppose someone had asked a follow-up question.

"Mr. Bush, Jesus invited his followers to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. How will that guide your foreign policy, especially in the event, say, of an attack on the United States?"

Or: "Gov. Bush, your favorite philosopher expressed concern for the tiniest sparrow. How will that sentiment be reflected in your administration's environmental policies?"

Or: "Jesus called his followers to care for 'the least of these.' How does that teaching inform your views on tax policy or welfare reform?"

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  • I totally agree. No one did a follow-up question, thus allowing his statement to stand as is without a deeper explanation. I would've asked as a follow-up, "how was Jesus a political philosopher? Could you give specific examples?"

    In no Political Science class I've taken has Jesus ever been cited as a "political philosopher". Bush only said that as a wink to the evangelical voters who eat that stuff up because they are hungry for any public acknowledgement of Jesus. Unfortunately, they should've read Jesus statement about not being fooled by charlatans who speak the words they want to hear, but whose actions betray their true beliefs.

    By Blogger Sansego, at 1:59 AM  

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