By Doug Newman
August 22, 2006
(A long one: about 2000 words.)
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Shaun White gained considerable fame from his gold medal performance as a snowboarder in this year’s Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. His abundant mop of red hair earned him the nickname of “The Flying Tomato.”
Shaun White is not really a tomato. People just call him that.
When he was running for president in 2000, George W. Bush said that Jesus had touched his heart. Hence, millions of Christians think that he is this wonderful noble Christian man. Just because people say he is a Christian, does that make him one?
It is not for me to judge whether or not Bush is a Christian. That is between him and his Maker. It is my duty, however, to evaluate the fruit on his tree against the yardstick of Scripture.
Bush and abortion
Is Our Christian President (OCP) pro-life? Well, over $100 million in federal taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood every year. This could not happen without the signature of OCP. (And if "he didn't know what he was signing", why did he sign it to begin with?)
And didn’t OCP sign a ban on partial birth abortions? Well, yes he did. The problem is, however, that this bill so narrowly defined this gruesome procedure that it only outlawed it for about ten seconds out of a nine month pregnancy.
When OCP was governor of Texas, that state’s supreme court ruled 6-3 that a 17-year-old girl could get an abortion without parental consent. Governor Bush nominated four of the justices in the majority and was an ally of a fifth. That alone would make for a majority.
I know, I know: OCP’s only veto was of a bill that increased federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. However, he is not opposed to some taxpayer funding for research using dead babies. In August 2001, he authorized federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
(For an incredibly detailed and impeccably documented account of how OCP is no pro-lifer, please read this article by Patrick Johnston, OD.)
Bush and the courts
But what about his judicial picks? Didn’t OCP inherit a bunch of liberal Clinton appointees? Well, yes, but that does not let him off the hook. All he has to end intrusion by a rogue judiciary in matters such as abortion, school prayer, etc, is to heed Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution he has twice sworn to uphold. All he has to do is urge 218 congressmen and 51 senators with backbone to pass legislation restricting the scope of the federal courts on these issues and then sign such legislation. Unless I have missed something, he has not done this.
One of OCP’s picks for the Eleventh Circuit Court, William Pryor, led the charge to remove Roy Moore from the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore became famous when he defied the totally arbitrary and capricious order by a federal judge to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama state court house.
In 1992, John Roberts, OCP’s pick to be chief justice of the Supreme Court, provided legal counsel which was instrumental in overturning Colorado’s Amendment 2, which would have denied special civil rights protections to homosexuals. Which brings us to the issue of…
Bush and gays
But what about homosexuality? Didn’t OCP support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage? Well, yes. (Such an amendment is a dumb idea for a variety of reasons.) However, he has appointed large numbers of homosexuals to federal office. He hired Dick Cheney’s openly gay daughter to be a consultant on his presidential campaigns. He has openly praised the Metropolitan Community Churches of Los Angeles, which perform 6000 gay “marriages” per year.
(Again, Dr. Johnston goes into great detail and exhaustive documentation on OCP and homosexuals in this article.)
Bush family values
We know about all the degeneracy of the Kennedy clan, as well as that of Roger Clinton and Billy Carter. It is very well known that OCP's daughters were busted for using fake IDs to gain entrance to an Austin watering hole. Daughter Jenna has been spotted on all fours gyrating around in a thong doing something called “Da Butt Dance” at a lower Manhattan night spot.
OCP has hosted satanic shock-rocker Ozzy Osbourne at the White House. Hardcore porn star Mary Carey (this link is G-rated) attended a fundraising dinner for OCP in early 2005.
Noelle Bush, daughter of OCP’s brother Florida governor Jeb Bush, has been busted for crack possession. Her brother, Jeb Jr., has been busted for public drunkenness and, on another occasion, for having public sex in a Tallahassee parking lot.
Is OCP a Christian in his economics? The Bible says many things about economics, but two are more important than any other. The Eighth Commandment says “Thou Shalt Not Steal” and the Ten Commandment says “Thou Shalt Not Covet.” Washington, D.C., is an orgy of theft – i.e. oppressive taxation – and covetousness – i.e. people will say and do anything to get their meat hooks on a chunk of other people’s money.
I know, I know, he passed a few tiny little tax cuts. But that is about it. Did any of you notice them in your paychecks? "Conservative” Bush outspends “liberal” Clinton by $800 billion per year, thus making Washington an even bigger economic brothel than ever. Every liberal big government program that conservatives say they hate is bigger, uglier and more costly under “conservative” Bush than under “liberal” Clinton. And Bush has added a few of his own, such as the prescription drug benefit and No Child Left Behind. Had a Democrat spent money this way, evangelicals would condemn it as Stalinism. But when you raise the subject of Dubya’s spending, his legions of Christian admirers just change the subject.
Christians often point to Dubya’s Faith Based Initiative as an example of Christian economics in action. This allows religious institutions to partake in administering federal welfare programs. There is a biblical problem with this. II Corinthians 9:7 forbids forced contributions to the work of the church. For those of you in Rio Linda, OCP wants to take money you are forced to pay under penalty of fines or prison, and give it churches.
Bush, the Bible and War
But what about his foreign policy? Isn’t he fighting terror and tyranny and ridding the world of evildoers?
In Matthew 4, the devil tempts Jesus twice and Jesus says no. Finally, the devil offers Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world.” Who could resist that? Again, Jesus rejects the devil’s offer.
Dubya and his followers act as if America can have its way with every country in the world. America’s military might makes right. Either do as America says, or else.
In 2003, OCP ordered the American invasion of Iraq, which had never done a thing to us and had nothing to do with 9/11. This invasion led to the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people. God hates hands that shed innocent blood, be they the hands of the abortionist or the infantryman. (Proverbs 6:17)
As if this were not enough, the new Iraqi constitution is based on Islamic law. Wherever Islam has gotten the upper hand death and destruction have followed. Contrary to the words of our theologian-in-chief, Islam is not a religion of peace and Christians and Muslims do not worship the same god.
There is now widespread support across America for war with Iran and Syria. The strongest and most loyal support comes from evangelical Christians, who also claim that Bible is the inerrant Word of God. Perhaps they should dust if off and read it some time.
But what about terrorism? America does not have a terrorism problem because it is free and pure and noble and good. America is hated by so many around the world because of its insistence on meddling in every last country and conflict. When you have troops in 130 countries around the world, you are going to have more than a few people hating you. You reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8) and when you live by the sword you die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52)
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) Yes, our Founders, many of whom were Christian, gave us the greatest system of government in the history of the world. Not only have we rejected it by embracing federal intrusion into every aspect of our lives, we have rejected it by our military adventurism. The Founders warned again and again against alliances. They wanted no part of Europe’s wars. In our foreign affairs, we were to keep our economic relations to a maximum and our political connections to a minimum. We are paying dearly in money and blood for our failure to heed these warnings.
I have received numerous e-mails in recent years criticizing me for “nitpicking” and Dubya’s “imperfections”. If any part of the above track record was that of Bill Clinton or any other Democrat, evangelicals would condemn it as beyond scandalous. However, it is all true of Dubya and millions of otherwise intelligent Christians are in total denial. In the words of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, they can’t handle the truth. They would rather die than hear a disparaging word about Their Christian President.
I often hear that “God lifts up imperfect men to fulfill His purposes” and that Dubya is such a man. Well, if we were talking about a Democrat, would all these Christians be so forgiving? Or would this president be a reprobate scumbag who slimed his way into 51 percent of the vote of a morally bankrupt electorate?
Jimmy Carter proclaimed his Christian beliefs. But he was a Democrat. Jerry Falwell helped launch an electoral revolution in opposition to him and his party’s legacy.
Jane Fonda is on record as calling herself a Christian. How many evangelical Christian churches are holding Jane Fonda film festivals to raise funds?
Imagine the convulsive laughter of evangelical Christians if Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy or some other big-time Democrat professed to be a Christian.
To choose the lesser of two evils is still to choose evil. The Bible says not to do this. (Romans 12:9) It is not entirely clear that Dubya is in fact the lesser of two evils. Had a Democrat compiled a track record like this, evangelical Christians would fight him every step of the way.
Again, I am not going to judge whether or not Dubya is or is not a Christian. I am just asking people to be discerning and to evaluate his performance based on the fruit on his tree. Scripture instructs us to do this. (Matthew 7:15-20)
As frustrated as I get about the evangelical adulation and adoration for Dubya, I must be mindful of God’s Word. In II Timothy 4:2-5, Paul prophesies a time such as this:
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”
Discharging the duties of my particular unconventional ministry means preaching the truth even when it is not popular and when it is not what people want to hear.
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Freely Speaking: Essays by Doug Newman