The Washington Times has an exclusive interview with George W. Bush in tomorrow's paper (already available this evening on the internet). Bush has totally destroyed any credibility he might have had with people like myself who don't believe in God.
"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," Mr. Bush said. "I've never said that. I've never acted like that. I think that's just the way it is.
So you're not a patriotic American if you're not religious?
"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," Mr. Bush said. "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," he said.
Bush is saying that only Christians should be president?
These Bushisms really disgust me. Bush is trying to lead the country towards a religious theocracy and away from the country of religious freedom that our Founding Fathers envisioned. We think we live in a modern age, yet the leaders of our nation in the 18th century were the rational thinkers while today we have a leader beholden to primitive supersitions.
I agree with Andrew Sullivan's take:
To restrict the presidency to a particular religious faith is anathema to this country's traditions and to the task of toleration. The president surely needs to retract the statement.
Bush certainly owes a lot of patriotic Americans a very huge apology. But somehow I don't think we will be getting one.
You may wish read Right Hand Thief; he has written some worthwhile thoughts about the issue.