Times Online has posted the top 50 quotes about God by George W. Bush in an article called The Word according to Dubya: 50 religious insights from George Bush. Here’s a random sampling:
8. I don’t think you order suiciders to kill innocent men, women, and children if you’re a religious person. Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Jul. 14, 2004
16. I couldn’t imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah
White House, Dec. 10, 200117.
19. I did denounce it. I de- I denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced anti-Catholic bigacy… bigotry. Responding to attacks on his visit to ultra-conservative Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, Feb. 25, 2000
23. And I just — I cannot speak strongly enough about how we must collectively get after those who kill in the name of — in the name of some kind of false religion.
Press appearance with King Abdullah of Jordan, Aug. 1, 2002
30. The short-term objective of this country is to find an enemy and bring them to justice before they strike us. The long-term objective is to make this world a more free and hopeful and peaceful place. I believe we’ll succeed because freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to every man and woman in this world.
Portsmouth, Ohio, Sep. 10, 2004
38. One of the most — I think one of the most important and interesting domestic initiatives, which I agree has created an interesting philosophical debate, is to allow faith-based programs and community-based programs to access federal money in order to achieve the results we all want. I mean, for example, if you’re trying to encourage people to quit drinking, doesn’t it make sense to give people somebody an alternative — he can maybe go to a government counselor? Or how about somebody who calls upon a higher being to help you quit drinking? All I care about is the results. Sterling, Virginia, Jan. 19, 2006
Oh my, all I can say is, “God help us every one.”
Well, at least he also said this, although it does end with an ironic twist:
5. I tell people all the time, you’re equally American if you’re a Christian, Jew, or Muslim. You’re equally American if you believe in an Almighty or don’t believe in an Almighty. That’s a sacred freedom.
Washington, D.C., Mar. 10, 2006