Random Asides

I’m sorry, but I just can’t help myself.

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


Donna Druchunas is a freelance technical writer and editor and a knitwear designer. When she's not working, she blogs, studies Lithuanian, reads science and sci-fi books, mouths off on atheist forums, and checks her email every three minutes. (She does that when she's working, too.) Although she loves to chat, she can't keep an IM program open or she'd never get anything else done.

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  1. You can just see the cluelessness ooze from every quote.


    And neither do many fundies. They just don't get the problem non-theists see with religion, because they can't see farther than their own nose.

    It's kinda sad that one of 'em ended up becoming president. Although I suppose it was probably inevitable in the long run.

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