Thursday, October 16, 2003

My God Can Beat Up Your God

Lieutenant General William Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said the reason Osama and his cabal hate us is because we're Christians. Huh. Maybe they hate us because our right-wing, ultra-conservative, evangelical Christian cabal, headed by born-again coke-head AWOL Bush, makes the kind of statements that Boykin, and Pat Robertson, make. Last week, Pat Robertson suggested we should blow up the US State Department with a nuclear weapon. Today, the LA Times reported that Boykin, while in uniform, said to the Good Shepherd Community Church in Sandy, Oregon, “I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.” He also stated that President George W. Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters: “He was appointed by God.”

And I thought it was the Supreme Court.

First of all, we're not a Christian nation. We have many faiths and non-faiths. We have believers and brights. We have many Muslims, Hindu, Buddhists, Seiks, and others. The Christian right is forcing their god down everyone's throat and for some reason nobody seems to mind much. Pat Robertson asked God to kill Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize Sodomy. Jerry Falwell, well, I think you get the picture. And when W gives a speech at Bob Jones University, as he did in the campaign of 2000, we all know where he stands. He agrees with these people. In fact, in a well known exchange with his mother, he said only evangelical Christians will get into heaven. As he said when he first set foot on Israeli soil and was asked what he had to say to the Jews, he responded, “You're all going to hell.”

James Watt, when he was Reagan's interior secretary (and mentor to current interior secretary Gail Norton), said "We don't have to protect the environment -- the Second Coming is at hand." Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum recently made remarks to the same effect. This kind of Rapture Logic is rampant among the neo-cons in Washington these days, and it should scare the hell out of each and everyone of us. After all, if the man with his finger on the button thinks the Book of Revelation is actual prophecy, then who can stop him from raining fire from the sky on us all? What's to stop this man from thinking he is the second coming? After all, God talks to him. God picked him to be president. His generals go around preaching it. He preaches it. They do what they want to whoever they want and keep the details secret.

Meanwhile, we can't find the truth about Bush's Saudi friends, like Bandar Bush, and the Bin Laden family, and how they were secretly scurried out of the country after 911, without the FBI or anyone interviewing them. We can't find out about the connection between Bush, Cheney, the Carlyle Group, Unocal, Enron, and the Afghan pipeline. We can't find out about Ken Lay writing energy policy that causes environmental Armageddon. The press plays dumb, or worse. And I write away in this political blog that no one reads.

What's the point? Why bother? Who cares?

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