On A Mission From God

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"I base a lot of my foreign policy decisions on some things that I think are true. One, I believe there’s an Almighty. And, secondly, I believe one of the great gifts of the Almighty is the desire in everybody’s soul, regardless of what you look like or where you live, to be free." – George W. Bush, April 24, 2006

But wait, there is more:

Bush said he did not remember asking the question of his father, former president George H.W. Bush, who fought Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But, he added that the two had discussed developments in Iraq.

"You know he is the wrong father to appeal to in terms of strength. There is a higher father that I appeal to," Bush said.

Then there are those who prefer a secular country:

"Whatever one’s religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state." – John F. Kennedy, March 3, 1959

"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state." – Thomas Jefferson, January 1, 1802

Then there is of course the Constitution of the United States:

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." – Article VI of the Constitution of the United States

And the Establishment Clause:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." – Amendment I of The Bill of Rights

So why not execute the foreign policy of the United States based on one’s own religious beliefs? What’s the worst that could happen? I mean, Really!

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One Response to On A Mission From God

  1. Ingrid says:

    This is one of my pet peeves; this ridiculous notion that some christians have that the Bible takes precedence over the constitution. As someone born and raised in the Netherlands, I grew up with people identifying themselves as protestant, catholic or whatever different type, with the accompanying prejudism at times. Political parties are openly ‘christian’. At least you knew what to expect and at least you had many more choices (party-wise) to pick from. Even as a believer (although I’d probably be condemned to hell by those zealous nuts) I think there absolutely HAS to be a seperation between church and state. It is incomprehensible that those many christians cannot make nor want to make that distinction. No offense, it is a sign of stupidity. I should quit while I am ahead because I have often compared them with those zealous Muslims. Same difference, same disregard and disrespect for other people’s beliefs.
    (man, I got waayy to fired up before going to bed )..

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