Holy war

Posted May 18, 2009 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or feel terrified at the latest revelation about the Bush Administration. Both responses seem appropriate. According to a story by Robert Draper in the new “GQ” mag, Donald Rumsfeld approved the attachment of bellicose, “boo-yah!” quotes from the Old Testament to Bush’s daily intelligence briefings about the Iraq War. Photos of soldiers praying and manning tanks were mixed with scripture lines like these: “It is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.” The speculation is that the pro-war Biblical quotes were intended to keep Dubya alert, engaged, and thoroughly stoked to keep the war going.

Here’s an ungentle suggestion: Whatever their differences may be, atheists, agnostics, and all believers of conscience should form a new political coalition to keep right-wing evangelicals the hell away from the Oval Office.


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