Gore Vidal Calls Bush, Blair 'Dangerous Jesus Lovers'
It's not Saddam Hussein and his murderous thugs
Americans have to worry about - the real danger facing us is the openly
devout Christianity of George Bush and Tony Blair warns author Gore
Vidal who sneeringly described Bush as a "'come to Jesus' kind of
fellow" and Blair as "a crypto Roman Catholic and a secret
Vidal who met with the odious Michael Moore and is
reported to have either written or was behind Moore's attack on the
President at the Oscar ceremonies, admits he met with the redundantly
obese producer but denies he had anything to do with Moore's screed,
according to Liz Smith's column in yesterday's New York Post.
"I'm flattered," he gushed to Smith.
"No, I didn't have anything to do with his speech although I did
see him recently."
Vidal described his meeting with Moore: "Some of
us, a group of like-minded souls, got together just to discuss
informally who we might back to be president in the next election. We
want a leader who won't lie to us. Mr. Bush is a 'come to Jesus' kind of
fellow who believes he is doing God's work. And it explains why Tony
Blair has gone along with him. He, too, is a crypto Roman Catholic and a
secret Jesus lover. Together they are very dangerous."
Vidal failed to explain exactly how Blair, who is a
self-declared devout Christian, could be a "secret Jesus
But Gore Vidal is not alone in voicing virulent
anti-Christian attacks. The Catholic League's Dr. Bill Donahue reports
that the role of religion in the life of President Bush is coming under
increasing criticism both at home and abroad.
He cites the following examples of that criticism:
German President Johannes Rau, when asked about
Bush’s understanding of religion said "Nowhere does the Bible
call for crusades."
- Not surprisingly, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin threw in his two francs worth of French religious doctrine:
"In no way can God be called on for a vote of confidence."
- An easily surprised Swedish lawmaker gasped
"I’ve never seen anything like this before."
- Donahue reports that the head of the German
Bishop’s Conference, Cardinal Karl Lehmann, "showed how
thoroughly modern he is when he admonished Bush for his ‘careless
way of using religious language’; the good cardinal advised that
this 'is not acceptable anymore in today’s world.’ "
- In the U.S., Barry Lynn of Americans United for
Separation of Church and State says Bush is on a "divinely
inspired" mission that is endangering our liberties.
- An official of the Utah chapter of American
Atheists brands Bush’s rhetoric as "divisive."
- Freedom From Religion Foundation chief, Annie
Laurie Gaylor, says that Bush is "the most recklessly religious
President we’ve seen.”
- Presbyterian minister Fritz Ritsch says Bush thinks
he’s "theologian in chief."
- Commonweal, which Donahue describes as a magazine
of the Catholic left, accuses Bush of the sin of "moral
simplicity," one that is "a dangerous illusion.”
- Time writer and Clinton worshipper Joe Klein
worries that Bush’s faith "does not discomfort him."
- Protestant theologian Martin Marty worries that
‘Bush’s God talk will set the tinderbox that is the Muslim world
on fire,[perhaps just as Christianity set the tinderbox that was the
Pagan world on fire], and Muslim American Society official, Shaker
El Sayed, warns that Bush "is claiming a divine mandate."
- Michael Cottle of the New Republic is upset that
Bush "is charging into battle with the blind confidence that
God will of course help him emerge victorious."
Says Donahue: "This is the way the
Bush-fearing gang operates. They put words in his mouth and then
denounce him for saying what he never said. We pray the president
continues to invoke God’s name whenever he sees fit and does not
yield to those who tremble when he does."
Note to President Bush and Prime Minister Blair:
keep in mind what Christ told his apostles on the night before He
was crucified: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated
me before you ... if they have persecuted me, they will persecute
In other words, you're in very good company.
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