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KEEP GOD OUT OF WHITHOUSE (College rag says Christians in WH more dangerous than terrorists)
The Orion (California State Univ) ^ | 10/22/03 | Ryan Sabadow

Posted on 10/22/2003 4:49:00 AM PDT by Mark Felton

The most dangerous force our country faces right now doesn't come from the threat of international terrorism. It comes from evangelical Christian fanatics connected to the White House, like Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin.

Last week, NBC ran a story showing Boykin in front of audiences at several evangelical churches across the country. Projected behind him was President George W. Bush. "Why is this man in the White House?" Boykin asked his audiences. "I tell you this morning, he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this."

This was after the recently appointed deputy undersecretary for intelligence also told the audiences the United States has been battling Satan during our war with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. He also said the reason terrorists have been attacking us is "because we're a Christian nation."

The three-star general in full dress uniform told the cheering crowds that when he was fighting against a Muslim militia leader in Somalia in 1993, he knew the Christian god was on his side. He had nothing to fear from Muslims because their god was an idol.

If images of radical hell-fire-and-brimstone religious fanatics who scream at us in the Free-Speech Area come to mind, you're not far off. The worst part is that this man isn't a sandwich-board-toting crazy. He has actual power, and he is a leading military figure in our ongoing wars against Muslim countries. He's not alone. Bush and his staff of evangelical Christians are slowly forcing their views on the rest of America and the world. America is shifting from democracy to theocracy.

Almost immediately after Sept. 11, President Bush said we were now in a "crusade." Even though he later retracted this remark and has waged a public relations campaign saying he respects Islam, you can't help but feel that Bush thinks he's on a mission from God.

According to Newsweek, prior to deploying troops to Iraq, Bush, the self-proclaimed "Born Again" evangelical Christian, told religious broadcasters "terrorists hate the fact that ... we can worship Almighty God the way we see fit," and that the United States needs to bring God's gift of liberty to "every human being in the world." Sounds like he forgot to say "whether they want it or not."

Bush's use of religion as a justification of policy isn't limited to war. Last week he declared Marriage Protection Week. This anti-homosexual statement coincides with the anniversary of the death of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard's death. You may remember him. He was the student from Laramie, Wyo. who was beaten to death for being gay (See Hallie Gorman's column "Protection hurts gays" in last week's Orion for more information).

This tasteless statement is just one more way Bush places his religious views on others, and it comes only months after a summer of Bush using biblical references to promote heterosexual marriage over homosexuals. Bush isn't just making statements - he also plans on using our tax dollars to fund his religious views.

According to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Bush administration plans on creating a "faith based" initiative that could funnel large sums of public funds to religious social services. Under the initiative, $30.5 million will go to grants given to social and religious groups. And it will give close to $20 billion to religious groups that claim to operate substance and mental health service programs. Religious groups could also compete for $8 billion in housing grants. If this initiative makes it through the legislature, it will be a direct slap in the face of the First Amendment, which says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

Since Sept. 11, Bush has been sounding more like a preacher giving a sermon than a president. The reverend C. Welton Gaddy, a Louisiana pastor and executive director of the Interfaith Alliance Foundation, told CNN that "This president is using general references ... and vocabulary that come straight out of a very particular religious tradition, which is evangelical Christianity." He went on to say that this doesn't reflect the broad range of religious views this country has.

Gaddy's right. When one religion is forced above others, it turns us away from being a free country. When guys like Bush, Boykin and Attorney General John Ashcroft use religion to determine policy decisions, the constitutional-based wall that has separated church and state since this country's inception starts to crumble. When the dust from that wall clears, we'll no longer be free.

Ryan Sabalow can be reached at opinioneditor@orion-online.net


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File a complaint of religious bigotry!

1 posted on 10/22/2003 4:49:02 AM PDT by Mark Felton
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Matthew Shepard ... who was beaten to death for being gay

I don't believe this is quite accurate. Didn't Shepard try to hit on a couple of yahoos, who took offense? In other words, he was beaten for what he did, not what he was. Not that his killers have an excuse, of course, but Bush's endorsement of marriage between a man and a woman has nothing to do with this incident.

3 posted on 10/22/2003 4:59:53 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Mark Felton

response to CSU

4 posted on 10/22/2003 4:59:57 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Francois: Do you know what kind of a bomb it was? Clouseau: The exploding kind.)
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To: Mark Felton
Ryan Sabadow is obviously a brainwashed product of an NEA education. His news sources are NBC and CNN and he swallows the "party" line, hook, line and sinker. Now he's helping spread their propaganda.
5 posted on 10/22/2003 5:01:21 AM PDT by auboy (Liberals believe in free speech… theirs not yours.)
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To: Mark Felton
I think the author is right.

The Bible should only be used by political leaders when they are sued for sexual harassment.

For instance, they can go to church, while their victims are testifying in a federal court house, and waive it to the crowd that is bowing down to him in the street.

Any other use of the Bible by political leaders would be an insult to America and to Christianity.
6 posted on 10/22/2003 5:01:36 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Mark Felton
America is shifting from democracy to theocracy.

[Snicker} This young man doesn't have a clue.

7 posted on 10/22/2003 5:01:37 AM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Mark Felton
The Orion? Are we SURE that isn't the Onion?
8 posted on 10/22/2003 5:04:04 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Mark Felton
Sorry, his opinion on "faith based initiatives" is right on target.

Funding religious institutions with government money is the first step to putting them under government control. Look what's happened to our charities ! Many are simply extensions of fedgov policy. Our taxes fund many NGOs that act directly against our interests.

"Faith based initiatives" is lunacy - and unconstitutional. Bush needs to be stripping money away from NGOs and defunding federal giveaways, not adding more.
9 posted on 10/22/2003 5:04:20 AM PDT by jimt
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To: Mark Felton
I'm glad I live far enough away from any university that I'm not kept up at night by the sound of tiny, liberal minds exploding.
10 posted on 10/22/2003 5:04:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (There's two kinds of people in the world. Those with loaded guns and those that dig.)
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To: 11th Earl of Mar
"The Bible should only be used by political leaders when they are sued for sexual harassment".


...Well, maybe we can stretch that to include using the Bible as a prop while campaigning from the pulpit of black Churches too.
11 posted on 10/22/2003 5:05:08 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Mark Felton
I never cared much for the Whithouse...
12 posted on 10/22/2003 5:05:32 AM PDT by Publius6961 (40% of Californians are as dumb as a sack of rocks.)
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To: Mark Felton
This leftist moron can be reached at opinioneditor@orion-online.net.
13 posted on 10/22/2003 5:05:52 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: jimt
Gee, I read your reply and it sounded like me! So are so right.

hawk

14 posted on 10/22/2003 5:07:04 AM PDT by hawkaw
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To: Mark Felton
You know, this article is right.

For Satan, and his evil followers, true Christians in the White House ARE more dangerous than terrorists.

Don't argue against this thinking... just point it out for what it is.
15 posted on 10/22/2003 5:08:48 AM PDT by AFPhys (((PRAYING for: President Bush & advisors, troops & families, Americans)))
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To: Mark Felton
the constitutional-based wall that has separated church and state since this country's inception ...

Maybe the kid should actually read the Constitution sometime before graduation. Might also want to bone up on early American history (try primary sources, rather than some textbook written by a Liberal academic).

16 posted on 10/22/2003 5:15:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (France delenda est)
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To: Mark Felton
Matthew Shepard...who was beaten to death for being gay

Hmm...I wonder why then was this kid killed???

http://www.covenantnews.com/dirkhising.htm
17 posted on 10/22/2003 5:16:24 AM PDT by grumple (I'm too old to worry about whether or not I'm a pain in your ass...)
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To: Wallace T.
I have sent an e-mail to the Orion and asked why no one gets upset when the Democrats go to black churches and say terrible things about Republicans and one white guy goes to church and speaks and all hell breaks loose. Of course George W. is in the White House because God put him there.!!!
18 posted on 10/22/2003 5:18:34 AM PDT by Stormyta
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To: Mark Felton
There are many, many anti-Christian articles out today. The War is on.

Sorted by relevance   Sort by date

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19 posted on 10/22/2003 5:19:00 AM PDT by Mark Felton (All liberty flows from the barrel of a gun)
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What religion, exactly, is a faith based initiative promoting? Im going to need details because so far, all you have given is rhetoric with no facts to back this assertion.

Either he is uneducated in this matter as it relates to the first ammendment, or he just hates anything that promotes family values, quality neighborhoods and a group of people who look to something greater than themselves.

I know people who think I am "stupid" or "naive" to put my faith in something like God rather than have total faith in myself and myself only. He seems to fit this mold. He would rather hate me and my spirituality than address real issues like poverty, broken families, lack of education, drug use and violence which all could be a result of populations turning from religion.

Faith based programs would allow organizations of faith (regardless of creed, sect, background or whether its God, allah or timbuktu), to foster positive growth with education, shelter, clothing and keeping families stronger..... How is this bad? Oh...I think I know...

Marxists' admitted goal is to destroy family, religion, dumb down populations and promote poverty for communism/Socialism.

He is either a marxist or a useful idiot for those types.
20 posted on 10/22/2003 5:20:40 AM PDT by smith288 (‹^› ‹(•Ώ•)› ‹^›)
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