09 May 2006

Religious foreign policy

I know some folks think that we lefties are being paranoid when we worry about the President believing that he's on a Mission From God. Esepcially since the Mission appears to involve war, war, and more war.

It's been surfacing in the President's rhetoric a lot lately. Consider these quotes from an appearance that produced a bumper crop of quotes about the President's chilling banalisms about "freedom" and "liberty."

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. I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free.
God made us all Americans under the surface. Our foreign policy objective is doing God's will, to bring out that inner American. Our foreign policy is the will of God.

Personally, I think that when you hear a voice telling you to invade another country, that voice isn't Jesus. It's somebody else.

1 comment:

Conner said...

A few years ago I saw someone suggest a good standard for evaluating divine mandates. Whenever you find yourself thinking, "I will do this because God tells me to," replace "God" with "the giant pink bunny in my head."

If it still sounds like a good idea, go for it. If it suddenly sounds like crazytalk, there's probably a reason for that.