Religion and Politics

should never mix. Here are some interesting quotes from the top of the latest ICH newsletter:

Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this: Lt Gen William Boykin, speaking of G. W. Bush, New York Times, 17 October 2003

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God gave the savior to the German people. We have faith, deep and unshakeable faith, that he was sent to us by God to save Germany. Hermann Goering, speaking of Hitler

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A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side: Aristotle

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If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier – just so long as I’m the dictator. George W. Bush, 18 December 2000

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International law? I better call my lawyer; he didn’t bring that up to me; George W. Bush, 12 December 2003

The problem with stuff like Bob Woodward’s new book, State of Denial, and the chronicle of abuses in ICH is that I start to get inured to it. The more times I am presented with proof that Bush is an idiot, the less I pay attention to the details, as I’ve heard it all before. That’s a shame, since we need to keep turning over the rocks so that the cockroaches have few places to hide. At least there are people like Woodward, paying attention to the machinations of the idiot-in-chief and his henchmen.

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