AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/12/2005 05:43:00 PM ----- BODY: Why Did I Ever Read This Guy? Part 8,766,848 - Criminy, Andrew Sullivan has really gotten tiring. Saw this tidbit on "The Corner:"
ATHEISTS NEED NOT APPLY: What was Bush thinking with this statement: "President Bush said yesterday that he doesn't 'see how you can be president without a relationship with the Lord,' but that he is always mindful to protect the right of others to worship or not worship." So, out of his beneficence, he won't trample on others' religious freedom. But the White House? That's for Christians only. No Jews? Or atheists? Notice also the evangelical notion of a personal "relationship" with the Lord. That also indicates suspicion of those Christians with different approaches to the divine. I must say this is a new level of religio-political fusion in this administration. To restrict the presidency to a particular religious faith is anathema to this country's traditions and to the task of toleration. The president surely needs to retract the statement.
And Andrew needs to start thinking seriously about lithium. Let's do some fisking, shall we?
ATHEISTS NEED NOT APPLY: What was Bush thinking with this statement: "President Bush said yesterday that he doesn't 'see how you can be president without a relationship with the Lord,' but that he is always mindful to protect the right of others to worship or not worship."
What was he thinking? Oh, I don't know. Maybe he was thinking a relationship with God makes the presidency easier? That's how I read this. Bush is simply asking a rhetorical question. Only someone with an extreme dislike of the president, combined with some serious hypersensitivity toward conservative Christians, could take offense to this or read it and project this meaning onto what Bush is saying.
So, out of his beneficence, he won't trample on others' religious freedom. But the White House? That's for Christians only. No Jews? Or atheists?
[sarcasm]No, Andrew. No Jews, no atheists. The cabal has taken power, and we're not giving it up that easily.[/sarcasm] Sullivan is really out of control here. After giving Bush's quote the worst possible characterization, he then takes the lunacy a step further and suggests Bush is a bigot. Nice.
Notice also the evangelical notion of a personal "relationship" with the Lord. That also indicates suspicion of those Christians with different approaches to the divine.
Yes, evangelicals have this 'notion' of a personal relationship with the Lord. This doesn't necessarily mean I have a 'suspicion' of Christians who have 'different approaches' to the divine. Sullivan is once again letting his personal prejudice against the evangelicals who got Bush elected show. We aren't just gay-bashing neanderthals. We actually believe we have personal relationships with God. Man, we Christians are sickos, aren't we?
I must say this is a new level of religio-political fusion in this administration. To restrict the presidency to a particular religious faith is anathema to this country's traditions and to the task of toleration.
Actually, this country's traditions are based in a "religio-political fusion." Many of those who founded this country believed strongly in God but also in tolerance. Bush never suggested restricting the presidency. It's Sullivan's fevered, newly Bush-hating imagination that's given the president's words that particular shade of evil.
The president surely needs to retract the statement.
And Andrew needs to calm down and stop looking at the president and his words through the emotional filter he's been using since Bush announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment. Sullivan's anger toward Bush and evangelicals has turned him from a reasonable voice of center-right thought into a thoroughly unpleasant person. Posts like these are why I stopped reading Sullivan. I simply cannot stand bigots. Especially those who mask their prejudice behind constant demands of tolerance from others. --------