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GWB and Benedict XVI

Posted by alifinmath on April 16, 2008

From CNN:

In remarks greeting the pope, Bush called the United States “a nation of prayer.”

Absolutely, GWB; it’s the secret of USA’s success. More seriously, though, one has to wonder if there’s any point of cultural correspondence between a conservative institution like the Catholic Church and the fascist, lunatic, and ignorant evangelicals whom GWB represents. Early Christianity was infused with ideas from gnosticism and neoplatonism — a stage of philosophical and theological sophistication these knuckle-scraping yahoo evangelicals have yet to arrive at. It was the Church that kept alive the embers of learning during Europe’s Dark Ages, and the Church which acted as a social and cultural glue for Europeans after the demise of the Roman empire.

 Bush was interrupted by applause as he said, “In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred and that each of us is willed.”

Who could those people be, GWB?

“From the dawn of the republic, America’s quest for freedom has been guided by the conviction that the principles governing political and social life are intimately linked to a moral order based on the dominion of God the creator,” he (Benedict) said.

Let us pass over these comments in silence and charitably attribute them to the demands of diplomacy.

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