<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Oh, great

Monday, April 11, 2005

Oh, great

Just what we needed. President Bush said that attending Pope John Paul II's funeral had strengthened his belief in Christianity. Haven't his beliefs already caused us enough trouble? If these zealous rants are any indication, we've only seen the tip of the iceberg:

"Today's ceremony, I bet you, for millions of people, was a reaffirmation...and a way to make sure doubts don't seep into your soul." Doubts about, say, our presence in Iraq? Your plans to wreck Social Security? The economy? The environment?

"There is no doubt in my mind there is a living God. And no doubt in my mind that Lord, Christ, was sent by the Almighty. No doubt in my mind about that." There was also no doubt in your mind about Iraq's possessing weapons of mass destruction.

"I think John Paul II will have a clear legacy of peace, compassion and a strong legacy of setting a clear moral tone." Jealous?

"My relationship with John Paul II was a very good relationship." Right. Just like your relationship with 49% of Americans and 90% of the world.

"Tides of moral relativism kind of washed around him, but he stood strong as a rock." And we all know how strong one must stand against the incessant barrage of facts.

• "[The pope's dedication to the church was an] example of Christ's influence in a person's life. A lot of Christians gain great strength and confidence from seeing His Holiness in the last stages of life." You mean, from seeing him die, finally, so you can start wars, enrich the wealthy, and ignore the poor with impunity?

• "I think a walk in faith constantly confronts doubt, as faith becomes more mature. And you constantly confront, you know, questions. My faith is strong. The Bible talks about, you've got to constantly stay in touch with the word of God in order to help you on the walk. But the Lord works in mysterious ways, and during all our life's journeys we're enabled to see the Lord at work if our eyes are open and our hearts are open." We're still waiting to see the Lord at work in you.



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