Bush’s “God Thing”
Divine Providence and Liberal Jewish Hatred
By Dr. Marcus Goldman
So Al-Qaeda operatives planned to blow up a mall in Ohio. Big deal. Saddam’s WMD’s found in pieces spread out over the Middle East? Who cares. Headlines of unbridled importance are routinely banished to the dung heap of random word garbage. What else has been buried in the crevasses of common sense? I recently spoke to a hateful Jewish liberal intellectual who pointed out the president’s resemblance to an orangutan.
As a Jew, I understood Jewish liberal hatred
of the President-his stupidity, his stupid religion, his stupid Middle East
policies, his stupid rejection of the UN, the stupid Iraq war, his stupid
refusal to condemn Israel’s right to defend itself, and the stupidly dangerous
Patriot Act. But my understanding was incomplete. Hatred also comes from “the
God thing”-the Jewish liberal belief that Mr. Bush advocates divine
providence, the supposed invocation of God’s name, on our behalf, to invade
countries, take over the world and baptize everyone.
Mr. Bush has never adopted any of those
positions. However, presidents have always sought comfort and strength in God.
But Jewish liberals, believing fiercely in the separation of church and state,
loath any merging of God, democracy’s moral underpinnings and politics. Of
course, only fear mongering Republican zealots use God to comfort us in times of
tumult. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton respected the sacred separation
of church and state...or did they?
Jimmy Carter invoked God often. In his
inaugural address, he merged God, morality and responsibility:
“... I have just taken the oath of office
on the Bible my mother gave me a few years ago, opened to a timeless admonition
from the ancient prophet Micah:
'He hath showed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and
to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8)'
“Ours was the first society openly to
define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that
unique self-definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also
imposes on us a special obligation, to take on those moral duties which, when
assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.”
In State of the Union and other speeches,
Bill Clinton frequently invoked God. In 2000:
“And we will become at last what our
founders pledged us to be so long ago -- one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”
“The Scripture says ‘And let us not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.’ ...And
now, each in our own way and with God's help, we must answer the call.
“...And also to fulfill the eternal
promise of this country, the enduring dream from that first and most-sacred
covenant. I believe every person in this country still believes that we are
created equal and given by our creator the right to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness.”
How about God and war? While discussing the
need to confront Saddam and his WMD‘s, Mr. Clinton, on February 17, 1998,
“If we look at the past and imagine that
future, we will act as one together. And we still have, God willing, a chance to
find a diplomatic resolution to this, and if not, God willing, the chance to do
the right thing for our children and grandchildren.”
While invoking the name of God during an
attack on Iraq on December 16, 1998, President Clinton noted:
“May God bless and protect the brave men
and women who are carrying out this vital mission and their families. And may
God bless America.”
They confuse absolute theocratic abuses with moral conviction. The real danger is not George Bush‘s God. Manifested as totalitarian or communist regimes, absolute God-rejectionists have bitten Jews and others hard. Genocidal warrior states like China, the Soviet Union and Germany demanded Godlessness while slaughtering believers.
Our current leadership are the exact opposite. In fact, in case anyone has forgotten, it is not George Bush who invokes the name of God to inflict evil, it is the psychosis of radical Islam. Invoking God’s name to steady a weary nation is a comfort not a liability. Choosing to misrepresent or misunderstand Mr. Bush’s God, Jewish liberals do a disservice to themselves. Sadly, once again, the chosen people are choosing poorly.
Marcus J. Goldman, MD is a psychiatrist and author of “The Joy of Fatherhood.” His work has appeared in The Washington Times, Tech Central Station and The Boston Herald. Dr. Goldman is a Guest Writer for OpinionEditorials.com.
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