CNN reported U.S. President George W. Bush has alienated Muslims around the world by using absolutist Christian rhetoric to discuss foreign policy issues, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says.
Actually Bush has not been too accomodating to some Muslims as far as I am concerned, but I do thank God that we have a President that is strong in his faith when we are confronted with the threat the Islamists present."I worked for two presidents who were men of faith, and they did not make their religious views part of American policy," she said, referring to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Democrats and Christians.
That is because their faith was as wishy washy as they were."President Bush's certitude about what he believes in, and the division between good and evil, is, I think, different," said Albright, who has just published a book on religion and world affairs. "The absolute truth is what makes Bush so worrying to some of us."
And the wishy-washy truth is what makes Democrats so worrying to some of us.Kim Priestap blogged So, when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes bold proclaimations of his Islamic faith, which includes the destruction of Israel, Madeleine Albright doesn't say much. However, when President Bush makes public references of his faith, Ms. Albright feels the need to speak up. Thank God Secretary Albright is no longer involved in the governing of this country
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred blogged oddly, Ms Albright mentions no concern about wahabbi influence
Blue Crab blogged Well, aside from the fact that Maddy is implying that Bush's faith is much more worrisome than, say, people espousing religious dogma as justification to kill civilians in terrorist bombings, I can't really see what use her analysis is. Ok, she's worried. Great. I worry about a lot of things, too. Like our troops deployed in a war zone. And weirdly strong former government officials who do their level best to undermine those troops by attempting to undermine the elected leadership of the country by giving negative interviews while in foreign countries. But, hey, maybe that's just me.
Becky blogged To any true believer of fundamentalist Christianity, the clear message in these statements will be that President Carter and President Clinton were Christians in name only, so they were acceptable, but because President Bush is actually living his Christianity, that makes him dangerous. Fundamentalist Christians are suspicious of what they see as the "intentional discrediting" of President Bush, known to be a born-again Christian, as part of an orchestrated effort to turn the world against all of fundamentalist Christianity. Albright's new book, "The Mighty and the Almighty," will certainly further fuel their fears.
Bombtruck blogged This is from the same woman who pursued air strikes over Kosovo with little to no restraint in her vendetta against the Serbs, who thought North Korea could be trusted in any capacity on nuclear weapons, and who served quite possibly the most morally-devoid president to ever sit in the White House. BTW, the fact that Clinton and Carter didn't use any faith in their governance and left America weakened security-wise in the face of islamic terror should be quite telling as to whose policies are really 'worrisome'. Sometimes the World calls for a little moral and political certainty, and if she doesn't understand that yet she should really learn to keep that ignorance to herself.