Thursday, 7 August 2008

George Bush: hypocritical on China?

Ahead of the Olympic Games, Bush is saying that China should allow its citizens to freely express their opinions and worship as they choose.

Now that’s all very well.

But does Bush practice what he preaches? Or is he simply a hypocrite?

Well, if you look at the facts, they may show that Bush believes that people have the right to worship as they wish. Yet, at the same time, he doesn’t believe that people have the right NOT to worship without forfeiting their rights to be American citizens.

His now legendary comments were made in an exchange with Robert I. Sherman of American Atheist on August 27 1987, and should be read by anyone believing Bush has the moral authority to lecture China on what constitutes freedom of worship and freedom of expression. Here is the short conversation:

RS: "What will you do to win the votes of Americans who are atheists?"

GB: "I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me."

RS: "Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?"

GB: "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God."

RS: "Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?"

GB: "Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists."

Bush the hypocrite. Well, what do you think?


RevOxley said...

HOLY SHIT...why have i never seen this?