Now, he tells us. After years to intermingling religion and politics, President George Bush has shocked his hard religious right base by admitting that he does not believe the Bible is literally true and that people can get to Heaven through other religions. His various recent statements have been assembled and presented as virtual sacrilege by his former supporters.
When asked if he believed that the Bible was literally true, President Bush responded:
“Probably not. No, I’m not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it.”
In an interview with Charles Gibson, Bush made statements that have led to a riot among his religious base:
CHARLES GIBSON: Do we all worship the same God, Christian and Muslim?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I think we do.
CHARLES GIBSON: Does …
PRESIDENT BUSH: We have different routes of getting to the Almighty.
. . .
CHARLES GIBSON: Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your mind?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, they do. We have different routes of getting there.
In an interview with Al Arabiya television, Bush said, “I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. . . . I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”
As one religious site points out, “During one trip to Iraq, Bush reportedly made this statement: ‘I want you to convey this message to Mr. Sistani. Tell him that I pray to the same god he prays to… Tell Sistani I have nothing but praise for your religion.'”
The site The Moral Collapse Of America asks ” Now does any of that sound “Christian” to you? According to George W. Bush, Jesus must have been mistaken in John 14:6…..
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
However, if it was literally true then how could it be that “Saul tied his ass to a tree and walked two miles to Damascus.” That is quite a stretch.
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