Brother George's Traveling Salvation Show
By Malcom Lagauche (Jeff Archer)
February 9-10, 2004
George Bush is tired of running for the presidency of the United State. He's already been there and done that. With recent speeches, one could assume that he is running for a higher position - God's vice president.
The president has taken the issue of same-sex marriage and elevated it to a religious level. He has not come to terms with the fact that as president, he represents all Americans, not just heterosexuals. In bypassing a fundamental aspect of representation, Bush has taken the case to God.
Recently, Bush called the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex marriages, "deeply troubling." He then mentioned that he would go against the law and call for a constitutional amendment outlawing such marriages. According to Bush, "If activist judges insist on redefining marriage by court order, the only alternative will be the constitutional process."
The term "redefining marriage" is curious because of its ambiguity. Marriage is defined in many ways. Various countries allow marriage between two people, not just a man and a woman. Does Bush want to redefine the redefinition of marriage? The major opponents of same-sex marriage are those who base their decisions on religious reasons. In the United States, laws are made by secular individuals, supposedly without religious bias. Bush is using his religion to advocate an amendment that would put a religious bias into U.S. society.
Bush has been criticized for bringing religion to the forefront of his messages. Remember his "crusade" against terrorism? For a few months, he tempered his religious message. But, like most drug or alcohol addicts, this respite was temporary.
In January, Bush met with the new Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, in Mexico. Martin was not prepared for what was to occur.
Bush let the prime minister know that he believed himself to be on the side of God and that he was tending to God's mission. What happened after Bush's sermon was not expected from the Canadian assemblage. Lawrence Martin of the Globe and Mail newspaper stated: "The Canadian side, while aware of the president's penchant for religiosity, had been expecting to talk more about softwood lumber than the Ten Commandments. The Canadians didn't expect the morality play. Nor did they expect that, almost in the same breath, Mr. Bush would be filling the air with the f-word and other saucy expletives of the type that would surely leave the Lord perturbed. Nor did they anticipate a pointed attack on French President `Jack Cheerack,' as Mr. Bush called him, for his views on the Middle East.
"Mr. Martin was somewhat taken aback by what he heard. After the meeting, he was barely out the door before he was asking someone in his entourage what was to be made of all the God stuff."
I do not pretend to be an expert on the social mores of how Christians talk, but I know some never use any of what George Carlin calls "the seven dirty words you can't say on television," while others occasionally speak them. And, as an atheist, I do not understand or have seen no doctrine of what can and can not be uttered by Christians. To me, this is a personal matter, not one of religion. However, it is implied that Christians do not swear as much as non-Christians.
Bush, in his eyes, the ultimate American Christian, evidently uses the f-word (fuck) openly and frequently. I can imagine his meeting with Prime Minister Martin: "Hi, Paul. How the fuck are you? At least they're not having the shitty fucking weather here that we have in Washington."
Don't get me wrong, I use the f-word occasionally, as well as others in the list of seven. However, I do not feign morality and criticize those who do as well. A few weeks ago, Bush was offended when Bob Kerry, explaining his voting last November for Bush's authorization for war, stated, "I didn't realize he was going to fuck it up so bad." Poor Bush. The f-word offended his morals.
Bush is attempting to come across as a savior of U.S. morals and then spread such piety to the rest of the world. In reality, he is more akin to the charlatan preachers of old who traveled the nation selling snake oil remedies from the back of their wagons.