Thursday, May 11, 2006

2 questions Bush won't answer

Do you believe in an ordained, immanent Apocalypse?

Do you believe the government should be able to outlaw contraception?

If it's easy for you to answer these questions, you are not President Bush. Here's a passage from a NYT Magazine article on the Christianist war on contraception:

In July, a group of Democrats in Congress, led by Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, sent the first of four letters to the president asking outright: "Mr. President, do you support the right to use contraception?" According to Representative Maloney's office, the White House has still not responded.


At a White House press briefing in May of last year, three months before the F.D.A.'s nonruling on Plan B, Press Secretary Scott McClellan was asked four times by a WorldNetDaily correspondent, Les Kinsolving, if the president supported contraception. "I think the president's views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life," McClellan replied. Kinsolving said, "If they were clear, I wouldn't have asked." McClellan replied: "And if you want to ask those questions, that's fine. I'm just not going to dignify them with a response."
Meanwhile, at one of his "town meetings," Bush personally declined to say whether he believed that the Iraq war is a sign of the Apocalypse.

As Andrew Sullivan points out, even the nuke-happy President of Iran, in his recent letter to Bush, assumes that Bush shares his belief that the end is near. (In the Muslim version of the Apocalypse, of which Iran's President is a fervent believer, the 12 Imam takes the place of the Second Coming in heralding the end of time. )

Iran's President writes to Bush:
"I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings of Jesus (peace be upon him), and believes in the divine promises of the rule of the righteous on earth. . .Can one deny the signs of change in the world today? Is this situation of the world today comparable to that of ten years ago? Changes happen fast and come at a furious pace."
So a soon-to-be nuclear religious fantatic believes that an all-consuming hell fire will bring the Kingdom of God to Earth. And he sincerely believes that our nuked-up President shares his vision. Meanwhile, George "no mixed messages" Bush yet to say where he stands, presumabley because he does not want to offend his own fundamentalist voters.