Friday, June 02, 2006

Bushism of the Week

"That's called, 'A Charge To Keep', based upon a religious hymn. The hymn talks about serving God. The president's job is never to promote a religion."

—George W. Bush, showing German newspaper reporter Kai Diekmann the Oval Office, Washington, D.C., May 5, 2006


At June 05, 2006 7:57 AM, Anonymous FreeSpeecher said...

First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

George Washington never used the name "GOD" in this speech, but it is evident that he is supporting religion. This was the last paragraph of his Inauguarl Speech. You can find it on the web at Miller Center Of Public Affairs.

Having thus imparted to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favour the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparellelled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789 (I like this one, PT...You said that a president is NEVER to promote religion...Well, listen to what our FIRST President says here...this is great! See, people have forgotten that our country was founded on an ALMIGHTY GOD.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee 78 requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th. day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

George Washington, Third Annual Message to Congress, October 25, 1790 (Paragraph 12)

A System corrisponding with the mild principles of Religion and Philanthropy towards an unenlightened race of Men, whose happiness materially depends on the conduct of the United States, would be as honorable to the national character as conformable to the dictates of sound policy.

These are only a few...I don't have time to copy any more, but I think there's enough to support that a President does indeed have the right to promote religion. After all, they've been doing it since the beginning of this great nation.


At June 05, 2006 8:02 AM, Anonymous FreeSpeecher said...

Sorry, I made a mistake. I didn't see that what you posted was in quotations. I thought you made that comment about a president should never promote religon. However, I still believe it is his right and his duty based on the foundations of this country.

At June 05, 2006 8:07 AM, Anonymous FreeSpeecher said...

Sorry, PT. I didn't pay attention to the quotation marks on your post. I thought those were your words when it said that it was never a President's job to promote religion. However, I still believe it is his job and his right to promote religion based on the foundation of this country. And honestly, I don't think Bush promotes religion, but religion is part of who he is and it comes out in his life.

Hey, did you hear about the dyslexic athiest? He held up a sign that said, "There is no doG." Just a little humor there.

At June 05, 2006 3:11 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Wow. Is that new spam?
Separation of church and state was also what the founding fathers wanted.

At June 05, 2006 10:31 PM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

I have a HUGE post on this VERY issue over at my place. I think Bushy and all the other cronies need to keep their god out of MY halls of Government PERIOD!!!

At June 06, 2006 6:17 AM, Blogger ThePoetryMan said...

All in one breath I suppose... He is so good at lying why on earth do I not buy it... Sometimes the silver tongued cowboy gets caught up in a run-on thought and just slings spittle all over the truth, eh?


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