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Quotes - Dubya the Theologian (2001 and earlier)
(Blurring the line between president and preacher)
 
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I, I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.
White House, Dec. 10, 2001

I see women of cover here, and I want to thank you for coming from the Muslim community here in America.
Dubya resurrecting a favorite expression of his, and bless him for it, town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

I'll never forget the story of people in a Midwestern city, when they heard me on TV talk about how distressed I was that women of cover would not leave their homes, for fear of some other American treating them harshly, and then Jewish citizens and Christians alike, getting on the phone, and saying, we want to help you. We want to take you to the neighborhood store. This isn't the America we know.
Which isn't the America we know? Fear among Muslim Americans or compassion in the Jewish and Christian communities? I'm confused. Town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001

[The evildoers] are hearing from a tolerant nation, a nation that respects Islam and values our many Muslim citizens. They are hearing from a prayerful nation, a nation that prays to an almighty God for protection and for peace.
Yeah, that sounds plenty tolerant, Sacramento, California, Oct. 17, 2001

I was struck by this: that in many cities, when Christian and Jewish women learn that Muslim women women of cover were afraid of going out of their homes alone, that they went shopping with them, that they showed true friendship and support an act that shows the world the true nature of America.
Presidential Prime Time News Conference, Oct. 11, 2001

The story I talked about earlier was one that really touched my heart, about women of cover fearing to leave their homes. And there was such an outpouring of compassion for people within our own country, a recognition that the Islamic faith should stand side by side, hand to hand with the Jewish faith and the Christian faith in our great land.
Presidential Prime Time News Conference, Oct. 11, 2001

I see an opportunity at home when I hear the stories of Christian and Jewish women alike, helping women of cover, Arab American women go shop because they're afraid to leave their home.
Ahh.. women of cover... Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2001

It's a sign from above.
Comment made when television light caught fire above crowd, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mar. 9, 2001

INTERVIEWER: Well, you're a secular official...
DUBYA: I agree. I am a secular official.
INTERVIEWER: And not a missionary.
DUBYA: Sir, on the air strikes in Iraq, the Pentagon is now saying that most of the bombs used in those strikes missed their targets.
New York Times, Feb. 23, 2001

There's no such thing as legacies. At least, there is a legacy, but I'll never see it.
To Catholic leaders at the White House, Jan. 31, 2001

I quit drinking in 1986 and haven't had a drop since then. And it wasn't because of a government program, by the way in my particular case, because I had a higher call.
CNN.com, West Allis, Wisconsin, Nov. 3, 2000

I did denounce it. I de- I denounced it. I denounced interracial dating. I denounced anti-Catholic bigacy... bigotry.
Responding to attacks on his visit to ultra-conservative Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, Feb. 25, 2000

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.
At a South Carolina oyster roast, as quoted in the Financial Times, Jan. 14, 2000

But one way is for religion to be introduced is for me you know, my heart was changed one heart at a time, my little old heart.
Incoherently religious in interview, US News & World Report, Dec. 6, 1999

My faith tells me that acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior is my salvation, and I believe I made it clear that it is not the governor's role to decide who goes to heaven. I believe God decides who goes to heaven, not George W. Bush.
Clarifying his relationship with Creation, Austin, Texas, Dec. 3, 1998

I'm sure there is some kind of heavy doctrinal difference, which I'm not sophisticated enough to explain to you.
Explaining the complex issues involved in his switching from attending an Episcopal church to attending a Methodist one, (date is approximate:), Jul. 1, 1994

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