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Quotes - Dubya the Theologian (2002)
(Blurring the line between president and preacher)
We are grateful for the freedoms we enjoy, grateful for the loved ones who give meaning to our lives, and grateful for the many gifts of this prosperous land. On Thanksgiving we acknowledge that all of these things, and life itself, come not from the hand of man, but from Almighty God.
Wading deeply again into uncompromisingly religious waters, national radio address, Washington, D.C., Nov. 30, 2002
Well, first of all, you got to understand some of my view on freedom, it's not American's gift to the world. See, freedom is God — is God given.
Interview with TVR, Romania, Nov. 23, 2002
And we want Russia to be a country based upon the values which we share, because we believe those values are the best values for the human condition of everybody. I like to tell people, freedom is not an American gift. Freedom is a gift from the Almighty God. And I firmly believe that.
Dubya ultimately inferring that American-ness is only next to godliness, and Russia needs to learn that, interview with LNK TV, Lithuania, Nov. 21, 2002
We say in our country, everybody matters, everybody is precious in the sight of an Almighty.
Reverend Dubya chimes in again, Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Oct. 31, 2002
It's also important for people to know we never seek to impose our culture or our form of government. We just want to live under those universal values, God-given values.
Great, that's not an imposition at all, Reverend Dubya! Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2002
If we remain strong and focused and tough when we need to, if we continue to speak clearly about right from wrong and defend the values — which are not American values, but God-given values — we can achieve peace. We can achieve peace in the world, we can achieve peace for our citizens.
Dubya the Crusader doing his best to put the fear of God into the enemies of
If we hold our values, God-given values in the forefront, and that is freedom, we can achieve a peaceful world.
I guess secular values just don't matter as much, and apparently plural-singular agreement doesn't, either, Manchester, New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 2002
We love the fact that people can worship an almighty God any way they see fit here in America.
Dubya again demonstrates his inability to separate his own beliefs (in an "almighty God") from the meaning of "freedom of religion", Phoenix, Arizona, Sep. 28, 2002
And what we love is we love freedom. We love the fact that freedom can worship an — the freedom to worship an almighty God the way we see fit.
Christian-biased and confused all at the same time, South Bend, Indiana, Sep. 15, 2002
Yet we do know that God has placed us together in this moment, to grieve together, to stand together, to serve each other and our country.
We know this because
Our deepest national conviction is that every life is precious, because every life is the gift of a creator who intended us to live in liberty and equality.
Dubya managing to twist the intentions of the Creator into whatever satisifies the purposes of his (overtly religious) speech, Ellis Island, New York, Sep. 11, 2002
We love the fact that people can worship an almighty God in a free land, any way they choose to worship.
Showing his personal religious bias at the same time he claims to support the freedom of religious belief guaranteed to all Americans, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sep. 2, 2002
See, we value each human life as important. We don't try to distinguish — everybody has got worth in the eyes of the Almighty, as far as we're concerned in this nation.
Speaking again on behalf of the entire nation with his religiously tinted rhetoric, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sep. 2, 2002
See, we value the idea of being able to — people being able to worship freely an almighty God. That's what we value in America. And we're not going to change.
Dubya almost getting a handle on the concept of freedom of religion, Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 29, 2002
We can achieve peace — we can achieve peace — by being strong and diligent, reminding people of the great, God-given values that are important to all humanity.
Crusader Dubya at it again, Stockton, California, Aug. 23, 2002
[The evildoers] can't stand the thought of a nation which recognizes that people can worship an Almighty God in different ways.
Dubya trying to sound religiously open while referring to the Almighty. He just doesn't get it. Stockton, California, Aug. 23, 2002
People understand being a patriot is more than simply putting your heart and saying the Pledge of Allegiance to one nation under God.
Apparently the only purpose of the pledge now is to assert that the nation is under God. I'm not sure what "putting your heart" means. Central Point, Oregon, Aug. 22, 2002
Today, through sonograms and other technology, we can clearly — see clearly that unborn children are members of the human family, as well. They reflect our image, and they are created in God's own image.
Dubya doing his best to inappropriately insert religious doctrine into political discourse, to the delight of far too many, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002
The reason I'm — asked [these AmeriCorps workers] to join us here is because I want you to know, America can be saved one person at a time.
Reverend Dubya at it again, Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002
And that's another part of the spirit of America I want to herald, and that is the prayers that were said by thousands of your citizens — I mean, people from all walks of life. They didn't say, I'm a Republican, therefore, I get to pray, or I'm a Democrat, I pray. I don't care about either of them, I pray. Everybody prayed. A lot of people — if I say everybody, I don't know if everybody prayed. I can tell you, a lot prayed. A lot prayed for your safety, a lot prayed for your families. A lot pled to an almighty God that you were rescued. And thank God the prayers were answered.
This so incoherent, I'm not even bothering with adding a comment, Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002
But most of all, the spirit of America was represented by the courage of the nine — nine folks trapped below the earth. They had one sandwich and two bottles of water. These are people that had — had found an unshakable faith, not only in their fellow citizens and their families would be pulling for them, but faith in God.
Again, Dubya finds time to plug God, despite being the elected official of Americans of all faiths, Green Tree, Pennsylvania, Aug. 5, 2002
And I just — I cannot speak strongly enough about how we must collectively get after those who kill in the name of — in the name of some kind of false religion.
Would that be Islam, Dubya? Press appearance with King Abdullah of Jordan, Aug. 1, 2002
Government can hand out money, but it cannot put hope into people's hearts. It cannot put faith into people's lives.
But presumably handing out money in order to put faith into people's lives is A-OK, West Ashley High School, Charleston, South Carolina, Jul. 29, 2002
We are thankful for our freedom, the freedom declared by the founding fathers, defended by many generations and granted to each one of us by Almighty God.
Offering his own brand of constitutional theory, President's Radio Address, Jul. 6, 2002
America is a nation that is — a nation that values our relationship with an Almighty. Declaration of God in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate rights. As a matter of fact, it's a confirmation of the fact that we received our rights from God, as proclaimed in our Declaration of Independence. I — I believe that it points up the fact that we need common-sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God. And those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench.
Dubya blasting an 8-foot-wide hole through the separation of church and state, and totally ignoring the actual context in which the "under God" stanza was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. I also have to assume that in the realm of DubyaSpeak, "common-sense" means "God-fearing Christian". So much for atheists, agnostics and Buddhists, eh Dubya? Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002
And so there is a — I think that the Almighty is important — obviously, important part of my life, but very important part of the life of our country. And that's why the ruling of the courts was out of step with the traditions and history of America.
A tradition in a Pledge of Allegiance that only began in the height of World War II (1942), and which was made more overtly religious at the insistence of the Knights of Columbus during the Cold War (1954)? Knee jerk Christian conservatism is the only acceptable policy in America? Wow. I know I shouldn't be surprised but I have to say I am. Kananaskis, Canada, Jun. 27, 2002
It means that we unleash the faith-based programs to help change people's hearts, which will help change their lives.
Making it sound as if the government will be subsizdizing the conversion of new Christians, Atlanta, Georgia, Jun. 17, 2002
We are commanded by God and called by our conscience to love others as we want to be loved ourselves.
Explaining the dictates of God to the graduating class at Ohio State University, Jun. 14, 2002
Many people in this state and around our nation give the President the greatest gift a President could receive, and that is prayer. And it's a — it's not a Republican prayer, it's not a Democrat prayer. It's a prayer that's far greater than politics, and I know that.
Speech on welfare reform, Little Rock, Arkansas, Jun. 3, 2002
They can't stand religion.
About America's and Russia's common enemy, the "blood-thirsty killers", who until now were considered to adhere to a exclusionary perversion of Islam, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25, 2002
We welcome all religions in America, all religions. We honor diversity in this country. We respect people's deep convictions. ...Since America's founding, prayer has reassured us that the hand of God is guiding the affairs of this nation. We have never asserted a special claim on His favor, yet we've always believed in God's presence in our lives. This has always been true.
Same speech, two different sentiments, National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002
The last eight months have showed the world the American character is incredibly strong and confident. Yet prayer reminds us that a great people must be humble before God, searching for wisdom — constantly searching for wisdom — from the almighty Dios.
National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002
Prayer is a vital part of our national life. ...Prayer and faith are an especially vital part of the life of Hispanos in este país. ...The power of faith is found among the young, and that's good news, really good news. Ministers say that a revolución espiritual is taking place amongst los jóvenes Hispanos aquí.
Los comentarios del presidente at the National Hispanic Prayer Desayuno, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002
And there's nothing more powerful in helping change the country than the faith — faith in Dios.
National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C., May 16, 2002
I'm grateful to all of you, who remind us that a great people must spend time on bended knee, in humility, searching for wisdom in the presence of the Almighty.
So much for that pesky separation of church and state, Washington, D.C., May 2, 2002
And throughout our history, in times of crisis and in times of calm, Americans have always turned to prayer. And this year's event has special meaning. Since the attacks of September the 11th, millions — millions — of Americans of every religious faith have been led to prayer. They have prayed for comfort in a time of sorrow, for courage in a time of fear and for understanding in a time of anger. They have prayed for wisdom in the midst of war and for strength on the journey ahead.... Prayer also deepens faith, reminding us of great truths: Evil and suffering are only for a time; love and hope endure. Even in the world's most bitter conflicts, prayer reminds us of God's love and grace, His mercy and faithfulness, the hope He provides and the peace He promises.... I want to thank you all for coming here to the White House to celebrate this special day, for your devotion to prayer, and for your love of this country, and for the Lord who has blessed it for so long.
Reverend Dubya apparently sees no conflict here, White House, May 2, 2002
Government can write checks, but it can't put hope in people's hearts, or a sense of purpose in people's lives. That is done by people who have heard a call and who act on faith and are willing to share in that faith. And I'm not talking about a particular religion — I'm talking about all religions under the Almighty God.
I think that still ends up narrowing the approved list of religions, Dubya. White House, Apr. 11, 2002
We feel our reliance on the creator who made us. We place our sorrows and cares before him, seeking God's mercy.
Doing a bang up job of maintaining the separation of church and state in radio address (sermon) made the day before Easter, Mar. 30, 2002
And this morning, Laura and I met Milton Green and his son, who lost a wife and a mother when they were going to church, when they were praying to the Almighty God, and a suicide killer came in in Pakistan and took their lives.
Once again failing to keep his religious sentiments and role as President and policymaker in check, El Paso, Texas, Mar. 21, 2002
By being active citizens in your church or your synagogue, or for those Muslims, in your mosque, and adhering to the admission to love a neighbor just like you'd like to be loved yourself, that's how we can stand up.
Remarks to the cattle industry annual convention and trade show, Denver, Colorado, Feb. 8, 2002
I love the story that came out of Michigan about the women of cover, of Muslim faith, who didn't feel comfortable about going to their home.
Town hall meeting, Ontario, California, Jan. 5, 2002
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