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Quotes - Dubya the Theologian (2003)
(Blurring the line between president and preacher)
We don't believe that freedom is America's gift to the world. We believe freedom is the God Almighty's gift to each and every person in the world.
Dubya invokes the Almighty yet again in a favorite line of his (just in case you thought he had stopped), Dinuba, California, Oct. 15, 2003
And we base it, our history, and our decision making, our future, on solid values. The first value is, we're all God's children.
Not even attempting to rhetorically separate his religion and politics anymore, Washington, D.C., Jul. 16, 2003
I believe that, as I told the Crown Prince, the Almighty God has endowed each individual on the face of the earth with — that expects each person to be treated with dignity. This is a universal call.
A universal call to fragmented thoughts... how nice, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Jun. 3, 2003
You see, here's what America and Americans believe — that freedom is not America's gift to the world, that freedom is the Almighty's gift to each and every individual who lives in the world.
Getting about as presumptuous as it gets, Little Rock, Arkansas, May 5, 2003
All of you — all in this generation of our military — have taken up the highest calling of history. You're defending your country, and protecting the innocent from harm. And wherever you go, you carry a message of hope — a message that is ancient and ever new. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "To the captives, 'come out,' — and to those in darkness, 'be free.'"
In case you were wondering whether Dubya considered the Iraq invasion a holy war, here's your answer. Aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln, a couple of miles away from San Diego (in other words, the tailhook jet landing was uncalled for, and completely for show), May 1, 2003
One of the great things about this country is a lot of people pray.
I guess we're the only Godly country out there, Washington, D.C., Apr. 13, 2003
We believe in freedom. We believe freedom is universal. We believe freedom is — is a gift from the Almighty God for every person, regardless of their race or their religion.
Clarifying that the Almighty isn't bigoted, Bethesda, Maryland, Apr. 11, 2003
If I may, I'd like to remind you what I said at the State of the Union. Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to each and every person. And that's what I believe. I believe that when we see totalitarianism, that we must deal with it.
Suggesting again that the U.S. is on God's side, and the U.S. is just acting as the enforcer of God's will, prime time press conference, White House, Mar. 6, 2003
In this country and in Australia people believe that everybody has got worth, everybody counts, that everybody is equal in the eyes of the Almighty. So the issue is not only peace, the issue is freedom and liberty. I made it clear in my State of the Union — and the people of Australia must understand this — I don't believe liberty is America's gift to the world. I believe it is God's gift to humanity.
Dubya branches out from preaching to America to preaching to Australia, too, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2003
It's so inspirational to see your courage, as well as to see the great works of our Lord in your heart.
Speaking on behalf of all Americans in a manner that is only consistent with the religious beliefs of some, Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2003
And there's no doubt in my mind, when the United States acts abroad and home, we do so based upon values — particularly the value that we hold dear to our hearts, and that is, everybody ought to be free. I want to repeat what I said during my State of the Union to you. Liberty is not America's gift to the world. What we believe strongly, and what we hold dear, is liberty is God's gift to mankind. And we hold that value precious. And we believe it is true.
So, when we go into war, it is to enforce God's law, not America's interests? I see. I'm sure that Muslims won't interpret that as a call for a crusade. White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Feb. 9, 2003
As Dick mentioned, we mourn the loss of seven brave souls. We learned a lot about them over the last couple of days, and Laura and I learned a lot about their families in Houston, because we met with them. My impressions of the meeting was that there was — that Almighty God was present in their hearts.
Reverend Dubya, Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2003
We can also be confident in the ways of Providence, even when they are far from our understanding. Events aren't moved by blind change and chance. Behind all of life and all of history, there's a dedication and purpose, set by the hand of a just and faithful God. And that hope will never be shaken.
Reverend Dubya, Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2003
The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today.
Remarks on the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Washington, D.C., Feb. 1, 2003
Everybody is precious in the sight of the Almighty. Everybody has worth. That would be a philosophy that drives this government as we work to strive to make the American experience strong and hopeful for every single citizen.
Reverend Dubya strikes again, Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2003
This great, powerful nation is motivated not by power for power's sake, but because of our values. If everybody matters, if every life counts, then we should hope everybody has the great God's gift of freedom.
Dubya invokes "the great God" in justifying war with Iraq, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jan. 29, 2003
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