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Previous | Next by sarah 28 January, 2003 - 7:00 PM

did anyone catch the hymn reference that began Bush's
segue from the environment to faith based service

Bush said:

"Our fourth goal is to apply the compassion of America
to the deepest problems of America. For so many in our
country--the homeless, and the fatherless, the
addicted--the need is great. Yet there is
power--wonder-working power--in the goodness and
idealism and faith of the American people."

having grown up in fundamentalist churches i
immediently recognized this reference to:

"There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb."

you can find the rest of the lyrics to this old camp
meeting hymn here:

when my eyes bugged and i started shouting explitives
in response to this portion of Bush's speech, Spike
and Pete looked @ me as if i were nuts, because they
didn't get it. and this is what pisses me off the
most - that you'd have to be real bloody familiar with
this hymn to get it. it was a nice little binger for
the fundies, i'm sure. and to make it worse in my
mind, the majority of the fundies that i sang this
song with, are poor struggling families. they're
people who are going to benefit the very least from
Bush's tax cuts and reform. Yet, he's sending them a
message; he's speaking their language and being
familiar and that makes me very, very angry.

did anyone else pick that up?

1/29/2003 >> robin

Being a Jew, I did not notice this, however, the fact that he brought God into the Capitol building made me very very angry. Hello? Separation of church and state anyone? The Constitution explicitly states that church and state need to be separated and this was because of the Anglican church created by the King of England. It really bothers me that the President (and yes, most are religious in some way) brought that kind of talk into the place where the LAWS ARE MADE. Grumble grumble grumble....

1/30/2003 >> Anne

I am fine with a President who has strong religious beliefs. Many great men have had religious motivation, and it often makes them stronger. What frustrates me is that Bush does not just believe, he imposes his belief on everyone else. I think it is fine even for elected officials to consider their religious background when making laws, for most people who are strong believers cannot separate their religion from the rest of their life. But it is WRONG to say that others should believe, that we need to put god back into the household and our schools, that people who do not believe in the correct God are part of an Axis of Evil. And this my friends is what I hate most about our President - he doesn't understand that our nation is a mixture of cultures, religions, people, and that there is no one correct way to be. There is no ONE GOD in AMERICA, only FREEDOM to CHOOSE one for yourself, should you so desire it.

1/30/2003 >> jackie

thanks for telling us all that sarah, i thought it was really interesting. makes me wonder: how many other little coded messages has he sent in his speeches to fundamentalists? you know? somday someone will write a book about it.....

1/30/2003 >> Casey

My favorite parts were the ones about the faith based initiative funding to help with social programs. You will now be able to get help as long as you find Jesus..... amen!

1/30/2003 >> pete

I liked the way he made getting out from under addiction sound like winning the lottery... miracles can happen to YOU! But since he claimed that he'd fund treatment for 300,000 people, actually getting treatment could have about the same odds as winning at Powerball...

Shut up and start praying, Junkie. Jesus loves you.

1/31/2003 >> muhgcee

I am glad the seperation of church and state talk has hit EA. I am a big proponent of upholding this. I just wish the groups that supported this would be more organized to make our voices heard better.

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