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The Jesus Factor

Reported by Eleanor - May 21, 2004 -

On May 20, 2004 on PBS Frontline at 9:00 EST, the "Jesus Factor" in the war on terror is described as led by a Messianic Evangelical Christian obsessed with a belief in "acting on certain absolutes in an absolute way."
The Jesus Factor

The dictionary definition of the word "absolute" is: perfect; no exceptions, limits or restrictions; an absolute ruler is not limited by constitutional provisions or other restraints of government; positive; certain.

George Bush's faith is "calculated and real." The genuine and the calculated cannot be separated in his mind. "Religious conversion informs everything he does."

George Bush says that Billy Graham "planted a mustard seed in my soul," and he was born again, committing himself to Jesus Christ. The Bible is the word of God and without error. Reading the Bible daily is more important than going to Church.

Bush and his supporters determined that he could get elected as governor of Texas by appealing to the "real America" so the campaign was focused on winning the votes of the Evangelicals. He succeeded in getting 82% of their votes, toppling Ann Richards and making him governor of Texas.

On the day of his second inauguration, Bush told supporters "God wants me to be President." During the presidential campaign when he said that Jesus Christ was his favorite philosopher, the Evangelicals listened. The fact that he spoke openly about his religion throughout the campaign was the key to winning the White House. Even though only 40% of conservatives identified themselves as Christian, 70% of the religious group voted. Religion was the key to victory. Two-thirds of church goers voted for Bush, and he rewarded them by making his first executive order faith-based programs inside the White House, and it became his signature program.

After 9/11, Bush transitioned his thinking about faith from"12 steps to God" to a Messianic mission of America to rid the world of "evil doers" – the religious language of absolutes. God is on our side – the side of freedom and democracy. The light is from Christ to us. This is the language of a "righteous empire – a framework for the misuse of religion. The world sees a religious war, a clash of civilizations. Policy decisions mirror the beliefs of Evangelicals." The "left" doesn't think God takes sides, but the left is not in power. (End of Frontline Summary)

In Bob Woodward's book, "Plan of Attack," Bush described praying as he walked outside the Oval Office after giving the order to begin combat operations against Iraq, and the powerful role his religious beliefs played throughout that time.

"Going into this period, I was praying for strength to do the Lord's will. . . . I'm surely not going to justify war based upon God. Understand that. Nevertheless, in my case I pray that I be as good a messenger of His will as possible. And then, of course, I pray for personal strength and for forgiveness." (Don't shoot the messenger?)

The president told Woodward: "I am prepared to risk my presidency to do what I think is right. I was going to act. And if it could cost the presidency, I fully realized that. But I felt so strongly that it was the right thing to do that I was prepared to do so."

Asked by Woodward how history would judge the war, Bush replied: "History. We don't know. We'll all be dead." (The Rapture?)

Comment: All this is a recipe for total disaster if the voters do not act in November.