George W. Bush: Who Would Jesus Torture?

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The End the War Coalition protests Bush tonight...

Vanity, vanity, saith the preacher, all is vanity.And what more can it be than vanity that Phoenix's Arizona Christian University is feting former President George W. Bush at a $500 a plate dinner so the Torturer-in-Chief can blather on about his "faith-based presidency"?

I reckon there's also hypocrisy and greed, both the subject of many Biblical injunctions.

The school, now headed by erstwhile Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, obviously wants to boost its image and stack some dough in the process.

ACU's students are required to study the Bible, hence the "Christian" in its name. On its Web site, it states,

"We believe now, as we did then, that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe in 2010, as we did in 1960, that the Bible is the inerrant and authoritative Word of God. These beliefs inform our teaching and guide both our institutional and our individual behavior."

Very well, then. But I have a question for these true-believers in the Blood of the Lamb: Who would the Prince of Peace torture?

Aside from ordering America into an unnecessary war in Iraq, which has resulted in an estimated 109,000 civilian deaths, and more than 4,400 American military deaths -- all for "Weapons of Mass Destruction," which didn't exist --- Bush also authorized the waterboarding of detainees, and "black sites" in other countries where these detainees were able to be tortured in unimaginable ways.

Indeed, because Bush has so unabashedly violated the international Convention Against Torture, he now has to be wary of the countries he visits. Recently, he cancelled a planned trip to Switzerland, a signatory to the convention, after some victims of torture planned to bring a formal complaint against him.

So it's not inconceivable that this "Christian President" might one day be the subject of charges and face the possibility of arrest in a country other than the U.S.

Activists with the End the War Coalition plan to demonstrate against Bush's 7 p.m. appearance at the Phoenix Convention Center. Some protesters will don jumpsuits and black hoods, like detainees at GITMO. You can find more info on the demonstration, here.

But I wonder if the activists will be joined by any of these righteous, scripture-quoting ACU students. If they are true to the Christianity they profess to abide by, they will join the protesters' ranks. If not, well, at least we'll know they can't walk in the footsteps of the man from Galilee.

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j_in_mesa
j_in_mesa

I'm so glad that the current self-proclaimed Christian president has closed down GTMO and has brought the troops home - it's a good thing that no civilians in Afghanistan have been killed on his watch. Additionally, I was surprised at the speed that the PATRIOT Act was repealed with the help of the Democrat-controlled Congress before the evil Republicans regained control.

Abitcrazy
Abitcrazy

yeah, all ye hypocrites. Just who would Jesus bomb? The truth of the matter is ... the christian right is neither christian (Christ like) or right (as in correct). They are false; wolves in sheep's clothing, and the very enemies that Jesus warned his followers about.

Mistalee
Mistalee

If you subscribe to the commonly held Christian belief that Jeezuz will cast those who transgress into a terrible, dark, fiery place where they are tortured forever, then Dubbya was just being Christlike.

Johnny White Man
Johnny White Man

It would be nice if the warmonger Bush is indeed arrested for war crimes in Iraq. That un-neccessary conflict alone has put us where we are now--economically speaking. 8 long years of that atrocious Bush reign has done great and significant damage to our country--the "good ol' USA".

savatage
savatage

If our country had any balls, WE would bring him up on charges. Torture is OK as long as we do it, right? Ridiculous. I fear for any servicepeople that get "detained" by Libya or some other country. I hope that other country doesn't follow our "example"...

Woefatcat
Woefatcat

Our current President has nicely covered for the former and his tribe of ball shocking morons. The problem that the New Times has is that our current President is taking Bushco's torture to the next level-to an American Serviceman. I wonder why the new times is still muddling in the past, the past we were told to forget by our sitting President, and not speaking out about Bradley Manning?

Lima
Lima

Lamest Feathered Bastard article ever. It's 2011. Bush has been out of office for two years. Enough of the Bush derangement syndrome already.

guest
guest

egyptians. jesus/god has tortured them before by killing their babies, ruining their water supply and unleashing at least 8 other plagues upon them. It's hard to imagine what an imaginary wizard might do, but charleton heston told the egypt story and I trust his recounting of the event.

j_in_mesa
j_in_mesa

Hehe. All I see in these replies are excuses - and one knows that excuses are like ***holes - everyone's got one. Here's the main excuse I'm glomming: "Evil Bush II and Evil 'Rethuglicans' messed things up so bad that even our Christ-like current president, despite his vast judicial experience (lol), his sterling record in college (as evidenced by his transcripts - oh, wait, unlike Bush II and John Kerry he hasn't released them) and his oratory skills (I prefer Clinton, Reagan and even Farrakhan - those guys could/can speak) ... they messed things up so bad that even he could not fix everything with the help of a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Here's a civics lesson for you 'Asdfg': It's called an Executive Order. Presidents use and abuse them all the time. As Paul Begala, advisor to President Clinton, said, "Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kinda cool."

Additionally, I am not a 'Repug'. I have supported (financially) antiwar causes and organizations. Hell, even those evil libertarian Koch brothers gave $20 million dollars to the ACLU to fight the PATRIOT Act. Isn't it nice that Obama's FBI recently searched homes and arrested antiwar activists (cf. antiwar.com)?

Anyways, both of you are welcome to live in your politically dichotomous world. Continue raging against or rooting for Rush Limbaugh/Michael Moore/Ann Coulter/Rachel Maddow/George Will/Donna Brazile - their incomes depend on it.

Asdfg
Asdfg

Someone needs a lesson in civics, specifically the fillibuster, and how the Republican minority (who hated it when the were the majority) used it to kill the bills that would have effectuated these changes.

Yes, shame on the Democrats for respecting the rule of law and allowing the Republicans to use the fillibuster at theretofore unimagined levels. (/sarcasm)

The Lou Show
The Lou Show

Let's get something straight, you idiot "J" in Mesa: George S. Bush and the Republicans started this mess. Let's not forget that. Bush stole the election and squandered a surplus. Why are you going after Obama and the Dems when it was your beloved Rethuglikans who drove this country into a ditch?You and all your kind are such idiots . . . and I'm am sure you will be voting for more idiots in the next election.

Guest
Guest

You mean, like cutting off American's head live on the internet? Or killing innocent Americans abroad, burn their bodies, then dragged their charred bodies all over the streets , on TV, to add anguish to the families of the victim?

Do you really think *they* play by the rules?

Xdans14
Xdans14

May the Son of man forgive you.

guest
guest

Works both ways...do a history check and you'll see the Democrats did the same thing in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.

Washington today looks the same regardless of party affliation. I'd say, Term limits is the real solution

Guest
Guest

Yes, You are right...George W Bush and the Republicans were responsible for the US Embassy bombings in South Africa in 1998, then the USS Cole bombings in 2000; then the 9/11 attack in 2001...and the Accounting Scandal that took out the *projected* surplus in 2002 (which means there weren't any surplus...the numbers were fixed)

Oh...wait a second...all of these were planned BEFORE Bush took office...

hmm....

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