By Deanna Spingola
General William G. “Jerry” Boykin, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, appeared at the Good Shepard Community Church in Boring, Oregon in June 2003, not the first or last of such an event. During his multimedia presentation he said: “Now ask yourself: Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? … He’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this. God put him there to lead not only this nation but to lead the world in such a time as this.” 
He further stated, “We in the army of God, in the house of God, kingdom of God, have been raised for such a time as this.” This is reminiscent of the Old Testament phrase: “and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  Some commentators, like Patrick Buchanan, saw nothing wrong with what Boykin said. Others viewed any hint of criticism as an attack on Christian values by the equally devious Democratic Party. 
The concept that “God installed Bush” was disseminated by naïve pastors to numerous congregations. Consequently, prior to the Iraqi invasion, James Merritt, a former Southern Baptist Convention president, confirmed Bush’s self-proclaimed status as “God’s man for this hour” particularly because of the events of 9/11.  So God installed Bush as a defender, someone to lead Americans into an immoral war? Yet this concept was circulated throughout Christendom and Bush became the new leader of the religious right in America.
Another subtle selling of the Iraqi invasion is defined in the best-selling book series Left Behind by Reverend Timothy LaHaye, one of the original founders, along with Jerry Falwell, of the Moral Majority. LaHaye is a past president of the Council for National Policy, a secretive forum, created in 1981, for leading U.S. conservative political leaders, financiers and religious right activist leaders. Hatching secretive plots behind closed doors has always been productive to the elitists. How many earth-shaking, secret societies does the average person belong to? As mentioned in previous articles, Prescott, George H. W. and George W. Bush were or are life-long members of Skull & Bones, also known as the Brotherhood of Death. Prescott, grandfather of George W, provided financial aid to Hitler through the Union Banking Company of which he was president. 
LaHaye’s novels, written with collaborator Jerry Jenkins, are allegedly based on biblical prophecies about the return of Jesus after a battle between God and Satan. It may have been what inspired the Southern Baptist Conference, the largest Protestant denomination, to support the war in Iraq, despite their official 2000 policy.  Evangelicals consistently supported the Bush administration's campaign to democratize Iraq more than most other domestic religious groups according to polls conducted in 2006 by both Pew and Zogby International. 
Many religious leaders have denounced America’s current warfare. Of course, because of tax-exempt issues, they cannot preach an anti-war sermon without IRS agents descending on them.  Religious leaders who sanction the war, with its death and mutilation, never receive visits from the IRS for discussing political issues. War-loving leaders, with their minions, are not unique as evidenced by former crusades, large and small. Bill Press suggests the following criteria that should be met before America engages in warfare:
· There must be a just cause for a war.
· A just war can be waged only as a last resort.
· The ultimate objective of war must be to bring peace.
· There must be serious prospect of success; bloodshed without hope of victory cannot be justified.
· The war must be declared by a legitimate authority; no private individuals or groups can launch a war.
· The violence used in the war must be proportional to the injury suffered.
· Noncombatants must not be intentionally harmed.
· Prisoners and conquered peoples must be treated justly. 
Iraq did not perpetuate 9/11 and had no plans or the military capacity to attack the United States.  Anti-war, demonized Democrats are not seen as compassionate, caring, or even Christian but are simply vilified as unpatriotic or un-American. Yet, despite their alleged “godlessness,” they regularly appear more Christian and compassionate than the religiously correct Republicans. I am not a Democrat or a Republican; I am a Constitutionalist.
Some theocons, assembled as the Apostolic Congress, worked “hand in hand” with Bush to develop domestic and Middle East policies. Apparently, congressional officials abdicated their responsibility to others who dictated policy compatible with their “end-time rapture” objectives.
The problem was not that George W. Bush discussed policy with people who demanded right-wing solutions to achieve peace in the Middle East, or with devout Christians. It is that he is discussed policy with Christians who didn't care about peaceful objectives at all but were focused on a rapture and the resulting peace.  On the other hand, Bush rejected Jim Wallis' invitation to meet with his organization, Call to Renewal, to discuss peaceful, weaponless alternatives to the Iraqi invasion. 
Nonetheless, Bush did accept a suggestion from Wallis before the inauguration: In December 2000, Bush met with Wallis and thirty or more clergy members in the classroom of a Baptist church in Austin, Texas. Bush enquired: "How do I speak to the soul of the nation?" Additionally, Bush and Wallis talked about their personal life journeys. Bush said: “I've never lived around poor people,” Wallis remembers Bush saying. “I don't know what they think. I really don't know what they think. I'm a white Republican guy who doesn't get it. How do I get it?” This is certainly not a shocking statement from a member of the elite country club set – born in the lap of luxury with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth! His privileged status, rather than any personal qualifications, installed him at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Wallis replied: “You need to listen to the poor and those who live and work with poor people.”
Bush immediately called his speechwriter, Michael Gerson, who was in attendance, and said, "I want you to hear this." A month later, Bush, in a speech said an almost identical line – "many in our country do not know the pain of poverty, but we can listen to those who do." His speechwriter added Wallis' empathetic words to Bush's inaugural address. 
Self-righteousness, frequently a by-product of fundamentalism, is dangerous whether it is Christian, Islam, or any other religion. Dr. Calvin Morris, executive director of the Chicago-based Community Renewal Society, told World Magazine (Marvin Olasky is the magazine's editor-in-chief), “It is ironic, and dangerously so, that the present Bush administration rails against the religious fundamentalism of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, while asserting a similar fundamentalism of its own. This administration needs to realize that God is not an adherent of American foreign policy, but a God above all nations and ideologies.” 
The “crusade” against terror, now under another title, is stripping citizens of their constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms. War on anything - drugs, poverty, crime, cancer, Aids, pornography or terrorism – is bogus. Most frequently it constitutes money going from the voter’s pockets into the pockets of big business without any recognizable benefit to the citizens. The government's current “war on terrorism” constitutes a war against individual freedoms. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in speaking about military warfare, reminded us: “A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.” 
Daniel Webster said: “I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe... Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.” 
Any leader who wishes to accrue power, distract the citizens from social or economic problems or improve ratings frequently uses war, now without the troublesome ordeal of constitutional congressional approval. Bush, the self-described messenger of God who prayed for strength to do the Lord's will, was not troubled about shredding the U.S. Constitution. 
Some fundamentalists attempted to establish a “God-centered government” with total control over every aspect of our lives. This intolerant control eliminated all religious freedom, except that proscribed by the ruling party. Our government is only obliged to punish illegal behavior, not satanically exercise control over individual beliefs and conscience. Many Christian fundamentalists endorse punitive punishment, harsh sentencing for all criminals, nuclear war, and starving sanctions for tens of thousands. They have adamantly endorsed death, yet vehemently opposed, often with violence, abortion. Was it or is it genuine opposition or simply “stone-throwing” judgments against assumed “evil” behavior or is it about unrighteous dominion (control)? What is it with some Christians who justify selective violence? Where is Christian mercy in this so-called godly-genocidal war?
Across the globe, our military is enforcing democracy on oil-rich Iraq while obliterating evil-doers – that is, anyone who resists occupation. Hitler focused on the Jews, Bush, not as definitive, focused on obscure terrorists and open-ended warfare. Not surprisingly, Hitler joined a secret society, the Thule Society in 1919 whose membership later became the foundation of the Nazi Party.  He apparently did whatever was required to gain support and power including the manipulation of religion. Hitler said: “Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”  Hitler, despite claims to the contrary was an alleged Christian; he manipulated the religious populace and successfully, subtly merged religion and politics, with appropriate photo ops and speeches, all for political power with its inherent financial perks and big bucks for the military-industrial-complex. It is all about control, money and the resources of the earth!
German Soldiers wore belt buckles inscribed with the following: "Gott mit uns" (God is with us). Hitler’s troops were frequently sprinkled with holy water by the priests. Before fascism, before Hitler and his political power grab, facilitated by the Reichstag fire, Germany was a Christian country whose obedient citizens were programmed and propagandized to blindly follow all authority figures, political and ecclesiastical. No questions asked! “The Nazis demonized and then destroyed their enemies, after first intimidating and then liquidating their domestic opponents. The German propaganda machine cranked out misinformation and outright lies in the state-supported media, suppressing the truth and threatening anyone who dared to speak or print opposition to the war regime.”  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Historian Alan Bullock said: “Hitler never abandoned the cloak of legality; he recognized the enormous psychological value of having the law (as well as the church) on his side. Instead, he turned the law inside out and made illegality legal.”
Repetitive war indoctrination and American imperialism have replaced the Sermon on the Mount. Twisting the scriptures for theocon political objectives is trusting in the “arm of flesh.”  We need to distinguish truth amongst the “many kinds of voices” abroad in the land. None of them are without significance.  Christians need to wake up, speak up and stand up for genuine Christian ideals!
One of the fourteen defining characteristics of fascism is: “Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.”  Obviously, the common religion in America is Christianity.
Sinclair Lewis said: “A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.”  “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the Flag - and Carrying a Cross.” 
Allegedly, scripturally-based churches granted allegiance to the government and their mass mutilation and killing of strangers. Do we actually believe that the lives of foreigners have less value than our own? Silent Christian spectators acquiesce to and even participate in those atrocities, fueled by ardent nationalism and indoctrinated against an alleged enemy. We are not answerable to our government employees (the elected). We cannot justifiably say “I was just following orders.” The government is accountable to the electorate. We are all, however, accountable to God.
 With God on Their Side How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush’s White House by Esther Kaplan, p. 21 See also How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, p. 11
 Old Testament, Esther 4:14
 How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, p. 11
 How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, p. 82
 How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, p. 76
 Ibid p. 80
 How the Republicans Stole Christmas by Bill Press, p. 88
 Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush By Ron Suskind, Published: October 17, 2004 See also:
 1 Corinthians 14:10
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