Saturday, May 21, 2005


I wasn’t going to post today, but the reception some at Calvin College, a Christian institution, are giving President Bush as he comes to give their commencement address gets my goat.

If they disagree with his policies and want to say so in a decent and intellectually honest way, then all power to them. But for people who claim to be Christian to publish the open letter they did is inexcusable hypocrisy. Two paragraphs from the letter will suffice to make my point.

By their deeds ye shall know them, says the Bible. Your deeds, Mr. President – neglecting the needy to coddle the rich, desecrating the environment, and misleading the country into war – do not exemplify the faith we live by.

Moreover, many of your supporters are using religion as a weapon to divide our nation and advance a narrow partisan agenda. We are deeply disappointed in your failure to renounce their inflammatory rhetoric.

Excuuuse me? Who is using “inflammatory rhetoric”? Who is “using religion as a weapon to divide”? This letter is little more than using religion and intellectually dishonest inflammatory hyperbole to conduct a vicious attack on the President and fellow Christians.

The signers of this letter should be ashamed of themselves.

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