so rejects a lot of the teachings in the Bible and Torah, replacing them with new teachings in the Koran.

If most Muslims accepted the Torah as a true religious text, why wouldn't they accept the part where God tells Jews to live in Israel?


Bush closed his speech with a quote from a shared Jewish/Christian text, just inches away from a passage where God tells the Jews to live in Israel. I don't think anyone at all should be confused where he stands on this issue. The message is kind of hard to miss.

Posted by: Michael Levy at June 26, 2002 11:02 PM

Oh, come on. This is the same as the whining from conservatives (and people who'd like to take votes from conservatives) over "Pledgegate".

So Bush quoted from the Bible. Big tsimmis. If he'd quoted Shakespeare, would that mean he's a part of a plot to repeal the DoI and become part of the Commonwealth?

Posted by: John "Akatsukami" Braue at June 27, 2002 03:51 PM

I agree with Mr. Braue. Any controversy over a Biblical quotation is just PC in disguise. And not a very good disguise, either.

Either that or it's like one of those comics where one person says something innocuous like "Hi!" and the other person is thinking "Wonder what he meant by that?"

Posted by: David Perron at June 28, 2002 04:27 AM

Bush said:

The choice here is stark and simple, the Bible
says, "I have set before you life and death,
therefore choose life." The time has arrived
for everyone in this conflict to choose peace
and hope and life.

Quoting the Bible is a perfectly legitimate rhetorical tool in these circumstances - it *is* a part of our cultural heritage, and to some extent, part of the cultural heritage of the Philistines.

He's letting the Philistines and the other Arabs know that their choices may have some significantly negative consequences. Wait until Bush starts quoting the Bhagavad-Gita to the Philistines...

"I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"

Posted by: Anthony at July 1, 2002 01:10 PM
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