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Bush, God and Iraq
To hear President Bush speak of late, you might think he was mounting a pulpit, not a podium. With war on the horizon, the Providence of God is especially on his mind. “Events aren’t moved by blind change and chance,” he said at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, echoing similar sentiments expressed in his State of the Union address. “Behind all of life and all of history, there’s a dedication and a purpose, set by the hand of a just and faithful God.”

American presidents have long used scripture in addressing the nation, but the religious rhetoric of the current president is unprecedented, some argue. Some members of his own staff have felt compelled to assure the nation that the president really is a secular leader, and that his decisions on Iraq are based on his judgments about national security, not on faith.


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