Religion in politics
In an earlier letter I wrote to Stan that financial crime rose to a zenith during the Bush government because George W. Bush hugely reduced the investigation and prosecution of financial crimes. I commented on the irony that Christians so strongly supported a president under whom crime flourished to the point that it caused the fall of a nation. The following was Stan’s response to me that same day, April 14th, 2011. As a Christian, world traveler and political appointee to APEC, I thought his comment offers some insight on religion in politics.
Stan’s inside observation of religion in politics:
Thanks,,,,,..yes, the Christian label is slippery …..nowadays, for me subjectively “Christians” doesn’t hold much of any description of a person. Gotta see the person. Same goes for either you’re an elephant (GOP) or a donkey (DEM)…. don’t mean much… except, at best, it means one is in a box…..someone else’s box.My two moments of change of heart with GOP were when I first returned to the U.S. in 2002, and attended a GOP PowWow … and wow … everyone there thought Bush’s the best thing since sliced beard! That’s dangerous!! I did asked a couple friends there why stick the party name, future and reputation on “a person” or a few persons. Very unwise. Human folly in full display.Bush’s largest failure is his lack of sense in stewardship !!Then, I was invited, by some long shot, to visit the White House in 2003, while doing the National Prayer Breakfast deal … and had a good visit with a friend who is fairly high up in the House assisting #43. Used to be with #41 when I was more active in this circle. Then, at that time, we heard of the preparation to go into Iraq, and I asked why go in??? “Why go into a war, as we are supposed to bring peace & joy? Is there a difference between Christian in leadership and those as average citizen???”My expected answer was actually a no, there should be no difference … but of course, you can guess the answer: the party line from this friend whom I have not seen, ever since.