Bush Receiving Very Little Support from His Church

As a member of the United Methodist Church, President Bush has received very little support from Bishops within the church. Ninety-five bishops from the church said Thursday they repent their "complicity" in the "unjust and immoral" invasion and occupation of Iraq. Although United Methodist leadership has opposed the Iraq war in the past, this is the first time that individual bishops have confessed to a personal failure to publicly challenge the buildup to the war. I find this absurd that these Bishops stand against the President of our country who is a member of their church. They claim that the real need is to tend to those in Iraq who are starving and living in poverty, but isn’t that why we went there to overthrow a dictatorship ran by a leader that was the cause of so many problems. The people of Iraq will have opportunities that they couldn’t even imagine when Saddam was in power. The Bishops also stated that going to war over the September 11th attacks was wrong and didn’t solve the real problem. My question to them is what were we supposed to do, go to Afghanistan and apologize that we had made them mad enough to attack us and throw some money to them to help their poverty stricken people. Whether I support the full purpose of the war or not, I realize that men and women much more intelligent than me are running this country and seem to be doing a pretty good job at it. I think these Methodist Bishops need to rethink for their statement and realize that criticizing the members of their church who pay for those nice cars and big houses they have isn’t very Christian like.:)

1 comment:

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Bob's post for poor punctuation.

The United Methodist Church is not the only one with this sort of view. Moving towards the political left has been very common amongst Christian denominations for over 100 years. So, I don't think there's anything special about Bush, Iraq, or the U.M.C.

Note that LDS members and/or Utah residents pride themselves on their political conservatism at the national level, even though Utah is amongst the more leftward states on most measures of the progressiveness of social laws and safety nets.