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Thursday, October 21, 2004
Touched in the head by an angel. Here's a terrific dissection of religion and politics and media, courtesy of the
Daily Howler:
[LAWRENCE] O’DONNELL: [On Scarborough Country] Well, this is a God—this is also a God who gives the gift of freedom. He says that‘s a gift from the almighty, that the Afghan people got this gift from the almighty this year. What was George Bush’s God doing to those people up to now? You see, that’s the problem with this. For very simple-minded religious people, that stuff works. That is a minority of the American population.

[DAILY HOWLER:] Yikes! It’s been years and years since major scribes took pot-shots like that at professed religion. As the debate proceeded, Bob Zelnick sensibly said that he’d judge Bush’s policies, not his faith. But O’Donnell wasn’t finished:

O’DONNELL: The danger of simplification is that God wants him to do what he is doing. God wants people to be free; therefore, I, George Bush, will free them. That‘s a dangerous political implication.
Any privileged connection to supposedly divine truths should be suspect in the reality-based community. And public announcement of the frivolousness of private logic becomes more important every day, as the religious charade increasingly enters discourse between citizens who are forced to question each other's unquestionable beliefs.

More like this, please.

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