I've had to take some time off from the Blog, but I just had to get this little bit in. Honestly, the incredible ineptitude of Bush's foray into "diplomacy" is absolutely outrageous!
"Laura and I just had the great joy and privilege of worshipping here in Beijing, China," he said as parishioners exited to "Onward Christian Soldiers." "You know, it just goes to show that God is universal, and God is love, and no state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion."
China allows worship only in officially approved churches such as the one Bush visited with his wife, so millions of people pray privately in house churches to avoid detection. Thehas bristled at Bush's prodding as pointless meddling. The guy can't read, he can't write, he can't string two intelligible sentences together. The sheer audacity of criticizing a host country during the Olympic Games makes him look like one terrible pun: a Bullshitter in a China Shop. First of all, "Onward Christian Soldiers" - bad choice of hymns. He's militaristic in every way, even when he goes to church.
"God" is not universal. Spirituality may be, his interpretation of God is DEFINITELY NOT UNIVERSAL. "God is love." But Bush's God is NOT love. It's oil. It's big business. Sounding like a late 60's hippie is not going to cover the fact that the Christian concept of a God of love and compassion has never entered Bush's brain.
The Chinese don't fear the influence of a loving religion, just one that wants a theocracy. Bush's clerical cohorts hide behind Christianity as a "loving" religion while hurling hate-filled Bible verses as if they were guided missiles. China hasn't heard such hate speech since Mao.
While the "official" stance on religion is atheistic, Buddhism is definitely predominant and Christianity falls into a minority group. So, Bush's statements actually excluded most of China, taking in only about 4% of the population. He got his buzz-words mixed up again.
Bush is stuck in his fantasy world where "freedom" "democracy" "God" "liberty" are universal truths. They may be, but certainly not in a warm-fuzzy-family-apple-pie way. This is a universal truth:
Don't insult your owner.