Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Phase 4 of responses to "The death of Satan"

By A.M, American living in Kenya

Thanks, Jesse for the backgrounder. 
You know, I wouldn't disagree with criticisms of Bush's Iraq policy at all. 
My point was just that it's a different thing to say somebody's religion doesn't affect their politics (i.e. it has no  
real power in their lives) and to say it affects their politics but we don't agree with them (i.e. their religion has power in the lives but  
they've interpreted the mandates of their religion in a way we don't like.) 
I think many politicians both Kenyan and American fall into the first category. Islamic terrorists for most of us fall into the second.  
George W. Bush falls into the second for around half of the U.S. and most of the rest of the world, though as I have said not for me in  
terms of much of his domestic policy emphasis. 
For some people he is in a third category, that of people whose religion makes a difference in their politics and the difference is viewed as good. 
I did not mention in the previous message that one other thing I do appreciate is his insistence that for the first time in a long time in the U.S. political arena, faith based organizations should not have to give up their  
distinctives in order to be considered legitimate providers of social and medical services.

Backgrounder
Original article
Phase 1 of responses to the article
Phase 2 of responses to the article
Phase 3 of responses to the article

This also happens to have been my last assignment for now as a guest editor.  Thanks for reading.  
- Z.M. 

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