Thanks to Teno Groppi for this one. I paraphrased some of his comments, and added some of my own.
Your task is to read the two quotes below and pick which one was spoken by George W. Bush, and which was spoken by one of W's former Democratic opponents. If you've been following politics over the past few years, this shouldn't be difficult at all.
"For me this all began at the beginning with the Bible and with instruction that God gave to Adam and Eve that they should both work and guard the Garden of Eden; which is to say that they should not only develop and cultivate it, but also protect it.
"Later in the speech I spoke from Corinthians and said that God calls on us to be guardians of the mysteries of God. And one of the great mysteries of God is his creation. Look I want to say generally, very briefly, that the mixing of God and government, of religion and politics is quintessentially American. And it was there at the beginning. The fact is that in the first document, the Declaration of Independence, the founders of our country said that they were forming the new government to secure the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that they saw as the endowment of our Creator.
"So this government, this country was not neutral about God right at the outset. First accepting there is a Creator. So our existence is not accidental. And secondly, as a result of this creation we have an inherent unity; we're all equal. We have equal opportunity for those rights. We are a country based on a vision, a belief in creationism."
"I don't necessarily believe every single word is literally true. The verdict is still out on how God created the earth. I don't use the Bible as necessarily a way to predict the findings of science.
So, can you guess which speaker is George W. Bush, and which is his yet-unnamed Democratic opponent?
Once you've guessed, click the "Continue Reading" link below to see the answer.
THE ANSWER IS
The second quote was spoken by George Bush. Soooo, the icon of the majority of the Christian conservative movement is a phony. And we've known this since before he was even nominated for the first time as the Republican presidential candidate!
The Democrat in the first quote was none other than Joe Lieberman.
How could it be that a rather liberal Democrat gets it right on the origin of life, and a so-called conservative Christian Republican gets it so wrong? Whereas the Democrats already have no credibility when it comes to faith, the Republicans seem to be doing everything they can to shed the same pesky credibility, which leaves Christian voters to believe they must vote for the lesser of two evils. In this case, as in others, less evil is still plenty evil!
Posted by gett0026 at March 31, 2005 12:13 AM
* "Meet the Press" from Easter Day, March 27, 2005
** "Christianity Central to His Life", Religion Today, 1-26-00, from NY Times