Re: Dear Biblical Scholar Bush
The following is Bill Carroll's addendum to the open letter "Dear Biblical Scholar Bush" currently making the rounds on the Internet.
Dear Doctor Bush,
I too have some trouble understanding the Holy Scriptures in light of your recent policies. I'm sure you've got a perfectly good explanation. Perhaps you could consult with Doctors Ashcroft, Robertson, Dobson, Fallwell, Thomas, and Scalia and get back to me.
1. Since you are an aggressive, imperialist warmaker, are you still a child of God?
Jesus Christ, your "favorite political philosopher," says in Matthew 5:9: "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
2. Why did you take an oath of office? And, after you did, why did you violate it by lying to Congress and the American people about your reasons for going to war in Iraq? Why did your campaigns consistently distort your own record and future intentions, as well as those of your opponents?
Jesus (oh, that Jesus again) says in Matthew 5:33-37: "You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one."
3. Do we really need another "defense" appropriations bill? Even if we do, why such a huge one? (And no cheating by classifying portions of it. See #2.)
Micah 4:3-4 says:
He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more;
but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
and no one shall make them afraid;
for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
4. Why all this anti-immigrant crap? It wouldn't be pandering to our racism and fear, would it? You seem to be violating the heart of God's covenant with Israel. Please explain this, sir.
Ex 12:49: "There shall be one law for the native and for the alien who resides among you."
Ex 22:21: "You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt."
Ex 23:9: "You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt."
5. What about prisoners? It seems that Jesus came to set them free. Even if you can't set them free, could you find it in your "changed heart" to commute a death sentence or two? What? Not even for minors or developmentally disabled persons??? I know you had a lot of things on your mind. Being governor of Texas is hard work! You might ask Mr. Gonzalez about those people you killed (the ones in Texas. For the others ask Condy, Wolfy, or Rummy). If you won't, I hope that some of our brothers and sisters in the Senate will do it for you.
In Luke 4:16-20, Jesus applies the prophecy of Isaiah to his own ministry:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour.
6. Since the earth is God's good creation (Gen 1) and belongs to God in its entirety (Psalm 24:1), why the perpetual assault on every law, agency, and treaty meant to defend it? Seriously, sir, the Bible aside, we are poisoning delicate ecosystems in a way that is putting all life at risk, in all its priceless and beautiful variety. Even if you don't care about other species, think about your own children!
7. As for your economic policies, they seem to be headed down the wrong path by biblical standards. I don't mean to scare you, sir, but this stuff sounds pretty Socialist to me!
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Isaiah 55:1-3: "Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food."
Acts 2:44-45 "All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need."
Luke 1:46-55: "And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.'"
James 1:9-11: Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.
Luke 6:20-26 Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said: 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 'Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. 'Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 'Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. 'But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 'Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. 'Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. 'Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets."
Your brother in Christ,