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Sharing Fundamentalism: A Purpose-Driven Assassination

What kind of moral values does this Inaugural Pastor Rick Warren invoke when he’s not invocating? December 4, 2008:

Sean Hannity: Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, wants to wipe Israel off the map, is seeking nuclear weapons.

Rick Warren: Yes.

Sean Hannity: I think we need to take him out.

Rick Warren: Yes.

Sean Hannity: Am I advocating something dark, evil or something righteous?

Rick Warren: Well, actually, the Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped. And I believe…

Sean Hannity: By force?

Rick Warren: Well, if necessary. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers. Not good-doers. Evildoers.

You know, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this before, somewhere. Where was that?

I hereby declare that this sinister regime of Israel is the banner of Satan. It is the banner of the Great Satan. All it does is to implement the orders of the criminal America and England…. Today the people have awoken. The Iranian people is the standard-bearer of this awakening for all the peoples. As we can see, from the southernmost point in South America to the easternmost point in Asia, all the peoples are shouting a single cry. With placards in their hands and clenched fists, they shout: Death to Israel!

Oh, right! Death to the Great Satan! God put government on Earth to punish evildoers. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a government, and they’ve identified their evidoers.

What a very unhelpful idea in foreign policy: find the evildoers, grab the hand of your god, and yank him into the pursuit of assassination, war and death. Is it a coincidence that the two proponents of this policy are religious fundamentalists?

Barack Obama is a thorough politician. This is a recent statement. What does it reveal about Barack Obama’s political compass that he would bringing one of the adherents of this fundamentalist warrior philosophy to Washington, DC to invoke his god as the foundation of a new American presidency?

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