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This being close to Christmas, it's worth remembering that President Bush likes to call himself a 'born again' Christian.
That's what Bush says he is.
Here, however, is what Jesus himself said; the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount.
Quote:"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven" -- Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted" -- Matthew 5:4
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" -- Matthew 5:5
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness. for they shall be filled" -- Matthew 5:6
"Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" -- Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" -- Matthew 5:8
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" -- Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" -- Matthew 5:10-12
Now, here's another version of The Beatitudes. These were written by the late Anton Szandor LaVey, widely regarded the father of modern Satanism and appear in his book, The Satanic Bible
Quote:Blessed are the strong, for they shall possess the earth - Cursed are the weak, for they shall inherit the yoke!
Blessed are the powerful, for they shall be reverenced among men - Cursed are the feeble, for they shall be blotted out!
Blessed are the bold, for they shall be masters of the world - Cursed are the righteously humble, for they shall be trodden under cloven hoofs!
Blessed are the victorious, for victory is the basis of right - Cursed are the vanquished, for they shall be vassals forever!
Blessed are the iron-handed, for the unfit shall flee before them - Cursed are the poor in spirit, for they shall be spat upon!
Blessed are the death-defiant, for their days shall be long in the land - Cursed are the gazers toward a richer life beyond the grave, for they shall perish amidst plenty!
Blessed are the destroyers of false hope, for they are the true Messiahs - Cursed are the god-adorers, for they shall be shorn sheep!
Blessed are the valiant, for they shall obtain great treasure - Cursed are the believers in good and evil, for they are frightened by shadows!
Blessed are those that believe in what is best for them, for never shall their minds be terrorized - Cursed are the "lambs of God", for they shall be bled whiter than snow!
Blessed is the man who has a sprinkling of enemies, for they shall make him a hero - Cursed is he who doeth good unto others who sneer upon him in return, for he shall be despised!
Blessed are the mighty-minded, for they shall ride the whirlwinds - Cursed are they who teach lies for truth and truth for lies, for they are an abomination!
Thrice cursed are the weak whose insecurity makes them vile, for they shall serve and suffer!
The angel of self-deceit is camped in the souls of the "righteous" - The eternal flame of power through joy dwelleth within the flesh of the Satanist!
Now, tell me something, folks: Which of these two versions of the Beatitudes sounds closer to the philosophy of President George W. Bush?