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Bush: All world ‘prays to the same God’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 9, 2007 | 7:40 am


This just might be the dumbest thing Bush has ever said:

I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God.

The statement was made in an interview with Al Arabiya, and the transcript comes from the U.S. State Department, courtesy of the Bible Belt Blog. The problem with Bush’s effort to connect with parts of the world that see the United States as the great Satan is that it doesn’t make any sense.

He could have said that Christians, Jews and Muslims pray to the same God of Abraham, though each religion understands Him differently; Bush even could have argued that Christians should call God “Allah.” But it’s impossible that all the world “prays to the same God” if simply for that fact that about a quarter of the world practices polytheism.

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