We love freedom in America, and we’re the leader of the world not because we try to limit freedom, but because we’ve helped to spread it. You and I know that freedom has the power to transform lives. You and I know that free societies are more peaceful and more prosperous. You and I know that if given the chance, men and women and children in every society on Earth will choose a life of freedom — if just given a chance. Unless, of course, you don’t believe freedom is a gift from the Almighty. The liberty we value is not ours alone. Freedom is not America’s gift to the world; it is God’s gift to all humanity.
I believe — and I know most of you, if not all of you, believe — that every man, woman and child on the face of the Earth has been given the great gift of liberty by an Almighty God. (Applause.) And today I want to speak about this precious gift, the importance of protecting freedom here at home, and the call to offer freedom to others who have never known it.
–George W. Bush while addressing the National Religious Broadcasters 2008 Convention.
I find this belief very fascinating. This is another example of our President irresponsibly blurring the lines between two different kinds of “Freedom”. In the context of this speech, Bush is clearly talking about the freedom of this world while attaching to it the attributes of the Freedom that God offers us through a religious and spiritual relationship with him. In pushing for the spread of Democracy, he’s making his case by trying to convince us that democracy is God’s gift to all human beings. Where did this notion come from? I’d love for someone to show me a consistent theme in scripture where God exclusively sanctions political freedom or “liberty” for all people. What would the Apostle Paul or John the Baptist or exiled Isrealites think about what Bush is implying? Kind of hard to claim that freedom of this world is literally a universal gift from God when you’re behind bars or exiled to some island. This is just another reminder that we have had a President for the past 8 years that has continually proven to be inconsistent and clumsy when attempting to fuse the will of God to his foreign policy.
You can read the whole speech here. The good news……….only 312 more days…….