Christian College Gives Torture President Honorary Humanities Degree
By William Boardman -- Reader Supported News [2.18.15]
Texas Baptists confirm Obama's comments about Christian crimes
The American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on February 11, in a "public" event that was closed to most of the public. The only direct media coverage allowed for the event was by Fox News and the college public relations team.
Even though it might have been headlined as "Christians Honor War Criminal," there were apparently no national news stories about the former president's award. Five days after the fact, the Washington-insider publication, the Hill ran a short summary noting that Bush had said, "Evil is evil."
The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed its judgment that the Bush administration orchestrated a global network of CIA black sites where suspects were imprisoned and tortured, a form of human trafficking for which Bush and his associates have yet to be held accountable. As the human rights organization Reprieve reported on February 17, the corruption of Poland's "justice" system on behalf of the Bush administration illustrates the sheer horror of the way the U.S. handled people regardless of evidence:
"In July 2014, the ECHR had ruled that Poland "facilitated" the torture, secret detention and unlawful transfer of Abu Zubaydah, who is now held in Guantanamo Bay.
Mr Zubaydah was flown from a secret site in Thailand to another CIA prison in Stare Kiejkuty in northern Poland, where he was detained and tortured during 2002 and 2003. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) detailed in its recent report how Mr Zubaydah was subjected to torture numerous times by the CIA, before the Agency concluded that he was not a member of al Qaeda at all." [emphasis added]
"Christian values" appreciated, but not clearly defined
Speaking to Bush in front of the gathering to honor him, Hardin-Baylor president Randy O'Rear told the self-described "war president" that:
"We appreciate your Christian values, integrity, your love for family, your love for our country, your boldness, and your strong leadership."
"Evil is real," Bush told the Baptist college crowd, without referring to beheadings by Saudi Arabia, assassinations by U.S. special forces, or terror-bombing civilians in places like Afghanistan or Iraq:
"Evil is real. There is no light grey. Murdering innocent people to move a political point of view has been, is, and always will be evil". So one of the real dangers is an isolationist tendency"."
Bush described his father's service in World War II, using it to frame the success Japan has had moving from an imperial, warlike culture to a firm democratic ally of the U.S. Bush did not mention Hiroshima or Nagasaki or the incineration and maiming of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. He did not come close to suggesting that murdering hordes of innocent Japanese to move their political point of view toward democracy was evil.
After destroying Hiroshima, President Truman offered thanks to God for the power to kill indiscriminately, though he expressed it more delicately: