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The comment has often been made that Bush seems to be coated with teflon- impervious to criticism. This teflon coat is made of piety, a false Christianity that cloaks the wolf within. According to the false preachers of the "Christian" right, if one is "born again", then one is automatically forgiven, not only for past sins, but also for future sins. One is in a state of grace, and can do no wrong.

This explains why Bush's Christian followers are able to turn a blind eye to his many egregious sins. He lies, tortures, murders with impunity, and because he has "accepted Jesus", he is immune to the laws that normally govern human behavior. This exemption has been extended to his entire administration, by the press and much of the citizenry.

No longer. Katrina exposed Bush's hypocrisy as nothing else has, although Cindy Sheehan laid a lot of groundwork. With Katrina, people have seen that Bush ignores the most basic tenet of Jesus' teachings- "Love your neighbor as yourself". Bush's callousness toward the suffering hurricane victims has stripped away his veneer of piety, and opened his administration to the sort of scrutiny that a leader should be subject to.

Meanwhile, what does the Bible say about grace and sin? A clear statement was made by Paul in his letter to the Romans:

Romans 6: 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law
but under grace?
Of course not!

Christians in America would do well to ignore the right - wing apologists for Bush who claim he is a Christian, and go back to their Bibles for the truth.
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In the name of the Prince of Peace, Carol Wolman
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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. As the Green candidate for Congress in California District 1 in '08, she (more...)

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