"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:
"It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes."