Monday, May 22, 2006

Madeleine Albright is freaked out by Bush's faith...

Former Secretary of State (and amateur theologian) Albright says that President Bush's faith worries her. She says:

"I worked for two presidents who were men of faith, and they did not make their religious views part of American policy," she said, referring to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Democrats and Christians.

"President Bush's certitude about what he believes in, and the division between good and evil, is, I think, different," said Albright, who has just published a book on religion and world affairs. "The absolute truth is what makes Bush so worrying to some of us."

God forbid that truth be absolute! What if evil things were actually evil! Oh no!

And her qualifications for making such a theological statement about absolute truth?

Asked about her own beliefs, Albright said she had "a very confused religious background."

Born and raised a Roman Catholic in Czechoslovakia, Britain and then the United States, she converted to Anglicanism when she married and only later in life discovered she had Jewish roots.

It is this legacy which makes her wary of any religion which claims a monopoly on truth, she said.

These days, she describes herself as "an Episcopalian (U.S. Anglican) with a Catholic background", recalling how she used to pray to the Virgin Mary as a child and still does.

"I know I believe in God but I have doubts, and doubt is part of faith," she said.

Yeah, I hate it when truth actually means truth instead of not truth. But, at least she likes Mary....


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