An article published today in Slate.com catalogs the carefully scripted public statements by Bush supporters suggesting that Bush’s presidency is the direct result of God’s intervention. The final three paragraphs are absolutely brilliant:
…it’s hard to recall another instance of a presidential campaign so confidently promulgating the idea that its candidate had divine endorsement. The potentially dangerous implication is that since God put George W. Bush in the White House, opposing him is opposing Him. A person could get smited for that.
Of course, it’s always possible God did put George W. Bush in the White House. But if He did, it doesn’t theologically follow that He wants him to have a second term. Even those who believe that God controls world events usually concede it is hard for humans to divine the intent of the Divine.
After all, in the Bible, God is described as doing things for all sorts of inexplicable reasons—sometimes as a reward to the people, and sometimes as a punishment.
Read the full article, “Heaven Sent,” by Steven Waldman.