September 25, 2007

Bush and Ahmadinejad

Letter to the Editor of the Rocky Mountain News:

In Tuesday’s News, I was pleased to read an article entitled "Fact and fiction," in which the paper pointed out many of the inaccuracies made in a recent speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. A newspaper holding a politician accountable: what a novel concept. If only the News would extend this practice to American leaders. The President of the United States, for instance, tells just as many lies as Ahmadinejad, yet I don't recall any of his speeches ever being the subject of a "Fact and fiction" article. A major difference between the two leaders, of course, is that when Bush lies, tens of thousands of innocent Muslims end up dead. Ahmadinejad, it seems, has a better human rights record.

September 21, 2007

The Problem of Christians

While the Problem of Evil has never threatened my faith, the Problem of Christians has. The Problem of Christians can be stated as follows:
  1. If Christianity is true, you would think that Christians would be morally superior to non-Christians.
  2. Christians are jerks.
  3. Therefore, Christianity doesn’t seem to be true.
Evangelical Christians are ruining the world. They really are. It was understandable that they voted for Bush back in 2000. We didn’t know much about him; he seemed like a nice enough guy; not too bright, but nice enough.

But I still—for the life of me—I still cannot understand what happened in 2004. By then, it was clear that Bush was a murderer, a war criminal. He waged war on a nation that had never attacked us. He waged war on a nation that was not a threat to us and wasn’t even a threat to its neighbors.

To this day, nobody knows why Bush waged this war. The answers keep changing. At first it was about terrorism, then WMDs, then liberating the Iraqi people, then spreading democracy throughout the world. The truth, of course, is that Saddam had no al-Qaeda connections, that he did not have WMDs, that the Iraqi people, though now under a democratic government, are far worse off today than when Saddam was in power. Iraq is a bloodbath. Over 100,000 Iraqis have died since we invaded in 2003 and there is no reason to believe that things are getting better.

So now back to my main point: the Problem of Christians. While virtually everyone else in this country has realized that Bush is a sociopath, Evangelicals continue proudly displaying their “W” bumper stickers on the backs of their trucks.

How is this possible? How can Christians—of all people—how can Christians—those who proclaim to be followers of Jesus—continue to support a man who is not only responsible for the murder of 100,000 innocent Muslims, but in so doing has made Americans far more prone to future terrorist attacks?

Sometimes I tell myself that Christians are just dumb, that they mean well but are just dumb. Perhaps. But if we’re so dumb—so unimaginably dumb—then I don’t blame the heathens for not being open to our message of hope and peace. “A message of hope and peace? From a group that considers a war criminal one of its own? From a group that turns a blind eye to genocide? Thanks, but no thanks.”