Originally Posted by deathrattle
My point is that both Bush and Bliar have spewed Christian beliefs and divine intervention to justify their criminal invasion of a sovereign territory.
Of course they do. I don't follow UK politics closely enough to suggest a trend in that regard, but in this country, ever since Jimmy Carter proclaiming his 'born-again' Christian experience, politicians have found that piety is a vote-getter.
In this country public piety ebbs and flows. In the 18th Century it wasn't popular. In the first-half of the 19th Century public piety became part of the political lexicon. It lost favor in the early 20th and came back again in the late 20th.
The Republican Party is now the party of God and the Democrats don't quite know what to do with it. Some of Democrats believe that Christianity is really a liberal virtue and that the Republicans have perverted it. So they think that the Democrats should get out there and fight for the God turf. Other Democrats see religion as a hideous menace to mankind that should be repudiated at every opportunity.
The wild card is this: The Hispanic population is rapidly growing and very much a socially liberal bloc (and thus, tend to be more Democrat). But they have very strong and very conservative religious ties to Roman Catholicism, which favors traditional family structure and deplores homosexuality, for example.
So the Repos and Demos are both doing courtship displays like preening bowerbirds, showing the Hispanics the pretty rocks and flowers that each side hopes will consummate a marriage.