Addressing Bush directly, Rev. Gaddy says, “Frankly, the whole thing reminds me of your meeting with Pat Robertson back in early 2003 where you reportedly got Pat to jump on board with your plans to invade Iraq by suggesting …the whole thing would qualify as one of American’s finest moral hours,” said Rev. Gaddy.
This combination of religion and politics is especially dangerous because many Religious Right leaders hold a literal interpretation of the Apocalypse: that a conflict in the
Rev. Gaddy tells the president needs to face the facts: “With only a year and a half left in your term, the days of drumming up support for a gay marriage amendment and right-wing judges on our courts are over. Your priority for the final 19 months is one that the American people overwhelmingly oppose. Your decision to continue along this course is your own. But your attempt to create an army of supporters by turning this into a religious message is a decision that smacks of desperation… and reeks of dishonesty.”
Also on the show: Rev. Susan Russell, president of Integrity, a coalition of gay and lesbian Episcopalians; Joe Mackall, author of Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish; Rev. Jim Burklo of the Center for Progressive Christianity and national coordinator of Pluralism Sunday.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.