President Bush and Religious Rhetoric

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President Bush rejected the argument that war in Iraq was against God-s will. As have almost all American presidents to support their policies, he invoked religion in his speeches about a war. Yet, supporters and critics of the President agreed that his Christian evangelism makes him different from his predecessors in this regard. A March issue of Germany-s Der Spiegel magazine shows Bush with a cross in the background. France-s Le Monde said Bush was -convinced that he is inspired by God- and concluded that made him -dangerous.- What is reassuring to some is frightening to others. In this archived edition of To the Point, we join journalists and historians who write about religion, and the secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, for a look at the role of religion in American foreign policy. (This segment was originally broadcast on March 5.)
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United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)

President Bush's State of the Union address



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