I'm sure you recall all the criticism Bush has received for being religious, and the ridiculous things that have been said about him for it. I've heard stupid things like Bush wants to convert all Muslims to Christianity, he wants to remove separation of church and state (which doesn't exist anyway), he speaks to God (literally), and bunch of other nonsense. Naturally, the SP left has made it a goal to attack him and the religious right because of their beliefs. However, I can't recall Bush ever saying that he wanted to create the 'kingdom' on earth here in the US. If Bush would have said that ... there would have been no end to the attacks on his faith.
There is someone who wants to create the 'kingdom' right here, and it isn't a Republican. It's Barack Obama ... who's religious speech to evangelicals this weekend far surpassed any religious rhetoric ever heard out of Bush's mouth. Obama, however, is being praised ... not criticized for his words.
Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told Sunday worshippers.
"We're going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."
There are times on the stump when Obama even sounds like a pastor himself, referencing New Testament phrases and sometimes saying "I'm not gonna preach to ya!" when emphasizing a point to his audience.
According to the religion-based Web site Beliefnet.com and its "God-o-Meter" tool that measures "God-talk" in the presidential campaigns, Obama invokes religion more than any of his Democratic competitors.
Let me be clear ... I don't have a problem with him talking about religion or his beliefs. I found it odd that many people who criticize Bush over his religion are silent about Obama's speech.
Here's a small sample of the comments on CNN's website for the story.