Tuesday, September 05, 2006



A new book claims
that in 1998, George W. Bush gave reporters from a Dallas newspaper an interview where he claimed Jews "were all going ot hell" because his Christian beliefs told him so :

"You know what I'm gonna tell those Jews when I get to Israel, don't you Herman?" a then Governor George W. Bush allegedly asked a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.

When the journalist, Ken Herman, replied that he did not know, Bush reportedly delivered the punch line: "I'm telling 'em they're all going to hell."

Bush's thoughts on the fate of non-Christian souls became a minor source of controversy after he told the Houston Post in 1993 that only those who "accept Jesus Christ" go to Heaven.

It will be interesting to see just how controversial these quotes prove to be now, as they were widely ignored by the media in 1998, and were rarely raised during the 2000 presidential campaign.

The trip to Israel Bush was referring to was the one he now regularly claims opened his eyes to what was happening in the Middle East. Ariel Sharon took Bush on helicopter tour of Israel cities and Palestinian refugee camps.

There has been enormous amount of publicity in 2000 claiming that President Bush scored the White House thanks to the work of Christian groups and his hardcore campaigning efforts to win their votes.

Every group of anybody wants to claim responsibility for holding the key to a politician getting elected to office through the power of their numbers. If marketing savvy Christian groups saw an opportunity to stake their claim to getting Bush elected in 2000, why wouldn't they do so?

The fact is that George W. Bush spent dozens of days through late 1999 courting Muslims and Muslim community groups across the US, particularly in Florida. It paid off bigtime. Some estimates claim that President Bush captured 90% of the Muslim vote in the 2000 presidential elections.

Considering he only beat Al Gore to the White House by less than 600 votes, it was the vastly then-untapped Muslim vote that ultimately proved far more important to Bush becoming president than expanding his Christian supporter base.

Interestig to note that in his campaigning during late 1999, Bush won over millions of American Muslims with his resistance to introducing any kind of racial profiling, or singling out of Muslims at airports for extra security attention.