Feathered Bastard

George W. Bush: Who Would Jesus Torture?

Vanity, vanity, saith the preacher, all is vanity.And what more can it be than vanity that Phoenix's Arizona Christian University is feting former President George W. Bush at a $500 a plate dinner so the Torturer-in-Chief can blather on about his "faith-based presidency"?

I reckon there's also hypocrisy and greed, both the subject of many Biblical injunctions.

The school, now headed by erstwhile Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, obviously wants to boost its image and stack some dough in the process.

ACU's students are required to study the Bible, hence the "Christian" in its name. On its Web site, it states,

"We believe now, as we did then, that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We believe in 2010, as we did in 1960, that the Bible is the inerrant and authoritative Word of God. These beliefs inform our teaching and guide both our institutional and our individual behavior."

Very well, then. But I have a question for these true-believers in the Blood of the Lamb: Who would the Prince of Peace torture?

Aside from ordering America into an unnecessary war in Iraq, which has resulted in an estimated 109,000 civilian deaths, and more than 4,400 American military deaths -- all for "Weapons of Mass Destruction," which didn't exist --- Bush also authorized the waterboarding of detainees, and "black sites" in other countries where these detainees were able to be tortured in unimaginable ways.

Indeed, because Bush has so unabashedly violated the international Convention Against Torture, he now has to be wary of the countries he visits. Recently, he cancelled a planned trip to Switzerland, a signatory to the convention, after some victims of torture planned to bring a formal complaint against him.

So it's not inconceivable that this "Christian President" might one day be the subject of charges and face the possibility of arrest in a country other than the U.S.

Activists with the End the War Coalition plan to demonstrate against Bush's 7 p.m. appearance at the Phoenix Convention Center. Some protesters will don jumpsuits and black hoods, like detainees at GITMO. You can find more info on the demonstration, here.

But I wonder if the activists will be joined by any of these righteous, scripture-quoting ACU students. If they are true to the Christianity they profess to abide by, they will join the protesters' ranks. If not, well, at least we'll know they can't walk in the footsteps of the man from Galilee.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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