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In God We Trust

When our political leaders play the God card

The British Prime Minister and vicars daughter, Theresa May, recently confided in a rare personal interview in The Sunday Times that “I am a practising member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do.” May said her belief in God means she has faith in her gut instincts as she defended her leadership style which has been criticised for shutting others out of the decision-making process.

So the British can now rest easy knowing that Brexit is the Lord’s work.

Theresa May (centre) with parents (image credit: The Sun)

US President-Elect, wall builder and waterboarding supporter, Donald Trump found God when, announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican US presidential nomination, he said “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

The billionaire philanthropist, Betsy DeVos, whom Donald Trump has tapped to lead the Education Department once compared her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”

Republican Sarah Palin insists God intervened in the US election and helped Donald Trump win.

President George Bush claimed that he was on a mission from God when he launched the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Bush addressed an Israeli-Palestinian summit at the Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

According to Nabil Shaath, who was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, “President Bush said to all of us: ‘I am driven with a mission from God’. God would tell me, ‘George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan’. And I did. And then God would tell me ‘George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq’. And I did.”

Ahead of the illegal invasion of Iraq it was reported that, then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and Bush prayed together at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas.

In 2006 on Parkinson, a BBC talk show hosted by Michael Parkinson, Blair reconciled to the prospect that God and history will eventually judge his decision to go to war with Iraq, and says his decision, like much of his policymaking, was underpinned by his Christian faith.

A study published in 2015 by Physicians for Social Responsibility reported that the “War on Terror” had claimed as many as 2 million lives.

Peter Sutcliffe, the British serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper” murdered thirteen women and attempted to kill seven others. An altar boy as a child and brought up as a Catholic, Sutcliffe claimed, when interviewed by authorities, that the voice of God had sent him on a mission to kill prostitutes. At the jury hearing in 1981, Sutcliffe spoke of his mission from God, and the psychiatrists, for both prosecution and defence, gave evidence and agreed that he was mad.

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