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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. The movement becomes headlong - faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thoughts of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush till it is too late.

Frank Herbert (Dune, P441)

"I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job."-- President Bush, quoted during a private meeting with an Amish group.

In a "major break with British traditions that religion and government should not mix", according to The Observer, he has appointed a religious body, representing Christian and other faith groups, as high-power advisory committee to the British Government. The "Faith Community Liaison Group" is part of the Home Office. Its sphere of influence includes officially the Department of Education, Culture, Media, Sport, Trade and Industry."
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 10:28 am  
  • At 11:03 am, Blogger a rose is a rose said…

    yes, my president (whom i did NOT vote for NOR did the majority of my country-mates) speaks to his lil' imaginary friend jesus

  • At 11:15 am, Blogger BondBloke said…

    Surely that should read "speaks to his lil' imaginary 'son' Jesus" shouldn't it a rose is a rose? After all he does think he's God doesn't he?

  • At 1:39 pm, Blogger Left of Center said…

    The British going fundamental? Whats the world coming to?

  • At 2:29 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    we are putting the fun into fundamental and the americans are putting the mental...

  • At 5:27 pm, Blogger fatrobot said…

    i am going to inform the jedi council of this

  • At 5:33 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    fatr - they got their comeuppance - do u not remember?

    then again, it was a long time ago

    and far far away

  • At 12:23 am, Blogger Rory Shock said…

    yeah ... god speaks through him ... only when he passes wind, I think ...

  • At 1:34 am, Blogger Lew Scannon said…

    Doesn't Bush look like he's trying to turn that cross behind him into a swaztika?

  • At 7:38 am, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said…

    Well, I think the Baby Jesus is going to have something to say about THAT!

  • At 9:07 am, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    I think Jesus might have been being sarcastic to george when he told him to let the neocons run his foreign policy. goddammit i wish george could pick up on sarcasm.

  • At 10:11 am, Blogger a rose is a rose said…

    dearest mr bondbloke, i stand (well sit) corrected!

  • At 5:00 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    lew- well spotted!

    graeme - they always say over here that americans don't get irony. My experience (from the web) is that this is for the most part nonsense.

    but then you look at some of the right wing sites and...

    "political satire became obsolete the day that henry kissinger won the nobel peace prize"

    tom lehrer

  • At 3:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OK, education, culture, media, and sport. Check, check, check, check. Makes sense to me.

    But trade and industry? Come on. It must be obvious to even the Prime Minister that those two are traffic in "the Devil's business".

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