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Boardman writes: "The American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on February 11, in a 'public' event that was closed to most of the public."

George W. Bush (photo: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)
George W. Bush (photo: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor)


Christian College Gives Torture President Honorary Humanities Degree

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

18 February 15

 

he American torture president and self-professed Christian, George W. Bush, gratefully accepted an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Christian-ideology-based University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, on February 11, in a “public” event that was closed to most of the public. The only direct media coverage allowed for the event was by Fox News and the college public relations team.

Even though it might have been headlined as “Christians Honor War Criminal,” there were apparently no national news stories about the former president’s award. Five days after the fact, the Washington-insider publication The Hill ran a short summary noting that Bush had said, “Evil is evil.”

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed its judgment that the Bush administration orchestrated a global network of CIA black sites where suspects were imprisoned and tortured, a form of human trafficking for which Bush and his associates have yet to be held accountable. As the human rights organization Reprieve reported on February 17, the corruption of Poland’s “justice” system on behalf of the Bush administration illustrates the sheer horror of the way the U.S. handled people regardless of evidence:

In July 2014, the ECHR had ruled that Poland “facilitated” the torture, secret detention and unlawful transfer of Abu Zubaydah, who is now held in Guantanamo Bay.

Mr Zubaydah was flown from a secret site in Thailand to another CIA prison in Stare Kiejkuty in northern Poland, where he was detained and tortured during 2002 and 2003. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) detailed in its recent report how Mr Zubaydah was subjected to torture numerous times by the CIA, before the Agency concluded that he was not a member of al Qaeda at all. [Emphasis added.]

“Christian values” appreciated, but not clearly defined

Speaking to Bush in front of the gathering to honor him, Hardin-Baylor president Randy O’Rear told the self-described “war president”: “We appreciate your Christian values, integrity, your love for family, your love for our country, your boldness, and your strong leadership.”

“Evil is real,” Bush told the Baptist college crowd, without referring to beheadings by Saudi Arabia, assassinations by U.S. special forces, or terror-bombing civilians in places like Afghanistan or Iraq: “Evil is real. There is no light grey. Murdering innocent people to move a political point of view has been, is, and always will be evil…. So one of the real dangers is an isolationist tendency.”

Bush described his father’s service in World War II, using it to frame the success Japan has had moving from an imperial, warlike culture to a firm, democratic ally of the United States. Bush did not mention Hiroshima or Nagasaki or the incineration and maiming of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. He did not come close to suggesting that murdering hordes of innocent Japanese to move their political point of view toward democracy was evil.

After destroying Hiroshima, President Truman offered thanks to God for the power to kill indiscriminately, though he expressed it more delicately:

It is an awful responsibility which has come to us. We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies, and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.

Obama has been attacked for telling the truth about abusing “God”

At the February 5 National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama didn’t mention any of the more recent American slaughters of innocents when he commented on “those who seek to hijack religious for their own murderous ends.” But he did follow that by saying with simple factuality:

And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

These are facts, and not even the worst facts available. Christian genocide against the native peoples of the Americas was compounded by the missionary arrogance of seeking to convert them to Christianity to save their souls. How is that less twisted thinking than any Islamist currently on the loose?

Many of those attacking Obama for tiptoeing close to principles Jesus might actually embrace, commit the sort of hypocritical faith cudgeling – typically Islamophobia – that they blame on Obama. It is as though, looking at Obama, they are seeing themselves in a mirror. They do not embrace what he later, sanely, said:

There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith…. And that means we have to speak up against those who would misuse His name to justify oppression, or violence, or hatred with that fierce certainty. No God condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives, or the oppression of those who are weaker or fewer in number.

In this context, Obama did not mention the innocents still held in Guantanamo, nor the innocents killed by predator drones, nor the innocents bombed in Iraq and Syria, nor any of the innocents elsewhere falling victim to unbridled U.S. military terror and Christian fervor.

Being honored for his Christian leadership at Hardin-Baylor, Bush made this effort to explain his success:

There are universal truths that are essential to good decision making. One such universal truth … is that there is an Almighty, and a gift of that Almighty to every man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth is a desire to be free.

This Christian ex-president didn’t say that he exercised his desire to be free by lying his country into a devastating war and adopting a torture regime that honored a technique handed down from the Holy Inquisition: water-boarding.



William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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+68 # ER444 2015-02-18 16:21
Here we go again.Fundament alism is fundamentally flawed.
 
 
+65 # RMDC 2015-02-18 18:47
“We appreciate your Christian values, integrity, your love for family, your love for our country, your boldness, and your strong leadership.”

We know what these Christian values are. The christian church has been torturing people for a 1000 years. Christians led the colonizers into the Americas, Afridca, and Asia and tortured, raped, murdered, and looted all the people they found. Maybe this college president should read Bartolome de las Casas' "the Destruction of the West Indes."

Nothing changes. Bush was a typical christian president. He did what they all did.
 
 
+60 # jsluka 2015-02-18 22:48
An Honorary Doctorate for a notorious liar, war criminal, and mass murderer - how "Christian" is that? There's apparently nothing really "Christian" about this university. I wonder what Jesus would say about George W. Bush? (I'm an atheist, but think I have more "Christian values" then these faux Christians).
 
 
+22 # HowardMH 2015-02-19 11:00
Stupid is as stupid does and there is obviously a whole lot of stupid in Texas.
 
 
+36 # Dumbledorf 2015-02-18 22:54
The alleged "christians" giving this honorary Humanities degree to Bush 43 isn't really that much different than awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama. Where has Obama NOT continued to be complicit with bush's policies of war and torture? Wars have only increased since Bush. The banker bailouts didn't just continue but increased under B.O.
We seem to be living in a time where the more you do to bolster the banker thefts the greater the rewards. And the fake christians still think bush is one of them and deserving of the highest honors. No wonder we're done as a nation...
 
 
+4 # indian weaver 2015-02-19 07:25
Amen to that. Shot to hell by torturers, assassins and terrorists - Bush and Obama et. al. are the real terrorists threatening We The People. Darn aggravating it is what these cowardly liars did to our country, our lives and 100s of millions of lives worldwide and now destroying out entire planet. The worst of slime on the earth, not really sentient beings, just evil infections.
 
 
+12 # WBoardman 2015-02-19 10:40
Dumbledorf mocks giving the Peace prize to Obama,
which is fair enough at this point,
but that ignores context.

When the Nobel committee selected Obama as a recipient,
the choice was obviously silly and looked like it was
a desperate expression of hope.

At that point, Obama hadn't done much of anything
except perhaps imply a promise to be a peacemaker.

No one knew then how it would turn out.

Seems like it was worth a try... ;-)))
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2015-02-19 15:55
Quoting WBoardman:
Dumbledorf mocks giving the Peace prize to Obama,
which is fair enough at this point,
but that ignores context.

When the Nobel committee selected Obama as a recipient,
the choice was obviously silly and looked like it was
a desperate expression of hope.

At that point, Obama hadn't done much of anything
except perhaps imply a promise to be a peacemaker.

No one knew then how it would turn out.

Seems like it was worth a try... ;-)))


Personally, I wish they would save it for those who have already earned it. Giving it on "hope" just encourages the recipient to think they don't have to do anything to earn it.
 
 
+65 # dyannne 2015-02-18 23:04
Evil is evil. On that I agree. And George W. Bush is evil.
 
 
+19 # pagrad 2015-02-19 07:37
Quoting dyannne:
Evil is evil. On that I agree. And George W. Bush is evil.


…And, a jerk is a jerk!
 
 
+39 # Anonymot 2015-02-18 23:15
I bet you've never been to Belton. It's a rinky-dink town with a rinky-dink college where anyone with a bit of fame or money can get a rinky-dink diploma. Even one of our killer Prezidents.

What they USED to have in Belton was real, honest to god farm folk. The women made fabled pies & jam and pickled everything from beans to watermelon rind. The men mostly sat around and talked. THAT was the great West. Now it's just a bunch of gun toting neofascists pretending it's the West of yore. For them, the Commies are still coming and ISIS is, too.

"Head for the bunker, Boys!"
 
 
-58 # skylinefirepest 2015-02-18 23:30
Oh, when I saw the headline I thought he was talking about our current liar in chief the obumma himself! He obviously knows a little something about torture. Most of the rest of us know that burning a man alive is torture...and that makes me not give a happy damn what we do to get information that might stop these murderous ragheads.
 
 
+5 # cwbystache 2015-02-19 07:12
oh how could you make such a mistake? I mean, well, after all, idn't Obama a Muslim? why on earth, heaven, hell, hades, Texas, would a CHRISTIAN center have invited in that Manchurian, er, Kenyan Candidate?
 
 
+4 # indian weaver 2015-02-19 07:26
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or serious.
 
 
+10 # cwbystache 2015-02-19 07:46
your wondering in itself tells a lot about our current state, Indian Weaver--anyway, it was for sure serious sarcasm!
 
 
-1 # Salus Populi 2015-02-21 00:02
"what we do to get information that might stop these murderous ragheads."

I know I shouldn't respond to moronic trolls, but we could start by not arming and training them. Your hero John McInsane even posed with Al-Qa'idah- affiliated Nusrah leadership for a photo op last year. And then there's Israel, which carried out an attack that killed the leader of a group that was fighting against the Daesh. Not quite clear how that helps stop them.
 
 
+27 # RCW 2015-02-18 23:39
The degree was awarded by college president Randy O'Rear, which suggests a delightful nickname such as 'Randy Butt.' That was too good to let pass.
 
 
+4 # FDRva 2015-02-19 01:09
Perhaps an award will be created honoring the 'drone president' Barack Obama at this not very Christian school?
 
 
+10 # FDRva 2015-02-19 01:19
If you think Barack Obama and Bush are adversaries--yo u have not looked at the money trail very closely.
 
 
+33 # jimallyn 2015-02-19 01:24
I went to their contact page and sent them this comment:
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You awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities to George W. Bush? Are you out of your minds? Bush is no Christian. He lied to start a war against a country that did no harm to us, and didn't even have the capability to do any harm to us. Bush's lies resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of human beings, God's children, every one of them. If you honor a man like George W. Bush, I have to question your claim to be a Christian institution.
-------------------------

I recommend that all who read this go leave them a comment.
 
 
+5 # Merlin 2015-02-19 02:15
Religion does not cause anything. Religion is not a cause. It is a symptom. A symptom of a deeper psychological problem that the addiction helps to avoid and hide. It is no different than any other addiction which fronts for, and is used, to justify an insane way of life.

Religion alone, of all the major addictions, is held up as a positive force. Alcohol, smoking, gambling, recreational drugs and prescription drugs are all treated as sickness, and denigrated. “Get thee to a clinic!” they very concernedly say. Even our judicial system is enmeshed in the charade. The phony and useless 12 step programs, which were started as a religious cure, and still have today, religious addiction at their base. Attendance is often part of the sentence given to the “criminal addict” as part of societies approved cure.

Continued below
 
 
+10 # indian weaver 2015-02-19 07:30
The 12-step programs have nothing to do with any politics. This program has been effective for millions suffering from alcoholism. It cured me with a few years attending meetings, as it has - I'll say it again - for 100s of millions worldwide. Unless you have experienced the miracle of the 12- step program, you are clueless and commenting on something of which you know nothing. I haven't had a drink since 1993. When I taste any alcoholic drink now, it tastes like paint thinner. That is the miracle, and even we who are cured are always impressed how it works and is a true miracle to us. And religion has nothing to do with it. Any agnostic is cured as well as anyone else. I'm Buddhist but that is irrelevant to the 12-step program. Yes it was started by a fellow who was seriously Christian, but he could as well have been an agnostic, Hindu, Buddhist (Muslims don't drink alcohol).
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2015-02-19 16:03
Quoting indian weaver:
The 12-step programs have nothing to do with any politics. This program has been effective for millions suffering from alcoholism. It cured me with a few years attending meetings, as it has - I'll say it again - for 100s of millions worldwide. Unless you have experienced the miracle of the 12- step program, you are clueless and commenting on something of which you know nothing. I haven't had a drink since 1993. When I taste any alcoholic drink now, it tastes like paint thinner. That is the miracle, and even we who are cured are always impressed how it works and is a true miracle to us. And religion has nothing to do with it. Any agnostic is cured as well as anyone else. I'm Buddhist but that is irrelevant to the 12-step program. Yes it was started by a fellow who was seriously Christian, but he could as well have been an agnostic, Hindu, Buddhist (Muslims don't drink alcohol).


The problem is the "higher power" thing. Those who don't recognize one are forced to lie to participate. I think a case could be made that it is unconstitutiona l for the courts to force participation in any program that makes one profess a religious idea.
 
 
0 # Merlin 2015-02-20 07:36
Ifeuille
You are right about the "higher power" issue. IndianWeaver apparently has not read the "twelve steps," or the "big book." Here is a link which lays them out, and a number of them rely on god!

Secondly the success rate claimed by IndianWeaver is grossly exaggerated as this book (the link) indicates. Check out the article. It is worth the read.

http://www.alternet.org/books/aa-and-rehab-culture-have-shockingly-low-success-rates

I am happy that IndianWeaver no longer drinks! If he is cured as he says he is, more power to him. Most recovered alcoholics are not cured, they are "on the wagon," and can fall off at any time. My sister in Law went to AA and wound up "on the wagon" for 17 years. When she fell off, she fell big! It killed her.
 
 
+5 # Merlin 2015-02-19 02:16
Continued:

Can you imagine cigarette churches, with denominations like Lucky Strike Church, or Marlboro Church? These churches, whose worshippers call themselves “Marlboroans” or “Strikers” are everywhere. Buildings in every town with a huge cigarette prominently displayed at the top, puffing a constant stream of “smoke” coming from the steeple as the “lit” end alternately glows. Can you see it? Every Sunday, the Marlboroans and the Strikers gather at their chosen church, to hear their “corporate tobacco preacher” regal them on the benefits of smoking. (But only their promoted brand, of course.) If you feel bad, smoke. If you are sick, smoke. The sicker you feel, the more you must believe in smoking as the cure. If you fail, it is your fault, ‘cause you just didn’t believe enough and smoke enough.

Just think, if there were a “Jack Daniels” church, “W” would never have needed that walk on the beach with Billy Graham, to get him to see the “errors” of his drinking ways. He would have saved himself all the trouble of switching addictions.

And the farce goes on. “W” gets a phony degree, elevating him to the “Head Looney,” (as in “One Flew Over the Cookoo’s nest.”) It would all be very funny, if it weren’t taken so seriously by so many religious addicts.
 
 
+9 # jdd 2015-02-19 06:18
Obama has continued, and in some cases, even escalated the crimes of the Bush administration. He has beought us all too close to war with Russia, a war which could easily become the greatest crime of all time. A war which, in 1951, Douglas MacArthur and which again in 1962, John F. Kennedy warned would be unsurvivable when weapons were so much less powerful. Yet Obama continues on his reckless and dangerous path, following the dictates of Bush holdovers like neo-con Victoria Nuland. Where are the voices of peace and sanity amidst his administration?
 
 
-3 # indian weaver 2015-02-19 07:32
No one in Obama's cabinet is either sane or reasonable. I support Putin. I do not support Obama or his terrorist regime, any of them. Only a few decent humans are in congress too.
 
 
+9 # motamanx 2015-02-19 09:28
Everything that Obama did that echoed what Bush did, was wrong. In his effort to be a bi-partisan president, Obama left too many Bush/Cheney alumni in his administration; and, apparently, it was their job to make sure he looked bad.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2015-02-19 16:06
Quoting motamanx:
Everything that Obama did that echoed what Bush did, was wrong. In his effort to be a bi-partisan president, Obama left too many Bush/Cheney alumni in his administration; and, apparently, it was their job to make sure he looked bad.


I still don't know why he did that. Was it an attempt to be "bipartisan" or is he a closet neo-con/neolibe ral?
 
 
+9 # Carol R 2015-02-19 06:43
Hardin-Baylor president Randy O’Rear told George W. : “We appreciate your Christian values, integrity, your love for family, your love for our country, your boldness, and your strong leadership.”

There are still a percentage of people in this country who believe that George W. was being guided by God while he was President. [After all, George W. said he was.] My aunt is one of those believers and says he is her favorite President. She also admits that she knows nothing about politics.
 
 
+13 # walt 2015-02-19 07:41
The convenient use of the name "Christian" needs serious attention in much the same way that "Muslim" does.

This college identifies itself as a "Christian" college. If so, what denomination is it? The article mentions "Baptist." If so, they should use the term to identify themselves rather than hiding under the name "Christian." There are millions of other Christians who would never approve giving Bush any honor or acclaim, and least of all from a university.

The conduct of Bush and his henchmen was criminal and in no way even close to being Christian. One wonders how these self-righteous people so easily skip over the teachings about peace, no use of violence, and caring for others. All that was once again ignored as they presented themselves as the old "God is on our side" team.

People who want to claim being real Christians need to speak out and reject publicly the type of behavior modeled by the Bush criminals. The USA and all of humanity were shamed by it and any attempts to link it to Christianity are outrageous.
 
 
+7 # motamanx 2015-02-19 09:33
There was a reason that the Founding Fathers established a difference between Church and State. Apparently, what they did has been largely forgotten.
 
 
0 # pagrad 2015-02-19 07:41
Quoting indian weaver:
I can't tell if this is sarcasm or serious.


It is Nincompoopism!
 
 
+7 # fredboy 2015-02-19 08:10
In the new world order of 'Christianity' he was an ideal model of their Christ, a twisted view that discards the Ten Commandments and instead cherishes greed, deception, and an Ayn Rand perversion of how we should treat one another.
 
 
+7 # video4315 2015-02-19 09:57
It is fitting that this ceremony was closed to the public. I'd be ashamed of it too! Wonder if they considered adding the VP to the award roster, since he's a man of conviction. Probably decided that his daughter would taint his receipt of the award. What would Jesus have said if he were in the audience?
 
 
+4 # tingletlc 2015-02-19 11:31
Quoting video4315:
What would Jesus have said if he were in the audience?


How do you say WTF in Aramaic?
 
 
+14 # reiverpacific 2015-02-19 10:00
O' well, they gave the Dim-bulb a library -a great irony in itself ("Is our children learning" -No child's behind left etc), so why not a doctored doctorate as a further insult to humanity, christianity, education and a congratulation to the worst example for the rest world of what an American leader should be.
Only in Tejas!
 
 
+3 # geraldom 2015-02-19 10:19
This would make Jesus proud on how twisted things have gotten 2000 years after his birth, where hypocrisy has taken over the world.
 
 
+4 # angryspittle 2015-02-19 10:55
What is the honor? The Torquemada Trophy?
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2015-02-19 12:15
Quoting angryspittle:
What is the honor? The Torquemada Trophy?


Nah -that singular honor's being reserved for Dick Cheney, who'd "do it all again".
I'd like to see him receive it in "Chop-Chop Square, before the swordsman does his job -but maybe his artificial heart would keep ticking'!
 
 
+12 # Robbee 2015-02-19 11:18
our torturer-in-chi ef can hide but he can't run

international crime tribunal (indictments) done revoked his passport
 
 
+7 # Citizen Mike 2015-02-19 11:20
Christianity has always been about torture. Getting tortured to death is supposed to be Jesus' great spiritual accomplishment. Whereby we are supposed to be cleansed of some kind of ritually unclean condition. Complete nonsense to me but seems to mean a lot to people down in the Ignorance Belt. Good luck to all of them.
 
 
+1 # LandLady 2015-02-20 17:21
Quoting Citizen Mike:
Christianity has always been about torture. Getting tortured to death is supposed to be Jesus' great spiritual accomplishment. Whereby we are supposed to be cleansed of some kind of ritually unclean condition. Complete nonsense to me but seems to mean a lot to people down in the Ignorance Belt. Good luck to all of them.

Well Citizen Mike I think you're being a little too tough on Jesus. I think he gave his life for what he believed in, and inspired many others to do the same. Trying to think of the German Christian in Nazi Germany who tried to assassinate Hitler, got caught, and was executed. Dietrich Bonhoeffer! I think he was probably following Jesus in risking dying for the greater good. And so many others who die every trying to rescue other people, etc. Christianity in its essence is good, I think; butit's been very corrupted by the institutional and money-grabbing churches.
 
 
+4 # geraldom 2015-02-19 11:41
If there really is a heaven and a hell, then both George W. Bush and Dick Cheney among so many other political leaders in the U.S. and in the rest of the world today already have a first class ticket to hell waiting for them when they finally meet their maker.
 
 
+4 # Citizen Mike 2015-02-19 19:08
Yes, let's remember that it is not just the US but the entire human race that produces malfeasance on a grand scale. Thus has it ever been.

Mark Twain said:
Damn these human beings; if I had invented them I would go hide my head in a bag.

To which I add:
Homo Is A Sap
 
 
+4 # Texas Aggie 2015-02-19 23:51
If you want to understand why this particular institution gave such a ridiculous award to such an undeserving person, look up the rankings in the US News & World Report for universities in the US. You will find that University of Mary Hardin-Baylor ranks almost dead last. Check out the category academic excellence to see what I mean. I knew a graduate of that school who couldn't spell her own name the same twice in a row.
 
 
+1 # Jbtsr 2015-02-20 09:19
I am a life long Beltonian. Born and raised. UMHB is a megamillion dollar Baptist non-profit that has attachments to the city council and first baptist church - where the majority of the council is members. This is a one-horse good ol boy town to the core. The non-profit UMHB has used Christ's name to gain. They even use the council to violate rights. They are partial in justice. Check these pages out: http://beltontxofficials.webs.com/belton-good-ol-boys

http://beltontxofficials.webs.com/belton-s-double-standard
 
 
-1 # Jbtsr 2015-02-20 23:45
mind you, millions of people lost their lives, made orphans, widows, refugees, and dealing with isis...I give you comedy central at university of mary hardin baylor in belton texas. Lower case letters are intentional. Se the video a student secretly recorded when outside media was forbidden. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ1zJVu3JSw
 
 
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-1 # WBoardman 2015-02-24 21:17
Quoting Firebird:
I hope all the people posting here sent their monthly contribution to RSN. This is not free you know.


Thank you, Firebird,
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