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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
'A Third Awakening' !
Or "Gott Mit Uns"
"Gott Mit Uns (meaning God With Us) was a motto of the Prussian emperor; it was later used by German armies in World War I. During Hitler's reign, the traditional crest was replaced by the Nazi swastika and eagle, however the religious inscription remained unaltered. It is thought that part of the reason the Nazi government retained this motto was an attempt on the part of Hitler to retain the support of Christians, who comprised the overwhelming majority of German citizens." Source: Wikipedia
Whatever happened to the Second Coming ? I was under the impression that the president and his evangelical Christian followers were waiting for Armageddon and a quick trip to heaven, leaving the rest of us to face horrible deaths. Now he is into "Third Awakening". If speeches about threat of terrorism are no longer persuasive then trust him to throw in the standby 'good and evil' scenario. Peter Baker in the Post: "President Bush said yesterday that he senses a "Third Awakening" of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation's struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as "a confrontation between good and evil."
Bush told a group of conservative journalists that he notices more open expressions of faith among people he meets during his travels, and he suggested that might signal a broader revival similar to other religious movements in history. Bush noted that some of Abraham Lincoln's strongest supporters were religious people "who saw life in terms of good and evil" and who believed that slavery was evil. Many of his own supporters, he said, see the current conflict in similar terms.
"A lot of people in America see this as a confrontation between good and evil, including me," Bush said during a 1 1/2 -hour Oval Office conversation on cultural changes and a battle with terrorists that he sees lasting decades. "There was a stark change between the culture of the '50s and the '60s -- boom -- and I think there's change happening here," he added. "It seems to me that there's a Third Awakening."