Sunday, March 08, 2009

Baptist Press (BP): Obama Vindicates Bush Iraq Policy; Boy Receives a Cussing for Starting a No Cussing Club

Southern Baptist ethics leader Richard Land disagrees with many of President Obama's policies but, was pleased that Obama's recent Iraq speech had 'vindicated' President Bush's Iraq policy.

The BP article discusses Land's reaction to a Wall Street Journal article which quoted Obama's Iraq speech. Land read the editorial during the broadcast of one of his recent radio programs. The BP article quoted Land from that program:

"'... more important than Mr. Obama's implicit repudiation of his own positions as a candidate (and the implicit vindication of Mr. Bush's position, to say nothing of John McCain's)," the editorial said, "is his decision to maintain a sizeable U.S. military presence in Iraq -- in the range of 35,000 to 50,000 troops -- past the August 2010 'withdrawal' date. That 'transitional force' is roughly the size of the U.S. military presence in South Korea through the Cold War. And its mission, involving training of Iraqi forces, U.S. force protection and 'targeted counterterrorism missions,' largely describes what the U.S. is already doing in Iraq....

"'Good for Mr. Obama," Land said after reading part of the president's speech. "I want to give Mr. Obama credit where credit is due. I appreciate that he has acknowledged what our military has done. I applaud him for acknowledging what the Bush administration has handed off to him in Iraq, and that is an opportunity to help stabilize that region with a democratic ally named Iraq."'

In another BP story, Kelly Boggs, a BP weekly columnist and editor of "The Baptist Message," told a story about a 15 year old boy who started a "No Cussing Club."

What will get you cussed more than starting a no cussing club?

Boggs revealed:

"He (McKay Hatch) has received more than 60,000 pieces of hate mail in the past seven weeks and profanity-laced e-mails daily fill his inbox. Teaming with the torrent of written abuse has been scores of threatening voice messages."

Later, Boggs quoted President George Washington:

"'The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low," said George Washington, "that every person of sense and character detests and despises it."'

Based on the abuse Hatch has received for simply starting a no cussing club, which one chooses to voluntarily join, if one joins, there are a lot of people with no sense and character?


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