The sheer gall of this administration never ceases to amaze me.
“Kerry never mentioned Mr. Bush by name during his speech at New North Side Baptist Church Sunday, but aimed his criticism at "our present national leadership." Kerry cited Scripture in his appeal for the worshippers, including James 2:14, "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?"
"The Scriptures say, what does it profit, my brother, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?" Kerry said. "When we look at what is happening in America today, where are the works of compassion?"
Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt said Kerry's comment "was beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse and a sad exploitation of Scripture for a political attack."
The president frequently makes mention of his religious faith.
George W. Bush is complaining that somebody ELSE is using religion for political purposes? Does he even recognize his own hypocrisy?
And, in addition, Kerry is right, of course. Scripturally, it isn’t enough to say you believe: you have to put your beliefs into action, or they are worthless and don’t justify you. (James 2:14-26) Kerry, whose Roman Catholic religious tradition sometimes place TOO much emphasis on works, realizes this.
But Bush comes from a religious tradition where faith is all that matters. Where what you DO has no affect at all on your eternal destiny.
And it shows.