«If PBS functions in the minds of most of its viewers as the left end of the spectrum, what does it mean when it broadcasts an investigation into Bush’s faith that satisfies his evangelical base? Sure, the program scared the bejeesus out of plenty of viewers who already thought Bush was a zealot, but even some secularists responded with approval for the program and the faith it depicted. Bush, Frontline proposed, really believes what he believes.
That’s what the new narrative is all about—the internal coherence of belief rather than its worldly ramifications. The courage of convictions trumps concerns about consequences. Faced with what they must have thought were only two options—to present Bush’s religion as fanatical or “normal,” Frontline rejected the former as simplistic and embraced the latter as fair. Why is his religion normal? Because it’s sincere
--"The Jesus Factor: On the uses and abuses of neutrality by the religious right, the liberal media, and the journalists caught in between.
I think this whole Middle Eastern / West Texas religion thing has gotten out of hand ever since Saddam al-Ladin flew his book depository into the Reichstag! Can't we all just be unified by our traditional alien voodoo gods?!?