Comparative religion dep’t

George W. Bush a saint? Compared to what?

This one is going around:

Karl Rove offers a preacher $100,000 for his church if the preacher will say, in his sermon, that George W. Bush is a saint. The preacher agrees.

The next Sunday, with the President sitting proudly in the front pew, the preacher says:

“George Bush is petty, a self-absorbed hypocrite and a nitwit. He is a liar, a cheat, and a low-intelligence weasel. He has lied about his military record and had the gall to put himself in a jet plane landing on a carrier posing before a banner claiming ‘Mission Accomplished’ when the bad part of the mission was just starting. His domestic policies consist of robbing the poor to give to the rich, of starving the hungry and stripping the naked of their few remaining rags. He is the poorest excuse for a Christian I’ve ever known or heard of.

“But, compared to Karl Rove, George Bush is a saint.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com