Touchy, touchy!

How did George Bush know that the Biblical denunciation of those who claim to have faith but show no works of mercy applied to him?

John Kerry, without mentioning names, cited a verse from the Epistle of James asking what good it was to have faith without works. George W. Bush immediately took offense. I wonder what made him think the verse applied to him?

As to “exploiting Scripture for political attack,” are we to understand that reading the Bible is good but that applying it to the real world is not?

Thanks to Sisyphus Shrugged for the pointer.

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