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UM Bishop Dew Counts President Bush Among Tyrants and Terrorist In Christmas Message

From: Henry Stewart [henrys@cableaz.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 9:11 AM
To: John Warrener
Subject: Bishop's "Christmas Message" calling Bush a terrorist

Hello John,

Attached is the "Christmas" Message from Bishop William Dew of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. This came from the December 2002/January 2003 "Open Line" newsletter on the Desert Southwest Annual Conference website, www.desertsw.org.

In it, he compares President Bush with Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and King Herod. Bishop Dew is truly offensive and underhanded in his comments about our elected leader. This comes little more than a year after our country was attacked by terrorists, causing the deaths of thousands of innocent people of all nations and races. Do their lives not count? And what of the men and women in uniform deployed around the world to protect and defend this country?

Why is it that a President who prays frequently for the ability to make the right decisions is attacked in such a vicious manner? Would Bishop Dew be happier with an atheist or pagan president? There are major differences in political viewpoint throughout this country, but even those elected officials with whom we disagree vehemently do not deserve to be called tyrants and terrorists.

Henry Stewart henrys@cableaz.com

Hear a song of hope’ in Bishop Dew’s Christmas letter

December 2002 Christmas greetings!

Soon in a service of worship we will hear a familiar story. It begins with reference to historical persons of power and authority:

“In the days of Herod the King...” ”A decree went out form Caesar Augustus...” ”...while Quirinius was governor of Syria...

Some scholars say such references give historical significance to the story. But there is another reason Luke refers to these rulers. As a proclaimer of the good news he is saying, “In the midst of a time of anxiety and great fear, in the face of a ruthless tyrant and a would-be God like Caesar and a symbol of oppression –– God did something fantastic!

Luke is saying that life was very difficult in those days. At any moment in human experience it may be true to say life is agonizingly difficult. It is true in these days. Therefore, it is all the more necessary to hear the song of hope Luke gives us.

In the days of Bush, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, in the days of violence to children, lack of trust in financial institutions, incurable disease and threat of terrorism, Christmas comes to give us songs of hope to sing. [emphasis added]

Every parent can relate to the joy of a birth and the surge of hope that new life brings. God chose this understandable human event to declare the reign of love. May we, like Mary, “ponder” these things in our hearts and may we remind ourselves that the love and joy we experience in our immediate families is a model for the whole human family.


William Dew

Christmas 2002



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