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The enemies' list

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 03, 2004

Speaking at New York's Riverside Church during the Republican convention, former President Bill Clinton condemned religious conservatives, with "their absolute certainty that they are so right that they can kill people who disagree with them."

Fundamentalists, Clinton continued, "believe that all who disagree with them are somehow almost non-human, certainly not deserving of basic consideration." Deftly comparing the religious conservatives who support President Bush with the Islamic fanatics who blew up the World Trade Center, Slick Willie concluded: "that is our enemy."

And what is "that" to which Clinton objects so strongly? Actions based on religious principles? Any religious principles, without distinction? That's a funny sort of message to deliver from the pulpit.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 08, 2004 12:46 AM ET USA

    I agree with normnuke. The liberals are telegraphing their next blow. That blow may come in 20 years or 20 months, but if they can convince a majority of the population that Christians are psychopathic killers just waiting for the opportunity to "kill people who disagree with them", then they can justify just about any kind of sanction they want to place on Christians. Don't laugh, Hitler did the same thing to the Jews 70 years ago before he started murdering them.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2004 7:34 PM ET USA

    Father Groeshel: Go vist Clinton. He can be your captive audience!

  • Posted by: Brad - Sep. 05, 2004 6:20 PM ET USA

    What Christians that support Bush justify killing of people that disagree with them? This is complete nonsense. God, we pray that Clinton is currently undergoing his conversion to Jesus Christ at this time.

  • Posted by: miasarx - Sep. 03, 2004 9:17 PM ET USA

    Isn't it rich to hear the liberal damning the "fundamentalist" for believing those who disagree with them can be killed. . . . and abortion? Is this not a case of people considering a whole other group of (very little) persons "non-human" and hence killable???? COGNITIVE DISSONANCE.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2004 3:32 PM ET USA

    Bill Clinton does us a favor by announcing the next great item on the Liberal agenda. We must pay attention to this man. Here it comes. To nightclub acts. Big city newspapers. Catholic Universities. Sneers and bigotry now. Worse later.

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - Sep. 03, 2004 3:19 PM ET USA

    I wonder what he thinks today now that he is facing a by-pass. I pray he will be alright but I worry that he doesn't even think what God might think of him and his job as a president. Don't we have to ask for our loving God to be meriful or do we just assume God will be?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 03, 2004 3:15 PM ET USA

    One can only hope that this talented man will have a change of heart - both literally and figuratively - during his current hospitalization. I would not want to approach eternity burdened with his errors and crimes.