Gerhard Schroeder, Germany's Ex-Chancellor, describes in his upcoming memoirs how he was suspicious of President Bush's constant references to his Christian faith
. No worries, Mr Schroeder, I understand completely, I'm suspicious of Christians too. Do you know they hug strangers in their churches? There you are, sitting quietly in some fundamentalist church, and all of a sudden the fundamentalist preacher orders people to hug each other. And that's not the worst of it. In some fundamentalist churches, people might invite you to their house for dinner. If that happens, run away quickly before they infect you with good cheer and love and forgiveness and all that nasty business. But in case they force you to come to dinner, at least make sure to avoid the green jello and cottage cheese stuff; it's Christian fundamentalism at its worst.
"What bothered me, and in a certain way made me suspicious despite the relaxed atmosphere, was again and again in our discussions how much this president described himself as 'God-fearing,'" Schroeder wrote, adding he is a firm believer in the separation of church and state.
Schroeder accused some elements in U.S. as being hypocritical when it comes to secularism in government.
"We rightly criticize that in most Islamic states, the role of religion for society and the character of the rule of law are not clearly separated," Schroeder wrote. "But we fail to recognize that in the USA, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies."
Do they now...