Chomsky on St George

Today’s Bangkok Post includes an interview with Noam Chomsky by  Stuart Alan Becker, in which Chomsky offers the following critique of Bush’s Christianity:

Bush likes to posture as a deeply religious Christian. Perhaps he has even looked at the Gospels. If so, he knows that the famous definition of the hypocrite in the Gospels could have been written with him in mind. One can think of all kinds of ways in which the Bush couple could show their sincerity, were it to exist.

I have re-posted the full interview (which really does make some interesting reading) over at Civicus.


  1. I recently picked up another Chomsky book (a collection of interviews entitled What We Say Goes), as it has been awhile since I spent time reading him (since Hegemony or Survival first came out). He really is a pretty bang-on fellow, and had this to say about liberation theology:

    The crime of liberation theology was that it takes the Gospels seriously. That’s unacceptable. The Gospels are radical pacifist material, if you take a look at them. When the Roman emperor Constantine adopted Christianity, he shifted it from a radical pacifist religion to the religion of the Roman Empire… Since that time, the Church has been pretty much the church of the rich and the powerful–the opposite of the message of the Gospels. Liberation theology, in Brazil particularly, brought the actual Gospels to peasants. They said, let’s read what the Gospels say, and try to act on the principles they describe. That was the major crime that set off the Reagan wars of terror and Vatican repression… It was a clash of civilizations, if you like: the United States versus the Gospels.


  2. While I can’t swallow Chomsky hook, line and sinker on everything, I nearly always appreciate reading what he has to say (even if he does tend to say it over and over and over again). As for this quote, what a fascinating statement. Thanks for posting it Dan. Do you have a page reference for it?


  3. Pages 84-85. Chomsky has frequently spoken positively of liberation theology, and was the first source that showed me how the Reagan administration highlighted and targeted liberation theology as one of the central enemies of US interests in Latin America.


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