"Don't get me wrong, but when I look at George W. Bush, I wish we had a religious president.

I wish we had a president who, like Christ, was moved by compassion for the poor. I wish we had a president who saw examples of torture, including the torturing of Iraqis put in a position resembling Jesus Christ on the cross...

I can't look into George W. Bush's heart. All I know is, he's a brilliantly effective politician. If there's ever been a case where a strongly held religious conviction has prevented him from doing what, as a politician, he felt he had to do, I haven't seen it."

-- Alan Wolfe, Director of the Boisi Center on Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. Remarks on WBUR's The Connection, hosted by Dick Gordon on Wednesday.

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