Not to mention liars, too.  A few excerpts from this rogues gallery:

Richard Land, a leading Southern Baptist who participates in a weekly strategy call between the White House and evangelical leaders put it this way: “Whoever won, it would have been God’s will.” But because Bush won, Land told Beliefnet, God has clearly shown America his blessings. If Kerry had won, it would have proved God was cursing the United States. “The Bible says godly leadership is a sign of God’s blessings and a lack of godly leadership is a sign of God’s judgment. I don’t see Kerry as a godly leader.”

On Nov. 3, the president of Bob Jones University wrote an open letter, posted on its website, to the president. It said, in part, “God has graciously granted America—though she doesn’t deserve it—a reprieve from the agenda of paganism.

Their solution seems to lie in Bush’s presidency. “He is one of those men God and fate somehow led to the fore in times of challenge,” said New York Gov. George Pataki in the high-profile introduction of Bush at the Republican National Convention, an introduction almost certainly scrubbed if not written by the White House. Pataki and former New York Mayor Rudoph Giuliani both said twice that Americans should “Thank God” that Bush was in office after 9/11.

And Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, who got in trouble for derogatory comments he made about Islam, argued that it must have been God who selected Bush in 2000, since a plurality of voters hadn’t. “He’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this.”

But that isn’t how many evangelicals understand their language. They consider it fair warning. Land looks to the Old Testament for proof. “When God’s people were idolatrous and rebellious he sent justice–sometimes evil kings and sometimes foreign conquerors,” he says. “I’ve said on numerous occasions, that if God would allow his chosen people to be taken off into captivity, don’t think he won’t judge the United States.”

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