LONDON, England — U.S. President George W. Bush has alienated Muslims around the world by using absolutist Christian rhetoric to discuss foreign policy issues, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says. ‘I worked for two presidents who were men of faith, and they did not make their religious views part of American policy,’ she said, referring to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both Democrats and Christians. ‘President Bush’s certitude about what he believes in, and the division between good and evil, is, I think, different,’ said Albright, who has just published a book on religion and world affairs. ‘The absolute truth is what makes Bush so worrying to some of us.’ Bush, a Republican, has openly acknowledged his Christian faith informs his decisions as president. He says, for example, that he prayed to God for guidance before invading Iraq. Some Muslims have accused him of waging a crusade against Islam, comparable with those of the Middle Ages. The White House says it has nothing against Islam, but against those who commit terrorist atrocities in its name. But Albright says Bush’s religious absolutism has made U.S. foreign policy ‘more rigid and more difficult for other countries […]

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