Denzel vs. Meryl on Jesus & Bush

By WND Staff

“Manchurian Candidate” stars Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep may be promoting a movie together, but they are not of one mind when it comes to religion and politics, as a recent interview on NBC’s “Dateline” revealed.

Katie Couric asked Streep about her appearance at a John Kerry fund-raiser, where she criticized President Bush by saying: “Through the shock and awe I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our president’s personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families of Baghdad.”

“It was a question about, when you put Jesus on the campaign bus to stump for you, you have to really listen to what he says,” explained Streep. “Because he says, ‘If a man smite thee on the cheek, let – you turn the other, that he may smite also.’ And he says, ‘He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword,’ and he says, ‘Love thine enemy.’ Jesus could have raised an army against the people that persecuted Him. He didn’t. So, that’s what I was pointing out in my speech. And I couldn’t really imagine Jesus – like, I couldn’t imagine how Jesus would vote. Jesus was the Prince of Peace. Would the Prince of Peace vote for a war president?

But Washington didn’t let that statement go unchallenged.

“Jesus also went into the temple and kicked everybody out,” he interjected. “So some people…”

“That’s kicking the money-changers out of the temple,” said Streep. “So the money-changers should get out of Congress. I agree. And out of the church, and I agree.”

“He didn’t – He didn’t only say ‘turn the other cheek,’ though,” continued Washington. “You got to read the whole book. That’s not all He said.”

“Oh, I do read the book,” said Streep.
“I do, too, and that’s not all He said,” said Washington. “Like I said, he did go into the temple and cleared the place. Well…

“Of money,” said Streep. “Money’s bad.”

“OK, well, we’re all – we all make – make money,” said Washington.

“Yes, thank God,” said Streep.

“So does that make us bad?” asked Washington “Maybe He’s talking about us.

“Well, yeah, maybe,” said Streep.

Washington also went on to say he is concerned about the reception returning U.S. troops are getting at home.

“You know, I haven’t seen “Fahrenheit 9/11″ because I live in America,” he said. “I grew up here. I’m an ex-slave. I’m a result of what this country can do. So it’s nothing new to me. I’m not surprised at all. It’s just business as usual. What I want to talk about is what are we doing right now today for these young kids that – that are coming home? … Are they getting the support and the love they need from us? And maybe that story is being told, but I sure haven’t seen that much in the news.”

He suggested he’d like to see the national debate refocused.

“They’re pointing fingers about who’s right and who’s wrong and who started what and where are the weapons of mass destruction?” he said. “But these kids are coming home. You know, I have a son, 19. Nineteen-year-olds are coming home completely different.”