U2 front man Bono praises Bush-43 and evangelical Christians


U2 lead singer Bono may be best known for having one of the most elegant voices in the rock world, but his heart and passion lie in the African continent. In order to help the people there, he formed a partnership with former President George W. Bush, who he now credits, along with evangelical Christians, for saving 9 million Africans from AIDS.

“This should be shouted from the rooftops. This is a heroic American story,” Bono said in a remarkable radio interview with Jim Daly, the president of “Focus on the Family.” The interview will be aired Tuesday, according to The Washington Examiner.

The U2 front man described how the evangelicals brought Bono and Bush together in an unlikely alliance to combat the insidious disease. Throughout the interview, Bono openly discussed his marriage and his relationship with God.

“It was the evangelicals that did that,” he said. “Because they, like myself, pestered George Bush and the administration, who actually deserve praise for starting this out.”

The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief program gave $15 billion toward the African effort.

The Bono interview marks a change of direction for “Focus on the Family,” a faith-based program that doesn’t generally include rock stars. But this one seemed to fit right in.

“The way Bono lives out his faith is a message we are trying to emphasize with families every day,” Daly said.

The Examiner’s Paul Bedard wrote:

In the interview, recorded at New York’s American Bible Society, Bono didn’t hide his ties to God or the lessons he learned from his example. “I believe that Jesus was, you know, the son of God,” he said, adding, “Jesus isn’t letting you off the hook.”

Bono, whose ONE Campaign is encouraging rich nations to forgive debt to poor nations, described the New Testament as the blueprint for justice and personal redemption. “Jesus begins his ministry by, what, by quoting Isaiah. He walks into the temple and he said, ‘That the blind may see, set the captives free, that the poor’–all the sort of justice agenda. That’s how Christ began,” said Bono.

Before parting ways, Daly quoted C.S. Lewis: “When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that’s left in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.”

“That could turn up on the next U2 album,” Bono said, then added with a smirk, “But I won’t give him or you any credit.”


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