Contrary to former President George W. Bush, texts held sacred by Muslims and even some notable Catholic and Protestant church leaders, Muslims and Christians do not worship the same god and that’s why their societies are so radically different.
The idea that the world’s two largest monotheistic religions pray to the same god became a commonplace in the aftermath of 9/11, likely due in great part to Bush, who sought to unify secular Western liberals and Christians with moderate Muslims in the war on terror.
“I believe we worship the same god,” Bush said on many occasions, both during his two terms in the Oval Office and in the years since. He’s also frequently repeated a related myth, telling ABC’s Charles Gibson in a 2011 interview, for example, that “we all have different routes of getting to the Almighty.”
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