Sure it should be shouted from the rooftops. But he’s George W. Bush so he doesn’t get any credit.
U2 frontman Bono, who moonlights as an activist for the poor and sick in Africa, is crediting evangelical Christians and former President George W. Bush for saving 9 million from the ravages of AIDS, a campaign the musician said is blessed by God.
“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, to be broadcast by the group Tuesday.
Talking freely about God, his marriage, and his relationship with Jesus in the interview provided in advance to Secrets, Bono said that evangelical Christians helped him sell the Bush administration on fighting AIDS in Africa, which he compared to the biblical humanity in tackling leprosy.
“It was the evangelicals that did that,” said Bono. “Because they, like myself, pestered George Bush and the administration, who actually deserve praise for starting this out,” he added of the $15 billion President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief program.
The interview marked a shift for Focus on the Family as it expands its ministry to offer a voice to those not typically considered Christian-focused and broaden its reach to new generation.
“The way Bono lives out his faith is a message we are trying to emphasize with families every day,” said Daly.
According to the angry left, Focus on the Family, which helped save millions of lives, is a so-called hate group.