No one can claim a monopoly on God; yet, I've felt surrounded by voices who try this mighty endeavor. I know God speaks through people, but he doesn't always have to use the bossiest ones. A light touch can be effective. I also think some people who claim to channel God are being seriously misled by the force of their own egos. Take Bush...if we relied on his word, he'd have us believing God wanted us to wage war in Iraq, cut funding to social services that helps God's neediest people, and destroy the planet he gave us by falling at the knees of every greedy corporate citizen. And these are just the things he's been proactively bad at. Let's not forget the daily struggles of racism and classism that he often conveniently ignores. I know God speaks through people, but haven't you ever wondered if he speaks through idiots in order to show us what not to do?