Evil-doers

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(See also the article on "evil ones")

Uses of the term "evil-doers"/"evil doers"/"evildoers" by President George W. Bush:

  • 2001 September 14, "President Bush Proclaims September 14 a National Day of Remembrance for Victims":
  • "Civilized people around the world denounce the evildoers who devised and executed these terrible attacks. Justice demands that those who helped or harbored the terrorists be punished -- and punished severely. The enormity of their evil demands it. We will use all the resources of the United States and our cooperating friends and allies to pursue those responsible for this evil, until justice is done."
  • "We will persevere through this national tragedy and personal loss. In time, we will find healing and recovery; and, in the face of all this evil, we remain strong and united, 'one Nation under God.'"
  • "We're a nation that can't be cowed by evil-doers."
  • "We will rid the world of the evil-doers."
  • "we need to be alert to the fact that these evil-doers still exist. We haven't seen this kind of barbarism in a long period of time."
  • "Never did anybody's thought process about how to protect America did we ever think that the evil-doers would fly not one, but four commercial aircraft into precious U.S. targets - never."
  • "That's why I say to the American people we've never seen this kind of evil before. But the evil-doers have never seen the American people in action before, either - and they're about to find out."
  • "I want to thank the employers who understand that there is more to corporate life than just profit and loss, that the employee who is getting ready to serve the country is an essential part of winning the -- of defeating terrorism, evil-doers so emboldened that they feel like they could attack the great bastion of freedom."
  • "All I can tell you is that Osama bin Laden is a prime suspect, and the people who house him, encourage him, provide food, comfort or money are on notice. Last Tuesday -- last week, I spoke clearly about our nation's policy. And that is, we're going to find those who -- those evil-doers, those barbaric people who attacked our country and we're going to hold them accountable, and we're going to hold the people who house them accountable; the people who think they can provide them safe havens will be held accountable; the people who feed them will be held accountable."
  • "Nobody can threaten this country. Oh, they may be able to bomb buildings and obviously disrupt lives. But we're too great a nation to allow the evil-doers to affect our soul and our spirit."
  • "Many, many Arab -- first of all, it is important to know that this is not a campaign against Islam; this is not a campaign against Arab people. This is a campaign against terrorists. This is a campaign against evil-doers who hate freedom."
  • "First of all, it is so important for my fellow Americans, as well as everybody in the world to understand that America will hold those evil-doers accountable. We don't view this as a war of religion, in any way, shape or form. As a matter of fact, Islam preaches peace. The Muslim faith is a peaceful faith. And there are millions of good Americans who practice the Muslim faith who love their country as much as I love the country, who salute the flag as strongly as I salute the flag."
  • 2001 September 20, President Bush addresses Joint Session of Congress and the American people:
  • No mention of evil-doers.
  • "No threat, no threat will prevent freedom-loving people from defending freedom. And make no mistake about it: This is good versus evil. These are evildoers. They have no justification for their actions. There's no religious justification, there's no political justification. The only motivation is evil."
  • "We are on a mission to make sure that freedom is enduring. We're on a mission to say to the rest of the world, come with us -- come with us, stand by our side to defeat the evil-doers who would like to rid the world of freedom as we know it."
  • "And make no mistake about it, the new war is not only against the evildoers themselves. The new war is against those who harbor them and finance them and feed them."
  • "The attacks on America were intended to break our spirit, but the evildoers failed. It's a fabulous land, we're lucky to live in it. It's a land ... "
  • "The evildoers struck, but they may have hurt our buildings, and they are obviously affecting some family lives in such a profound and sad way. But they will not touch the soul of America. They cannot dim our spirit."
  • "I've got a job to do, and that's to explain to the American people the truth. And the truth is that we're now facing a new threat for freedom; that on September 11th, war was declared on the United States, not by a religious group, not by one country versus another, but by people motivated by evil. And I'm going to make it clear to the world what I made clear to America, that this great country will not let evil stand."
  • "There are many Americans on bended knee from all different religions, praying to an almighty God. We're a nation united in our conviction that we must find those evildoers and bring them to justice. We seek not revenge in America, we seek justice."
  • "We built a vast coalition of nations from all around the world to join us-nations which understand that what happened in New York and Washington could happen to them, as well. They understand it's now time to unite to defeat evil. Each nation comes with a different set of capabilities and a different set of-a different willingness to help. America says, we don't care how you help, just help. Either you're for us, or you're against us."
  • "We've got nations around the world willing to join us in cutting off the money of the evil ones. Our attitude is, if they can't fund evil deeds, they're not going to be able to affect freedom."
  • "Now is the time-now is the time to root out evil so that our children and grandchildren can live with freedom as the beacon all around the world."
  • "The evildoers cost America a lot of lives."
  • "And they've also changed a lot of lives, these evil actions."
  • "We need to counter the shock wave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates."
  • "And we'll be tough and resolute as we unite, to make sure freedom stands, to rout out evil, to say to our children and grandchildren, we were bold enough to act, without tiring, so that you can live in a great land and in a peaceful world."
  • 2001 October 4, President Bush visits Department of State employees:
  • "We are engaged in a noble cause. And that is to say loud and clear to the evildoers that we reject you, that we will stand firm against terror, and that this great nation, along with many other nations, will defend freedom."
  • "I want to thank those of you who have worked extra long hours to help forge this fantastic coalition that we're building, a coalition of people all around the world who understand that the evil acts could have happened to them, just like they happened to us. ... People understand that now is the time to take a stand, to seize this moment, to say that out of this evil act will come good."
  • "Truth of the matter is, the first shot we fired in this war against evildoers was when the Secretary and I and the Secretary of Treasury said we're going to find their money, and we're going to starve them of their money. ... We're going to talk to banks all around the world, and make it clear that if they are on our side, if they join the folks who are fighting evil, that they've got to do everything they can to cut off their funds."
  • "Because we've made it clear, this is not a war between Christianity or Judaism and Islam. As a matter of fact, the teachings of Islam make it clear that peace is important, that compassion is a part of life. This is a war between good and evil. ... This is not a war between our world and their world. It is a war to save the world. ... But in order to overcome evil, the great goodness of America must come forth and shine forth."
  • "I see out of this evil will come good, not only here at home, as youngsters all of a sudden understand the definition of sacrifice, the sacrifice of those brave souls on Flight 93 who, after the 23rd Psalm said, let's roll to save America."
  • "The men on the wall here have put themselves on the list because of great acts of evil. They plan, promote and commit murder. They fill the minds of others with hate and lies. And by their cruelty and violence, they betray whatever faith they espouse."
  • "I say 'the first 22' because our war is not just against 22 individuals. Our war is against networks and groups, people who coddle them, people who try to hide them, people who fund them. This is our calling. This is the calling of the United States of America, the most free nation in the world. A nation built on fundamental values that rejects hate, rejects violence, rejects murderers, rejects evil. And we will not tire. We will not relent. It is not only important for the homeland security of America that we succeed, it is equally as important for generations of Americans who have yet be born. ... Now is the time to draw the line in the sand against the evil ones."
  • "I also want to remind my fellow Americans as we round up the evildoers, as we look for those who might harm our fellow Americans, we must remember not to violate the rights of the innocent. ... Our war is not against a religion. Our war is against evil."
  • 2001 October 11, President Bush's "first formal White House press conference of his administration":
  • "Today, the Justice Department did issue a blanket alert. It was in recognition of a general threat we received. This is not the first time the Justice Department have acted like this. I hope it's the last. But, given the attitude of the evildoers, it may not be."
  • "We've got a Homeland Security Office now running, as I mentioned, headed by Tom Ridge. We're sharing intelligence with our friends in countries from overseas. We follow every lead. And information-sharing between the CIA and the FBI is seamless, so that the reaction to any threat is real-time. And -- but the truth of the matter is, in order to fully defend America, we must defeat the evildoers where they hide. We must round them up, and we must bring them to justice. And that's exactly what we're doing in Afghanistan -- the first battle in the war of the 21st century."
  • "We learned a good lesson on September the 11th, that there is evil in this world. I know there's a lot of children in America wondering what took place. I think it's essential that all moms and dads and citizens tell their children we love them and there is love in the world, but also remind them there are evil people."
  • "So America is sacrificing. America -- I think the interesting thing that has happened, and this is so sad an incident, but there are some positive things developed -- that are developing. One is, I believe that many people are reassessing what's important in life. Moms and dads are not only reassessing their marriage and the importance of their marriage, but of the necessity of loving their children like never before. I think that's one of the positives that have come from the evildoers. ... The evil ones have sparked an interesting change in America, I think -- a compassion in our country that is overflowing."
  • "We don't hold any religion accountable. We're fighting evil. And these murderers have hijacked a great religion in order to justify their evil deeds. And we cannot let it stand."
  • "The evildoers have struck our nation, but out of evil comes good. We are a good, kind-hearted, decent people, and we're showing the world just that in our compassion and our resolve."
  • "... evil knows no borders, no boundaries ... we must take a stand; that those of us who have been given the responsibility of high office must not shirk from our duty; that now is the time to claim freedom for future generations."
  • "One of the most heartening things for me is to know that thousands of Americans are reassessing their values. Moms and dads are asking what they can do to be better parents. That as a result of the evil-doer, not only are we responding militarily and not only have we put this broad coalition together that says we'll rid the world of terror, but here at home people are saying, gosh, let me reassess my life. It's so important for moms and dads to know that the most important job they will ever have is to love their children with all their heart and all their soul."
  • "And by helping, you stand squarely in the face of the evil doers that hate America."
  • "It's small acts of kindness and decency that define the true face of America for the world. If you want to fight evil, do some good. And it's that gathering momentum of millions of acts of kindness which will have the American people stand squarely in the face of the evil doers. And that's happening in America. It is."

General References

  • The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: EVIL-DOERS e-v'-l-doo'-erz mere`im; from ra`-a`; kakopoios, always plural: Malefactors or offenders of God's law. Used generally of the ungodly, as, "Fret not thyself because of evil-doers." (Psalms 37:1). Sometimes also of personal offenders: "He hath delivered the soul of the needy from the hand of evil-doers." (Jeremiah 20:13).
  • New Testament Hyper-concordance: "Evildoer": "And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'" (Matthew 7.23); "The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers." (Matthew 13.41); "They answered him, 'If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over'." (John 18.30); "Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy." (Revelations 22.11).

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