American Christians were both grieved and shocked when President Bush, professing Christian, went to a Mosque and joined in prayer with the Muslims to the Universal God. President Bush evidently assumes that all religions worship the same Universal God under different names. Thus any name of any deity will do. This is, of course, not acceptable to Bible-believing Christians because Allah and all other pagan deities are demon-gods according to I Cor. 10.
President Bush and his wife have now managed to alienate the Japanese and Korean Christian communities by going to a Shinto shrine and worshipping the demon spirit in the shrine. They both bowed to the demon and clapped their hands to awaken him. Then they signed the book of those who have worshipped the demon spirit who inhabits the Shrine - you can see the article from the Japan Times right here.
Japanese Christian leaders (see email at bottom of the page) confirm that the Bushes engaged in pagan worship and not just a show of respect. The Japanese news services used the religious term sanpei to describe the worship performed by the Bushes at the temple.
During WW II, Japanese and Korean Christians who refused to worship the demon-spirit at Shinto shrines were put to death. Now, their descendents see the Bushes making a mockery of those who, like Daniel and his three friends, refused to bow before a heathen idol.
According to the Japan Times, the Prime minister of Japan remained in the car because he could not join the Bushes in worshipping at the shrine. This was due to a wall of separation between temple and state set forth in the Japanese Constitution. It forbids the heads of state from participating in Shinto worship because that was the religion that motivated the carnage of WW II and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
American WWII veterans are particularly outraged at the Bushes worshipping the spirit of past Japanese Emperors as this was the motivating force behind the Japanese attack on America.
This is an email from Rev. Isaac Ishiguro of the Mino Mission, in response to an inquiry by Dr. Morey concerning the significance of President Bush's actions.
From: "Mino Mission" <email@example.com
Dear Dr. Morey,
I have received your e-mail questions from Pastor Akashi. So the answers are following.
1. Does bowing once before the shrine signify worship?
Answer: According to the Shinto ritual, clapping hands and bows are the set of Shinto style of worship. This Bush's case Japanese admitted Bush's Christian faith (so reported), but to make Bush worship at Meiji, Japanese tried to avoid Shinto formal style, so they changed "one bow" may acceptable as worship. The verb "SANPAI"in Japanese means, SAN= visit or go, PAI=worship. In Japanese all the media reported, "Bush SANPAIed at Meiji shrine". The other reason we as Japanese strongly believe that Bush did worship at Meiji shrine, because prime minister Koizumi could not participate with Bush according to the Japanese Constitution. Why, if Koizumi goes in and bow, it is official worship at religious place, so he quit to go in to avoid such accusation. Therefore Bush's bow and written name on the shrine list are the official worship in public.
2. Does signing the book signified you worshipped the spirit of the emperor?
Answer; Yes! It is the proof remained for long time who visited & worship at Shrine. Some times busy politicians use the secretary or family member to write the name as substitute worship.
3. Were any W.W.II Japanese soldiers motivated to violence
Answer; We don't know if any soldier worshipped there before the battle, and there is no way now to find out such. But Meiji shrine is not as like Yasukuni Shrine. There are three major shrines counted as higher level shrine, because these are imperial shrines. ISE in Mie, ATSUTA in Aichi, these two are holding emperor's treasures which are called "Sansyu no Jingi" to carry emperor's descendants, MEIJI in Tokyo is Meiji emperor's dead soul was enshrined which means Meiji's god is emperor Meiji the Grand father of Hirohito.
To make these answers simple, I wrote this much.