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While meetings with Bush at that time were friendly, Schroeder said he could not reconcile himself with the feeling that religion was the driving force behind many of Bush’s political decisions.

“What bothered me, and in a certain way made me suspicious despite the relaxed atmosphere, was again and again in our discussions how much this president described himself as ‘God-fearing’,” Schroeder wrote, adding he is a firm believer in the separation of church and state.

Schroeder accused some elements in U.S. as being hypocritical when it comes to secularism in government.

“We rightly criticize that in most Islamic states, the role of religion for society and the character of the rule of law are not clearly separated,” Schroeder wrote. “But we fail to recognize that in the USA, the Christian fundamentalists and their interpretation of the Bible have similar tendencies.”