Yes, but because the general Christian view of God is much more personal — as Father, Brother, and Friend — dispensation of infinite justice by mankind would not be considered a usurpation. “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” — Jesus (John 14:12)
Dignan, bear in mind that we’re treading a diplomatic tightrope here. The US doesn’t want to piss off other Muslim populations any more than it inevitable will through action in the middle east. It’s about keeping allies – especially wavering ones – on side, not about pussyfooting around religious sensibilities.
Anti-American firebrands over there live for these sorts of diplomatic gaffes so they can better fan the flames of paranoia to “prove” that the West cares nothing for Islam. (Disclaimer: my family is from “over there” and I have spent plenty of time “over there”.)
Witness how an early bin Laden statement made ample reference to America’s “crusade” against Islam. His “argument” became, unfortunately, more persuasive in the minds of the ignorant masses thanks to Bush initially calling this anti-terror campaign a “crusade”.
Calling this a “crusade” while requesting the Muslim world’s assistance seems about as insensitive as a mayor asking African-American community leaders to lend a hand in “lynching” inner city poverty.