Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

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[Politics] 'Letter to the Editor'

Jesus Speaks Through The Republicans, apparently.

For those not interested in following a link and reading the linked letter, I'll present it here...

    I hope the election of George W. Bush is seen as a wake-up call to all the liberal Democrats who oppose God's will.

    It is His doing that George W. Bush is still our president. Millions of born-again Christians helped win this election through our prayers and votes. Jesus speaks through the Republicans.

    The Democrats will not be able to win elections until they renounce their sinful ways and stop encouraging abortions, gayness, and trying to take away our guns.

    --Earl Balboa

...I wish I could think that this letter was a joke, since it's so over the top. But I see this attitude far too often lately. Jerry Falwell, mister Balboa here, the Republican pollster who gloatingly suggested that conservatives now control the country and 'godless liberals' should be put in internment camps like the Japanese-Americans during WWII.

This all still seems like sheerest hypocrisy to me. Having faith is one thing, and is admirable. But you can't pick and choose bits of faith and then claim a righteous or moral high ground. 'Thou Shall Not Kill' has no qualifiers on it. Not 'Thou Shall Not Kill Unless They Strike The First Blow,' not 'Thou Shall Not Kill Unless It Is Thy Government's Policy,' nothing like that. How can someone give Bush or his administration a pass on that rather fundamental bit of faith -- and last I checked, it /was/ in the Bible -- and yet gleefully try to claim moral superiority and enforce rather more obscure passages which happen to be personally convenient?

I think it's a credit neither to the moderates of the Republican party, nor to anyone of the Christian faith who happens to, I dunno, actually /follow their faith/ rather than just pick and choose bits of it to get outraged over. Unfortunately, it's also either the largest -- or at least loudest and most active -- portion of the Republican party these days..
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