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Intolerant GOP

June 28, 2005

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To the editor:

Regarding Justin Smitley's (Public Forum, June 20) criticism of Howard Dean, the right-wing scream machine (Fox, Hanna, Limbaugh, Coulter, MSNBC, etc.) has indoctrinated many of the middle class against their own self-interest. Smitley fails to recognize the obvious - that the Republican Party has been taken over by the Christian right (a disgusting example is the Schiavo fiasco) and has now become the self-appointed party of righteousness and intolerance.

To quote John Danforth, former Republican senator from Missouri and current Episcopal minister, "American politics has become characterized by two phenomena: the increased activism of the Christian right, especially in the Republican Party, and the collapse of bipartisan collegiality."

Yes, Mr. Smitley and other working class Americans do make an honest living, but Dean was not referring to them; his point was the Republican Party has historically been the party of the rich, but recently has become the domain of fundamentalist Christians. Do you remember when Bush smugly acknowledged his base as "the haves and have mores"? Or when he announced, "God speaks through me." Is this not frightening?

Dean is a Christian but apparently not the type suitable for those on the political right. Again, former Republican Sen. Danforth: "To assert that I am on God's side and you are not, that I know God's will and you do not, and that I will use the power of government to advance my understanding of God's kingdom is certain to produce hostility."

As I read letters to newspapers, it seems to me that Will Rogers was correct when he said, "You can fool some of the people all of the time."

Kelvin Schartz,

Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 9 years, 9 months ago

An example of what the UNchristian right very loud and well financed minority is doing to our public schools. They want to destroy the public school system. Remember the (Kansas) Club for Growth is but one example. I offer another that I discovered today:

A few rather large problems for public education and why we should be thankful the courts are there to step up to the plate.

http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/717/P40/

Smitley 9 years, 9 months ago

I think you largely missed my point. I don't know where I really attacked Deans faith. I don't know where in my article aside from saying I am a born again christian I simply used my faith as my sole reason to be a conservative republican. I did say that "it saddens me that you must resort to name calling, and have the political will to give Osama Bin Laden a break, and make false allegations of members of congress simply because you don't like the party that opposes you." I wanted to make a point that supporters of the President aren't all white or christian for that matter. I agree evangellicals are the base of our party, just like moveon.org type liberals are the base of yours. As there is a religious right, there is also a left. You make it seem as I only voted for President Bush because I am christian, and because of my pro life and pro family beliefs. I voted for Bush for so many educated reasons, and of course my values effect my vote, and I dare say your values effect your vote too. I went on to say that Dean offers criticism and no ideas or compromises. That he's leading the democratic party farther into the political wilderness. I voted for Bush/Republicans because they are the party that have healthy ideas for our nation. Bush's economic policies brought our nation out of recession, we are close to getting the first national energy strategy in over 3 decades. I agree with Bush's social security plan and see it as wise and prudent so my generation when they come to retirement doesn't face trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities. I agree w/ President Bush's judicial philosophy of having justices on the bench that sway more to the doctrine of orginal intent. My letter was largely about criticism of Deans lack of ideas, that republicans are making ground with minority voters, and supporting republican policies. Not in creating this big religious divide. Thank you for your letter though, while I strongly disagree with you, we are a very blessed people to live in a nation/community that we can write our thoughts to a newspaper with out persecution.

zbarf 9 years, 9 months ago

How much tolerance does the left have for conservative Christian views and beliefs?

None

So shut up already about intolerance!

Crying "Bigotry" or "Intolerance" does no good. Debating the issues and talking facts helps people choose their paths in life.

craigers 9 years, 9 months ago

Right on about the intolerance from the left zbarf.

Merrill, to answer your question, a born again Christian is one who has come to the conclusion that life has more meaning than just being born, living, and dying. We believe that there is a life after death and that we are able to spend eternity with our loving savior which is Jesus Christ. The born again experience comes from being born/adopted into the family of God. If you believe that Christ died for your sins on the cross and then rose again on the third day to account for all sins of mankind, and declare Him your Lord and personal savior then you are born again.
The reason it is termed born again is because when you are born the first time, then you are a child of Adam and then adamic nature, but when you make a choice to live a life in pursuit of Christ and declare Him your personal savior, then you are born again into His family. This shows that not all people are children of God. That is why not all people that claim to be Christians actually are because being a christian is all about having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, not just going to church on the designated days and doing good deeds.

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